The company depends on young talent, so recent graduates/new journos will get good experience in a newsroom. Bonus structure (based on hits) benefits writers. A great place to learn from other writers/editors. Truly smart people.
Bagels on Wednesdays.
Ultimately, IBT is just a stepping stone, though.
Traffic driven, no transparency between higher-ups and writers/editors, very much trying to be a new media company but failing. Bonus structure means some writers earn more than editors. Missed pay dates as recently as December 2015. Expensive health coverage, no 401K.
Seemingly poor handling of finances and no long-term strategy for growth could explain why IBTimes' newsroom has dwindled to 22 from a peak of 110 last year. All the other properties within the company have also gone thru staff cuts (two rounds: one earlier this year and one last week). I was not a part of this, but I learned more of it through Twitter and Politico than any internal correspondence.
Overall, the company goes through drastic ups and downs and it doesn't value its employees. While editorial runs smoothly, corporate is a mess. Great place to start, but if you can avoid it, do so.
Advice to Management
Get it together. Come up with a plan that works and keep your staff informed so that they'll want to be loyal when sh-t hits the fan.
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at IB Times (New York, NY) in November 2016.
I sent an email directly to a specified e-mail address, as directed by the job posting, with my resume and cover letter. I heard back within 24 hours asking for a phone interview. I scheduled one within a day or two.
The man (one of the editors) was late in calling me for the phone interview, but I didn't mind since he did e-mail me to apologize and I understood since I'm sure things are busy at the office. The phone interview was very pleasant and conversational. He said that he really liked me, loved my samples, and thought my background was intriguing, but he needed the thumbs up from his higher ups. He asked me to send more writing samples to him (though I had sent over about five previously) to see my "growth" over a period of time. Sounds great!
I sent over the writing samples and I didn't hear from him for a whopping 2 to 3 weeks or so. At that point, I had given up on them, but then I got an e-mail from him stating that he is sorry for the delay and that he's interested in issuing a writing test to me. We scheduled one for the following week.
Here's where things start to get hairy.
I waited for the writing test at the scheduled date and time and received nothing from him. I sent an e-mail stating that I was on stand-by for the writing test - no reply. Ever since he confirmed the writing test, I never heard from him ever again. Just disappeared into thin air and ceased to reply to any follow-up e-mails. Yikes!
I think IB Times, itself, is a great organization, but unfortunately, their employees who participate in the recruiting process reflect very poorly on their professionalism and sullies their image as an organization of integrity.
I suggest that IB Times select another more professional person at the helm of their fellowship hiring process - someone with enough common sense and courtesy to inform candidates that a writing test has been rescinded: "I understand we've scheduled a writing test to you, but we've decided to select another candidate. Best of luck with your endeavors."
I hate to say it, but definitely the most unprofessional interview process I've ever gone through.
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