UBM Canon Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
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  1. Great environment for new writers and marketers to cut their teeth

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    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Director in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Director in Lexington, MA

    I worked at UBM Canon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to all facets of publication production, promotion and events

    Cons

    Tough for marketers or advertising exec's to make the jump to agency jobs

  2. Good environment overall

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UBM Canon full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Mid size company that doesn't spend too much time on process.

    Cons

    Sometimes lacking in clear direction

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the employee culture

  3. Personal hell

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at UBM Canon full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The new office in Santa Monica is nice.

    Cons

    One business head has been complained about to HR several times (that I know of) and there were no consequences. That department had a 95% turnover in one year and still, no one looked into the problems.

    Their products are outdated. Management is very political and has no vision. You're expected to work 14 hour days. A lot of the management is based in the UK and believes that Europeans know better. They don't understand that there are differences in what consumers want in the UK vs. the U.S.

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    Great Community but the Leadership is Lackluster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UBM Canon

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office is a really relaxed environment. You can do whatever you want as long as the work is done.

    Cons

    There's no room for growth, there's no interest in training people to learn new skills. There is a serious lack of oversight and seemingly no accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not serfs. An employee can be an investment and should be treated as such.

  6. great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UBM Canon

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management understands the business and provides employees to succeed. Well positioned for growth. Expect this to be a great year exceeding all sales goals.

    Cons

    Acquisitions streched already thin work force. Understood technology needs but was often to slow in transitioning to the lastest products.

  7. Helpful (1)

    An OK place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Exec in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Exec in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UBM Canon

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good publications and events, some really talented people who knew how to do their job well. Outstanding support staff. Well known and well respected industry publications

    Cons

    Lackluster communication from top down. Company tends to Implement new products before they've worked thru all the potential problems.

    Advice to Management

    Expect excellence from your people and then reward employees for excellence. Offer more training in relevant areas. Insist on monthly meetings for each product where all parties participate and know what's going on!

  8. Helpful (2)

    A lot of incompetence by senior management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM Canon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Salary comparable to other publishers. Great "in the trenches" relationship among staff.

    Cons

    Skeleton staff, so everyone is doing two or three different jobs. Continually acquiring, launching and marketing products they can't support, so stress level among staff is high. Divisions that are supposed to work together simply don't communicate.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on acquisitions and take care of business. Treat your staff like human beings, not machines.

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