Penton

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Penton Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
129 Reviews
2.6
129 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • PTO is great with many managers appreciating the importance of work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

    Low pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work place, friendly people, no micromanagers

    Cons

    low salaries, lots of change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay people more money

  2.  

    I was a data analyst intern, not specific to one department.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Penton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility of working from home if needed, very good office environment

    Cons

    A lot of changes in management and personnel, even during my 8-month internship. I was all but promised a full time position towards the end of my internship, but management didn't plan ahead and did not have the budget to hire me. I generally felt that management lacked foresight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Liars and phonies

    • 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

    Great office enviornment, bring dogs to work, people in the office are great, good vacation

    Cons

    You can't trust anyone. The company says they encourage internal growth but that could not be farther from the truth. Beware, if you do try to further your career internally you could lose your job. Senior management does nothing to foster career growth and actually prohibits it. Very political. Everyone always knows that they "could be next," *almost* everyone is always on the chopping block. If you're not on the East Coast or West Coast then you're most likely thought to be an idiot. It's like working for a big, giant question mark all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say you're going to do. Make a plan and follow through. Don't think you're "too high up" to talk to those who work for you - you're not better than me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like running on a hampster wheel

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, casual dress. General work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    Sweeping decisions are made for all products, as opposed to tailored direction based on unique content and end-users. Middle management has little day-to-day knowledge about what is being produced and, in many cases, are therefore no help in accomplishing those day to day tasks that keep the projects running. Typically, one or two members of the team shoulder all the work, putting the company in a precarious position if those one or two members decided to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead with clarity about goals and specific measures to attain those goals. Have some means of measuring if and when a goal has been met. Listen when staff brings problems to your attention. Too often issues are "shrugged off" until the problem escalates to make or break levels. Give incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Careful....Things are not always what they seem

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Casual dress
    Professional and friendly mid-level people
    Diverse portfolio of brands

    Cons

    No 401k plan
    No stability
    High turn-over rate
    Constant & consistent lay-offs in each and every department (please don’t be naive and think you’re safe, think “You’re Next”)
    Throw people under the bus type team mentality
    Glass ceiling
    Who you know, not what you know goes a long way here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the talent that you have within the company
    Stop telling department managers to “lower employee scores on reviews”…how would you like you’re review lowered?
    Judgement of whether or not to keep an entire team shouldn’t be based off 1 manager’s actions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent enough

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

    I have been working at Penton

    Pros

    Good people
    Reasonable but not spectacular benefits
    Laid back work environment in a corporate setting (hard to find that)

    Cons

    Benefits could be better
    Communication/process is usually far too slow from top down.
    Little room to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work to find ways to communicate corporate plans for direction. Develop a better retention strategy for true talent - too many good people walk away with little challenge.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative vibe

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    • 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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great. Opportunity for growth if you're willing to adapt and go where the business is. Customers are well cared for. Products to be proud of.

    Cons

    Negativity abounds. The decline of print is apparent, and it shows in the company morale. Employees on the digital side are trying to pick up the slack, but budgets don't allow many departments to hire. People are stretched to their limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to foster a positive vibe in the office. Get rid of the folks who clearly don't want to be there and allow departments to hire people with better attitudes and skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 7 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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