International Business Times - Worst company

New York City, New York 2 comments

Where to Start, here goes....

1. Really bad HR person that was let go, now a new even worse person has taken over. She was here for a week never introduced herself to the staff nor was she introduced by management. After a week, came in when she felt like and she was out on vacation for a week. Already has no time for employees and is on her cell phone anytime you come by the office to talk.

2. The CEO (a Joke) is egotistical and thinks everyone working here should thank and kiss his feet for giving them a job. Has no sense on how to manage a company and only hires YES men.

2. The CCO (the biggest joke) has no experience in journalism, sits in his office all day watching TV and listening to music. I don't think he has ever read any of the articles written by the staff, no one knows how he got the job.

3. Editor in Chief (LOL) is the same as above except he has experience in the news business and a sketchy character.

4. CTO, have no idea who this person is, never talked to him. Have seen him sitting in his office all day like the rest of management. Only time they come out is to eat or use the restroom. The IT staff is good and always helpful, although some cannot communicate that well in english.

5. Finance, again no idea who that is. You get paid once a month (who does that in this day and age) and don't even get your paystub, all you get is an email letting you know what you earned.

6. They hire you as an Independent Contractor at 1st so they don't have to pay employee's Social Security and Medicare taxes, state unemployment compensation insurance, and workers' compensation insurance. Forget about overtime, even as an IC you will not get it.

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Anonymous
#694124

*** clowns run this place. Absolute *** joke.

Anonymous
#647108

this is true.ibtimes.com really doesn't have any business plans and employees welfare.i thought they were doing the right thing in the NY office.

thanks for the info.

International Business Times - Worst of the Worst....RUNAWAY.....

New York City, New York 0 comments

Good people (except for management) to work with and be around.

You get a desk, a phone and a PC

The CND staff is great and always helpful with story ideas and how to make yourself better. A great thing to have for a new reporter starting out.

People in the office are friendly.

You are able to pitch ideas without feeling that they will be shot down.

You get a write a lot of stories about various topics which helps you build your portfolio.

Where to Start, here goes....

1. Really bad HR person that was let go, now a new person has taken over. She was here for a week never introduced herself to the staff nor was she introduced by management. After a week, came in when she felt like and she was out on vacation for a week. Already has no time for employees and is on her cell phone anytime you come by the office to talk.

2. The CEO (a Joke) is egotistical and thinks everyone working here should thank and kiss his feet for giving them a job. Has no sense on how to manage a company and only hires YES men.

2. The CCO (the biggest joke) has no experience in journalism, sits in his office all day watching TV and listening to music. I don't think he has ever read any of the articles written by the staff, no one knows how he got the job.

3. Editor in Chief (LOL) is the same as above except he has experience in the news business and a sketchy character.

4. CTO, have no idea who this person is, never talked to him. Have seen him sitting in his office all day like the rest of management. Only time they come out is to eat or use the restroom. The IT staff is good and always helpful, although some cannot communicate that well in english.

5. Finance, again no idea who that is. You get paid once a month (who does that in this day and age) and don't even get your paystub, all you get is an email letting you know what you earned.

6. They hire you as an Independent Contractor at 1st so they don't have to pay employee's Social Security and Medicare taxes, state unemployment compensation insurance, and workers' compensation insurance. Forget about overtime, even as an IC you will not get it.

International Business Times - Fraud, Misclassification of Workers, Discrimination, Unsafe Working Conditions, Favoritism, Lack of Executive Management Direction, Immigration Status Conflicts

New York, New York 0 comments

I interviewed with the company and employees in the editorial department at The International Business Times have warned me about the unfair practices there.Everything from unequal pay to promises that are often made by the CEO, Etienne Uzac & Jonathan Davis but are always broken.

From what I was told these reporters are often brought on as independent contractors when the jobs are posted as if they are actual employment opportunities. I thought I was getting a full-time opportunity with benefits until I was told by Davis & Uzac that my gig would be independent contractor. I was and still am very upset about it. Very disappointing.

I was really looking forward to joining the team but after my experience I had to check other reviews online. From what I gather from these online posts, Uzac & Davis do not like to be compliant and thinks they are above the law. A company with such great potential has two founders that apparently lack management skills and don't understand the consequences of bad business. In order to get favorable results you have to first start with taking care of your people.

Sitting in your executive offices all days is not going to move your companies forward nor your employees. I recall asking Davis for a formal roadmap of his business' success and never got anything. Only goes to show you just how unorganized, inexperienced, and ineffective the leaders are. Think twice before you jump the band wagon.

