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Business Insider CEO  and Editorial Director  Henry Blodget (no image)
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Pros
  • "good perks and work/life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • "great company culture(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The editors have awful writing skills(in 17 reviews)

  • "Insider is working towards a more inclusive environment across the newsroom and business team(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great momentum at Insider

      Aug 22, 2021 - Account Director 
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      Pros

      The compassionate culture combined with a formidable global strategy has created tremendous momentum and excitement for the brand internally and externally. Launched in 2007, Insider reaches 250M global users on-site and 230M across social channels--more than most legacy players. Come join our team!

      Cons

      Insider is working towards a more inclusive environment across the newsroom and business team.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Pretty good place to work

      Mar 22, 2021 - Quantitative Editor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Collaborative environment, growing and thriving company in an industry where that's rare, fantastic colleagues.

      Cons

      Senior management doesn't always communicate well, metrics-driven newsroom can be stressful at times.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Opportunities to write cool stories and company perks, low pay

      Jul 8, 2020 - Fellow in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - Lots of opportunities to pursue stories or beats you're interested in depending on how heavy the workload is for your team - Nice perks, like free snacks and bonding events with plenty of good, free food - Stocked kitchens with free food, drinks, and snacks - Organized system set up for fellows to check in with editors and weekly team meetings

      Cons

      - Huge company, which makes it hard to get to know people on other teams - Depending on your work load can be difficult to pursue stories or other projects on the side - Low pay, especially for living in New York City - No benefits - Journalists in the newsroom are ranked by their readership on stories, media appearances and mentions, and other factors thus creating a weird point system

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    4. 1.0
      Former Freelancer

      amateurs/children in charge

      May 17, 2020 - Reporter 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      they claim enormously strong user metrics.

      Cons

      there are very few actual journalists at this shop. none in senior management. lots of arrogant millennials and 30 somethings with fancy job titles who have zero experience in beat reporting or an actual newsroom, and no news judgment. much of the content is rewrites of the nyt, guardian etc. so, parasitical. most of the insider research reads as though it were machine-generated. an astonishing lack of diversity.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A mess

      Jun 16, 2019 - Reporter in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Cool office, good parties, good coffee, a lot of very fun, talented people (who deserve better)

      Cons

      Management is ignorant, problematic, and all white, and then pretend they care about creating a diverse newsroom. These people pick favorites and make it very obvious to the entire company. Everyone in management will betray you when you come to them with an issue. Management values velocity over quality (although they deny it, or are so stupid that they think this is true). You will only have a positive experience at this company if you were a teacher’s pet.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Good company that mistreats interns.

      Mar 13, 2017 - Intern in New York, NY
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      Pros

      -Henry is a cool dude -Great team -Very inclusive -Fun culture -Snacks! -You get your name on everything you work on so your portfolio is boosted a ton as an intern. -Not nearly as sexist as I thought it would be! I was very worried until my first day. Half the newsroom is female!

      Cons

      -Lots of "click-bait" and "Curiosity gapping" instead of good content. -Very cliquey at times - especially if you're a woman. -Writers are second-class after the video team. -BI is more of a content factory than a newsroom - video team makes boring social videos only, it seems like. -Interns are often mistreated. ---Interns are forced to work the reception desk. ---Interns get one PTO day every three months when full-timers have unlimited PTO. ---Interns can't work from home even due to bad weather, emergencies, or any other factor. ---If interns DON'T come in when sick/stranded/on lockdown, they're reprimanded by their managers. ---Interns WILL NOT get recommendations from ANYONE at BI due to a company policy. If you want a recommendation, this internship is a dead-end. ---NO career development. Unlike other media outlets, BI will not help you find a job after your time there.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Horrible place to work

      Jun 6, 2017 - Editor in New York, NY
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      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.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Much to be improved, but still a great place for ambitious journalists

      Sep 29, 2017 - Reporter in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - a growing news organization during a time when most traditional outlets are struggling/laying off people - potential to become quite senior at a young age - good pay if you are good at what you do/negotiate/ have a skillset that is hard to find elsewhere. Can be comparable to Bloomberg News pay, but you need to negotiate. - certain verticals have good editors, which you can learn from (but you need to do your research before joining to make sure you're on one of those teams) - unlimited vacation, in theory – bosses don't care if you take time off if you're good at what you do. - casual workplace, don't need to dress up every day - start-up, scrappy culture - pitch an idea and it might just actually happen! - willingness by management to try new things, and to scrap things that aren't working. - colleagues are friendly overall - Possible to get 8% raise to base salary every year for good performance

      Cons

      - The newsroom, overall, needs more editors and reporters with strong reporting experience. Certain verticals are well put together, but politics team in particular needs work. - Remnants of a culture where it is OK to publish and/or aggregate something first before asking if it's true (by making a basic phone call, for instance). That is correlated to the above point. -Management is led by people who generally have not worked anywhere but BI. They don't necessarily know how to break news, how to source stories, where to get info (backstory is that BI started as more of a blog). So these people are good at getting page views, but not at news reporting. - A lot of content on BI is quickly produced, but not deeply reported, giving much of it a clickbaity feel. - People with high page views are congratulated by management, even if the work isn't good. - Given the pressure to produce stories, there is not much, if any time, to do deeply reported work, even though editors (at least sometimes) say that is what they want to see more of. To some extent, however, this can probably be said of many newsrooms, especially if they've gone through layoffs and have fewer hands on deck. - A young newsroom (average age is probably mid-20s) and it feels often that we need an adult to manage everyone. There are a few adults, to be sure, but we need more. - If you start as an intern, it will be very hard to negotiate a good starting salary. Research comps elsewhere and make sure to negotiate for yourself anyway. -overcrowded newsroom and it can be hard to find space to make calls (though we are moving soon to bigger offices, thankfully)

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      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not all it's made out to be

      Feb 18, 2016 - Reporter in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Journalists have the freedom to write about their interests and pitch stories across a wide range of verticals, there is an open and collaborative atmosphere, Henry Blodget is a great guy to work for and pay and benefits are above average. If you fit in, there are numerous opportunities for advancement. If you don't, there are none.

      Cons

      There was a lot of disorganization and disagreement among editors over which direction some verticals should go and I had to argue to get a phone at my desk. Also, the editors ranged from great to among the least constructive or supportive of any newsroom I worked in.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      At least it was paid.

      Jul 26, 2013 - Intern in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working here can help you get a foot in the door in the media world. You get to be in New York City. Coworkers are friendly, want to help you improve.

      Cons

      Work can be soul-crushing, intense focus on page view can keep you from working on what you're actually passionate about. "People don't care about that" is often heard around the newsroom. I guess no one thinks that as a media outlet, our job is to help people understand why they should care.

      10 people found this review helpful
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