Overall the industry grew 49% over that time frame. Now you have to remember that Monster bought Hotjobs in the middle of this for $225M which accounts for the large bump in 2011. Without that Monster would have had negative revenue growth in this time frame.
Fooled clearly you are on to something here - this thing is going to streak like fire once the economy improves. Because clearly Monster can adapt their strategy and lie better than the other companies. When the economy improves everyone will just go back to the way they use to do it and give Monster their money - it's clear.
We believe that our strategy to grow our business both organically and through strategic acquisitions and alliances has allowed us to continue delivering innovative products and services on a global basis.
$225M spent on Hotjobs = 2% growth over 3 years compared to industry average of 18%. Doesn't count $275M spend on China - written off as a loss. $500M spent on 2% grow = fail & lie.
We find that clients have been, and are continuing to be, very conservative in making new investments as a result of the global economic uncertainty.
Not true for everyone else including those that have expanded overseas (linkedin is growing faster overseas.) Market grew 18% each year over the last 3. Monster 2% total (1.7% actual.)
That's why the stock has tanked and will continue to tank.