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TheLadders.com is a software-driven company where developers can really make an impact.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

I have been working at TheLadders

Pros

Great benefits--stocked, free kitchen, "unlimited" vacation, 401k matching.
The company regularly celebrates its achievements with paid parties and entertainment.
Work with really smart, talented software engineers. TheLadders "only hires A+ candidates."
Software engineers have the ability to work collaboratively with product to suggest new ideas for features. You're more than a code monkey, and your opinions really matter and are taken seriously.
Regular meetings with your manager to discuss concerns, goals, and achievements.
There are lots of safety nets for quality. Code reviews, functional tests, and unit tests are all mandatory.
Adoption of agile software development methodology really shines.

Cons

Some teams get more "fun" work to do than others, although teams do shuffle occasionally.
There seems to be a bit of a high turnover rate, but everyone that leaves does so for excellent opportunities elsewhere and not usually because they're unhappy at TheLadders.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The management team is doing a great job. Mark's enthusiasm and passion has a ripple effect that is palpable throughout the organization.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TheLadders

    Pros

    Grasping at straws here, but....

    I made some great friends, and they paid my bills for two and a half years.

    Cons

    Have you ever heard of nepotism? Management at TheLadders is more often than not hopelessly and utterly incompetent because of it.

    Communication? Nonexistent. Don't expect to know about any changes until they affect you personally.

    Poor decision making? Rather than approaching a financial crisis (back in 2009) rationally, it was instead decided that they would fire a third of the work staff in one fell swoop. Those being laid off were herded in a room, much like lambs to the slaughter, and given the news en masse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better (or at least with a modicum of respect). Communicate with them, acknowledge/congratulate them when they're doing a great job, and actually listen to their constructive criticism and suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership appears checked out as an IPO may be years away (opinion)

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at TheLadders

    Pros

    Benefits.
    Location.
    Smart people.
    Ability to impact.

    Cons

    Product strategy is doesn't exist.
    Leadership appears checked out.
    Flat growth.
    CEO doesn't empower executive team.
    Executive offices are a turnstile of people who are tired of Marc's micro managing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marc - sell to Linkedin and stop running the company into the ground. Otherwise you need to step back from the day-to-day.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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