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Insider Inc. Reviews

Updated April 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "It's a really exciting place to work with great work/life balance" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with, fun but serious work culture, many events going on to alleviate stress" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Get the short end of the stick when it comes to stories, usually ones that no one wants to take" (in 6 reviews)

  • "So these people are good at getting page views, but not at news reporting" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Producer"

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

    I have been working at Insider Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Excellent company culture, plenty of after work events, co-worker are very friendly, and the office is very inclusive making it a much more rich experience, plenty of room for growth, and management really tries to guide you into a position you love.

    Cons

    Sometime you'll take on new responsibilities but pay won't reflect that


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Watch out for the ridiculous work agreement"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Insider Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours.

    Great flexibility regarding vacation time.

    Cons

    Take a good look at the work agreement that they present to you before signing it. Make sure to ask them to send you the work agreement before you sign the offer letter, otherwise they may present the work agreement to you once you have already begun employment. Unless you want Insider, Inc to own all your work permanently, I recommend you look to continue your career elsewhere. Also, watch out for the non-disparagement portion where they take away your ability to criticize them. This portion of the documentation also extends to post-employment at Insider. Don’t just take my word for it though, take the time to review the agreement (consider doing so with a lawyer) and draw your own conclusions.

    Meetings are wasted on playing silly agile games that take a solid chunk of development time.

    Zero accountability for failure. Same developers leave work consistently unfinished or done unprofessionally, and get a free pass. More capable developers pick up and finish their work and everything continues as if nothing happened.

    Being a lead engineer means very little, since you don’t make any real decisions.

    Leadership choose not to make decisions and delegate decision-making to mid-level managers. The mid-level managers struggle to make decisions, ultimately prolonging long periods of time where no work is done and projects do not progress.

    Tech debt is never addressed and only more is accumulated through attempts of shoving new features into legacy codebases.

  3. "Great first job if you are young, not much room to grow. Sort of a bland place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation days, beer/wine fridge, office happy hours. CEO appears inspiring and transparent at company all hand meetings. Lots of creative opportunities IF you have a supportive manager.

    Cons

    Poor middle and lower management comprised of young people who got in early and rode the wave. Incredibly lacking in experienced/talented employees on the editorial side, tend to favor interns and people just starting out over hiring more qualified people at various stages of their career. Because of that the newsroom is greatly lacking diversity. Not much communication/collaboration among teams. Despite the great “culture club” activities offered, the actual day-to-day office culture feels really lacking. Very cold and solitary, and your personal experience will be directly tied to who your manager is— which can greatly vary depending on the team. If you are over 30, this might not be the place for you (at least on the editorial side of things).

    Advice to Management

    Find more opportunities to advance/support/maintain your more experienced employees. Rock star awards and inspiring speeches are nice once a month, but make sure those positive messages are being carried out on the day-to-day by your managers, otherwise they’re just words without substance. Find ways to oversee middle and lower management to ensure they’re upholding those values and not just looking out for themselves. Cutting corners financially is understood in entry-level positions in a growing company, but notice where certain employees deserve raises commensurate with experience in the field. On the ground, it seems fully possible that one day your content will be produced entirely by interns who are managed by people just a few years ahead of them. Get more women and POC in senior management, especially on the creative side. There’s a lot of good talk happening at Insider, just make sure it’s more than that.


  4. "Good for upward mobility, bad for happiness."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Insider Inc. full-time

    Pros

    - Upward mobility
    - Pay
    - Good snacks

    Cons

    - A cut-throat environment
    - Content isn't getting any better


  5. "The rumors are true."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Insider Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO & snacks. That’s about it

    Cons

    This place has fallen far from grace. What happened to the place I used to work for? Management is toxic and favoritism is rampant across the newsroom. This place will do ANYTHING for a click to drive traffic. Beware, you will be overworked & underpaid

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! you have problems that need to be addressed. You are hemorrhaging talent. Pay attention to everyone and set an equal playing field. The clickbait is out of control.


  6. "Video Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Insider Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. People are nice.

    Cons

    Personal growth and development is lacking


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Life at BI"

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

    I have been working at Insider Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, super friendly management, best work/life balance

    Cons

    I can’t think of any overwhelming cons

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (11)

    "20 Things developers should consider before working at Insider Inc."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Unlimited vacation is really unlimited.
    - Great snack selection, good coffee
    - Flexible work hours
    - Great place if you’re at the end of your engineering career, looking for early-retirement.

