TheLadders

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  1. 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People & Great 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

    - 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad

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    • 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
  6. 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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Morale is part of the DNA

    • 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 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
  8. 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I like TheLadders

    • 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

    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
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work, not in a good way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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