TheLadders

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TheLadders Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
91 Reviews
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TheLadders Co-Founder and CEO Alexandre Douzet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fully-stocked kitchen & weekly meals (in 17 reviews)

  • Free snacks and unlimited vacation for salaried employees (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much work/life balance in some areas (in 4 reviews)

  • Constant changes in strategy and controlling executive management team (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Advisor at TheLadders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Career Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Career Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - great people to work with
    - hire smart people
    - free snacks and company outings but started to become less and less

    Cons

    - company is constantly changing its mission and core focus
    - no room for advancement
    - management does not listen to its employees
    - management played favorites
    - pay was not good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Short - sighted strategy and no real innovation has been TheLadders' real achilles heal.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good people (individual contributors). Management and above are made to feel that they are important, but the actual reality is extremely short-lived.

    Cons

    No real innovation stunts the growth of current employees. Subscription base (job seekers) keeps TheLadders machine chugging along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen to its own managers let alone the "rank and file."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Awful, disorganized, unethical.. do not work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at TheLadders

    Pros

    Well stocked kitchen, catered lunches and breakfast weekly, free iPad

    Cons

    This org is a shell of what it once was, The Ladders started out as the go to place for 100K careers and is now just a repository for old, dead resumes of members long gone. Poorly structured and unfocused management team, no HR support, the company ethos is CYA, employee development is nil and all product offerings are sub par. At least with Craig's List you know what you are getting. Both job seekers and recruiters are being scammed and misled everyday all day. If you like to lie and mislead people all day then this is the company for you, if you have any ethics or simply a SOUL work somewhere else. its not worth the aggravation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what type of business you want to run and stick to it.
    Revisit your mission statement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Morale is part of the DNA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly talented engineering team, with some of the highest caliber developers I've ever work with in my career. For product managers, project managers, designers, and marketing folk, it's a great experience just to work alongside such smart men AND women in the technology groups. Unlimited PTO (not that work/life balance lets you take advantage of that), once-a-week catered lunch and breakfast, good snack room, cool office space are other benefits.

    Cons

    It seems like groups are on rotation for getting singled out and shamed in front of the senior team and company. More focus is put on assigning blame versus encouraging creativity, which causes low morale and a toxic working environment. Frenetic goal setting and unfocused leadership objectives keep everyone constantly confused and uncertain about what shape the company is really in. There's zero customer consideration left as well, meaning the bulk of revenue comes from dishonest auto-renew settings- be prepared to get complacent with that reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some painfully obvious problems, no secret to anyone in the leadership. Fix them, or get comfortable with high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work, not in a good way

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO, good kitchen with snacks and drinks, and I think that engineers/programmers get a lot of respect and have a good work environment compared to the rest of the company.

    Cons

    Direction, performance, and security. Seems like the company is always pursuing the next big thing, and never really getting there. Over the years TheLadders has become notorious for ballooning up then firing scores of people, which has led to a lack of stability and security in most job roles. The CEO is one of the founders, and runs the company as if he's the chief of every team, so the top down process can be very oppressive and dissatisfying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hired smart people- empower them before they burn out and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Forget advancement; why do we go to the bar on Thursdays; incompetent management...but well-stocked kitchen!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - A job in a big city, like New York, may lead to better opportunities in the future...but only if you socialize/network out of the office.

    - Open office enviornment

    - Kitchen well-stocked with a plethora of snacks and drinks, even healthier options.

    - You may not be able to prove your abilities to management, but you can prove your worth to yourself.

    - My coworkers were very competent.

    Cons

    - Management either micromanages or doesn't manage when they need to.

    - Learn the chain of command or have your work stolen by management. (Hint: there is none, go straight to the people the changes will affect.)

    - Not all employees treated equally: temps excluded from much of company culture because of employment status. They're not invited to parties, company picnic, talent show, etc. even though their contributions are crucial to the life of the company.

    - Everyone celebrates end of week on Thursday (because of way job postings used to work) so forget socializing if you don't live within the general vicinity.

    - High-schoolish/cliquey social structure

    - Incomptence rampant in all levels of management: right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

    - Boring, monotonous work you don't need a degree for, had to dig deep to challenge myself.

    - Working remotely is pointless if the speed of said system only allows you to do half your work in a day.

    - If you're older, you might be working for someone and around people younger than you. Prepare to eat humble pie.

    - Dismal payrate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Learn to communicate effectively and properly

    - Provide clear feedback

    - Treat all employees equally and include all (even temps) in the company culture

    - Compensate workers appropriately: equal pay for equal work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun Place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job Search Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Job Search Advisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A young work environment and the managers are nice to work with.

    Cons

    At times I would question the direction of the company. The upper management failed to describe the company's direction which became very frustrating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Smart, fun people; disorganized management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of friendly, smart people working at TheLadders. Unfortunately, the management team lacks experience, and projects are cut. Rough attempts at establishing a unified vision ultimately affect team morale, and even jobs.

    Cons

    Indecision about the company's business goals creates an unstable culture. Many employees leave for better opportunities, sometimes just one year of working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more organized: share a collective corporate vision and execute it thoroughly. Invest more in your company's culture too by crafting stronger talent development plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mass lay-offs and Inconsistency while being fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are people you'd want to hit happy hour with, the Soho/TriBeCa location the office atmosphere is lax along its the dress-code

    Cons

    Terrible management, poor communication, no direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together and stop just adding titles to your LinkedIn page

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work, somewhat unstable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively smart co-workers, many genuinely nice people, a lot of drinking with co-workers, a well stocked kitchen, and great coffee..., nice workstation/technology supplies for developers.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement, frequent job changes/project changes/layoffs. Company does not seem to know what it is doing. Not much work/life balance in some areas. Extremely high turnover, especially among upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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