UBM Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Frustrating experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. No Place For Talented Editors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - An Editor
    Current Employee - An Editor

    I have been working at UBM

    Pros

    Some good people used to work here.

    Cons

    For every new top or middle manager hired, two real workers are fired. Org charts change often. There's no career planning for editorial, and doing your job well is no guarantee you'll get a raise, promotion or even keep your job. Salaries are low, despite protestations to the contrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give up all pretense of being a publishing company and focus all your ego and energy on trade shows. Some of the best writers and editors have worked here, only to get crushed by the corporate machine. Other companies make money without playing politics, raises that fall below cost of living increases, and total lack of corporate understanding of editorial's role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. It was a good idea at the time

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Clueless Upper rmanagement

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    Former Employee - Publisher in Darien, CT
    Former Employee - Publisher in Darien, CT

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Helter Skelter

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Miami, FL

    I have been working at UBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop Lying to Employees and Customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    The Worst 9 Months of My Life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at UBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. CMP - Never ever ever work for them!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor In Chief in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Editor In Chief in Manhasset, NY

    I worked at UBM

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves with competent individuals!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great people, awful management

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    Former Employee - Content in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Content in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lot's of good people, reasonably good work life balance, good location in central London

    Cons

    The management style in some divisions of UBM Live/EMEA is tantamount to psychological bullying. My personality was constantly picked apart in meetings and in emails, and many people I worked with had the same experience. Brand directors and other senior managers would often panic at insignificant things and would immediately berate staff, rather than talk with them to get the full facts or work out a solution. While I was there my confidence in both my job and how I came across as a person was chipped away. By the time I left, I had become very unsure of myself. They also have a very callous attitude to dismissing people - during my time there, many people were let go very suddenly, seemingly on the whim of a Manager.
    I can't speak for other divisions of UBM, but you have to be pretty thick-skinned to work for UBM EMEA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in some decent management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Regred

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barueri (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barueri (Brazil)

    I worked at UBM

    Pros

    Training
    Benefits
    Profitable
    Willingness to get better work environment (fail so far)

    Cons

    Micro Managed
    Lost values
    Lost vision
    No process oriented
    High turnover of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn with foreigners and not with the brittish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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