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
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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.  

    Good Experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Due to it being a growing company, there are opportunities for some (but not all) people. The HR team works hard to develop programs to make the environment and the organization as pleasant to work at as possible (and is successful). The kitchen is stocked with tasty goodies-- many chosen with feedback from teh employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is no talent development plan for the remainder of employees.

    At times the strategy is haphazard, with work and projects being cancelled due to reasons that possibly could have been foreseen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work, somewhat unstable

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

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively smart co-workers, many genuinely nice people, a lot of drinking with co-workers, a well stocked kitchen, and great coffee..., nice workstation/technology supplies for developers.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement, frequent job changes/project changes/layoffs. Company does not seem to know what it is doing. Not much work/life balance in some areas. Extremely high turnover, especially among upper management.

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

    Mass lay-offs and Inconsistency while being fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are people you'd want to hit happy hour with, the Soho/TriBeCa location the office atmosphere is lax along its the dress-code

    Cons

    Terrible management, poor communication, no direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together and stop just adding titles to your LinkedIn page

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  5.  

    Great ground-level experience...

    • 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

    Pros

    Ground level office experience, learned job search skills/knowledge which will come in useful. The people and lower level managers are all great to work with, and from a professional perspective this will help to grow my network for the future.

    Cons

    Salary is substandard. The company makes many frequent changes and has trouble creating consistently successful programs. I've survived one very large, mass-layoff and another minor set of layoffs, both due to upper management's failure to determine the best plan for new programs. Since they have this difficulty, they inflate bonuses to 8K-10K for lower level, hourly employees, not expecting to have to pay it out.

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

    Not the place to start any kind of career. Run.

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

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -The kitchen is stocked regularly.

    -Your co-workers are smart and well-adjusted. They know it is a bad job. They will help you out.

    -The work environment is casual dress - like button-down and jeans. You can telecommute if you need to, which is nice.

    -There is one good boss in the Resume department. You can figure out who he is really quickly.

    -Getting to talk with a variety of people about their jobs can be very interesting.

    Cons

    - There are bosses in the department that are proud of not having any experience writing resumes (BAD SIGN), and have no interest in employee feedback about how to improve the process.

    -They employ a top-down management style with no connection to reality. Inflated perspective of employee capabilities, they think that 15+ resumes (avg: 10-12, 14 on a good week) is possible.

    They also think it is possible to write a resume PERFECTLY in 3 hours, from start to finish, call and revisions included, with no re-writes from the customer. Maybe all of this is possible when pigs fly?

    - The quotas are not possible to meet without putting in unpaid overtime (Irony: they hate paying overtime and they hate people staying late to finish work, but how do you get the results if you don't?).

    -They are cheap, and the contract is misleading. They want to pay the $10/hr, $15/hr overtime rate as long as they can. You have NO CHANCE of making the $50,000 they promised; they changed the commission rates on the contract halfway through my time there to an "all or nothing" rate to try and drive performance.

    -There is high turnover. You find out why very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All or nothing commission can only work when "all" is a realistic figure. Fire anybody who has not written resumes at TheLadders, or sticks by a production time frame that doesn't include bathroom breaks, lunch, revisions, research, responding to email, and meetings.

    Adjust the production quota and commission structure to be realistic. Not all resumes are sales resumes that can be completely done in three hours!

    Say goodbye to work/life balance - If you are a Resume Writer, you will not have any.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outside of entry level jobs, there is no ladder here, just a revolving door

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

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent concept, moderate ability to execute

    Cons

    negative and border unethical practices. huge turn over issues with many of the best folks leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess HBS no longer teaches management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Un-challenging, boring, monotonous work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Talent Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders

    Pros

    Awesome people and atmosphere (really casual)

    Cons

    Bad pay, boring monotonous work, no room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to say bad things because the management (and employees) are all really nice people, it's just there is no room for growth, which explains turnover being SO high.

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

    A good starting block, but a fairly quick dead-end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consumer Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consumer Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders

    Pros

    There are fun perks, swag, food in the kitchen, young energetic atmosphere.

    Cons

    Failure in communication from management to staff level. Very few opportunities to advance within company. No attempt to retain veteran employees once reaching a glass ceiling or earning/responsibility. Financial goal figures seem to be a bit far fetched with no real strategy in place to support forecasted gains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staffs concerns and make changes instead of asking everyone to "drink the kool-aid."

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start, however you hit a 2 year wall.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Services Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Career Services Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at TheLadders

    Pros

    Pros: Great benefits; if you are in sales, you have the ability to make a decent amount of money; they are pretty good about time off; internet is open; no cubicles; kitchen is stocked with snacks/ drinks; generally a good atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    No leadership; no opportunities to grow; unfair practices in terms of promotion; monotonous work; moving away from the startup mentality; constantly taking things away (benefits, 401k, commissions, kitchen); always say they are going to do xyz and nothing ever gets done; business model is falling apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for someone to take a leadership role at TheLadders.com.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Laid back place to work but don't look for a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Job Search Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Job Search Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at TheLadders

    Pros

    Best Reasons include well stock fridge and snacks. You can wear whatever you'd like to work to a certain extent. Clock in at 9 clock out at 6. No overtime. Banging Holiday Party. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not really a place where you can grow. You can be one of the most intelligent people but the company will never recognize that. People rewarded based on how long they have been at the company not on individual skill or merit. Mangers follow under this same guideline and don't posses the skills any experienced manager would. You hear more from gossip about the company then managers presenting you with information of what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication. Give your employees something to work towards.

    Disapproves of CEO

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