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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at TheLadders full-time

Pros

Very strong technology team, exciting future, low BS, great snackroom, strong financials, helping people get jobs feels good, more focused product vision in 2013. All developers switching to macbook pros, 30 inch monitors all around. Lots of learning opportunities in tech. Technology used: Java, Scala, iOS, Storm, RabbitMQ, Membase, Memcache, Clustrix, Backbone, Sass, Puppet, Varnish, Mercurial.

Cons

Hard to lose weight with the snacks. Lots of change in 2012, but settling down and new direction looks promising.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep the pedal down and stay focused.

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Terrible, scammy company on the decline

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at TheLadders full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free drinks and food. Unlimited vacation. If you kiss ass well and take orders blindly, you will survive.

    Cons

    The last review is such a PR piece, I had to chime in. This review has a tech slant.

    This is a company that used to have a CTO, VP of Engineering, Directors of Engineering, etc. Now, it has none of those. It went from about 50 techies to about 12. They fired a bunch of people a few months ago, and have been firing people since. So you tell me if this is a company that is growing.

    The product vision is definitely more focused. They cut all the growth projects that weren't working, and are concentrating on their core - direct marketing, i.e. spam, to generate subscriptions. This business is all about converting a small percentage of the people they spam into subscribers. Their goal is not to get people a job, it's to keep them paying a subscription by having them think there is value in the site.

    As far as culture, the only people left are ones that manage up well (read, the sycophantic). They instituted rules like having to get to work by 9:30, like that would improve the development of the crappy products. They also have you work a mandatory, arbitrary 12 hours a day for made up deadlines driven by a directionless management team. They will cater dinner in though, like that makes it better.

    The tech stack is a hodge podge of whatever people want to use, It's not about the pragmatic application of technology at all. Engineers are cogs here, and not valued for their talent or ideas. Why else would you treat them like hourly wage workers, mandating things like a 9:30 start time?

    Basically, if you want to help scam people out of money, and do it with a cliquey group of devs who think working on Apple hardware makes up for it, this is your place. No lie, they have developers do shady things like keep auto renew on for previously paying members when the service moved to free in the UK, etc. Your ideas won't be valued if they aren't in line with the company directive - spam and generate subscription revenue, and keep those suckers hooked as long as possible. This is the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Experience.

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

    I worked at TheLadders full-time for 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
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