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Monster Worldwide, Inc.
Monster Logo.svg
Type Public
Traded as NYSEMWW
Founded 1999
Headquarters New York, NY, U.S.
Founder(s) Jeff Taylor
Key people Salvatore Iannuzzi
(Chairman & CEO)
Industry Internet
Services Online employment
Revenue $996 million (2011)[1]
Employees 4,403 (2012)
Slogan(s) "Your calling is calling" & "Find Better"
Website www.monster.com
www.about-monster.com
Alexa rank positive decrease 624 (April 2014)[2]
Type of site Job search engine
Registration Required
Available in Multilingual
Current status Active
Monster.com's office at Hyderabad, India

Monster.com is one of the largest employment websites in the world, owned and operated by Monster Worldwide, Inc. In 2006, Monster was one of the 20 most visited websites out of 100 million worldwide, according to comScore Media Metrics (November 2006). It was created in 1999 by the merger of The Monster Board (TMB) and Online Career Center (OCC), which were two of the first and most popular career web sites on the Internet. Monster is primarily used to help those seeking work to find job openings that match their skills and location.

Monster.com is one of the largest job search engines in the world.[3][4][5] Monster has over a million job postings at any time and over 1 million resumes, in the database (2008) and over 63 million job seekers per month.[6] The company employs approximately 5,000 employees in 36 countries. Its headquarters are in New York, New York in the United States. In October 2010, Indeed.com slipped past Monster.com to become the largest job site in the United States.[7][8]

Monster also maintained the Monster Employment Index.

Jeff Taylor founded The Monster Board and served as CEO and "Chief Monster" for many years.

History[edit]

Jeff Taylor contracted Christopher Caldwell of Net Daemons Associates to develop a facility in an NDA lab on a Sun Microsystems Sparc 5 where job seekers could search a job database with a web browser. The machine was moved to sit under a router in a phone closet in Adion (a human resources company owned by Taylor) when the site went live in April 1994.

Initially, the site was populated with job descriptions from the newspaper segment of Adion's business with the permissions of the companies advertising the jobs.

Later, in 1994, The Monster Board issued a press release that was picked up and provided needed exposure to drive people to the web site. Monster was the first public job search on the Internet; first public resume database in the world and the first to have job search agents or job alerts.

When TMP acquired Adion, the site was moved into BBN Planet's web hosting facility where it grew from 3 SPARC-1000s to become the centerpiece of the globally distributed network it is today.

TMP went public in December 1996, with its shares traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “TMPW”. In 1998, TMP acquisitions expanded the Recruitment Advertising network. TMP became one of the largest recruitment advertising agencies in the world.

In June 1998, The Monster Board moved its corporate headquarters out of a small office above a Chinese restaurant in downtown Framingham, Massachusetts, to an old textile mill in Maynard, Massachusetts, that formerly housed Digital Equipment Corporation.

In January 1999, The Monster Board became known as Monster.com after merging with Online Career Center, another of TMP Worldwide's properties. The first post-merger president of the new Monster.com business was Bill Warren, the founder of Online Career Center. Bill Warren received the 1997 Employment Management Association's prestigious Pericles Pro Meritus Award, an honor presented by EMA/SHRM in recognition of being the founder of online recruiting on the Internet.

In November 2000, seeking to capture the entry-level job market, Monster acquired JOBTRAK, which at the time had partnerships with more than 1,500 college and university career centers. JOBTRAK was founded in 1987 by Jeff Wohlwend, Connie Ramberg, Ken Ramberg and David Franey. Monster rebranded JOBTRAK as MonsterTRAK and continues to operate the site to target college students and alumni seeking jobs and career advice.

Recognizing that job hunting often leads to relocation, Monster launched Monstermoving.com in 2000 to provide consumers with the comprehensive resources necessary for a successful move.

TMP Worldwide was added to S&P 500 Index in 2002. TMP Worldwide changed its corporate name to Monster Worldwide, Inc. and began trading under the new NASDAQ ticker symbol "MNST" in 2003.

Monster.com advertised on the Super Bowl starting in 1999 and every year through Super Bowl XXXVIII. Monster's first-ever Super Bowl ad, "When I Grow Up", (created by Mullen) asking job seekers, "What did you want to be?" It is the only commercial named to Time magazine's list of the "Best of Television 1999." As the official online career management services sponsor of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and 2002 U.S. Olympic Team, Monster had a strong presence at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

In April 2002, Monster purchased the Jobs.com URL and trademark for $800,000.[9] Then Founder and Chairman Jeff Taylor was quoted as saying "Jobs.com is a desirable URL".

In August 2005, founder Jeff Taylor left Monster to create Eons.com.

In April 2007, Monster named Sal Iannuzzi as chairman and CEO.[10]

In May 2007,[11] Monster launched its first (NA and EU) Mobile services offering Mobile job search and career advice.

In January 2008, Monster acquired Affinity Labs for US$61 million.[12]

In July 2008,[13] Monster acquired Trovix, a semantic job search engine, for USD $72.5 million. Monster has indicated that it plans to replace their job search and candidate matching with Trovix's technology.

