Penton

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Penton Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
132 Reviews
2.5
132 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a paycheck (Atlanta office specifically)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Penton full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    STAY AWAY

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

    I have been working at Penton

    Pros

    Can not think of any. ..

    Cons

    One of the worst jobs I have ever had. There is no management, no direction, and absolutely no growth. Penton is a sinking ship. Do not apply here!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new managers ASAP.

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

    Use you up and spit you out.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chief Department Monkey in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Chief Department Monkey in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Penton full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great staff. Best teammates ever.

    Cons

    Company leadership is delusional. Leadership of this company completely change every 3-5 years with little to no constancy. Executive leadership is lost in some cloud, thinking they are recreating the google culture. They are so out of touch with their own product that they can't even give an actual accounting of it and continue to sell off choice properties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to flow with the current and grow above it all. You have strengths. Stop pretending they are weaknesses.

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

    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
  7. 2 people 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
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Negative vibe

    • 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

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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