Monster’s problem was putting sales before tech

A while back, Huffington Post published an interesting article on, my former employer.  While I agree with most of the article, I think it’s only partly right. “It wasn’t a technology failure; it was a leadership failure.”  Actually, it was both.  The leadership failure caused the technology failure.  Sal and other Monster leadership focused […]

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January 18, 2016

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I feel like I need another shower after working on this…

Yes, it’s true. Although I did not make the decision to do this, I am the sole person responsible for coding it. Ugh. Emphasis is mine. Comic Sans is theirs. Dear Monster Associates: With 15.5M monthly Unique Visitors and more than 10% reach of the entire Internet, Monster is widely recognized as the leader in […]

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June 6, 2003

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The Week in Review

I’ve had a really good week this week: Bakuretsu Con was fun and relaxing. Toured Ben & Jerry’s on Sunday with Jody. Free samples! Got my (BIG) federal tax return. Got buffalo wings for free on Monday for trying EasyDine. Ate those for lunch on Monday and dinner on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday’s eye exam […]

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May 15, 2003

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Fire Marshal Mark

For fire safety, Monster has several people on each floor assigned to be “fire marshals” and ensure that people get out if there’s a fire. Mark is ours…so we’ve been giving him a hard time about it. Peter edited a parking lot photo and sent it out…and then I added the fire. You can see […]

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May 7, 2003

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A year!

Today marks the 365th day since I came back to Monster…and I’m still employed! Woo hoo! My one year anniversary is tomorrow. (No, I don’t get anything from them.) It’s been 6 years, one month, and two days since I originally started at The Monster Board. That should count for something, right? I need more […]

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April 14, 2003

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In a panic to save my job…

At about 3:43 pm, Paul (my boss’s boss…two levels below Jeff Taylor the CEO/founder), came over. He said someone had apparently hacked the home page and changed the success story this morning. The success stories are served through DoubleClick…which is what I’m responsible for. I tell him I’ll look and see if I can find […]

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April 1, 2003

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Monster Communications

This was at the top of an HR e-mail we all got… Date: 24 Mar 2003 04:20 PM To: Monster-Maynard From: Monster Communications IMPORTANT-PLEASE READ: To reduce the number of individual announcements sent out about each Maynard activity, event or issue we try to condense the info into one Monster Communications newsletter. Unfortunately, there are […]

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March 24, 2003

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People have no patience

It annoys me when I have a ticket that takes maybe 15 minutes to do and I get e-mail two days before the due date asking for the status. I have to interrupt what I’m doing to give an ETA on something that isn’t close to the due date yet. I could see if maybe […]

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March 24, 2003

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