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ALM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated January 1, 2015
Updated January 1, 2015
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Pros
  • The Philadelphia office is very laid back and the benefits package is not bad (in 7 reviews)

  • I am so thankful to be back in a healthy work environment and am very positive about my future here (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Noisy and distracting bull pen environment, top heavy with senior management (and getting more so), (in 7 reviews)

  • Top management is a complete boys club and there is very little room to grow in your career (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    From a former employee

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

    I worked at ALM

    Pros

    Lots of room to cross train within the company. A convenient downtown location. The HR department is always available.

    Cons

    The management will sometimes send mixed messages when assigning projects and priorities. Because this is a publishing environment, do nor expect your salary to be as high in other industries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Misleading

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    Current Employee - Advertising Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Health coverage and benefits are the only incentive for staying at this place

    Cons

    You are acknowledged, respected, rewarded or recognized for any team efforts that's displayed. HR is a joke and often times on the same playing field as your manager or director. The work load and salary do not equal the aggravation and non rewards often experienced in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to restructure and retrain upper management in people skills. The company will continue to have a revolving door as long as the workers experience the manner of disregard most offer to their subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience, but that's about it.

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

    I worked at ALM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The editorial staff is good and there are lots of excellent reporters. For a young reporter just starting out, this is one of the best jobs you can have. You'll get tons of experience, learn a lot about the legal industry and get a ton of published clips to add to your portfolio. The money isn't great, but the fact they'll even pay is a step above most publications.

    Cons

    It's best to look at ALM as a stepping stone to another job. I hate to say that, because ALM has such great brand recognition in the legal industry, but it's true. I echo all the previous reviews saying that it's virtually impossible to be promoted. It happens, but only for a small group (and they'll often be promoted several times). It's not just sour grapes, either. There were many of us that all did well and got excellent evaluations all of the time. But none of us were even offered promotions and we ended up leaving. That sums up
    ALM in a nutshell. They can't hold on to their talent because they don't see us as talent. We're considered to be "content producers" instead of reporters and our numbers (traffic and number of articles written) are more important than quality. Executives love nothing more than launching new products and publications and will spend whatever profits the company makes towards expanding its media holdings. I think it's so they can justify their high subscription fees (meanwhile, most of these products overlap and contain the same stories). Towards the end of my tenure, they started talking about using software to generate stories automatically. That contributed to the poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry about putting out a good product and reward the people who make it possible. I understand the preoccupation with traffic but it's not everything. ALM has a specialized audience so it's never going to get Buzzfeed's numbers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agree with the most recent reviews.

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

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

    Pros

    For employees who are just starting out on their career paths, this is a good place to stay for one year, get your experience and then move on. Just remember that there are good companies out there where managers and execs do care so don't use this company as a interpersonal role model.

    Cons

    Everything else. No leadership or vision at the top - huge problem for this tiny company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop viewing the average employee as a liability and start viewing them as human assets. You are only as good as those working for you.

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

    Good ideas, Bad management

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

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

    Pros

    Yes! ALM is transforming itself from traditional to digital publishing in an attempt to stay ahead of the curve. They have good and valuable research for the legal industry. With the recent re-acquisition by Wasserstein & Co., I see positive changes, though not in the areas you would expect. I see more so the benefit going towards upper management than mid-level employees.

    Cons

    Management is a big problem with ALM and one of the main things stopping ALM from progressing forward at the expense of the hard-working employee. I've noticed a trend of where good employees are under-valued, over-worked, under-paid, and then laid off. They are shy about giving you raises coupled with an over-eager commitment to increase your work load. They are cheap in investing on research and development, opting to penny pinch rather than investing more than their competitors to move the company along. I would not recommend ALM as a long term employer. By long term, I mean more than 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is to Wasserstein & Co.. If you want ALM to be a productive and thriving company that shows, that shows a profit despite of economic inflation, then keep an eye on management. Make sure they are not using good employees to meet their budget goals by laying them off or refusing them raises or dump their responsibilities. Promote more management from within, seriously limit hiring management from outside. People like this do not care about the employees, only figures. Fire all upper management that DO NOT have PEOPLE SKILLS or do not VALUE employees, you lose more productive employees this way. Usually a tell tell sign is when good productive employees start leaving. I'm assuming you're looking for leaders not glorified butt kissers. DO NOT be cheap, give employees raises cause they deserve it and INVEST more in areas that matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It's a rollercoaster ride of constant change combined with a heavy workload.

