Global Experience Specialists Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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25 Ratings

Pros
  • Great Co-workers, excellent benefits, growth possible if you're willing to lie about others and promote yourself (in 4 reviews)

  • Good work life balance - I've had to work very little over time and only a handful of times on the weekends (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor communication with upper management when forecasting over time (in 5 reviews)

  • Advancement opportunities within the company depends heavily on on who you know than on skills and abilities (in 4 reviews)

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  1. A fun and exciting place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very exciting place to work in the tradeshow and event business. It's all about helping each other perform their jobs.

    Cons

    Very little that would be considered a con. The company is growing and expanding and the future will bring good things.

  2. good

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance easy-going management advancement opportunities positive work environment

    Cons

    vacation time is limited do not receive company stock is hard sometimes to ask off for vacation due to management excessive traveling

  3. Long hours...

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    Current Employee - Graphic Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graphic Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Some good benefits: 100% vested in 401k on first day of hire with company contributions

    Cons

    Long hours. Extended work weeks. Low wages-below national median wage for position.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages closer to national median salarm for positions. Many good people at the company, compensate them more fairly and there would be less frequent turnover.

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  5. this is not for someone who wants to do the same job every day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of work, I work with many different personalities and in this job you need great Customer Service Skill

    Cons

    Work many weekends and nights, sometimes the job is very stressful

  6. Operations Coordinator

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is rewarding. Management relates well to staff. The processes are straightforward. Support from management is excellent. Work life balance is ok if you are willing to work. Plenty of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Compensation. Work life balance may be intolerable to those unwilling to work. Office culture is relaxed as long as you do your job efficiently. Process has holes but management is open to change.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Always busy, process is getting better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At GES you are always busy with projects. In general managers are conscience of work life balance so hours are not overly extreme.

    Cons

    Upper management failed to deliver on bonuses last year.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promise bonuses and then cut them

  8. Helpful (3)

    Great people with design department that will make you scratch your head

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managed to attract terrific hard working people in sales and operations roles throughout company. There are many gems carrying the duds. This is evident throughout.

    Cons

    Peter's principal runs rampant here. Design managers are incapable and unwilling to weed out the dead weight and set current expectations for work [and by that I mean question the status-quo with regards to deliverables] . Work product varies from designer to designer like kale to bacon-wrapped scallops. The kicker is, those bacon-wrapped scallops are likely getting paid less.

    Advice to Management

    Get your department in line by introducing management-minded design personnel and reduce the amount of Executive design positions [ridiculous since we know you are all buddies, so stop promoting each other]. While you're at it maybe take a look at the breakdown in the women:men ratio as pertains to the design department especially. Every once in a while, fire the people that are dead weight. What an idea.

  9. Very good place to start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Work life balance is very favorable. Company provided cell phone and laptop is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. A lot of middle aged managers and senior managers. You do not get promoted unless someone above you leaves company and a position opens.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better opportunity for advancement. Do not get complacent with the status quo.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice people, stressful work at times.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people who have worked together a long time.

    Cons

    Get to show site ASAP. Willing to have errors if it will get there on time.

  11. Extraordinary company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foxborough, MA

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GES is an outstanding public company and its commitment to its employees is just as outstanding. As a current employee, I know that employees are treated fairly, work-life balance is supported and GES' financial strength provides stability in an ever-changing economy. In particular, GES' Foxborough, MA office is a perfect example of the company culture, camaraderie and dedication to serving it's customers well. It would be difficult for me to work for a company who put themselves first instead of the customer. After all, we are all customers in one way or another.

    Cons

    Because GES is a public company, it is understood that corporations must report its financial performance monthly, quarterly, annually. Thus, its employees are rated according to measurable results. Metrics data, like statistics, are the drivers of performance leaving very little room for gray areas or soft data. Sometimes metrics are interpreted too factually without consideration of outside variables or extenuating circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    While metrics is necessary for a public company, there is more to the story than metrics. We explain variances at a corporate level to the analyst community. Perhaps management should consider the same at a macro level.

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