Marcus Evans

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Former Employee - Senior Conference Producer
Former Employee - Senior Conference Producer

I worked at Marcus Evans

Pros

Loved working there and it was a good experience. Working at ME is an asset to my CV

Cons

Could have had a better experience if it wasn't for the work overload.

Recommends
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    What was represented to me as a journalist/ communications position was nothing more than a cold calling sales job.

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    Former Employee - Conference Producer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Conference Producer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Marcus Evans

    Pros

    In the producer role you get to travel to wherever your event is taking place and network with decision makers at the event. Though this is useful only if you wish to pursue a career in the sector that your event is on (i.e. finance, life sciences, energy etc).

    Your contempories (not management) are genuinely nice people who will go out of their way to help you if you need it.

    Cons

    There is literally no training on the job - you are pretty much immeadiately given a topic and expected to produce a successful event.

    You are expected to be on the phone constantly - pretty much all cold calling.

    The production cycle of 26 days is unrealistic, it is very rare for someone to finish an event on time.
     As a result employees are in a constant fear of being fired.

    Management does not listen to research feedback about why an event will not work - what has been successful for another company does not always translate well with the Marcus Evans business model.

    Speaker aquisition is more focused on quantity rather than quality.

    Sponsorship department have a real control over who you are allowed to invited to speak.

    Topic generation (usually done by a Senior or Director) is a sham they merely pick topics from existing conferences that have been successful in other geographic areas and try to apply them to a European market.

    The company has little to no respect for UK employment laws and counts on the fact that most people are not aware of their rights - if you have a grievance with management there is no channel to report it.

    The working hours are 8:30 - 17:30 though most people will stay later or arrive earlier to attemp to finish their event.

    The company has a high turnover of staff - between last year and this year 900 people were fired. Numerous people have left sometimes after just one day of the job (something I wish I did!)

    It is portrayed as an international company though many of the offices are not functional and just registered for tax purposes.

    Finally (I could go on but this was getting way to long!) the company has a really bad name within the world of conferences. This is mainly due to their blanket of cold calling from sales, sponsorship and production but is also coupled with the fact that should a event not go ahead the company will not refund tickets or sponsorship packages. (Clients are issued a voucher for use with any events for the next 6 months) As a result some events go ahead with only 5 delegate ticket sales, which is very awkard for a producer to run on the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management have no skills when it comes to managing people and take a very agressive management technique which borders on bullying and intimidation. When an event is not going well they do not offer any support, their management style is to motivate people with fear as the renumeration package (commision included) is not sufficent motivation for employees. My advice to them would be to value and support your staff and to be honest about what the role entails during the interview (which suprising is exactly like the type of questioning you undergo if an event is not working out)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    difficult to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive

    I have been working at Marcus Evans

    Pros

    good commission if you sell. means if you see you can earn

    Cons

    its nasty work place and please find something else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay good basic salary please, respect employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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