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. I interviewed at IB Times.
I applied online. They reached out to me via email and made me do a long writing test that took over two hours, then never even confirmed they received it.
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