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Typical Company

Accountant (Current Employee) Cleveland, OH

ProsOverall, the people who work at Penton are friendly. Additionally, Penton has a nice holiday schedule - nearly every national holiday and early release on the day before a holiday.

ConsTop management has changed frequently over the past few years, which is a positive if you don't care for a particular CEO/CFO/etc....just wait a year or two and there will be a new one. Unfortunately, this takes away from the overall long term vision of the company since every leader has a different idea as to what direction to take Penton in. Additionally, it seems as though every change in management brings the loss of a perk previously enjoyed by employees. Finally, there is no 401k match, which is a definite downside.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen communication. David Kieselstein has done a wonderful job at keep employees informed on major changes; however, middle management still needs to open communication lines. Possibly it's the nature of the beast, but no matter how many training courses you provide to middle management, it seems like nothing changes in the way that they interact with their direct reports.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Penton Chief Talent Officer responded to this review

Nov 6, 2013

Thank you for your post.

The senior management at Penton are diligently working to fostering a transparent environment that’s pleasant for its employees. We strive for the company to be a
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    3 people found this helpful  

    Sweatshop for editors

    Editor (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Penton for more than 8 years


    Pros: New president Kieselsten is a refreshing change from past presidents;… Cons: The workload for editors is crushing and totally overwhelming. Advice to Senior Management: Touch base with the creatives who produce the product. It seems to me that upper management's bonuses seriously… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    A downward spiral.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Penton full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Super casual environment: dogs at your desk, shorts and sandals,… Cons: Innate sense of when am I going to be next in line for layoffs. Waste… Advice to Senior Management: Kieselstein seems to be a step in the right direction.… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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