UBM Reviews

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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. Marketing and Sales Intelligence

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There were a few team-oriented people that worked extremely hard to get the job done efficiently and were good at their roles.

    Cons

    The company is composed of people that have worked there for 10(+) years and came from other acquired companies and young kids out of college with this being the first role they've ever had and no management training. Both groups were extremely cliquey. The younger group tried to celebrate often with beers and brag about a "startup-like environment," but top management never seemed to really approve. There have been several waves of lay-offs in the last couple of years and the company isn't improving. Most people ran scared and afraid that they'd lose their jobs. The HR team was lazy and never did their job correctly, including pay my severance in time after I left. The company is notoriously cheap (as explained by the recruiting company that connected me) and insisted on extending my contract rather than pay me salary and benefits after our original three month contract when I started. Pay stubs later revealed that they paid much less than my agreed upon wage!

    Advice to Management

    Organize your company properly and stick to it. Take responsibility for the people you employ. Create a better culture and community for your employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    The people are the bright spot in this stagnant company.

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    Former Employee - Events Group in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Events Group in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The culture of people and the talent is hard to beat. I've made some life-long friends working here. The exposure to various responsibilities also enhanced my career background as well.

    Cons

    Senior Management talks an optimistic future, but they really don't know what lies ahead. During my < 3 yr tenure, UBM Tech had 3 different CEO's - yes, THREE. They're on number 4 now. No one's job is safe; they've been laying off people who've given their heart and soul to the company for years. To any outsider, this should scream instability. There's a lot of politics here too - it's a wonder internally how some of the EVP's were put into their position.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with your employees - and realize that your actions are facilitating a terrible corporate culture.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Overworked & Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and good-spirited colleagues make the hours and low wages more bearable, good benefits & opportunities to travel, unusually high level of dedication among employees.

    Cons

    The constant change was difficult on everyone; from the regular layoffs to shrinking events, morale stayed low during my tenure. There is no sense that the company is planning investment in employees or events/products that would differentiate them from competitors, or that management has any idea what direction the company should head. There is a lot of pressure to be successful without the company providing the proper tools to do so. There are many levels of management and very few people to do the "heavy lifting." When people are fired or leave voluntarily, it takes a long time for that position to be replaced (or doesn't happen at all), which leaves their work on their remaining coworkers (those who aren't fired are thereby "punished" for their colleagues' realease). This leaves a bad taste in peoples' mouths, for obvious reasons, and management wonders why the culture is so negative...

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people if you want them to stay, both in terms of salary and "perks" which are easy to find elsewhere in San Francisco. Find a leader who will direct the company and its products in order to innovate and make them more successful, or at least competitive, in their industries.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Total bait and switch...RUN.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UBM full-time

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Run

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    Highly political environment with dying media & 2 decent events

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The one good thing which recently happened was that Tim Cobbold (the new UBM Global CEO) articulated the company strategy very clearly. UBM is an events company & forget media.

    Cons

    Very political Poor compensation Very few smart people who are constantly plagued by upper management politics Really bad technical people who think they develop awesome websites

    Advice to Management

    Hire smart people and let them reinvent media & events. That is the only way you can survive or grow.


  8. Frustrating experience

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the try to promote from within

    Cons

    no training provided so you can move up


  10. Helpful (9)

    If You Enjoy Living An Unstable and Stressful Life, Submit Your Application here.

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The review from Sep 25, 2014 and back-to-back reviews from Sep 15, 2014 are beyond fake. They are fake reviews posted by HR to boost up company's view in the public for job seekers and for the view of their shareholders. Allow me to give you actual pros: amazing people who not in management positions. These are struggling underpaid, intelligent individuals who work above and beyond for a failing company. Paul Miller created a culture of satisfying the company with relationship with upper management and no knowledge of the backbone of the company - the employees which are not in management positions. Tim Cobbold seems like he will be following suit with rewarding hard working employees with a nice trip to unemployment.

    Cons

    The purpose of your work here is not guided by motivation to succeed and move into management positions. The UBM mission of work is to gain an appearance that may prevent you from getting laid off. There is not a single person in management that shows true transparency. Instead they deceive you in fake blog posts on the Hub to believe that company is strategically moving in a positive direction. Working at UBM is a thankless job with no acknowledgement and not true care for your well being - just enough to satisfy their shareholders and the public.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you should just learn to be honest with the people who are working hard for your company and stop laying over a black cloud that layoffs will occur. You've already set the example by laying off a CEO of the division - no one is safe.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Never experienced a company with so many internal problems, miserable employees, corruption and numerous layoffs, AVOID

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    Former Employee - Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    401k match, pre-tax commuter benefit, some very kind people here but it does not outweigh the manipulative nasty backstabbers, free coffee and tea

    Cons

    An overwhelmingly toxic work environment where compensation is way below market rate. Multiple layoffs where many talented people are let go for no good reason then hired back then they would resign shortly after because of a better job offer elsewhere and this cycle would continue during the next two rounds of layoffs. Leadership is scattered often making false promises with never any real delivery because the only goal for them is to receive their bonuses and only upper management receives bonuses. The non-existant HR dept is a bunch of gossipy catty girls and are a complete joke. They only help, protect and recommend colleagues they are friends with for advancement and pay increases. No collaboration or comradery between departments as it is not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees at least at market rate and reward good work. Hire a real HR Department that actually cares about employees and not only the execs. Realize that fun activities would greatly boost moral.



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