Meeting Professionals International

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  1.  

    Indifferent experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meeting Professionals International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great talented people made the culture fun and a great place to work.

    Cons

    At the time when I was working here, there was a lack of vision from leadership and requests for changes fell on deaf ears.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very challenging job that taught me a lot.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Meeting Professionals International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you can survive here, you can survive anywhere. Between poor senior leadership, a board that is too much in your business, and the lack of work life balance, this is not a good place to work.

    Cons

    The association tries to be too many things to too many people. They have reduced the staff for years, yet added large projects that are being produced. Once I finally left, I saw that it was wrong to expect all of the staff to work the long hours that they do. MPI is not a healthy place to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't react to members in a knee jerk way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Company is a Mess

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Meeting Professionals International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits.
    Some really talented co-workers.
    Some leaders are trying to make the organization better.

    Cons

    Some disorganized, deceptive, and secretive management.
    Some leaders are not qualified for their positions and make their direct reports do the work the leaders should be doing.
    Overworked to the point that you consistently lose vacation time earned.
    Little chance for vertical growth.
    Low morale and high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate qualifications of all VPs and directors.
    Be transparent, don't just claim to be.
    Promote more from within so fewer talented people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good stepping stone job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Meeting Professionals International

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid back dress code, good opportunities for networking, good association members, good opportunities for travel, and lower level employees are smart.

    Cons

    Poor communication between senior management and lower level employees, non flexible work environment, poor professional development opportunities, low morale, and there's a focus of profit over people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the lower level employees, because they have great ideas about how to make the company more profitable and productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Event Planner

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Planner in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Event Planner in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Meeting Professionals International

    Pros

    Flexibility, creativity and working for yourself, you get all the recognition, credit and profit.

    Cons

    Always working and have hard time balacing with family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek freelancers

  7.  

    Best team of co-workers I've ever had; poor management.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Meeting Professionals International

    Pros

    If you are in the meetings & events industry, working for MPI carries some clout.

    Cons

    Valuing employees is not nearly as high of a priority with management as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an action or game plan before you put a plan in motion.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    MPI is a toxic environment, where the C-level does not have a clear vision nor do they treat employees well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Meeting Professionals International

    Pros

    MPI is full of smart, talented employees and there are opportunities to do a wide variety of projects, building your experience very quickly. It also has opportunities for gaining experience in international markets.

    Cons

    MPI is a place where miracles are expected to occur every day, no one is ever really appreciated, and great is never good enough. The pace is brutal and the C level is completely uncaring about even pretending to help employees have work-life balance. Expect to work harder than you've ever worked and be criticized for every move, especially for not working even harder and doing even more. There's no consistent vision, so you'll waste a lot of time working on things that never happen or get changed at the last minute. It's concerning that the members of the organization don't seem to realize the company has lost its way and the members and employes are suffering because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people with respect, find a clear vision, and have realistic expectations for work loads. Until you finally take this seriously, the turnover rate will continue to be astronomical, with the typical loss of momentum that kind of turnover entails. We are all very TIRED and STRESSED and job security and satisfaction is at zero.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Incredible Business Driven Association

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Community Development in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Community Development in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Meeting Professionals International

    Pros

    The people at MPI are by far its most valuable asset and an incredible part of its success and leadership in the meeting planning industry. MPI is a great organization to be a member of and work for. This is a truely business run association, unlike any other I know of.

    Cons

    I see no downsides of working for MPI, as long as you understand there are certain limitations to being part of a small organization, especially considering a non-profit association.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and always stay focused on member value.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Challenging, but intensely paced

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

    I worked at Meeting Professionals International full-time

    Pros

    Everyone at the company really does care about the membership. You'll constantly be pressed to push yourself in new and interesting directions.

    Cons

    Due to the small size of the organization, roles may not be as "crisp" or "well defined" as might be expected from other companies. Because the company can occasionally be on the bleeding edge of things, your direction and approach to things are more likely to be ad hoc than properly planned.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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