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IB Times Reviews

Updated March 27, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good place to start your career in online media, you get to learn a lot" (in 3 reviews)

  • "There are no pros to working at the International Business Times, unless you want a wartime-like camaraderie between you and your colleagues" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The company is nothing but a content farm" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Who care about no one but only their careers" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Ambitious environment with lots of great talent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -In the last year, IBTimes has ramped up its editorial coverage, and shown a real commitment to quality reporting
    -As a writer, opportunities to travel and work on lengthy, data-driven features
    -A desire to build a truly global news site and attract attention, win awards, etc.
    -PR director is awesome at getting writers on TV/Radio
    -Smart editors under strong leadership

    Cons

    -Site could use a serious refresh


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A Challenging Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IB Times full-time

    Pros

    - Access to great editors
    - Ability to own a beat and carve out some good stories
    - Talented journalists who were there with you through all the challenges

    Cons

    - Traffic incentives hurt morale
    - Uncertainty surrounding company and financial stability led to a lot of distrust
    - Low starting salaries

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bad experience"

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

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No pros at this time.

    Cons

    Very bad staff management. Delayed salary payments. No professional growth


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Run Forest Run"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IB Times (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were none at all.

    Cons

    Everything you read here is true.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy your prison sentence


  5. "Terrible Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IB Times full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to working at the International Business Times, unless you want a wartime-like camaraderie between you and your colleagues.

    Cons

    Low morale. Unrealistic traffic goal expectations. Bad management. Everyone scared for their job. Pressure to write downright misleading articles, if they can even be called articles. I got out as soon as I could.


  6. "Content Farm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IB Times (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience. Independence. Some employees allowed to work remotely.

    Cons

    Unqualified editors. Low salary (dishonest incentive structure). Low editorial standards.

    Advice to Management

    Hire bona fide journalists as editors.


  7. "This Place Is A Hot Mess"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 IB Times (More than a year)

    Pros

    A few great editors/writers who really care.

    Cons

    Valued page views over content

    Advice to Management

    Up your game

  8. "good for clickbait writers; bad for actual writers."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IB Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience writing for the web, they pay writers. If you get the hang of publishing posts that garners clicks, there's a decent bonus structure.

    Cons

    Churning out content can be exhausting, and publishing clickbait articles for web hits doesn't necessarily look good in one's portfolio. If you value the quality of your writing, it's draining and embarrassing to have your name on content you know isn't very good.

    Insecure employment, no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    find a better business model than just clickbait for ad revenue?


  9. "Unprofessional toxic work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's s great boot camp to learn new skills

    Cons

    Unprofessional environment, no career development, website has too many ads and typos

    Advice to Management

    More career development, more support for staff, better editing needed


  10. Helpful (1)

    "put it on deathwatch"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    – some very dedicated people there
    – good location for the office

    Cons

    The company is run by people who don't understand the media business
    Zero attention paid to the user experience
    Poor communication between ownership and everyone else