Penton

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Management deserves the help it gets

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Casual atmosphere, great people working in the brands, interesting work.

Cons

I’ve enjoyed working in an a-hole-free zone for many years but, unfortunately, that changed when the company brought in another layer of management between my old boss and me. If this guy were here to offer advice, guidance, best practices and new ideas, then that would be great. But to report to this dude? He’s completely ignorant of our brands, our markets, our business model, the issues, our readers and our customers, but he’s determined to throw his weight around and be the big boss. And it’s not just me. He also has supervisory responsibilities over other markets about which he is equally clueless. He doesn’t know our most significant readers and customers from Adam’s off ox, and vice versa. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he does something out of ignorance that pisses somebody off threatens revenues. I’ve complained to my old boss and he said that, for now, I will have to put up with this guy because upper management believes he’ll lead them to the Promised Land. It’s sad. I really loved this job. After all the years that I’ve been here, I’m now actively looking for another job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You wouldn't have to offer a $1,250 bounty for recruiting new employees if you treated your current employees better.

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    Tons of opportunities--if you know the right people.

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    Former Employee - Web Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Production Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Penton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Penton was a great place to work right out of undergrad, because I was working with a group of people who really believed in me and wanted to help me succeed. I was given tons of opportunities to learn about new things and develop new skills.

    Cons

    If the right people don't like you then there are no opportunities for career advancement, regardless of your talent. Half of the people working there are amazingly smart and dedicated, and the other half are just putting in the time until they can retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the people who work for you so that you can better utilize them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Penton Response

    Nov 6, 2013Chief Talent Officer

    We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time at Penton.

    Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels valued and can build their career.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Accountant in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Overall, 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.

    Cons

    Top 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 ManagementAdvice

    Open 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Penton Response

    Nov 6, 2013Chief Talent Officer

    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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