TheLadders Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
85 Reviews
2.6
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TheLadders Co-Founder and CEO Alexandre Douzet
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18 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

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


Cons
  • Bad pay, boring monotonous work, no room for growth (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Amazing, talented and passionate co-workers!

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

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    I work with some of the most talented professionals who are passionate about their work and fun to work with. You can't beat the people that make up TheLadders.

    Over the course of my career at TheLadders, I've had the opportunity to try on many hats and learn much about the various facets of our industry and business. It's been a great education and helped shape my long-term career goals.

    Cons

    It's an incredibly fast-paced environment, and project plans and high-level goals can change quickly. If you have trouble handling change, this isn't the right place for you.
    Sometimes quality is sacrificed for speed of delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep everyone informed of major strategic changes and the rationale behind them so people will be behind those changes. Also, need better balance between speed of delivery and quality of service/product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    TheLadders!

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

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

    Pros

    It's a great starting place to move forward in your career or to switch internally. I found that if you push yourself and show initiative, hard work can pay off. It also helps when there are a lot of great people around you who want to help.

    I get to work with a great group of people who enjoy what they are doing and who want to help others along the way. It makes for a more enjoyable working atmosphere.

    Really appreciate the unlimited vacation and food :)

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication and things can fall through if your manager doesn't spread the information around. I find that there is more of a focus on technology and focus drifts off of other parts of the company, which I think leads to discontentment among the different functions/groups of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A company with a promising strategic vision in the first stages of execution and solid perks!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    Fully-stocked kitchen & weekly meals. We are expected to work hard and get the job done well, but also can find s support for work/life balance (along with unlimited PTO). If you are a person who is proactive and doesn't always wait for orders to prove how you can contribute to the company, you will do well here. Every other Friday we are briefed on company going-ons, work anniversaries, etc. There are also some interesting initiatives going on in the Mobile and Data Science space.

    Cons

    While most positions at most companies have some ambiguity in what they are expected to deliver, there is more of that ambiguity here than the average company. For some people it may be very tough to navigate while others are able to thrive and do well. Since the company has been undergoing a shift from internet consumer services to a more Data/Tech heavy platform, the culture/values of the company needs to be revitalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once a strategy or project is set in place, it should be implemented and followed-up with even more care and detail. Communications between all functions to achieve strategic initiatives should also be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People & Great Perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly, intelligent employees
    - Open workspace concept (no cubicles or offices)
    - Fully stocked kitchen (food and beverages)
    - Catered lunch and breakfast (once per week, each)
    - 401K match
    - Free iPad for full time employees
    - Fun culture (parties, swag)

    Cons

    - Questionable executive decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think through your ideas before you act on them, weigh both the pros and cons in the short and long term. If something isn't broken, don't fix it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work; Great place to gain experience; Not a lot of room to move up

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers. Always stocked kitchen, weekly lunches and breakfasts, flexible hours, unlimited vacation (when you can take it), training budget for classes/conferences, computer workstation setup (multiple monitors, aeron chair), company information is transparent, host meetups in office (with food and beers)

    Cons

    Employee Turnover and not filling the position. Communication between business units. Shifting focuses. Pretty flat organization hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone leaves the company, fill the position instead of having other employees work cross-function on roles. The communication between the business units needs improving. When one units work affects another downstream, their goals and projects need to be better aligned instead of working in a vacuum. There also needs to be a re-imagining or re-inventing of the company culture as we have shifted from a consumer-services to tech focused company. It's great, but it used to be excellent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    gained great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    great people first and foremost!
    nice perks, unlimited PTO, well stocked kitchen
    few employees take advantage but company supports professional development as long as you are pro-active; will reimburse for training or professional seminars
    sponsors lots of interesting meet-ups for engineers
    flat hierarchy; staff has access to execs; titles not so important;
    culture that rewards self-starters/people who can "figure it out" - smart creative pro-active problem solvers get ahead here
    people who actually are on the ground doing the work sit on leadership team

    Cons

    expectations are high - intense environment can sometimes be stressful
    the "figure it out" culture for some feels like there is little support but lots of demand
    morale can be up and down - company in transition means lots of change; change means emotions run high; can be exhausting or exhilarating depending on your personality
    lots of smart get it done types, but not a lot of experienced managers of teams and people
    company values employees who are analytical and/or strategic - process people and "people" people can feel left behind as a result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management training!
    round out staff with more process and people oriented employees who can help manage teams through projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    relaxed fun company, perks were great until they lost their niche and focus

    Cons

    long hours and a bit disorganized

    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I like TheLadders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TheLadders

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, room to move up in pay and position for top performers who work hard

    Cons

    Regular company restructuring/refocusing - never feeling too secure in your job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun coworkers and great culture

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

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time

    Pros

    Lots of swag
    Awesome coworkers
    Catered lunch every week and breakfast every Friday
    Well stocked kitchen with killer coffee and a whole range of snacks for every taste and preference

    Cons

    Upper Management has a tendency to micromanage when it gets down to crunch time, but once the storm has passed, it goes back to normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and let the people you hired do the jobs you hired them to do. If you can't trust them to make the right decisions then they probably shouldn't be in that position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Fantastic First Job of my Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TheLadders full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent insurance/benefits, free food 2-3 times a week from Soho's upscale restaurants, stocked kitchen, tons of opportunites to learn

    Cons

    Need more seasoned managers, lack of job security; intimidating low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best people as you did in the past; stop turnover of staff; don't make decisions hastily!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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