    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I have been working at ALM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You learn a lot writing by about important U.S. legal developments and issues. Decent pay for the industry. Dental benefits. Reporters have autonomy over how they use Twitter.

    Cons

    Many reporters don't have a say in what their beat is or in the direction of their career. It's a very top-down culture and annual goals are assigned without much, if any, input from the reporter. Managers are mostly concerned about increasing the volume of reporters' output. Professional development isn't encouraged even if the company isn't paying for it. Start-up culture with constant rollout of new digital initiatives and executive-level reshuffling. Some managers discourage vacations. High health plan deductibles. Non-lawyer journalists are often solely responsible for making sure story facts are right. Hard to get help and deadlines are firm even if the reporter simply doesn't know something about that legal matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More organization of content that isn't breaking news would improve work-life balance. Consistently train everyone at the beginning about the rules of criminal and civil procedure. Let employees use at least a token number of business hours per year (like 8, for example) to get off-site professional development even if you aren't paying for it.

  8.  

    Lots of changes as they move from print to digital

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. A majority of the employees are smart and energetic. Senior management does strive to keep the employees up-to-date on changes. The transition to digital is exciting and very fast-paced. Overall, it's a friendly place to work.

    Cons

    Promotions only if you're part of a small group of valued employees. Raises are minimal and health insurance premiums are ridiculous. As the staff shrinks, the work-load increases.

  9.  

    Overall great place to work

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at ALM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It’s no secret that ALM has been in transition for quite some time. I started here in May of 2013 and have seen a ton of changes, some of which I may not agree with but overall I understand the need to revamp the company. With that said, there is a lot of opportunity if you are motivated. I’ve never worked for a company that was so open minded and willing to listen to ideas. They have an open door policy that is unlike anything I’ve experienced especially in this industry.

    I actually have quite a different story and felt it was important to share. I was in a role that I felt plateaued and was ready for change. For some, this job would be ideal. I never had work-related stress, my hours were amazing and my plate was never too full. But because I am young and hungry, I decided to leave and pursue a job at an agency. Within the first week I had realized I made a mistake and that ALM was truly the place to grow my career. Luckily, I had maintained strong ties and they offered to take me back but this time in a new role, which would expand my duties. I am so thankful to be back in a healthy work environment and am very positive about my future here. This is actually not uncommon; a few others have left and come back because it truly is a great place to work. I would say my favorite thing about the company is the people; they are amazing, warm, and overall very talented.

    There are a lot of exciting projects currently going on to enhance our digital strategy. I would say now is the best time to join the company as it continues to grow.

    Cons

    If I had one piece of advice to give a potential candidate, it would be to stay motivated. I think it's easy to get comfortable and cruise from 9 to 5. However, if you are motivated and ready to step up to the challenge of helping push the company into a position of success, you will open more doors and feel fulfilled. This is the path I’ve chosen here and it has served me well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your younger employees. They are full of fresh ideas that will continue to grow the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed job before layoff

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

    I worked at ALM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Congenial co-workers, flexible hours, casual dress permitted, fair evaluations, friendly management. Great location.

    Cons

    comprehensive training needed when introducing new software platforms. Open office layout does not promote exchange of ideas but reduces productivity due to surrounding noise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain employees instead of laying them off. Why terminate motivated employees with good evaluations who are eager to learn new skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Had Potential, But It Has Been Frittered Away

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    Current Employee - Lead Programmer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Programmer in New York, NY

    I have been working at ALM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Build up to 4 weeks vacation in five years, reasonably flexible scheduling, lots of good people in middle management (until they get fired) and down at the rank and file level, payroll runs smoothly.

    Cons

    Noisy and distracting bull pen environment, top heavy with senior management (and getting more so),senior management is brought in from outside instead of being developed inside, no professional development and no promotion potential, anemic raises, and terrible annual review process openly biased to producing mediocre employee ratings. Worst of all, the company must successfully transform from a print-based company to a digital-first company in order to survive, but is making the transition in a slow and stumbling fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to employee morale, implement an unbiased annual review process, reward successful middle managers, be more open to suggestions coming from below - the people making the suggestions may know more about the business than you do..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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