UBM Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits and reasonable compensation (in 6 reviews)

  • It's a shame upper mgmt doesn't see what great people they have (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management does not care about anything but their bonus by keeping their employees at a lesser pay (i (in 3 reviews)

  • Lower management need better man management skills training (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Tumultuous & Reactive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with excellent people, well kept offices in good locations, good benefits plan, flexibility with work locations.

    Cons

    Distrust in management, change happens so frequently it feels like whiplash, constant layoffs really hurt morale, low starting salaries (compared to the industry & overall) with little opportunity for jumps, little investment in employees/employee happiness (perks are virtually non-existent). Management is constantly reacting to the market instead of being seen as leaders or investing in new technologies in events.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody seems to have the answers (or even pretends to); instead of preaching about culture, it's time to invest in employees and show them that a positive culture can start from the top and that employees should be appreciated (& fairly compensated financially).


  2. Helpful (1)

    Total bait and switch...RUN.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great teammates. Lots of camaraderie and ability to pull together under tough circumstances. Office administration went to great lengths to promote a sense of fun in the office when I was there. Decent compensation for my role but it was made clear not to expect a raise.

    Cons

    Where to start? I went through 8 interviews with these people. Very transparent about my skillset and was promised training for areas that I would need to ramp up on.

    My "training" consisted of two days of talking to a bored, disgruntled employee who quit two weeks after I started. I was told after trying to supplement my knowledge that I was "asking too many questions". I ended up leaving after two months. Was told the woman hired to replace me was fired six weeks into her role, also not given any training.

    It was just as well it didn't work out. I've never worked in such a toxic environment in my life. Such a blame culture. Every meeting was an exercise of workers throwing each other under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Are you guys for real? Look at the high turnover rate. UBM is a total joke in the SF tech industry, and it is all due to your crappy office culture and the way you handle your employees.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Run

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and colleagues

    Cons

    Layoffs and major changes every few months, terrible morale, favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the politics and cronyism and maybe you'll make a profit


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  5. Frustrating experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, reasonable salary, folks in the trenches with you are good people.

    Cons

    Ever changing landscape of executives means every 6 months the direction of the ship has to change. By the time everyone is up to speed things shift again, and with each change comes many, many rounds of layoffs. No stability at all.

    Advice to Management

    UBM needs to pick a strategy and give it a chance to work...meaning more then two fiscal quarters.


  6. It was a good idea at the time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contributor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Contributor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UBM part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommute policy
    sometimes you can work on interesting topics and get good feedback when the editors are not on the way out the door
    It was a good place a few years ago, but

    Cons

    Once they started spinning out more and more boards, they lost focus and direction.
    There are many signs that the company is falling apart despite their efforts to keep everything hush-hush.
    Morale drops when people sense that things are not going well and there is no honest communication about it.
    Some good people have left while incompetent people stay on because of entrenched cronyism.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep your people in the dark and get rid of those people who are really not competent at their jobs.


  7. Clueless Upper rmanagement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publisher in Darien, CT
    Former Employee - Publisher in Darien, CT

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits once you have been there for a few years. UBM recognized the time we had already accumulated with the company when it was acquired by them in 2003. Many of us had 10+ years with the company and were immediately fully vested in the benefits offered.

    Cons

    The upper management of the division is clueless right up to the CEO. They only takes direction from the home office in London. They didn't make an effort to get to know the people that work under them in the USA or learn about the markets we services. One bad strategic decision after another. Sold off or closed many viable entities to put efforts into projects like SeachMedica - a search engine for healthcare professionals. Ever hear of Google? Is that really who you want to compete with?

    Advice to Management

    Take an active interest in knowing what your employees do and the markets they know. While we are in a global network/economy, figure out how the USA niche can turn a profit here and expand upon it rather then shut it down because "London says so". Then incorporate into the global plans of UBM


  8. Helpful (3)

    Helter Skelter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Miami, FL

    I have been working at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Promises, Promises, and Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Hard to understand why they promise and then lie about the future there. Company was sold. Closed NM office, closing Miami. Just tell people so they can plan and feel decent. We worked hard for you and got nothing but falsehoods and lies.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Lying to Employees and Customers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The Worst 9 Months of My Life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice, really smart people. Good location. Well-read co-workers. Some fun lunches out (pre-recession). Big company with decent benefits. OK about vacation time.

    Cons

    Honestly, I don't know how l lasted so long here. The first round of layoffs came 3 months after I started and that should have been a warning sign. People who had been there 20 years were just dumped. Some people who showed up before 8 and stayed until past 7pm were let go, but others who came in at 11am and left at 5pm were kept. Made no sense. The whole vibe was kind of one that was outdated and there was an acceptance of screaming as a tactic to motivate people. I honestly have never heard yelling like that in an office before. Management was at best inept, and at worse, cruel. It cured me of ever wanting to work in publishing again.

    Advice to Management

    Try to at least pretend like you care about your employees. If you have to lay them off, at least don't humiliate them in the process. Figure out who does the actual work, before you do the layoffs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Do NOT work for this company unless you enjoy frustration, and banging your head against walls

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you cant find another job, then perhaps, but only then

    Cons

    My career has actually regressed since working at CMP, and I am paid less than i was 5 years ago, if you factor in cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Let people do the jobs they are paid to do, and not everyone elses.
    too many people make decisions that are irrelevant to their jobs, and hinder
    others from doing their jobs well.


  11. CMP - Never ever ever work for them!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor In Chief in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Editor In Chief in Manhasset, NY

    I worked at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn how badly an employee can be treated, then CMP is the place for you! Also a great experiance if you want to know how it feels to have others take credit for your work. If you want to learn how to throw journalistic integrity out the window and opperate with no scrupples, CMP is a great place to learn!

    Cons

    Arrogent and uncaring managment. Slave-driving attitude. Workers are constantly belittled. Machavellian tactics are always used. Managment constanly lies! Loyalty to the company is rewarded by termination. The company firmly believes in the axiom "penny smart and pound foolish". Upper managment and execs are rewarding themselves for a job poorly done and are thankless to those who actually do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves with competent individuals!



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