    Cons

    - Lots of technical debt resulting from years of deprioritized maintenance. The mantra has been don’t upgraded until end of life.
    - Constant context switching (daily).
    - Terrible place if you’re a new graduate looking to get some real world work experience and learn some transferable skills.
    - Work gets bounced around from one mediocre engineer to the next. Eventually the same small handful of capable people take over and scramble to complete the project. The same people are also always called in for emergencies.
    - Lots of dead weight in both departments nice people; who aren’t qualified to do their jobs but can’t be bothered to improve their skills.
    - Anything that makes a quick buck gets prioritized first which usually involves cramming more ads.
    - Product managers have more decision making authority than engineers but skip town when a project fails leaving engineers to take all the blame.
    - Endless therapy sessions with scrum masters who feel qualified to tell engineers what a deploy process should be, who should own codebases and how teams should be organized.
    - Tons of success theater. Rather than measured outcomes.
    - Lots of initiatives are announced in an attempt to improve things but zero resources dedicated to actually see things through. People wearing too many hats.
    - Understaffed (short on talented people) and attempt to compensate by reorganizing teams every few months. Products become neglected as a result.
    - Complete lack of formal (documented) review process or career development path, which leads to promotions based on tenure and soft skills rather than merit. Talented engineers who work hard are under compensated.
    - Zero investment in engineering while every other department in the company grows. Engineering head count has been the same for 3 years while product ranks swell. Mass exodus is currently in progress as a result of poorly communicated management changes.
    - No budget for professional development (training, conferences)
    - Dysfunctional hiring process, after the phone screen it could take weeks or months to get back to a qualified candidate.


    Advice to Management

    Watching the company wide all hands (parent company Axel Springer) it’s evident that every unit is thinking longterm and making investments in technology and engineering teams except Insider Inc..

    Proper software engineering is time consuming and expensive. If you can't afford either just switch to Word Press or Drupal and call it a day.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "What happened to the company I USED to work for?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Insider Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great perks - WFH options, pretty much your own hours. Do as little or as much work as you'd like.

    Cons

    Top heavy management.
    Almost more product managers than engineers.
    Titles given to match salary requirements of the market.
    Turnover rate is really high.
    Little to no high level technical representation.
    Rarely punishment for those not working (3 commits a month? all in who you are friends with)
    Working hard is rewarded with more work.
    Technical debt is suffocating
    No training opportunities or expectations to fill lower ranks and train developers

    Advice to Management

    New management since I was there, but the rules still apply.
    Be the same person in an engineering meeting as you are in a product meeting. Flip flopping is seen as weakness or betrayal.
    Be brutally transparent - rumors and secrets spread in that place like wildfire.
    Focus on growth. Very quickly developers become stagnant.
    Treat developers like adults. If they don't work, punish them. If they do work, give them the opportunity to prove their merits elsewhere.
    If someone is titled a 'director' or 'lead' or 'principal', treat them like one. They belong in leadership meetings representing the people they deal with on a daily basis.
    Don't expect perfection. Be clear about goals and priorities and understand that when 9/10 goals are hit it is a win.

    To the C level execs - I was there for a few years. Myself and the other engineers worked hard for you. You were our leaders, you knew us, you cared about our opinions, and you believed in the movement of the company as a whole, bringing everyone along. I don't know what happened, but that feeling completely changed. We became disposable cogs in a gear system and it caused just about all of us not know what we were working for. I would expect a full turnover of the engineering team which will definitely trickle out to the other departments.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Look For Diversity of Opinion Elsewhere"

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

    I have been working at Insider Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Retirement home for developers; if you're lazy, don't care about career development, this is the place for you

    Cons

    - Retirement home for developers
    - Dead-sea effect in full swing
    - Constant changing priorities and over-utilization of specific people
    - No measurement, teams have no idea of the impact of the work they are doing
    - Success ceremonies without any knowledge of impact
    - Primary goal is feature output without any focus on refactoring and tech debt work
    - Because of focus on feature output, work is released in large batches instead of incrementally creating tech-debt
    - Gross mismanagement and obsession about prioritization instead of specific areas of focus and outcomes
    - Top heavy organization with inflated titles
    - No accountability, "someone else will take care of it" attitude
    - Product is walkie-talkie for business
    - Work not challenging
    - Culture of blame
    - Tech vs. product attitude
    - No communication between product across teams

    Advice to Management

    Start over. Get rid of waste, focus on salvaging the relationship between tech and product. invest in growing people that are still there and hold people accountable. Nurture those that still care.

    Alternatively, fire everyone and outsource. It's a blog after-all, not rocket science.