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Updated August 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to meet great people (in 5 reviews)

  • It's a really exciting place to work with great work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • You have monthly goals for how many page views you have to reach which can be stressful (in 4 reviews)

  • Lots of "click-bait" and "Curiosity gapping" instead of good content (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people, fast-paced environment, and challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, there could be better communication across teams


  2. "Growing company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Business Insider full-time

    Pros

    potential for growth long term

    Cons

    part of a very disruptive industry

    Advice to Management

    professionalism

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Business Insider full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and people. Opportunity to learn something new in an industry that is always changing.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from management.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Fine first job, no long term potential"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Business Insider full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Turnover is so high, you can move up the ranks quickly just by nature of staying around
    -Will give a lot of responsibility to junior reporters/producers
    -Pay more than most digital-only publications for mid-level and senior people
    -Coworkers are pretty cool
    -Free beer and decent snacks

    Cons

    -It's a minor league team for serious publications. The good writers/producers get poached by real journalistic outlets (CNBC, Bloomberg, WSJ, NYT, etc.), and the mediocre people left behind make up middle to senior management simply by nature of staying around.
    -Young managers, many of whom have no idea what they're doing
    -Promote writers to editors A LOT, which doesn't always work
    -Senior-level strategy is nonexistent — never convinced management knows what they're doing or where they're going
    -Everything is based around page views — care very little for impact
    -A lot of the younger staffers (which is most of the people who work here) sleep with one another, which is a nightmare for drama and gossip in the office
    -But, if you know what you're getting into on the way in, it can be a great stop up your career ladder

    Advice to Management

    -Empower journalists with vision whose work has an impact and stop prioritizing pageviews above all things, especially in performance and promotion assessments of staff
    -Hire some adults to run sections / verticals


  5. Helpful (1)

    "love BI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good snacks and environment to work in

    Cons

    the building is falling apart


  6. "Horrible place to work"

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

    I worked at Business Insider full-time

    Pros

    If you start at the bottom (as an intern/writer) and prove your loyalty, you can move up relatively quickly

    Cons

    Management is, at, best uneven but overall, this place is run by people that are super inexperienced. Don't let them fool you into thinking that young management is a good thing. No one knows what they are doing, including the senior editors. They are barely out of J-School. The offices are also super cramped, they have a tendency to promote writers to editorial positions, then change their mind and demote editors back to correspondent/reporter. They shuffle departments every 6 months for no reason and they are super distrustful of new blood (i.e. editors they hire from elsewhere). This place lacks some senior editors with experience at the helm - instead, it runs like an overcrowded school newsroom. Also way too much focus on clicks and speed over in-depth reporting or quality, which promotes an unhealthy work-environment with zero work-life balance (I worked from 8am to 7:30pm OR LATER every day). Also, they refuse to negotiate salary, contending that they pay above industry average when this is NOT true. They are taking advantage of their staff's relative youth to con them into accepting salaries that are lower than they could make elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people (over the age of 40) with real expert experience. People who have real-world experience out in the field, not just desk reporters or hacks that are really no more than glorified PR reps.


  7. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits with easy commute, tolerable hours, and enjoyable coworkers.

    Cons

    Too fast paced, heavy workload.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Business Insider full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly company with lots of opportunity and a start-up vibe.

    Cons

    High content production output is enforced through targets like number of views, clicks, citations, etc. The competitive nature of the company can be daunting leading to late hours.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young, dynamic and productive work environment

    Cons

    Click bait stories should be ridden

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about journalism top management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Tech Team"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Small Team, get to know everyone
    - Work on a variety of products

    Cons

    - Lower than average pay for area, but they are a startup


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