Penton

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Penton Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
141 Reviews
2.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • PTO is great with many managers appreciating the importance of work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • The flexibility of the work environment is wonderful (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management does nothing to foster career growth and actually prohibits it (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Slow to move forward

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    The organization has been through a lot change, downsizing and management shifting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too Old

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Penton

    Pros

    Good colleagues; lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    As company transitioned from print roots to digital centric, old timers became cannon fodder. A lot of good experience and solid leadership was jettisoned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Young people are cheaper; old people are often wiser.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Clueless upper management, incompetent mid-level management, IT developers' clown show

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Casual about dress and work hours, can be late to work, and free to stay late to compensate.

    Cons

    So many cons, hard to know where to start. Clueless out-of-touch upper management, a culture of shoddy incompetence that begins with terrible mid-level management. It's their way or the highway. They try to compensate for an ingrained culture of incompetence that creates LOTS of mistakes with jokey, infantile activities and emails that are supposed to build community and positive morale, but comes off like high-school activities while the building falls apart around you. Physical work environment is insultingly cheap and congested; tiny little horse-stalls in a large room with a small bathroom for over a hundred people. On top of it all, they are trying to drag the company into the 21st century and place all emphasis on digital media, yet they employ possibly the most incompetent team of IT developers the world has yet known. Their apps are months behind schedule and are rudimentary at best. They seem to be dedicated to killing all the brands they own. All-in-all a laughably incompetent clown show that pays well below scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and mid-level managers, give cost-of-living raises to worker bees, and get in a whole new team of qualified IT developers that know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Thinking of working here.......THINK AGAIN!

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator

    I worked at Penton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not many pros at all. Casual dress. Flexible with schedule (kind of ). The hope that this company will be sold soon.

    Cons

    HOW IS THIS COMPANY STILL IN BUSINESS? Penton is a company that needs so much to change it is not worth your time. How this company has managed to stay in business for so long is a mystery. However, from what I have heard it will not be around for much longer. I actually heard the Atlanta office is completely empty at the moment due to horrible managers. If you read other comments you will see that the people in charge are absolute idiots. If you are the type to not ask questions and just do what you are told then this job could work for you. If however you would like to use your brain, grow professionally, and work with intelligent management, then you must STAY AWAY. I never usually write reviews but because this company is so uniquely terrible I felt it was important to warn potential employees. You will be fed a bunch of lies at your interview about Penton and how it is changing but please, please do not believe those lies. Look at Glassdoor reviews. There is a reason ( well actually many) that people are not recommending this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point I think it is too late. See what happens when this company is sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place, changing and growing, definitely not standing still

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Penton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    growing and changing for the better
    looking to the future, trying to adapt, built from print history but knows future is digital
    this place keeps me inspired, challenged to do better and grow in my role, learning every day
    people here care about employees
    CEO of the company is personable and approachable. He remembers the name of people that work here, makes it a point to reach out to engage, and gets "it" (so, do your homework and be ready for questions)
    there are career opportunities (moving up the ladder)

    Cons

    wish we had a matching 401K
    we are spread out among many locations in the US - video calls help improve communications but it can be a challenge to grow relationships
    some Penton offices are older, with less physical amenities, comforts, perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We believe in your leadership and trust your direction - we ask that you do the same of us. We care about the content and the clients - let us help build a future in digital, data and events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Almost comedic when you think about how many people have left

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Penton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Your co-workers are what made this job bearable. I am having to stretch for more pros...I guess the dress code was not strict so that was nice.

    Cons

    Out of 15 co-workers I started with almost 2 years ago, only one of them is left, but is quickly putting in the 2 weeks. The lack of competent management is mostly to blame. Along with really really really LOW pay. You are expected to do the work of 3 employees all while getting paid practically nothing. Managers do not listen or value their employees. There is no room for growth. Not one of my co-workers got promoted. The most growth you would perhaps experience is a change in your position title. Keep in mind this happened rarely and the change in your title did NOT increase your pay. In addition, a good amount of resources were spent on promoting and creating new products. These products have failed miserably, again a result in poor planning by management. Instead of putting money in new products, invest in your employees!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Pay them what they deserve. Promote growth. Get rid of the terrible managers you have now. Do your homework on new products before you shove them out there. HR, read these reviews and take them seriously!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Definitely wouldn't recommend

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Nice office, bring your dogs to work

    Cons

    Company struggling to evolve from a trade magazine publisher to a digital information company. Lots of stress, top-down pressure. High turnover. Didn't seem to have a lot of respect for individual talent. A culture of win-at-all-costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the change by hiring proficiency in the new areas. You can't cut your way to success or excel by frugality. Competing in high(er) technology requires a different financial model. Learn it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton

    Pros

    It's a job. Many people work from home.

    Cons

    Penton is being positioned to be sold. No investment in employee's. No career development or professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Penton

    Pros

    When I started, it had a good corporate culture and so much potential. Clear direction. Hopeful future.

    Cons

    Increasingly poor Senior Management choices. A marked increase in blatant nepotism. Not even a pretense of caring about employees'career growth or longevity with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up before it's too late. Yes, you can always replace employees...but the good ones take a lot with them when they leave. Morale takes a hit. Institutional knowledge disappears. And stop the hiring of pleasant, but unqualified, friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a paycheck (Atlanta office specifically)

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Penton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    • My co-workers were all really awesome
    • Everyone is nice and polite
    • Don't have to take work home when you leave you're done
    • Flexible schedules
    • They are working to improve employee growth and career development

    Cons

    • Management was really ADHD about projects
    • Inexperienced managers who also sometimes like to micromanage
    • Instead of being good at the core focus this office is always coming up with new product ideas
    • It would be better if we got really good at those core things before trying to add more to it because the new stuff is coming out worse than the old stuff is
    • Didn't seem like they really wanted to hear your ideas, they just want to hear their ideas in your voice
    • I didn't see any opportunity to grow in my office
    • The pay was below market rate
    • I didn't feel/see my work adding value to the company
    • I didn't feel like my manager really had a good understanding of our products and therefore couldn't teach me
    • I always felt as though I was pretending to know what I was talking about with customers and not actually capable of really helping them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt better compensation packages, and better trained managers. Good people are not going to stay when they can increase their salary by 30% or more by just moving to another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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