TheLadders

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TheLadders Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
91 Reviews
2.6
91 Reviews
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TheLadders Co-Founder and CEO Alexandre Douzet
Alexandre Douzet
22 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

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


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

  • Constant changes in strategy and controlling executive management team (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    "Your Career is our Job" HAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Free unlimited snacks and catered lunch/breakfast once a week. Fantastic benefits and salary. Work-life balance is very good. Working hours are supposed to be 9am-6pm, but you can pretty much walk in after 10am and leave at 5:30pm (nobody says anything!) while taking a 1-2 hour lunch on top of that. There are a ton of nice people there.

    Cons

    I just want to go on record by saying that once I started at the company, I truly believed that I was going to be there for a long time. However, it didn't take too long to realize that I made a horrible mistake in joining. Let's start with the office. The office is very dirty and in an old rickety building in SoHo. So, if you are a fan of a dirty office environment, then come work at TheLadders. The Leadership is HORRIBLE. The two people who founded the company (Alex Douzet and Marc Cenedella) made their money and now they don't really care about anything. They will speak in these 2 week Friday forum's but they truly don't believe what they are saying and you can tell that they are as fake as can be. Marc will talk about people's success stories from time to time but he's off doing his own side project while Alex is running the company (AHHHHHH). Alex seems smart, but believe me when I say that it's all a facade. Some of the things he says will just boggle your mind. There's also a lot of outlandish personalities that you have to deal with. One guy runs around all day screaming nonsense and even gibberish (he honestly scares me).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand by your slogan and believe in it. Don't say one thing and do another. Treat EVERYONE with respect, not just upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Toxic engineering environment

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's free food, quarterly company meetings in a nearby movie theater, lots of nearby subways, lots of smart people, good view.

    Cons

    Stressful environment with crazy personalities (in a negative way). Poor work-life balance. Loud, open office. Very negative reviews of the company can be found online, which I should have paid attention to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rein people in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    TheLadders Response

    Nov 25, 2014Senior Technical Recruiter

    While TheLadders does have smart, talented and even sometimes quirky employees, our work life balance is very good. We have 40 hour work weeks, free lunches and catered breakfast, a fully stocked ... More

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Could be great; severely misfiring due to leadership issues

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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

    Pros

    -Free food
    -Good office location
    -Team camaraderie (occasionally)
    -Smart, talented people
    -Latest technology and equipment provided

    Cons

    -Painful lack of direction and long term vision for the company; leadership instills little confidence they know what they are trying to accomplish
    -Indecision and frequently changing priorities leads to frustrated, disconnected teams with very low morale or motivation
    -Poor process and cross-team communication leads to inefficiencies
    -Career advancement is basically non-existent
    -Questionable business model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people you hire, you hired them for a reason.

    Get organized; really understand what you're trying to do with the company and don't drive it off a cliff in the meantime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Crap

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The snack room and lunch.

    Cons

    Management is too young and inexperienced. All the team lead and higher managers should really acquired more training and leadership classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel you need to set priorities and raise your standards.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Short - sighted strategy and no real innovation has been TheLadders' real achilles heal.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good people (individual contributors). Management and above are made to feel that they are important, but the actual reality is extremely short-lived.

    Cons

    No real innovation stunts the growth of current employees. Subscription base (job seekers) keeps TheLadders machine chugging along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen to its own managers let alone the "rank and file."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People & Great Perks

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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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 (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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad

    • 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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    long hours and a bit disorganized

    Negative Outlook
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Awful, disorganized, unethical.. do not work here

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

    I worked at TheLadders

    Pros

    Well stocked kitchen, catered lunches and breakfast weekly, free iPad

    Cons

    This org is a shell of what it once was, The Ladders started out as the go to place for 100K careers and is now just a repository for old, dead resumes of members long gone. Poorly structured and unfocused management team, no HR support, the company ethos is CYA, employee development is nil and all product offerings are sub par. At least with Craig's List you know what you are getting. Both job seekers and recruiters are being scammed and misled everyday all day. If you like to lie and mislead people all day then this is the company for you, if you have any ethics or simply a SOUL work somewhere else. its not worth the aggravation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what type of business you want to run and stick to it.
    Revisit your mission statement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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