In February 2010, it was announced that Monster would acquire its rival, HotJobs, from Yahoo! for $225 million. HotJobs was shut down in favor of Monster.com, and Yahoo would establish a traffic sharing agreement with Monster as well.[14]

In 2011, with Iannuzzi still at the helm, the company's stock was rated the worst performing stock of the year. [15]

On 12 May 2012, after a 2 year drop in MWW's shareprice, Monster shares are up 20 percent, having rallied since CEO Sal Iannuzzi told an investor conference early in March 2012 that the company was considering "strategic alternatives." That bump, however, did not last. During Iannuzzi's tenure, the company's stock price declined by nearly 90% from over $40 a share in April 2007 to just over $4 in October 2013.[16]

On September 17, 2013, Monster.com launched a new feature allowing companies to include an "Apply with Monster" button on job listing pages.[17]

February 2014: Monster vacated headquarters in Maynard, MA and relocated an estimated 600 employees to Weston, MA. This ended a 15.5 year tenure in Maynard.

Criticism[edit]

Monster has been to blame in several instances of personal information theft. In less than two weeks, in August 2007, Monster had numerous leaks that resulted in the loss of millions of customers' data to identity theft.[18][19] Although Monster waited several days to announce this leak (drawing heavy criticism), they subsequently announced new security measures to prevent this from happening again.

However, in January 2009, there was another large scale leak at its UK based site monster.co.uk, in which demographic information of up to 4.5 million people was obtained by hackers.[20]

Stock option grants backdating scandal[edit]

Backdating an option means retroactively setting the option's strike price to a day when the stock traded at a different price. A call (buy) option with a lower strike price is more valuable because it's less expensive to exercise, while the inverse is true for a put (sell) option. The practice is not necessarily illegal but must be disclosed to shareholders.[21] In July 2006, the company said it might restate financial results for the year that ended December 31, 2005, and previous years to record additional noncash charges for stock-based compensation expenses relating to various stock option grants.[22]

In September 2006, Monster suspended Myron Olesnyckyj pending the internal review irregular stock option grants.[22] He had held the titles of senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.[21]

On October 9, 2006, Monster named William M. Pastore, 58, chief executive after Andrew J. McKelvey resigned his posts as chairman and chief executive. McKelvey retained his seat on the board as chairman emeritus.[21] The company said on October 25 that it found pricing problems in a "substantial number" of its past option grants and, as a result, it expected to restate its results from 1997 through 2005.[21]

On November 22, 2006, Monster terminated Myron Olesnyckyj, the company's lead lawyer, as part of its investigation into past stock-option grant practices. In a statement, the company said Olesnyckyj was terminated "for cause."[21]

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York issued a subpoena to the company over options backdating, and a special committee of company directors planned to complete its own investigation by the end of the year. The company delayed filing its earnings results for the second and third quarters for 2006. Second-quarter results were expected December 13. Third-quarter numbers were to be issued "as soon as practicable," according to a November 7 statement from the company.[21]

In 2006, Monster Worldwide, Inc. received a notice from Nasdaq about a possible delisting of its shares due to the company's failure to file its third-quarter earnings report.[23] The delisting did not happen.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monster Worldwide, Inc.
  2. ^ "Monster.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 Most Effective Job Search Websites". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  4. ^ "The Search Engine List: Comprehensive list of Search Engines". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Job Search Sites". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Naukri.com vs. MonsterIndia.com vs. TimesJobs.com". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Indeed Slips Past Monster, Now Largest Job Site By Unique Visitors". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Indeed Takes Top Job Search Spot From Monster". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  9. ^ "E-Commerce News: News: Monster Parent Pays $800K for Jobs.com Domain Name". Ecommercetimes.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Monster Worldwide". Phx.corporate-ir.net. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  11. ^ monster.co.uk: Monster Offers Job Search On the Move
  12. ^ Monster buys S.F. Web operator Affinity for $61 million
  13. ^ "Monster Worldwide Q2 2008 Earnings Call Transcript". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  14. ^ "Monster to Acquire HotJobs Business and Enter into Multi-year Traffic Agreement with Yahoo!". press release. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Worst-performing stocks of 2011". CNN Money. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  16. ^ "Monster Worldwide, Inc.: NYSE:MWW quotes & news - Google Finance". google.com. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  17. ^ Bhushan, Amarendra (September 17, 2013). "Monster.com launches Apply With Monster Button". CEOWORLD Magazine. 
  18. ^ Finkle, Jim (2007-08-30). "Data stolen from 146,000 people on Web site | Technology | Internet". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  19. ^ Keizer, Gregg (2007-08-20). "Monster.com identity attack may claim more vicitims | InfoWorld | News | 2007-08-20 | By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  20. ^ Hackers steal details of 4.5 million in attack on Monster jobs site | The Times | 2009-01-26
  21. ^ a b c d e f http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/16082806.htm
  22. ^ a b By Reuters (2006-10-31). "Founder of Monster.com Resigns". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  23. ^ [1] Possible Monster delisting

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