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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Penton

Pros

Smart people work at Penton

Cons

Subtle arrogance permeates the culture.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cronyism, Arrogance, and Blind Incompetance

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    Former Employee - Software Development  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Software Development in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    There are not many pros about Penton beyond a casual and loose work environment where, if you do not really care, you can camp out her for a bit until you find something better.

    Cons

    There is much cronyism and questionable competence in the senior software development executive management team. The top members of this team all worked together outside Penton at small start-ups and were brought in over the heads of more qualified existing staff in a block hire with no consideration of promotion from within. Despite resume statements to the contrary, this collective team has had little large corporation leadership experience and limited longevity in any one position. These folks are smart but inexperienced. They would be great employees at other companies; however, they are not leaders, have less work experience than existing staff, but come with an attitude of superiority and a total lack of understanding of how to get things done in a company with established products. If you do decide to work for Penton, you had better live in New York or you will automatically be looked down upon. The collective management team cannot be trusted, and all operate knowing deep down they are working beyond their personal skill levels. The Kansas City development team are all disgruntled and many are considering their options. Work here at your own risk.

    Read the reviews carefully. Especially note with care the ones with a high number of stars for upper management has specifically campaigned internally to have folks submit positive reviews to offset the negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to do some serious introspection into your values.

    Realize that asking your employees to submit positive reviews (as you have done) on Glassdoor to try to artificially increase Penton's rating and whitewash concerns is not a good social media approach. Official company responses to these reviews are humorous at best--actions speak more loudly than words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Penton salaries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Overall, above the industry average

    Cons

    Not many support sysyems available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Penton Response

    Jun 17, 2014Chief Talent Officer

    We are always open to hearing any suggestions you may have regarding expanding the company’s support systems. Please do contact HR with any ideas.

    Depending on your needs, you can always approach
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