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Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Depending on what department you work in, the work/life balance can be good (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Short sighted management driection"

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

    I worked at ALM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great talented people with an abundance of energy to move and transform the company forward in the digital world.

    Cons

    Private equity ownership ready to flip the investment and run off to the next purchase.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Top management doesn't really have a clue"

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

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

    Pros

    There is still a nucleus of capable, hard working people in the ranks and in middle management. Depending on what department you work in, the work/life balance can be good. Some of the company's publications and events remain highly respected.

    Cons

    Give upper management this much credit: they know the company needs to change. It's a shame that they DON'T HAVE A CLUE about how to do it. All they know how to do is hire managers from bigger companies and expensive consultants in the hopes that one of them will come up with a miracle to save the company. The only other thing they know how to do is go through endless rounds of layoffs and outsourcing to try to save money as the ship sinks. Increasing revenue is completely beyond their abilities. While they wait for the miracle they occupy their time with constant reorganizations and rearranging the seating plan.

    They are not even competent when it comes to outsourcing. A couple of years ago they outsourced the IT department and everything to do with IT started to fall apart. It is so bad that they are switching ALM email from Outlook to Gmail because the outsourcer they contracted with, which seems to be mostly offshore people with a handful of on-shore H-1B visa holders, can't keep the servers and networks running reliably. A company that can't even handle email can't survive in the 21st century.

    The HR department manages to keep the paychecks coming through on time, does a tolerable job of managing benefits, but is a bad joke in every other way. There is no professional development, the annual review process is so incredibly bad that the profanities required to describe it would violate Glassdoor's terms of service. Raises are locked in at 2 percent except when they are being delayed or canceled. Phone calls to HR go to voicemail and often are not returned, while emails can go weeks without an answer if they get answered at all.

    Management seems to be determined to destroy some of the few remaining assets, a number of very successful and highly respected publications, by throwing them all into a blender and coming out with a mediocre medley.

    Advice to Management

    Bill Carter, CEO: Have the basic decency to admit that you are in way over your head and resign. You are being dishonest to the investors and unfair to the employees by taking a paycheck for a job you are completely unable to do.

    The rest of top management: Go find a job in a company that would actually give you a chance to accomplish something.

    ALM Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – ALM Representative

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on your experiences with ALM. We agree that we have very capable and hard working employees striving to make our publications and events as successful and ... More


  3. Helpful (9)

    "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


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "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.

    ALM Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – ALM Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. When we had to come to the business decision to reduce our staff, we choose to wait until after the holidays. Although it is not ideal in any situation to be let go from ... More


  6. Helpful (14)

    "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 (15)

    "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 (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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Dead end job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Typesetter in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Typesetter in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ALM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It paid decent, got the great vacation benefits.

    Cons

    management was terrible, employees were disgruntled.

    Advice to Management

    nothing much to say, they wouldn't listen


  10. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Bad pay, bad culture"

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

    I worked at ALM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some smart and hardworking people who made the place tolerable.
    Opportunity to learn new skills.
    Possibility of working there for as long as you can tolerate it.
    Lots of opportunity to work independently with minimal management interference.

    Cons

    Some awful hires can make your job challenging.
    Terrible pay and little opportunity for growth.
    High-stress work in some departments with little reward.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate people for their talent and hard work.


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