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A good place to work, be self motivated

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Production Coordinator  in  Overland Park, KS
Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Overland Park, KS

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

Pros

The flexibility of the work environment is wonderful. Along those same lines, it is great to be able to pave your own path within your position to tailor.

Cons

Leadership within my office is lackluster. Management tends to value the bottom dollar rather than the variables which produces this figure. There is a great fear of change from the top down.

The largest con that Penton has always seemed to be plagued with is the inability to have meaningful raises and opportunities for advancement. There are very few instances of an employee being sharpened and molded to be a stronger, more meaningful contributor from within Penton.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on the customer and motivate your workforce. Be involved from within and outside the company.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Penton Response

Aug 21, 2013Chief Talent Officer

Thank you for your response. Penton is transforming its business from a traditional business-to-business media company to a strategic information and marketing solutions company.

We realize
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    Penton Fort Collins Office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Penton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, casual dress. Great opportunity to work with a team of talented individuals who are willing to help each other out. Supervisors in my case have been very helpful in trying to help employees develop their career path. Benefits package is comparable to other company offerings.

    Cons

    The majority of upper management, including technology market leaders, do not understand enough about the market to to make sound business decisions. They do not listen to individuals' feedback to new strategies, and then wonder why a specific strategy failed to generate revenue. Furthermore, this lack of understanding also leads to unreasonable demands and angry, unprofessional outbursts when said demands are not meet, which has led to some employees feeling very uneasy.

    It is difficult to meet goals and demands because there is a high turnover at this office, and upper management does not see a reason to backfill positions. Instead, current employees receive a higher workload.

    Compensation is below industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, listen to their feedback, and include them in your strategy because these employees are the ones who are dealing with Penton's customers day in and day out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Penton Response

    Aug 15, 2013Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for for sharing your feedback.

    Innovative ideas that drive business sales are always welcome at Penton. Additionally, we are committed to finding talented individuals to fill vacant
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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Subpar

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton full-time

    Pros

    -Company is transitioning away from the print business and growing digital revenue reasonably well.

    -Great work environment. Friendliness among co-workers within a market. Somewhat flexible hours.

    -HR implemented training programs for employees to learn or improve their skills.

    -There are individuals who are extremely knowledgeable in their field and their market - and deserves their title/salary.

    Cons

    -Company is not agile enough in this digital/mobile age. Great ideas become stale ideas by the time they are implemented.

    -Lack of community in NY. Charity-driven initiatives are good but the HQ lacks the closely knitted culture that other offices have (i.e., Ft. Collins, Cleveland)

    -No room for growth from within the company. Most middle to upper management are brought in from other companies.

    -Compensation is inadequate and below industry standards for NY.

    -Benefits are pretty standard. You can basically get the same, if not better, elsewhere.

    -Fails at being transparent. Employees were informed that discussion of salary increase during the annual performance evaluation would include how the employee's salary compare to other companies and in relation to their office location. This never occurred.

    -High turnover rate. Constant reorganizations throughout the company downplays the number of middle management and lower level employees leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Actively listen more to lower level employees
    -Nurture employees and promote from within
    -Too much strategic planning; needs to be more agile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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