Read the reviews online and understand that if a leader of an organization does and cares for nothing about the reputation of his own company, they obviously don't care about your personal /career development, financial stability, personal and professional satisfaction. They often take short cuts when it comes to their workers by classifying them as independent contractors but they really are being treated like employees. This my friends is FRAUDULENT. And by doing this they avoid having to pay Unemployment Insurance or Workers Compensation on those given the independent contractor opportunity.

Meaning that they can let you go anytime and you're not protected. Speculations are speculations but previous employees that were left disgruntled are obviously writing many of these posts online to show the true nature of International Business Times' leaders (Uzac, Davis). The company can be compared to Enron, if you will. They come up with these bogus connected but separate entities and digital properties, some with pretend physical locations and people that don't exist.

I hope the NYS Attorney General would look into this business and see what's really going on. A CFO that doesn't want to make herself known (Marion Kim /Uzac) to employees. Etienne Uzac who asks interview questions that are discriminate in nature during a job interview. Davis who has no executive or strategic knack whatsoever.

There are many separate entities they use to avoid leaving a paper trail. They start various publications so they won't have to hire employees full-time. Immigrant workers there that are supposedly employees do not receive health benefits from what I understand. Why is that?

If they are reporting into the office everyday as you request why are they being misclassified and being refused benefits, fair salaries and such?

New York State District Attorney needs to look into this operations soon.

International Business Times - IB Times

Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 0 comments
Not resolved

Clearly, this was written by someone in management.Which is either Etienne Uzac or Johnathan Davis.

The two "bubble boys" who think they know it all. I call them "bubble boys" because they keep themselves locked in their offices.

[When it comes time to post a complaint, in some cases, it is hard to define what category it belongs to.

For example, a restaurant review concerning awful cuisine can go to the food section, and the poor quality of products in a supermarket may also refer to the same category.Low service level in a restaurant may refer to the SERVICE category or to the OTHER one...]

Review about: Content Farm.

International Business Times - Humiliated me disregarding my time or effort unethical and pretensious

Bellevue, Washington 3 comments
Not resolved

Well I would like to state that with interviewing for the past couple of months this indeed has to be the most humiliating disrespectful interview I have ever endured.

Position: Office Manger/ Receptionist

Location: 7 Hanover Square, New York, NY

I was call by Mr. Guillaume in regards to an application I submitted for office manager/receptionist after a 20 minute phone interview I was invited for an in person interview the following week. Excited and research oriented I did my best to learn about the company.

The day of my interview I was dressed very professionally and very organized.

I arrived at the Wall Street Location at 1pm I was told to have a seat by a teenage female serving as receptionist, the office is fairly spacious and empty I could tell the location was new.

After waiting 45 minutes I was told by the receptionist that the "HR lady Ruby Hwang" did not come into work today. I was surprised that no one would call to neither reschedule my interview nor inform me not to arrive. The receptionist then proceeded to inform me that the CEO Etienne Uzac would like to meet with me but at a later time of 2:30pm. Since I have already wasted so much time thus far I figured maybe my wait would not be in vain and looked upon as drive and dedication.

However after 2:30 passed I got a little concerned at 3:00pm the receptionist told me Mr. Uzac was running a little late, a little late turned out to be an hour and half late! At 4:10 Mr. Uzac walked into the office not acknowledging me nor apologizing for IB Times neglect to my other engagements. Totally confused after waiting from 1:00pm to 4:00pm I glanced at the receptionist and she gave me an uncertain smile, which followed, he will be with you shortly.

When ushered to Mr. Uzac office I was not giving any type of greeting he actually had the demeanor as if I was suppose to wait 3 hours to be interviewed he NEVER apologized about anything. The interview was rushed 5 minutes to be exact so yes reviewers I waited 3 hours for a 5-minute interview.

Within the interview I expressed my ability to go beyond the call of duty by completing 16 hr shifts in my previous position. Mr. Uzac then asked me what time clocking system did my previous company use, I responded they used a hand identifying machine, he then proceeded to ask me if I'm sure I did not know how to rig the system, was I sure I did not have a fake hand or someone else clocking in and out for me?

Confused on whether Mr. Uzac was making a bad joke or insulting my integrity I let the comment blow over. I did inform him that this was impossible and frequently there was a manager on site to confirm my attendance. This was not professional why would any company insinuate theft within an interview?

