Here's one of their internal sales presentations (to corporations):
Due to the monthly subscription fee they've gotten candidates that self-select out of the junk that you find on HotJobs, CareerBuilders, Monster, etc.
I wouldn't think a giant job and resume board needed this many people to run.
OTOH, as was pointed out earlier, it looks like a chaotic, noisy environment. If you have that kind of environment, you may need to multiply your team size by 1.5, at least.
edit: from http://careers.theladders.com/ it looks like they are using Java, Spring and are fully enterprisey buzzword compliant (only missing an Oracle RDBMS). If that's the case, you can multiply your team size again by a factor of 3.
edit 2: talking with a colleague from another company (they do a lot of Ruby stuff) I could confirm that our two-week sprints (we do mostly Java in this cell) are too long for them. Your iteration time varies according to the tools you use.
Looks like it would be very noisy too, headphones a must.
This is how you typically run a 'sales & marketing' office in NYC, by being open. Just surprised to see devs that are in that mix.
So if the job title is "VP, Technology", it seems logical to include it in their site. The example in the way-too-long article is "Marketing Manager". Managers can make over $100K.
I don't see why he's so worked up by this. Except maybe they compete with him.
I do see the irony in mentioning that on a post I submitted, but it could use the love of an editor.
Here's what I got:
This seems to be the heart of TheLadders’ method of doing business: TheLadders itself is the source of inappropriate job applicants that waste a company’s time and money. Without consent of the employer, TheLadders takes its job descriptions, tags them with inaccurate salary ranges, and induces its subscribers to apply for those jobs.
... I think I'll start running it on my email drafts before sending them out.