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I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (More than a year)
Monster is a fairly relaxed company that won't stress your energy levels a lot. It is quite easy to keep a decent work-life balance here. Most of the co-workers are easy to get along with, and a significant part of the mid- and upper management are open to ideas, friendly, and understanding.
First and foremost, Monster has lost its niche years ago. It grew complacent and others have taken its place. Monster works hard to get by, and work here is mostly about retaining existing customers than about bringing in new ones. If you're a tech or IT person, don't expect new technologies or progressive and fun projects. Most of the programming code is 5+ years old, and messy. If you're a manager-type of person and look to bring something positive, get ready for endless rounds of backstabbing, blame wars, and intrigue.
Advice to Management
Look hard at your own people. Consistency, drive, and will to change should be critical to everyone at this point, if you want to turn things around. Get rid of those who just sit around idly, and stop being scared of change, yourself. Monster needs to truly reinvent itself, not just change logo.
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Monster Worldwide (Washington, DC (US)) in September 2010.
Did a phone screen with an internal recruiter and then with the hiring manager. Then the HR recruiter had me fill out a lot of forms for background checks and a lot of other information in advance of being able to schedule an interview including a mandatory salary history and several references among other things. I had an in person interview with the hiring manager, his manager, and the director of that division. It was fairly informal and took about 2-3 hours including some time in a panel with two people interviewing me at once.
A day or two later I had an offer. I requested a 5% increase in the base and they agreed.
Reasons for Declining
I mostly declined due to a longer commute and some misgivings about my prospective manager that developed during the interview process.