I was appalled by Mr. Uzac disregard but I remained confident that this might be the one since I've waited as if I was employed already and my qualifications seem to be a perfect fit to what the company was seeking. Mr. Uzac told me I would know a decision within the next day and asked did I remember my way out.

Feeling a little hopefully because of the quick decision time expressed. I put aside the blatant disrespect that I had occurred. That night I sent a thank you letter with attachments of my references. The next day around 4pm I decided to give a call just to confirm they received my email. Mr. Uzac did inform me that I would know by today. When I called first the receptionist did not know if he was in the office then after a brief hold she told me he said to email him and he already received my Thank You letter already.

Well this is what I received today...

Hi Tia,

Thank you for coming to interview with me.

We decided to not move forward with your application.

Best of luck in your job hunting endeavors.

Best,

Etienne

No explanation just a cold mechanical letter after all the woes I've endured! I write this review after being very humiliated; I am certain that after 1 second Mr. Uzac probably knew that he would not hire me because I was not the right complexion for his company! I for one never jump to the race conclusion but in this situation it is bold and blatant.

If I could I would attach a picture of my appearance the day of my interview and my resume if allowed. There was no way I could be critiqued in 5 minutes, my patience and dedication was completely ignored by IB Times and Mr. Uzac. I'm saddened that this type of ignorance is still present in such a multi-cultured city.

In closing this is NYC home of diversity it's shameful that I now send a link with my professional profile and picture just to ensure that my time is not wasted upon the perception of my non ethnic name.

IB Times, Mr. Uzac, Ruby Hwang and Mr. Guillaume you should all be very ashamed of yourselves. I am aware that IB Times is a private corporation but if any board members are reading this and do not agree with this type of pretentious degrading behavior I suggest correcting the HR process immediately.

Please feel free to contact me in regards to this ordeal.

Review about: Interview.

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123Person
#481536

Consider yourself lucky that you didn't get the job. IB Times is one of the WORST companies out there. Let's just say, it's a revolving door. It's not that people quit, people get fired! The benefits suck, you're left paying a high amount for little services and no dental at all...

They do discriminate! They do have some black employees there but only enough to stay under the radar.

On 2/29/2012; the ENTIRE Sales department was fired, including the Sr. VP of Sales.

I agree with the previous post that the guys who run the company are pigs. The two main guys "Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis" lock themselves in their offices all day. They can't be bothered with anyone. They are both inexperienced and it shows. Poor decisions time after time.

They tell their employees to put a blind eye to plagiarism as they were recently downgraded by Google for the 2nd time in 6 months. I can't wait to see what happens next with this downward spiral of a company.

Anonymous
#380084

Thank You so much for your response the company mainly Etienne have succeeded in removing my post from glassdoor and yelp although this was my experience exactly!I have never gone this far with a company but as stated before I never felt that disrespected before.

I was not aware of the diversity through out the company but I also believe that just because you put up with something don't mean you have to like it maybe the diversity is smoke and mirrors to say hey look we can't be racist because we do hire blacks here? however I'm thinking this way because i don't understand what else did Mr. Etienne had to judge me off that day but if racism is not the case it still do not make me feel any better on how i was belittled and disregarded. Most people don't speak up or fight back against rude big wigs and although my post on other sites was pulled i am delighted in the fact that Mr.

Etienne may for one moment reflected on how he treated another human being when he had to call or email to get my experiences removed.

No i am not born into wealth or at 27 obtained much of it yet but I am from America where I was thought these things don't make you but if you want it you work hard and achieve it!Thanks again for your honest input

Anonymous
#379817

Hi Tia,

I work at IB Times (though I won't for long) and am not surprised by your experience. The company is the brainchild of an extremely rude rich French dude (Etienne) with no experience or stomach for publishing. The executive staff is way in over its head, is disrespectful of its employees and generally seems intent on *** off its best talent.

I am not 100% convinced what you faced was blatant racism, since the company is pretty diverse and both Mr. Guillaime, the human resources director you dealt (or should have dealt) with, and one of the three people in the executive board (J Davis) are black.

I do think what you faced was a case of blatant rudeness, complete disregard for a person's dignity or value and general bad attitude.

The guys running the company are pigs, and seem to believe the people that answer their phone, do their finances, and code their website, not to mention the silly journalists who actually feed their website, are beneath them.

I know this is no solace for the way you were treated, but for what it's worth, the company is in a death spiral of decreasing volume and won't be long for this world.

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