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Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Working hours, work from home option, good people (in 3 reviews)

  • Nothing positive to recommend about IBTimes (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no concept of original content and the company is just a content farm (in 8 reviews)

  • corporate structure is disorganized, delusions of media-company grandeur, SEO-driven content (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant Editor"

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    • 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

    Pros

    The company depends on young talent, so recent graduates/new journos will get good experience in a newsroom. Bonus structure (based on hits) benefits writers. A great place to learn from other writers/editors. Truly smart people.

    Bagels on Wednesdays.

    Ultimately, IBT is just a stepping stone, though.

    Cons

    Traffic driven, no transparency between higher-ups and writers/editors, very much trying to be a new media company but failing. Bonus structure means some writers earn more than editors. Missed pay dates as recently as December 2015. Expensive health coverage, no 401K.

    Seemingly poor handling of finances and no long-term strategy for growth could explain why IBTimes' newsroom has dwindled to 22 from a peak of 110 last year. All the other properties within the company have also gone thru staff cuts (two rounds: one earlier this year and one last week). I was not a part of this, but I learned more of it through Twitter and Politico than any internal correspondence.

    Overall, the company goes through drastic ups and downs and it doesn't value its employees. While editorial runs smoothly, corporate is a mess. Great place to start, but if you can avoid it, do so.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Come up with a plan that works and keep your staff informed so that they'll want to be loyal when sh-t hits the fan.


  2. "Unprofessional toxic work environment"

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    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "put it on deathwatch"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Please, for your own sake, stay away"

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

    I worked at IB Times (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. Zero. Nada. Wait, you're close to the ferry. That's it.

    Cons

    The entire place is a joke. CEO is heartless, article success based on traffic and not content. Newsweek was further destroyed by IBT's incompetence and sites like Latin Times (useless junk) and their medical and main sites are all pointless. Pay is a joke and so is the benefit package. STAY AWAY PLEASE!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Go away


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good start for your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The editors want to make your work as strong as possible. Also, there's a bonus structure that gives employees a chance to make decent money.

    Cons

    There's a lot of confusion about the direction of the company. One day it's traffic, one day it's original content and hard-hitting journalism. Which is it, IBT?

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff about the direction of the company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Bad place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IB Times full-time

    Pros

    Reporters have ability to accumulate clips

    Cons

    Traffic-based bonus system is exploitative and encourages SEO-driven click bait, clueless leadership with ties to a cult, unclear direction, no audience

    Advice to Management

    Don't know where to start


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not a terrible place to start your career, but move on quickly"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent place to start your career. Opportunity to travel. Lots of young people. Good social scene. Can make good friends.

    Cons

    Won't offer benefits if it costs them anything. No 401K matching, dirt poor salary, no review periods so no one knows how they are progressing, totally unfair salary balance across news room, computers awful to the point that it makes newsroom uncompetitive, highly inexperienced management, especially ME. One editor in particular toxic to morale and make people deeply unhappy. That's passed down from the EIC, who everyone fears. Newsroom is full of fear.

    Reporters/Editors don't want to take risks because they are scared of EIC. That trickles down through the newsroom and results in people just doing enough to get by. Young people need to be encouraged and told that failure is just part of the job. That doesn't happen at all.

    IBT is a stepping stone, not a destination. If they could do more to treat people better and offer more benefits and salary they might gain a better reputation in the media world and some loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Do more for your staff or they WILL withdraw their labor. Yes, that's coming. Get ready.

  8. "Ambitious environment with lots of great talent"

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    • 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


  9. "A great place for ambitious, smart reporters"

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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 IB Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I chose to work at IBTimes because the editors I interviewed with seemed passionate about building an ambitious newsroom that combined breaking news with deeply reported features. I didn't assume that they had everything figured out from day one because it was clear to me that they were in growth mode, and had their sights set high (also, no media outlet has it all figured out, I've also learned while in previous positions). I was and still am excited to be part of that. It's definitely not for everybody. But my experience at IBTimes has so far held up to that original impression -- the editors here are willing to invest in talent and pursuing great stories in a way that I've not seen at many traditional outlets. It's refreshing to be part of a place that is growing rather than constricting. There is freedom to write about topics of my choosing within my beat and I have definitely been able to report stories more broadly and fully than colleagues at other outlets. I think that's the direction the publication is heading, and I think it's a smart one.

    Cons

    It's definitely a fast-paced newsroom, not for the faint of heart. It takes awhile to understand the vision and aspirations of the editors and may seem bit chaotic in the interim. The place is growing so fast that it's sometimes hard to form a strong sense of community and see any shared vision on a day to day basis, so you have to trust in the process and the editors who are working hard to lift the profile of the publication.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire smart reporters with ambitious ideas and invest in the stories that other outlets have abandoned. Talk directly with your newsroom staff more to help everyone arrive on the same page and see their role in the broader mission.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "lousy place to work"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    learn how to game the Internet

    Cons

    get treated poorly in a labor camp environment with low pay

    Advice to Management

    happy workers make for good business


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