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Updated June 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "33 Universal Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Full-time Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Full-time Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 33 Universal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Full-time writers living outside the city had the flexibility to work primarily from home.

    Cons

    High quota requirement and not great pay. The company has transitioned to more of a text farm than a publication for original reporting.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Find the CEO..."

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    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 33 Universal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee. The office is in a great location of Manhattan.

    Cons

    If you're considering working here, do me a favor and answer me this: Who is the CEO?

    Give up? The employees don't know either. This is hands-down the most shady "media" company (linked to IBT Media) you'll ever encounter. They're basically slave drivers, all about getting hits, but you won't see an extra dime for your efforts, whether you get 100k hits or 1 million. You'll be paid the same horrific, barely livable salary with a joke of insurance, no benefits, no paid vacations, no days off, and no holidays, until you croak or the company does.

    Most employees are young, fresh out of school and desperate for work. They've never heard of 33 Universal or its many sites, but they're decent writers and in need of a paycheck. That's where they get you. They fire people left and right for the most insipid things, the president is insane and constantly trying to push his ultra-conservative agenda in the office and on the websites, and people have been known to quit after ONE. DAY.

    This company has been getting worse, if that's possible. For all of the years I worked there, I never received one bonus, one acknowledgment of my hard work, or one paid vacation. Nada. That's because it doesn't exist. You are merely a typing machine to them, and if you break down or refuse to work, they'll replace you with another nervous, wide-eyed, fresh out of undergrad/grad school kid within days.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Soul Draining"

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    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 33 Universal full-time

    Pros

    Might help you get a different writing job. Probably not.

    Cons

    Soul sucking. Turning press releases into articles.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Journalism Joke"

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    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 33 Universal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's a coffee pot in the office.

    Cons

    They pretend the job is "journalism." It's just a way to sell advertisements. Completely SEO based. No original reporting going on, unless it's on your own terms. NO health benefits. NO paid time off. You have to work holidays. You're basically a slave. They pay you NOTHING. There is NO way to move up. I would give most of the points below negative stars if possible. Anyone right out of school, stay away from this place. It looks awful on your resume and it'll get you into bad grammar/style habits. They don't care about that here.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like they're human.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Why not? You're working for a CULT, it's not THAT bad..."

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 33 Universal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hey, you're not on the streets ... yet.

    Cons

    The company is a front for the Cult of David Jang and Olivet "university" in California. Just google that sentence and read the Medium.com article, and others, for further damning proof.

    A total absence of ethics, morals, respect for employees, empathy, trust, transparency, or anything remotely related to journalism.

    Consistently having your job threatened.

    Zero chance of ever receiving a raise or promotion.

    Working 6 days a week, every week, without holidays or vacation time.

    No overtime pay.

    Managment constantly resets quotas and raises expectations to deliberately unrealistic standards in order to cheat you out of "bonuses" and promotions.

    Overt lies from level of management, including the only remotely positive reviews on this page.

    What employee rationalizes such objectively terrible experiences and apologizes for such draconian, moronic management? Is this the cult Kool-Aid or bad job PTSD talking? Neither. It's just the cult's minions doing their solemn duty to their all-powerful master.

    Advice to Management

    QUIT


  6. Helpful (4)

    "See for yourself why the reviews are all so bad ..."

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    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Nice building
    Young staff
    Co-workers you can vent to

    Cons

    After I fled this job -- as a lot of people do once they're there for longer than a few weeks -- I didn't think I'd look back. But, I just Googled it out of curiosity, saw this site and looked into it and saw a couple of suspicious new positive reviews I had to respond to here.

    I'm still in touch with a few people who haven't been able to leave yet (even though they really wish they could but haven't found other jobs and are stuck), and they say though there is finally some medical insurance, it's totally worthless. Surprise.

    The whole "religious" thing is pretty shady. There's plenty of articles online that go into it and better do your homework before you sign on here.

    The "we're just a start-up" line is cute, but they've been around for a few years now, so that's no reason to treat their employees as horribly as they do.

    Best advice is to check it out for yourself. As soon as you walk in, you'll see it's all pretty weird. Nice building, but odd folks and everyone is so miserable. For good reason.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. Treat your employees better. Actually work to be a real news network; is it that hard?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The worst working experience I had to endure"

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    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 33 Universal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros that I can remember. The downtown area where the office is located is nice. That's it.

    Cons

    Leadership is young and inexperienced. Everything is very shady. The company serves to finance some Korean cult. Try to avoid! It definitely won't help your CV.

    Advice to Management

    Become honest and transparent. Stop lying.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "so far so good, glad to be a part of a growing company"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 33 Universal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've been working for 33 Universal for over one year. I wasn't ready to post a review until I have worked long enough to feel confident in putting our my recommendation in writing. Some of the negative reviews I read sound pretty hateful, but I can kind of guess who those people could be since most of the staff in the company do not seem to think that way, at least not out loud.

    As a writer, I am given creative freedom which I appreciate. The news so far is pretty neutral. Honestly, I don't care what my ceo's religion is, because that is their personal belief. I mean, if Steve Jobs was a Buddhist, does that mean that I should not work for Apple since I don't practice buddhism myself? When has this world become so narrow?

    After 1 year of working here, I can say I like it here. I saw firsthand the company's shift from no health insurance to health insurance, from a small coffee pot to an espresso machine. Seems like they are growing more staff also. I guess that is a good sign!

    Cons

    I wish there was a clearer way to grow in the company with raises and promotions.


  9. "Can't Complain! Good Experience to Kick Off Career"

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    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 33 Universal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was at first hesitant to work at this place since the reviews on glass door were not that good, but I also realized that reviews are usually written by people who have strong complaints. I figured, there are probably many people who just find the company just fine but didn't bother to write a review. As a fresh graduate, I knew that finding a job would be hard so I applied to many places including 33 Universal, and they were one of the first to provide me an opportunity to kick start my journalism career. To be honest, I am quite thankful! I was informed in the interview that they are a start up company so I know that I should be not expect them to be perfect. So far, the experience has been pleasant. Can't complain for having a job when I know some many people struggling to find a job!

    Cons

    There is a big focus on traffic, which can sometimes take away from the content, but I understand that every newspaper needs readership. So I can't really complain.

    Advice to Management

    Would like some more company activities together


  10. Helpful (13)

    "The Cult Starts Here"

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    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at 33 Universal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paychecks (in the random instances they arrive on time).
    Air.
    Lectures from your cult-member CEO about how he knows more about journalism than you (he doesn't; he never even completed college).

    Cons

    33 Universal, its partners and sites (Ibt Times, Newsweek, Latin Post, Latinos Post, Music Times, Design Times, Fashion Times, etc.) might look like the nadir of Buzzfeed clickbait styled "journalism," but it's even worse than it seems: the sites are actually all a moneymaking venture for the South Korean cult of David Jang and Olivet "University" in California. Just Google Search: "David Jang" + "33 universal" + "cult" and find out for yourself.

    Don't believe a word the company tries to sell you, you're nothing more than a typing machine covered in skin to them. You will never receive a raise here. You will work six days a week, every week, without overtime. You will work every holiday (christmas, thanksgiving, new years, July 4) unless you use your "vacation time," which at every other company would be referred to as "federal holidays." You will write about the latest Selena Gomez album, tie in Justin Bieber's name for keywording's sake, you will source the article from 5 different equally terrible websites, and you will LIKE it dammit.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


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