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ALM Reviews in New York, NY

Updated Jul 3, 2014

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2.5 38 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Bill Carter

(14 ratings)

29% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • If you like a fast paced but friendly, collegial work environment, this is a great place(in 6 reviews)


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

  • Not concerned about work/life balance and not good at sharing information with employees(in 4 reviews)

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    Enjoyed job before layoff

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Had Potential, But It Has Been Frittered Away

    Lead Programmer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBuild 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.

    ConsNoisy 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 Senior ManagementPay 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..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Transitioning

    Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosindustry leader, multiple opportunities for the client

    Consan uncertain long term future

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter products for both clients and employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Definition of incompentency and complacence

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSelect few intelligent employees
    Easy work hours
    Convenient location

    ConsOverall incompetence
    Poor leadership
    Business model stuck in the past
    Zero knowledge of the digital space
    Lack of growth or training
    Makes no effort to retain talent

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvolve or pass the torch. ALM desperately needs to adapt to the changing digital/programmatic space if they want to survive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Transforming fast!

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros-Fast pace
    -great people that are very talented
    -Several recent promotions in our group
    -each day brings a new set of challenges

    Cons- each day brings a new set of challenges; transformation of a media company is hard
    - can bring long hours when critical deadlines approach

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in your people; they are very talented and deserve the best!

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

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    Office politics takes away from any positive aspects of working for ALM

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere are some good people working here that hold things together, middle management is where you'll find the best people at ALM.

    ConsUnfortunately middle management never makes it to senior staff. They rarely promote from within, most opportunities are given to newcomers from outside the company. Office politics and strong personalities on the senior statff sour a lot of the benefits and over time usually drive out good talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrongly evaluate staff in senior positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to Be a Good Place, Now...Not so Much

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGenial working environment, for the most part. The new CEO is trying to make the company more ditigal-centric to, probably, prepare for a sale, and more updates are a good thin.

    Consmore layoffs to balance the books, instead of discovering new options for revenue, along with already dismally low pay across the board, basically no work-life balance, no room for any upward mobility, an HR dept that's horrifically inhospitable, no bonuses for crazy work hours to make up for all the people laid off does not make for a comfortable work environment.

    Advice to Senior Managementpaying attention and giving more credit to staff that would include more than barely cost-of-living wage increases, bonuses, or opportunities for flex-time to substitute for lack of a decent salary might be a start

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship

    Legal Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prostones or responsibility, great feedback, and great culture

    Consno budget to expand department staff, therefore, offer of employment unlikely.

    Advice to Senior Managementintegrate the legal internship with other departments so as to illustrate the departments value add.

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

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    Potential employees, please look elsewhere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome great employees including middle management who will soldier on despite the disrespectful way they are treated. The break room is nice.

    ConsManagement is terrible and only concerned with selling the company. But the fact that there hasn't been any real progress in at least a year, despite the increasingly desperate downsizing, shows how little value the company has.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe sale is never going to happen without any real investment in your products; letting them waste away, particularly the digital products, only devalues the company. For example, the web products are a mess obvious to anyone after minimal use. Those in charge of new products are technologically underqualified. The data is inaccurate, the features inconsistent, and the design is dated. Please review your senior management team, they are nameless faces to most employees and inspire little confidence.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ALM not a great place to work any more

    Editorial (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsALM has decent salary and benefits

    Consbecause of layoffs, most people are way overworked, stress and worried about being layoff

    Advice to Senior Managementsomething to lift moral and insure folks that they won't be in the next wave of layoffs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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