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  1. 1.0
    Former Contractor, more than 5 years

    Stay away from Bleacher Report if you want to hold onto your dignity

    Sep 14, 2020 - Sports Columnist in Brooklyn, NY
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    Pros

    Welcomed warmly at first, but when bosses were let go , that was a signal

    Cons

    Awful editors who pit writers against one another with bias and disdain.

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Young sportswriters: cut your teeth elsewhere

    May 17, 2016 - Featured Columnist in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    I work remotely, so I don't have to fight traffic into work and can wear what I want. Writing about sports is fun, especially if you like sports (and you wouldn't be doing this job if you didn't). The editors are responsive, for the most part.

    Cons

    I used to tell my friends that B/R is a good place to cut your teeth as a writer. That may have been the case when I started — though in the eyes of some, I was disillusioned from the start. In either case, I no longer believe that to be true. The sites writing hierarchy is broken down into lead writers and featured columnists, the latter of which are content monkeys that write a mix of original (pitched by writer) and "prebudgeted" (assigned by the editor) content. Oftentimes, the prebudgeted content is almost exactly the same from week to week, though with minor tweaks in the headline, which leads to a lot of regurgitation. You'll find yourself writing the same thing over and over, especially during the offseason. There is little if any opportunity to be creative as a writer due to all the assigned content/slideshows. I have heard countless stories of B/R moving on from/firing/demoting talented writers who did nothing but solid work for the site. Many of the people among the most recent wave of disappointed, disillusioned current and former Bleacher Report-ers are among the people who helped re-shape the public perception of the website from a content farm (which, in some ways, it still is) to a hub for thought-provoking, original columns and stories (which it is also). The company has hired big names like Howard Beck, Kevin Ding, Mike Freeman, Jason Cole, Ethan Skolnick, and others as lead writers. These hires have helped the credibility of the site, but in bringing in all these big names at contracts that I can only imagine are extremely lucrative, B/R has done away with the old business model that allowed writers to work their way up into real, respectable jobs at the site.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Copy Editor/Freelance Correspondent

    Jan 5, 2016 - Correspondent/Freelance Editor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work from home. Ugh, if you're a crap writer you can earn medals and such.

    Cons

    My gripe is about the content model. Everything that is wrong with journalism. Opportunistic content farm. This model is part of the reason experienced journalists/writers can't get paid satisfactory salaries.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Great reach, poor management & compensation. -- M.N.

    Oct 8, 2015 - Featured Columnist in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    Bleacher Report gives you a great deal of personal freedom as a writer, largely to the point that you work your own schedule. The company's extremely high traffic and media reach also contributed greatly to my own CV, which has proven time and again to be a huge personal benefit.

    Cons

    Working your way up the ladder is a slow and frustrating process, especially since Bleacher Report doesn't always pay writers relative to the traffic they pull in. Even as the #1 writer on my beat, other "famous" author were paid far more money for less work and less traffic.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Freelancer, less than 1 year

    Great Place to Start, but Don't Expect to Get Paid

    Jun 4, 2015 - Featured Columnist 
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    Pros

    - Offer training modules and courses to establish yourself. - Very welcoming for new writers and talent. - Work alongside some of the most talented and forward thinking writers in your field. - Access to millions of readers through their vast network of social media publishing platforms. - Work from home

    Cons

    - Very little upward mobility. Unless they hired you as a Lead Writer or other paying position, don't expect to move up into a paying position. - SEO-bastardization on articles. - Often don't look inwardly for hires. Most big hires have been headhunted writers from other companies. - Work from home, with little to no compensation for your time. - No real direction or communication from those above you in the company food chain. Most communication comes from a managing director.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Freelancer

    Featured Columnist

    May 7, 2015 - Anonymous Freelancer 
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    Pros

    Good place to establish your career and learn the industry. Good for those without experience looking to build up their resume and gain experience.

    Cons

    Zero future for most writers. Company for the most part has zero intentions to ever provide its writers with an opportunity to make a livable wage. Essentially relies on the lack of experience and exploits those looking to establish themselves in the industry. Terrible place to work if you're looking to build your way up into a paid position.

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good place to start, but don't count on anything long-term

    May 7, 2014 - Editor 
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    Pros

    Working remotely, so don't have to worry about dressing up for work or fighting traffic to get to an office. If close to the offices, can have opportunities to connect with coworkers like group lunches, in-person meetings. Smart, motivated coworkers. Despite working remotely, we all have a good rapport. Time goes by quickly when working, especially during major sports events Time off requests are flexible and easy to get; management generally never says no. Company has grown since its start-up days and writing quality has gotten better, making articles smoother edits.

    Cons

    Some of the pros are just as easily cons. If you work remotely, you can be at a disadvantage because you often don't find out about meetings you'd like to attend or promotions you could've gotten until it's too late. It's also hard if you like in-person socializing with your coworkers on a regular basis. Management never says no to time off, sure, but then sometimes when they let too many people off on one day, they get annoyed when you can't come to work because you've already made plans yourself. Have been pressured into working at least once when my team was short on coverage because three people were out. Schedule can change constantly, and some coworkers will not cover for you when needed, but then expect it for them. Others won't stay one minute past the end of their shifts or demand better days off even when they've been at the company less than a year. Low turnover, so may be hard to advance into a position you want. Company does not always respect writers, and with Turner acquisition, someone who grew within the company and turned in great work as a featured columnist (as I did) may be passed over because someone who works for The New York Times was recruited. Some members of management or those in higher positions have no idea what they're doing or can't stay organized, and it shows.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Great for getting your name out there, awful for reliable information

    Jan 17, 2013 -  
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    Pros

    One of the best things about B/R is that it allows aspiring writers to get their names out there and start writing right away, regardless of skill level or experience. Copy editing is provided for free, so writers do no need to be perfect. Massive audience due to partnerships with CNN, etc.

    Cons

    Anybody can write anything at any time, leading to irrelevant or downright incorrect information being shared across the internet. Stigma of being a B/R writer leads to lack of respect for writer's work, thanks to the transgressions of other writers

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good company

    Oct 29, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    -If you work hard and do your job, they will reward you -Nationally recognized company

    Cons

    -Can get lost amid the hundreds/thousands of writers on the site -High-stress, very demanding work

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  11. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Simply a word mill.

    Jul 25, 2012 -  
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    Pros

    The website gets your name out there on the internet. You get a lot of readers and a small following working for Bleacher Report.

    Cons

    Your name has to be attached to Bleacher Report. The company has only a few employed writers. Those that are employed are all asked to write on a few breaking news article topics and pump out a bunch of articles about it. This in turn floods search engines like google and makes bleacher report on top of the search results. This is how they get so many viewers. If you want to be a sports writer this is not the place to get your start because most places after will not take you seriously.

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