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Business Insider is an American financial and business news website founded in 2009 and owned by the German publishing house Axel Springer. It operates 14 national editions and an international edition. Several national editions are published in local languages.

Tim mentioned in a review, "The Business Insider articles I've read are shallow and sensationalized. The material is just opinions and not fact gathered statistics. I could write better articles on businesses and current events and I'm not even a journalist."

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Former Employee - Reporting Fellow says

"The place is a content farm. It prizes speed and efficiency over all else. I'm baffled that any of the leadership, including senior editors, consider themselves journalists. That is, generally speaking, an unduly generous description. The leadership's basic function is to ensure that our work garners clicks. During my six months: - I was given an (aggregation) assignment to be turned around in about an hour. The only relevant sourcing I found was in another language. I told my editor that I could not possibly do foreign-language research. They told me that it seemed like I just didn't want to do the assignment, that they were too busy to help me, and that I needed to figure it out on my own. This was a few weeks after I arrived. - An editor subtweeted me because they thought a pitch of mine was foolish and naïve. This was a few weeks after I arrived. - I was given an (aggregation) assignment that fully relied on a "news report" from a US-government-funded publication. I could not locate any other reportage that corroborated this news item. I wrote the piece and it immediately went viral, relying as it did on Sinophobic propaganda. I asked the assigning editor if we could update the piece to reflect that a portion of my report relied on information from a US-government-funded publication. The editor asked why such a qualification was necessary. Around the same time, another editor told our team to avoid citing from state-funded publications in Russia and China. An editor who believes that only US-government-funded media is legitimate doesn't deserve to be called a journalist. They should be labelled a propagandist. - The pandemic began and I started pitching about how the coronavirus could affect refugees in European transit camps. An editor eventually told me that no reader would be interested in such a story. By the time I left the fellowship, Business Insider had published more than 4,500 coronavirus-related stories. Three mentioned "refugees." - Editors routinely deleted source quotes that questioned conventional wisdoms. - Senior editors only praised my work when it went viral. I worked long and hard on the few features I was given time to write, and I felt that some were among my best work. We clearly had different understandings of what constitutes good journalism."

Current Employee - Reporter says

"Absolutely incompetent management from the top down, with a mission that is just not compatible with journalism. Reporters are constantly chasing clicks or subscriptions, to the point it dramatically effects which stories are told to the detriment of readers."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Beware: people always ask whether we should be worried about lay offs and are told we are fine but all the shady decisions constantly being made to cut costs say otherwise. Most recent example is a bunch of video team folks finding out some of them are ineligible for bonuses (company started giving different contracts than the ones they’ve always given). Then again, the company had to raise salaries three times last year because they were illegally underpaying everyone so maybe this kind of thing should be expected at this point. There’s great work happening here but there’s also a lot of issues in management. Overall there’s a focus on short term solutions over long term investments, in spite of what higher ups say. It’s unclear if those will be addressed but the company can’t grow otherwise."

Former Employee - Reporter says

"Mediocre pay and unfair HR practices Job insecurity Low editorial standards Insincere and dumb management"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"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"

Former Employee - Software Engineer says

"- Priorities change constantly, nothing gets done - Current team composition takes away all ownership and responsibility from engineers - No opportunity for growth - Tech debt is massive and a ticking time bomb - Org is too top heavy - Product Management hijacked the agile process so don't expect Tech to have any power to change all the issues that kill productivity"

Former Employee - Editor says

"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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"not much growth opportunities here"

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"As a tenured professional with more than 20 years under my belt, I was surprised to be surrounded by so many young people who were fresh out of college. Many of them think this is a great gig simply because they don't know any better. If you are hired as a subject matter expert, don't expect to be valued. There are only two voices in that organization and one is the most controlling micro- manager I've witnessed. Employees are not empowered, they are managed and those of us who had the good fortune to have worked in finer firms with a strong culture, found it frustrating and have left. I reported to someone who didn't even like talking to other people and from whom I learned nothing. The nine months I spent at Business Insider were some of the most miserable of my professional life."

Former Employee - Reporter says

"Huge lack of diversity. There are exactly 0 people of color who are in leadership positions, which is problematic. Management constantly says "We're working on it," in every meeting, when it's addressed. Lack of guidance from editors, especially on the editorial team. Managers don't give constructive criticism that's helpful, they pretty much expect you to figure it out for yourself. Employees are severely overworked for the amount of pay they get, and are not allowed overtime unless "given permission," which defeats the purpose of overtime since you essentially will never get permission to do so. Reporters are left navigating the field without support and guidance, which are essential to helping reporters perform functions."

Journalist (Current Employee) says

"A typical day starts by keeping your ear to the ground and listening to what people are talking about. What matters to them and how they can be turned into a business news story. Coming from a print background, this is my first online job and I have learned a great deal about the fast manner in which news is becoming. Thinking on your feet and try as hard to be fair and accurate. The hardest part of the job is being quick on your fingers. The enjoyable part is seeing people interact with the stories we publish."

Video intern (Former Employee) says

"poor management, some good reporting, huge emphasis on clicks as the metric of success. The company is led by a disgraced wall street analyst who straddles business and editorial — highly inappropriate at a news organization. It's a company where their superstitions are taken as facts.free snacks and beerjournalism with a shaky intergrity"

Associate Digital Producer (Former Employee) says

"I learned a great deal during my time at Insider and had an overall great experience. The culture was really great compared to other places I've worked at."

Analyst (Current Employee) says

"BI is a fun, fast paced company that acts like a start up. The jobs offer a fair amount of autonomy and a broad global reach for content. However, staff turnover is rapid across all departments. And the expected workload is hefty considering the below competitive wages."

Herman681 says

"Tricky bullshit!"

Mike says

"The site absolutely sucks"

chris bazlinton says

"I was trying to copy a formula on Excel using their instructions. Doesn't work, wasted time. Business insider? Destoying your business more like!"

Luis Duarte says

"Overwhelming amount of ADS"

Ryan Keefe says

"This used to be a good source for info, but clearly is now just another clickbait news site that discuss how "the country is changing" but forget to mention they use UK reporters to report on US. Feels like they just like to stir the pot now and don't provide any value....

Business Insider articles are regurgitated from more reliable sources.

And they shut off comments...can't debate journalists or correct the children that are writing the articles..."

Renato Sop says

"Popups and annoying ads. If you have an addblocker then it hides the Content under a overlay. (which you can remove, but ist anoying)"

Kunde says

"Can't use them if you have an ad blocker. So I couldn't read the article, might have been good."

Jim says

"Not about business. Enough said. "

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