Penton Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
121 Reviews
2.6
121 Reviews
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Penton CEO David Kieselstein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • PTO is great with many managers appreciating the importance of work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • The flexibility of the work environment is wonderful (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Under senior management level, there is little to no reward for going above and beyond (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management out of touch with the worker bees (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    OK place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Relaxed atmosphere. Free from micromanagement.

    Cons

    Pay is not great. Loose structure means undefined goals at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider keeping all employees in the loop re: long and short-term goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people with a lot of talent in certain divisions and groups

    Cons

    Compensation plans, advancement opportunities for junior staff, severe lack of strong leadership across the organization, communication between departments, management of individual business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your "core competencies" and HR initiatives seriously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Penton rocks!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton full-time

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the work environment, the leadership, the exchange of ideas, the development of bringing Penton through to the 21st century, the collaboration, the activities of engaging people to come together more often, the opportunity to work together to give back to communities; and the ability to laugh out loud - at yourself or with your team. Penton rocks!!!.

    In today's society and culture, it is a me-me, but a Penton it's a team, team, team culture/environment..

    Cons

    Always feeling I have to defend Penton as being a good/bad company. It's not a person, place or thing that make a person, place or thing better. Happiness comes from within and shines through an individual. Penton does have some "bad seeds" of employees and who are just unhappy individuals and spoiled brats, have fits, and spew negative rants on social media such as glassdoor and other company review sites. Like all other companies that have these "type" of employees --- GROW UP!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees look forward to participating in Penton's growth. Talk and meet with your employees more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad outweighed good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Penton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good general employees; experienced and competent

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with the worker bees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than try to stem the tide of true reviews here with your in-house puppets, address the issues. Very easy to determine genuine comments vs. damage control.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great experience working on software development projects and collaborating with co-workers in delivering final product.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Penton as a contractor

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with the developers and overseas QA staff in addition to the editorial teams.

    Cons

    Company is growing so work space was getting limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to get paid sooner when working as a contractor. When I was there, contractors were paid three months after the start date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Dynamic company, if you want to be on the cutting edge of media this company is for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Company supplied equipment is of great quality. Generous paid time off plan. Lots of support from management. Matrix organization so you get to learn from more than one supervisor.

    Cons

    Senior Management is afraid to do what is right sometimes, not sure if they are trying to save face or they really don't know what is going on. No 401(k) match is very difficult for those who are non-MIP eligible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that your employees are your best asset and treat them accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    The people make Penton a good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people at Penton and in the Overland Park office, especially, who are the main reasons it will be tough to leave Penton. Some people go out of their way to be mentors. Communication has improved. The C-level leadership is saying some of the right things.

    Cons

    Recognition for shared services groups is hard to come by. Despite the amount of energy expended on some endeavors, execution can be spotty. Some business decisions make you wonder about varying levels of accountability among different groups.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Penton Media

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Great PTO, Casual dress, nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Management does not have proper training. Zero skills on how to handle any issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Penton Response

    Sep 30, 2014PR

    Thank you for your feedback. We have recently instituted Fred Pryor management training in response to direct feedback from employees and managers. Each manager is required take 6 intensive courses ... More

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    People are leaving in droves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Life/work balance - that's it, period

    Cons

    No career development
    No leadership
    Unstable structure
    Unclear mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management's response to every voluntary departure is shock and awe. Take the advice of the 100+ people who have left in the last year, instead of pretending turnover is the hallmark of a creative and progressive environment. Employees are stressed and concerned for the future, so they're going elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy, middle disregarded and bottom taken for granted.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Penton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are professional and knowledgeable. Working from home is permissible according to ones workload.

    Cons

    Benefits are okay but are making efforts towards getting better. Raises are minimal. Promotions are based on who rather than what you contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It’s okay not to have all the answers. The smart/great leaders are the ones that surrounds themselves with people that are smarter than them and aren’t.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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