I worked at iBus Media full-time (More than a year)
The co-workers are great, and the atmosphere is fun and kinda startup-y. People are young and mostly motivated at iBus. The communication is very easy, no boundaries to reach top management. Hours are flexible and as the company is not yet fully formed into a corporation and there are no processes in place, you work with a lot of different areas, so you learn a lot.
The top management seems to be inexperienced for what the company is going through - moving from a startup to a part of a corporation. There could be more transparency. Too many "managers", so the title doesn't mean anything anymore. The headcount is too heavy and not properly distributed - there are people who work weekends and there are people who come to the office to scroll Facebook. The salaries are quite low.
Advice to Management
Hire a good communications specialist - that should ease things up internally while going through changes. Make sure HR does their job - and by their job, I mean less gossiping, more time for actual people. Be more transparent with your employees.
iBus Media Management Explains Company’s Growth and Confirms Ownership Rumours
iBus Media (PokerNews) has seen strong growth over the last few years which has led to significant increases in both revenue and headcount. We are now in a position where we want to increase the speed of that growth and are therefore actively considering an acquisition strategy.
iBus has always been run as an independent business but as a result of the new strategy we felt it was the appropriate time to ensure there was clarity around the ownership of our business.
Tony G (Antanas Guoga) founded iBus Media as PokerNews almost 15 years ago, however, since 2010, he has steadily sold his equity in stages to the Stars Group who currently own a large majority of the business which Tony has now exited.
iBus Media has always maintained an arms-length relationship with the Stars Group and there will be no change in the way the business is managed moving forward.
To put the commercial relationship into context, PokerStars and its associated brands currently represent less than 5% of iBus’s affiliate revenues.
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