TheLadders

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TheLadders Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
91 Reviews
2.6
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TheLadders Co-Founder and CEO Alexandre Douzet
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Morale is part of the DNA

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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly talented engineering team, with some of the highest caliber developers I've ever work with in my career. For product managers, project managers, designers, and marketing folk, it's a great experience just to work alongside such smart men AND women in the technology groups. Unlimited PTO (not that work/life balance lets you take advantage of that), once-a-week catered lunch and breakfast, good snack room, cool office space are other benefits.

    Cons

    It seems like groups are on rotation for getting singled out and shamed in front of the senior team and company. More focus is put on assigning blame versus encouraging creativity, which causes low morale and a toxic working environment. Frenetic goal setting and unfocused leadership objectives keep everyone constantly confused and uncertain about what shape the company is really in. There's zero customer consideration left as well, meaning the bulk of revenue comes from dishonest auto-renew settings- be prepared to get complacent with that reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some painfully obvious problems, no secret to anyone in the leadership. Fix them, or get comfortable with high turnover.

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

    Resume Writer

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Kitchen. Some shining stars on the management team, usually they are the managers that are just as jaded as the employees not drinking the kool aid.

    Cons

    Horrible pay! Many of the employees joked that if we didn't eat everyday from the office snack pantry, we would have probably starved to death. We were also severely overworked and HR turned a blind eye when it was illegal to pay certain employees hourly and not give them overtime. Terrible business practices where management encouraged employees to cheat customers to improve bottom line.

    There was a meeting where management requested the writers to write 18-20 resumes per week with their data showing that it took approximately 3 hours to write a resume. One person from our team said "but if it takes 3 hours to write a resume and you try and write 18, then on average you will need more than a 40 hour work week to finish that quota." That employee was FIRED the next week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire competent people and not just people who's main job is to lay off their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I like TheLadders

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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management, lacking vision, not doing well

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen and catered lunches.

    Cons

    The managers do not know how to manage people, and they sometimes have unreasonable expectations. Do not work here in you want a life. There is no work/life balance. There are no reasonable goals--only the goals set by an out of touch CEO. TheLadders has a high turn over rate, because even the best gets burnt out. It's not a conducive atmosphere for healthy growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who truly are managers and who want to manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I liked TheLadders a lot at the beginning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people were friendly and allowed you to do your own thing without being micromanaged

    Cons

    Lived through 4 layoffs....management started to be less available and less communicative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work, not in a good way

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

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

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO, good kitchen with snacks and drinks, and I think that engineers/programmers get a lot of respect and have a good work environment compared to the rest of the company.

    Cons

    Direction, performance, and security. Seems like the company is always pursuing the next big thing, and never really getting there. Over the years TheLadders has become notorious for ballooning up then firing scores of people, which has led to a lack of stability and security in most job roles. The CEO is one of the founders, and runs the company as if he's the chief of every team, so the top down process can be very oppressive and dissatisfying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hired smart people- empower them before they burn out and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Forget advancement; why do we go to the bar on Thursdays; incompetent management...but well-stocked kitchen!

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    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - A job in a big city, like New York, may lead to better opportunities in the future...but only if you socialize/network out of the office.

    - Open office enviornment

    - Kitchen well-stocked with a plethora of snacks and drinks, even healthier options.

    - You may not be able to prove your abilities to management, but you can prove your worth to yourself.

    - My coworkers were very competent.

    Cons

    - Management either micromanages or doesn't manage when they need to.

    - Learn the chain of command or have your work stolen by management. (Hint: there is none, go straight to the people the changes will affect.)

    - Not all employees treated equally: temps excluded from much of company culture because of employment status. They're not invited to parties, company picnic, talent show, etc. even though their contributions are crucial to the life of the company.

    - Everyone celebrates end of week on Thursday (because of way job postings used to work) so forget socializing if you don't live within the general vicinity.

    - High-schoolish/cliquey social structure

    - Incomptence rampant in all levels of management: right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

    - Boring, monotonous work you don't need a degree for, had to dig deep to challenge myself.

    - Working remotely is pointless if the speed of said system only allows you to do half your work in a day.

    - If you're older, you might be working for someone and around people younger than you. Prepare to eat humble pie.

    - Dismal payrate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Learn to communicate effectively and properly

    - Provide clear feedback

    - Treat all employees equally and include all (even temps) in the company culture

    - Compensate workers appropriately: equal pay for equal work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun coworkers and great culture

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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

    Pros

    Lots 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

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Relax 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Fantastic First Job of my Career

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent insurance/benefits, free food 2-3 times a week from Soho's upscale restaurants, stocked kitchen, tons of opportunites to learn

    Cons

    Need more seasoned managers, lack of job security; intimidating low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best people as you did in the past; stop turnover of staff; don't make decisions hastily!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Experience at TheLadders.com

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    great culture, work life balance and brilliant work staff.

    Cons

    The senior management really needs to think decisions through and keep staff in the loop.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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