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ALM Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2019

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ALM CEO Bill Carter
Bill Carter
143 Ratings
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  • "The day-to-day work is fully lost on most of upper management who regularly lays off (or drives away) some of the most talented, dedicated employees(in 17 reviews)

  • "senior management has no regard for lower level- too much hierarchy(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Dream job"

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    Current Employee - Reporter 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you're really passionate about writing and learning new things, then this is your dream job. It's not for the faint of heart, and you'll be expected to make sense of complex legal issues very quickly, reducing them down to engaging stories for a readership comprised mostly of lawyers. Many cases are fascinating to pick apart, many are tough to get a handle on, and every day is different. Editors are supportive and...

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    Cons

    It's a brain taxing job. Don't even think about coming to work tired, because you're expected to be on the ball at all times! Editors expect a lot, which isn't a bad thing but can be on that rare off-day.

    ALM2018-10-02

    ALM Response

    October 3, 2018ALM Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoy working at ALM!

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company but needs work with management and millennials"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good people to work with across the company and in various departments - Working towards innovating and improving user experiences and packages - Trying to communicate more and doing interactive employee programs through groups -- employees shouldn't complain they aren't communicated to if they don't read corporate emails, participate in Town Halls or internal events - Some Executive management are great to work...

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    Cons

    - Management didn't properly think about the current workforce with where they are living before determining the new office location (or at least think of providing financial compensation or time of commuting) - ALM is losing good quality employees due to a lack of growth opportunities and financial compensation - Resources and budgets are limited and are stretched thin. Employees are asked to do the same amount of...

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    Advice to Management

    - Attract more millennials and college graduates by investing in a more robust intern program and going to career fairs. - Encourage employees to participate in cultural programs and internal events - find incentives - Find a way to do volunteering opportunities and put money behind internal programs - that will boost morale and make it a friendlier environment - Don't always ask more of employees without taking away...

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    ALM2019-07-31
  3. "Quality Company for hard workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility with working remotely Coworkers are fun and engaging Managers that motivate and support Generous corporate initiatives Happy Hours

    Cons

    Changes in the higher ups but really doesn't effect my day to day work. Work load is intense

    Advice to Management

    Work on focusing workers on their expertise.

    ALM2019-07-19
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good team, but some dark clouds"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ALM is a rewarding place to be a legal journalist. Readership may be niche, but it's a pretty big niche, and lawyers recognize and respect the brands. Editors push hard, but can be understanding. There is lots of debate and discussion in the newsroom. It's not traffic, traffic, traffic 24-7. And the workplace is diverse, not as white as alot of media organizations.

    Cons

    Very light on training. No matter how many people I meet and greet, the org chart of the newsroom is still confusing. No overtime. And the business/revenue picture is pretty opaque. We are apparently funded by high-interest bonds and our company's ability to pay what it promised is uncertain. Does not inspire confidence!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Improve the onboarding process, give real training instead of throwing people into writing. Hire more people because important stuff isn't getting covered. I'd say improve the newsroom technology, but it seems like a lost cause.

    ALM2019-06-06
  5. "Depends on your team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALM full-time

    Pros

    If you have a decent team, you will probably enjoy some of your time at alm

    Cons

    Things are always changing from the people to the strategy

    ALM2019-06-10

    ALM Response

    June 13, 2019

    Thank you for your feedback. We do appreciate it! We encourage you to attend Bill Carter's Town Halls as well as any functional Town Halls your leadership may have. It would be very helpful if you can advise your manager or the executive leader of your team of your specific areas ...

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Reduce costs & increase workloads does not = value add"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ALM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free Coffee, Some good people really still trying

    Cons

    IT Structure a mess. "Out for themselves" Management with no idea how to manage people, only how to cut costs to the detriment of all but themselves. Forcing managers to lose sight of managing, with time only for day-to-day tasks. Total lack of integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your IT infrastructure and reduce manual work before you reduce heads, rewarding hard work and progress with more job cuts just erodes morale further. CEO needs to walk the talk

    ALM2019-07-01
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Hard work for little pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at ALM full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    No room for improvement, Short staff, little pay

    ALM2019-05-16
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Don’t expect the truth or support"

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    Former Employee - Director, Integrated Media Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ALM full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The physical office itself was very inviting.

    Cons

    ALM is an aggregation if many smaller companies that have been acquired over the years - I’d you don’t come from one of them, don’t ever expect to fit in or to ever get support. Management solely looks out for itself, with zero interest in the development or growth of its employees. The CEO was a nice guy, but his extraordinary separation from the reality of what’s going on underneath him is laughable. The...

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    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to grow up, learn the definition of accountability and if you actually want to grow, filter out the liars and the cheaters in your middle management.

    ALM2019-05-31

    ALM Response

    June 7, 2019ALM Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. At ALM, all claims of harassment are taken seriously and investigated fully. We encourage any employee with any workplace issue to speak with HR if they are not comfortable speaking with their manager. In terms of business strategy, we've successfully ...

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    driven to be innovative great people

    Cons

    corporate machine all these consultants but not putting money and allowing time to build infrastructure needed to really innovate the way they want

    Advice to Management

    walk before you run...

    ALM2019-04-18
  10. "Would recommend"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ALM full-time

    Pros

    Good editors, benefits and work environment

    Cons

    Pay is not great for starting out

    ALM2019-04-04
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