TheLadders Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great People & Great Perks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    gained great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    management training! round out staff with more process and people oriented employees who can help manage teams through projects


  3. Helpful (2)

    Some good, some bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    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


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Awful, disorganized, unethical.. do not work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (8)

    Terrible Morale is part of the DNA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (3)

    Resume Writer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (3)

    I like TheLadders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor management, lacking vision, not doing well

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Challenging place to work, not in a good way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TheLadders full-time (More than a 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 Management

    - 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



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