TheLadders
2.7 of 5 84 reviews
www.theladders.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

TheLadders Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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2.7 84 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

TheLadders Co-Founder and CEO Alexandre Douzet

Alexandre Douzet

(16 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Amazing, talented and passionate co-workers!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsI 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    TheLadders!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt'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 :)

    ConsSometimes 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFully-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.

    ConsWhile 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 Senior ManagementOnce 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCo-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)

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    gained great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat 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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People & Great Perks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementThink 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun Working Environment

    Temporary Job Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTheLadders is committed to creating a comfortable, fun work environment for their employees. These efforts include: Casual dress, in-office events and free food/refreshments (yes I said it, free food). Also, TheLadders allows their employees to provide input to improve the work process. Finally, TheLadders strives to bring employees together and perform effectively as a team (and make a friend outside of work).
     *This is a good first job for recent grads

    ConsUnfortunately my current position is temporary, which doesn’t provide room for growth within the company. There is a goal system that I’m not too fond of; since it’s reminds me of a quota system (yikes). But it’s definitely needed to ensure that everyone is doing their fair share and that the company remains productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company should take part in social responsibility. They can volunteer one day out of the month to fight for cause. This can be in a form of a fundraiser event, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or helping out at a local hospital. It would put The Ladders in a positive light, would be fun for staff and it’s the right thing to do!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some good, some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    Conslong hours and a bit disorganized

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I like TheLadders

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun coworkers and great culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLots 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

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementRelax 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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