Reed Exhibitions (UK)

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Reed Exhibitions (UK) Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
31 Reviews
2.5
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Reed Exhibitions (UK) Chairman and CEO Mike Rusbridge
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  1.  

    I worked at Rx for over a year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK) full-time

    Pros

    + Career development - no matter what position you start at, you're given the chance to advance/grow, opportunity to attend career development courses
    + Exposure to different fields - you'll have your hand in different areas within your department and you'll interact with different departments so you can get a feel for what they do - this can allow you to hop to a different field if you want to
    + Atmosphere - team outings, company events, out-of-office happy hours, sports teams
    + Summer hours - half day Fridays during the summer
    + Travel for events - engaging with other employees, seeing work come to life
    + Cool mix of different industry events

    Cons

    - Corporate culture - there's a very specific track that you get placed on and it's a lot of work to move around from it, traditional mindset, the environment is stuffy
    - Very political - you can't speak your mind freely, superiors are always right and lower ranked employees must take blame for mistakes
    - Terrible work/life balance - apart from summer hours
    - Travel for events - very long days on the show floor

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worked there over 5 years ago

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I got terrific experience at Reed, I was given a lot of responsibility and had the ability to take projects and run with them. Excellence was recognized and promotions were frequent.

    Cons

    Very sexist organization, sexism was rampant. You just had to hold your nose and manage your way through it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    REED, for some - but not for all

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Vice President in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional Organization. Very corporate - so if you like that - it;s great. The people who go to Reed tend to stay at Reed for a long time. They very much like developing and retaining talent. No revolving door there. Many smart people

    Cons

    Not entrepreneurial at all. Very top heavy and slow to move to make decisions. Very coporate. if you don't liek that sort of thing. Extermeley departmentalized with many departments. it creates a trying shared resource environment where the big dogs get fed and everyone else starves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with events that are so strong, you can't mess them up no matter who you put in charge of them.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK)

    Pros

    Great exposure to many different industries within the trade show business.
    A lot of great people. At times there was a very social atmosphere. Great place to meet people and make friends.
    Good benefits package
    A fair amount of travel

    Cons

    Commission percentages and the whole compensation structure needs to be reviewed. No sales leader. Company is run by finance department.
    Some people on Director-VP level are clearly over their heads so they naturally resort to micro-management making it a miserable place to work.
    V.P. of Sales has created a management v.s employee atmosphere that is hurting the business.
    Atmosphere is so political that there is no real assessment of talent. This stagnates any opportunities for mobility or increasing compensation for anyone who performs well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I you fix just a few management problems, the company will not only have better financial results, but the morale of the company will be so much better. You will also attract and keep better people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Changing Culture

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Reed Exhibitions (UK)

    Pros

    #1 Trade Show Company
    Sustainability
    Recognition
    Satisfactory Compensation
    Flexibility in Time Off
    Top Down Communication
    Innovative
    Proactive

    Cons

    Really only one... This company is new to activity measurement matrix. Thus, they focus heavily on the activity (calls) rather than productivity (revenue generation) of sales reps. They even confuse the 2. Management will send out emails about how we need to be more productive meaning more calls. When in fact they need to say "activities are down, so we will obviously be less productive." However, for those of us who have been successful in sales, you will move up quickly here. The old reps are set in their ways, thus reluctant to change. Always complaining about calls etc... Give me a break...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an Activity Matrix which encompasses all the aspects of customer touches Calls, Emails, Quotes, Orders etc...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Industry events surrounded by politics and poor management at times

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Sales in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK)

    Pros

    A lot of great people to network with.
    Good Benefits.
    Great place for an entry level sales person to gain experience
    The ability to travel

    Cons

    Horrible culture at times
    Senior Management seems to know nothing about management or people.
    Very Political
    Senior Management does not have the respect of middle management or the employees.
    There are some giant egos that are systematically destroying the business
    There is no training or effective management - management is based on call volume alone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of two people in Senior Management and start over to win back the support and dedication of your employees. Treat your employees as intelligent people who posses the skills to make and maintain relationships that generate revenue for the company and motivate them to maximize their efforts. Try to re-create an atmosphere of mutual respect between employees and management. Don't be afraid to pay people who deliver results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Group is very political and dishonest. They sleep with their subordinates

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    Current Employee - Finance Director  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Reed Exhibitions (UK)

    Pros

    There are no positives, senior managers engage in neopotism and have affairs with support staff in the finance group.

    Cons

    Senior managment has unrealistic expectations and goals, they do not want the truth, the pay is below market, they terminate people for no particualar reason, they are very political and do not judge people based on their performance, senior managers have had affairs with subordinates and have not been terminiated, while junior level people get terminiated constantly if they do not put in 50 hours weeks. Senior manangement is dishonest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent people with proper values and treat people with repect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Marketing manager in Central Marketing

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK)

    Pros

    Management seemed to be in tune with what they were doing to keep the company growing. Always available for comments/concerns.

    Cons

    Long hours. No work/life balance. Benefits always changing. Need to travel alot with no days of. Unrealistic expectations. Marketing department not respected in company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See and knowledge the hard work of the marketing department. Pay the marketing associates what they are worth. Give more promotions.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Trying to be the best isn't always a good idea.

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    Former Employee - Disgruntled  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Disgruntled in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions (UK)

    Pros

    Exposure to various industries (Jewelry, Hardware, Manufacturing, Foodservice, Publishing) through the attendance of tradeshows. Best understanding of the tradeshow industry itself.

    Cons

    Very poor internal communications and a VERY top heavy management system. There's very little care for middle management and lower employmee time and effort. Rewards for achievement are not respective of the time and effort put towards the final goal. Example - I received a $25 grocery store Coupon for closing a $40,000 sale. Additionally, business shortcomings as a result of poor fiscal planning by Senior Management result in lower level cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find new jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the worst places I have worked

    Current Employee - CIT Contractor  in  Richmond, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CIT Contractor in Richmond, London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Reed Exhibitions (UK) as a contractor

    Pros

    Great location, right in the centre of Richmond.
    Potential opportunities due to lack of management resource
    Contract staff are treated fairly well as they make up the majority of the IT department

    Cons

    Internal structure keeps changing (CIT)
    'Strategy' is inconsistent - keeps changing
    Management is weak
    Permanent staff are kept on, even though they are bad at their jobs, and have formal complaints against them regarding their behaviour

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of poorly performing staff, and those who damage team morale.
    Agree a strategy and keep it.

    Doesn't Recommend

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