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Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Autonomy, some good editors, nice journalists, work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • I am so thankful to be back in a healthy work environment and am very positive about my future here (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management was the exact opposite (in 12 reviews)

  • There is also a complete lack of competence from senior management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Friends don't let friends work at ALM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 ALM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When we were allowed to have comradery I got to know some great co-workers.
    Certain managers were great to work for- but they are gone

    Cons

    Soul-crushing!!

    1) Talent leaving in droves, both by own free will and by mass lay-offs. (and CEO said in a Town Hall that he doesn't care or think that losing talent is a big deal!!!!)
    2) Management doesn't listen to smart ideas
    3) Management constantly changing gears
    4) Spent a fortune bringing in consultants to remake the workplace, but nothing worked and tons of talented - even award winning - editors were laid off anyway (yes, print is dying, but we could perhaps have kept people who were top notch people in the industry to write for our non-print products, no?)
    5) Every time someone gets fired, other people have to pick up the slack at absolutely no compensation
    6) They are owned by venture capitalists who are looking to improve and then sell the business, but if things continue in this fashion there won't be a business to sell.
    7) Young people find much better jobs at hired pay pretty quickly.

    Advice to Management

    If you are a people-organization, then invest in the talent you have.
    Change the IT operations so that things work well again.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Don't waste your time here"

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

    I have been working at ALM full-time

    Pros

    Ashby's (downstairs) sandwiches are 1/2 price after 3pm

    Cons

    Underpaid, under appreciated, not even sure who my current manager is or where in the country he is located. Just stay away…

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of everyone at the top


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow in most departments.

    Cons

    The company went through a period of shifting leaders and there was some uncertainty and hopeful things will stablize


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Happy New Year, you're fired!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 ALM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When you get laid off, you'll get some severance. You probably won't be alone either since ALM likes to do these in batches. Also if you like a quiet workspace you're in luck, this place is now a ghost town.

    Cons

    You'll probably get laid off. If you don't, then you'll be responsible for the work that everyone leaves behind when they get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Just shut down or sell already, don't make who is left in the company suffer. Good night, and good luck.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Stay awawy for this company"

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

    I have been working at ALM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    it used to be a great place to work because the CEO came

    Cons

    It's funny how the CEO runs the company. First he starting laying off employees after he first came. Then he buys 2 companies, gets rid of more people. Sends about 100 jobs to India, they have no idea what to do. They are screwing up everything. Then because he is not making money he starts laying off more employees. Then tell everyone they need to cut expenses but in the meantime he is making over $500 K the CFO makes over $400 and lets not talk about their bonuses and all the traveling he does. Now this past week 70 + more lost jobs. But yet he keeps saying we are the backbone of the company and couldn't do without us.

    Advice to Management

    well first they don't care. Stop hiring so many VP's at over $200K salaries. They don't know the business like the complete loyal employees they just let go. They are a bunch a back stabbers.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "As if 2016 Wasn't Bad Enough..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 ALM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people, many of them, WERE the best part of this company. Other than that....Stone Street, NYC.

    Cons

    I have seen the difference in companies who value their people and those that do not. Those that do, those that can simultaneously focus on building culture and building the business - because both ARE possible - achieve great things, retain talent and build a great brand. Those that don't, those with a gross lack of leadership, no alignment or direction and poor communication break down quicker than they can ever rebuild.

    A company can't run without people - talented, loyal people. Unfortunately for ALM, there are little to none left. To those who stuck through the tumultuous change, who tried to push innovation, whose ideas were never heard, and then who were hung out to dry...best of luck on what is sure to be a better future.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership training would do wonders. Will be challenging when there's no longer anyone to lead.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Employee"

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

    Pros

    There are zero pros to working at ALM. It is a career path to no where. People are leaving in masses so much that the company stopped giving going away parties to departing employees.

    Cons

    ALM is like the Titanic of business media. Its on a course for failure.

    Advice to Management

    No one with the slightest amount of intelligence is steering the ship.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Working here is like painting a fence in the pouring rain - impossible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 ALM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    To cover the extremely low salaries and no management growth in the company the HR throws more than enough "office parties".

    The colleagues you meet here are amazing, but unfortunately most of them have already quit and found better jobs.

    Getting hired by this company is easier than getting hired by a Pyramid scheme employer.

    Cons

    Where do I start:

    Don't believe the 5 stars on here, it's the HR office trying to cover up the 500 NEGATIVE reviews by their employees..

    All the executives that have been part of the corporation for many years jumped this sinking ship.

    Trying to get a raise in the company is like trying to paint a fence in the pouring rain.

    There is 0 management growth and when you ask your manager about further steps you either get A) some sort of made up answer or B) they will get back to you (which they never do).

    If you live in NYC expect to live paycheck to paycheck with ALM Salaries.

    New executives, have no idea what they are doing and you probably will only have 2 meetings with them in the span of 6 months.

    Company is a revolving door, when it comes to employment.

    Advice to Management

    ALM was like the Titanic and in 2015 it hit a huge iceberg. now in 2016 half the ship has sunk, so now everyone is waiting for the rest of it to just sink.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Honest Opinion Assessing Positives and Negatives of ALM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ALM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really talented, dedicated and hardworking employees at ALM. The company is working toward significant change. Innovation is encouraged. The company is very relaxed which can result in a lot of flexibility depending on your manager.

    Cons

    ALM's identity seems to be in flux. There are too many changes happening too fast. Morale is extremely low, and that is if you are lucky enough to be in office headquartered in NYC. If you are not, you are essentially invisible. Employees are constantly concerned about layoffs. Communication is on a scale between non-existent and awful.

    Advice to Management

    Please make managers accountable. There are too many really bad managers at ALM. These managers may be good at their day to day work, but don't manage their reports well, if at all. Scary. Talk to us like human beings. Honesty goes a long way.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Changed Company - not for the better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ALM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co workers and colleagues

    Cons

    Company has brought in a consulting firm trying to reinvent them self by centralizing departments and services. the only result i see is people being stretched with additional job responsibilities and stress.

    Advice to Management

    for employees focus on a process that makes job efficient and listen to what they say not what you want to hear.



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