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Advanstar Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to start a career

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great group of people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ

    I worked at Advanstar full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please quit. You are all pretty terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Could have been good

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    Current Employee - Wageslave in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Wageslave in Woodland Hills, CA

    I have been working at Advanstar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can't really think of many, just that there have been so many good people who have passed through, took a look, and moved on to better things.

    Cons

    Everything, upper management are self obsessed and short sighted business wise. Egocentricism thrives amongst them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be managers, not dictators

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people and opportunity for advancement but uneven product, stone age technology and lack of top-down communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advanstar full-time

    Pros

    Some products leading edge. It's fun to work on top shows and publications. Lots of great people and a company where, if you are very self-motivated, you can learn a lot. Opportunities for advancement are decent. Very good compensation for mid-level roles and above. Good benefits, and work-life balance is mostly good. Santa Monica office is bright, sunny and nice with a casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Severe lack of communication top down, or when there is communication, it's often confusing and opaque. No training whatsoever. Culture seems to be survial of the politically (or contractually) fittest. Despite lip service to the contrary, everyone works in silos. Internal competition is severe in some cases and cliques riddle the company. Little or no trust amongst staff and no transparency. Constant change with seemingly no purpose: sometimes huge decisions are made by CEO and upper managment only to be changed completely, often at the last possible minute, with no real reason. Very little accountability throughout the company at every level. Stone age technology systems. Enormous amounts of time and energy wasted on a regular basis causing staff disillusionment and burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate regularly and clearly to all staff. Stop paying lip service to company mission and start living it. Make informed decisions based on a clear strategy, communicated to the entire team, and stick with those decisions. Adopt a culture of internal teamwork and trust with training and support instead of internal competition. Encourage transparency, creativity and accountability as well as results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional atmosphere without the corporate bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance - managers encourage you to be creative and to work as a team.

    Cons

    Corporate offices in too many locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve turnover with better hiring and interviewing, retention policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Advanstar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and they are really trying to improve it but it's such a mess and so corrupted it'll take more than 5 years to see the progress

    Cons

    Everything especially the management team. They are absolutely clueless about everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't even know where to start but they should not have the kind of authority as they do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not enough support to do a first-class job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people in the rank and file. Opportunity to work with some market-leading publications in challenging areas. Supportive middle management. Some useful internal management courses, though training in general is limited.

    Cons

    The roll-up is so heavily leveraged that a tremendous portion of revenue goes to debt service, with little left over to invest in people, the product, or expansion into new ventures. The company seems to have a policy of paying below-market salaries, which encourages high turnover, and outstanding employees are sometimes seen as disruptive and either fired or encouraged to leave. Upper management, especially in sales, routinely uses blame and public humiliation as a management tool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, modify the "feet-to-the-fire" management style--it works for some people, but destroys motivation in others. As for investing back in products and people: that would be great, but it's hard to see how to do that in a flat market in an organization whose finances were structured on an assumption of much higher growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good quality publications put out by well qualified employees.

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor II in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Editor II in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Advanstar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with an excellent group of individuals in editorial in the Cleveland office. All were highly qualified and strived to put out quality publications and other related products.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a lack of communication between sales and editorial.

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