Advanstar Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Advanstar CEO Joe Loggia
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance - managers encourage you to be creative and to work as a team (in 4 reviews)

  • The people are great, very positive work environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Severe lack of communication top down, or when there is communication, it's often confusing and opaque (in 3 reviews)

  • Everything, upper management are self obsessed and short sighted business wise (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanstar full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Not competitive pay, office is a little run down as well as furniture and don't really have the resources you need to do your job. Not much room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay!


  2. Administrative

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

    I worked at Advanstar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My team was great to work with, good people

    Cons

    Lack of transparency and accountability. Things were "planned" behind closed doors. HR is useless. Corporate culture is "everyone for themselves". Hard to het promotes, no career advancement programs or trainings - no reward or recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Booo


  3. Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Advanstar

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

    Pros

    You can get an actual journalism job here. It's B2B journalism though so it's definitely not hard hitting. They have hirer salaries than most of the industry though

    Cons

    Communication is awful. My managers were terrible at communicating what they wanted then punished me for not doing something up to their standards. I eventually couldn't take being a whipping boy anymore an left.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Communicate. Marnette is crazy. You're going to drive everyone away if you don't fix your management style. It's already proven to be true so I'm not sure why you aren't changing.


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  5. Great people, great company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Advanstar full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really nice people to work with! You don't have to be super punctual, they are relaxed as long as you get the work done

    Cons

    Could give a bigger raise.....

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  6. Good people, tricky culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanstar full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people allowed to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Corporate support is minimal Opportunities to advance are limited


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Advanstar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I got a lot of responsibility early on. I was able to branch out into other parts of the company and gain knowledge and experience in new fields. Great resume builder. My teams were filled with lots of great people.

    Cons

    There was a lot of instability when I was there. Office culture beyond the small teams was non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate long term and short term goals more clearly and often.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Work horse with little pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Advanstar full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    challenging environment, dynamic projects to work on, get to travel to trade shows

    Cons

    overworked, underpaid. very poor commission for AE's, Sales Managers can fight against AE's and CSR commissions , which happens all the time and unfairly so. Very shark like team environment. Forget having a social life as well - closer to your trade show event you will be working weekends and will be on call. Lots of nepotism in Santa Monica office.

    Advice to Management

    Very hard to advance in position if not impossible


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great group of people to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The level of respect that everyone has for each other's abilities makes this office run pretty smoothly. No one feels that they can't ask for help. Everyone celebrates each other's successes. uncertainty for future. Could get better.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. You pretty much are what you are. If you want more, you'd be better off looking elsewhere.. Compensation isn't great. The company overall, like most large companies, wants to get THE MOST from employees for the least amount of money. uncertainty for future. Could get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Increase company moral and growth opportunities, that will make up for some of the lack of pay.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fun, cool, & trendy job-use it for the experience. But pay is at a minimal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Some people really made the experience great for me. That's with any job. Santa Monica is a beautiful and clean city. Working with some of the top apparel brands in the fashion industry was a plus.

    Cons

    Operations are outdated. Backwards thinking. Communication? Forget it. Pay is low don't expect a lot unless you are in a VP position or above. No privacy in the office setting.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the leading companies-google, apple, south west. Create a positive culture. Help your employees advance their careers. Positions are very stagnant and get old really quick.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Terrible Company

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    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Very little is positive here, it is a company that is built entirely around the idea of selling itself to investors for profit, at the expense of the products they produce and the people that make them.

    Cons

    While working in various roles within the organization I saw a number of different teams with few distinct voices in leadership. All were struggling with the idea that the organization was a fear driven, and honestly increasingly obsolete for customers as magazines and trade-shows in such niche arenas are thriving today as opposed to 15 years ago. At one point the CEO did a tour of all offices, he proceeded to explain that if the company wasn't doing well since it was in publishing and ad revenue was down - we shouldn't worry since he had a fall-back plan to surf more in CA. I've yet to witness a moment where more people were sent into a state of panic.

    Advice to Management

    Please quit. You are all pretty terrible.



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