TheLadders Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. Great team, lots of opportunity

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people that are fun, kind, and pleasure to be around.
    Ample opportunities to learn and develop skills beyond what you were hired to do.
    Really talented team of engineers that have a wide array of experience and expertise.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a place where you can just phone it in, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great coworkers, company could be more stable

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at TheLadders

    Pros

    Smart, friendly, supportive coworkers; very relaxed workplace -- if you get your work done, no one is worried about when you show up or leave; there's unlimited PTO; at least within R&D, you're given the opportunity to learn new tools and explore projects that you find interesting

    Cons

    Relatively high turnover among employees; there's been a number of shifts in direction and structure over the past few years

  3. Pretty nice place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working at TheLadders is pretty sweet. There’s always a stocked kitchen, which allows anyone who works here to save a couple bucks if need be. There is catered lunch on Wednesdays and breakfast on Fridays, again allowing you to save some money instead of wasting 15 dollars for lunch every day.

    Going beyond the kitchen, the work environment is great. It’s a laid back vibe but productive on all fronts. There are always meetings, where they are willing to hear everyone out. From the newest guy to the most seasoned vet on the team, everyone can and shares their input. Definitely a company that is willing to at least listen to their workers.
    Co-workers are all friendly people. I definitely met great, down to earth people at this place.

    Cons

    Not too many cons that I can think of. I guess the building we are in can be better, but besides that there isn't much.

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  5. Great People, Good Environment, Bit Disorganized

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

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment overall is good. There is a kitchen stocked with beverages and snacks, including some reasonably healthy options (though it's mostly soda, cookies, chips, etc). The people are very friendly and welcoming.

    The tech culture overall is good. All the developers I interacted with were very intelligent and passionate - they were interested in constantly improving themselves as well as the product. There is a lot of room for personal growth - the potential to work on different types of projects with different types of technology.

    There are weekly conclaves with talks given on various topics - whether related to product or not. The office sometimes hosts various tech meetups for the NYC area. The tech stack is not cutting edge (which is good imo), but current and interesting - though of course enterprisey/legacy stuff will be found for you to work on.

    The product culture is generally good. Many in the company are very passionate about the product and genuinely interested in helping the customer. All departments have input into product design, and the input taken seriously. There are regular meetings/events and you can provide input and ideas to the extent that you are inclined to do so.

    Cons

    The upper levels of management seem very unfocused and disconnected. There is some disconnect between product, customer, sales, and engineering - communication in general was a problem both between team members, teams, and departments.

    It's very much an "open office", with all the cons typically associated with one - noise, difficulty focusing, many people wear headphones and it's hard to get their attention, etc. There are conference rooms to duck into when needed, but it still can be overall unpleasant.

    There is a general lack of organization and accountability in some areas.

    The onboarding process could use improvement as well - it's very disorganized. To the extent that it exists and is followed, it is one-size-fits-all.

    Compensation-wise it's not the best all around, expect to have to push a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the smart people you have, make them accountable, and get out of their way.

    Improve your hiring and onboarding processes - customize training to individuals. When new employees complain, take this seriously. Get them the information they need sooner. Consider explicitly assigning new employees someone to help them navigate the process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    TheLadders Response

    Mar 4, 2015Senior Technical Recruiter

    Thank you for your company review of TheLadders. We take pride in listening to and understanding the concerns of our employees, both current and former. Please know we are working hard to overcome ... More

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    One of the best environments I've ever worked in...

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

    I have been working at TheLadders as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The first thing you notice at the Ladders is they have great people. The developers are talented and technically smart. The unlimited vacation policy. The Chill and laid back environment. Catered lunches and breakfasts. The Managers actually treat you like an adult. What more can be said.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is poor communication between management and employees. I want catered lunches everyday! Don't have pretzels in the kitchen. How can you not have pretzels?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue Hiring Great People!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TheLadders Response

    Feb 6, 2015Senior Technical Recruiter

    Your feedback and input is very important to us. Thank you! And by the way, we will look into getting pretzels for the kitchen :-)

  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Weird I liked working here

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

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    My team, my manager, were great. Drew was awesome. My two backend devs were amazing. We had good chemistry I wish I could get back.

    Cons

    Senior management doesnt have their act together. I think they have the talent but the management is the weakest link.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and let someone else run it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Amazing, talented and passionate co-workers!

    • 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

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    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 (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

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