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I was able to learn new skills while growing my career at Penton Media.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

Pros

The workplace is a newer environment located in a nice part of Downtown Cleveland. They seem to promote from within when skills sets are appropriate. Many employees had been there for many years.

Cons

After the acquisition the work environment suffered. Many employees felt insecure of their job stability and many were laid off. Management tended to talk down to their employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees, they have many great ideas to help grow the business.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No upward mobility, sexist management and low pay.

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    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Colleagues
    Interesting Industry
    Good office location

    Cons

    Old Boys Network - Women rarely get promoted
    Low pay
    No growth opportunities
    Overwork - they like to stretch people very thin across multiple roles
    Continuing layoffs & budget cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and offer female employees the chance to move up. All VP levels and above are filled by middle-aged white men.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience ---- until you get to senior management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Penton

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers
    Supportive direct management
    Great support from HR on health issues (organizing discounted gym memberships, fitness programs, nutritional help, yoga classes, etc.)
    When I started at Penton you felt as if they wanted you there. The VPs and other management on site learned names, felt badly and were somber about necessary recession layoffs (it was a printing company...), and were generally caring human beings who encouraged their workers to do more for them.

    Cons

    New senior management found reasons to dispatch all previous helpful, caring supervisors and replace them with previous coworkers from other companies who were blase and uncaring. Surprise layoffs with no forewarning left a constant sense of foreboding on Thursday afternoons (lay-off days). Callous reaction from senior management about layoffs. New management took a relaxed and productive office atmosphere to one of toxic fear and anxiety. Went

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to old company values and reassess the hiring of auditors who mysteriously find the company lacking a job they 'would be perfect for.' Cultivate a feeling of security by making employees feel valued rather than simply 'lucky to have this job.' Keep hard-working, loyal employees by valuing them as people. Refrain from knocking the locals' hometown while they are in earshot simply because it isn't NYC, it certainly doesn't endear you to people who are already set to be wary of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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