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UBM Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
70 Reviews
2.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits once you have been there for a few years (in 6 reviews)

  • Every manager was responsible training one of their direct reports to move into their position, so it was a great place to learn and be promoted (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management of the division is clueless right up to the CEO (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management does not care about anything but their bonus by keeping their employees at a lesser pay (i (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Excellent co-workers

    Cons

    Hard to know what's going on.
    Things kept on changing

  2.  

    Typical publisher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Manhasset, NY

    I worked at UBM

    Pros

    Great writers and reporters, talented design teams, intelligent editors

    Cons

    Bone-headed publishers trying to survive in a new digital world, sell out the publications to advertisers, cut editorial staff (and cut it again and again and again), overworked/underpaid writers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let writers and reporters run the organization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at UBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, reasonable salary, folks in the trenches with you are good people.

    Cons

    Ever changing landscape of executives means every 6 months the direction of the ship has to change. By the time everyone is up to speed things shift again, and with each change comes many, many rounds of layoffs. No stability at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UBM needs to pick a strategy and give it a chance to work...meaning more then two fiscal quarters.

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

    No Place For Talented Editors

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

    I have been working at UBM

    Pros

    Some good people used to work here.

    Cons

    For every new top or middle manager hired, two real workers are fired. Org charts change often. There's no career planning for editorial, and doing your job well is no guarantee you'll get a raise, promotion or even keep your job. Salaries are low, despite protestations to the contrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give up all pretense of being a publishing company and focus all your ego and energy on trade shows. Some of the best writers and editors have worked here, only to get crushed by the corporate machine. Other companies make money without playing politics, raises that fall below cost of living increases, and total lack of corporate understanding of editorial's role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the company it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhasset, NY

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

    Pros

    The benefits are competitive, work/life balance is GREAT. The people that I worked with were first rate.

    Cons

    The recent business decision to outsource financial systems was short sighted and ill planned. You want to keep clients? Make sure your new system actually works. Morale is low, and the head office is oblivious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to know and appreciate what the people who work for you can actually DO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good benefits, poor atmosphere

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

    I worked at UBM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people. Good work-home balance

    Cons

    Uncertainty, downbeat atmosphere, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating people like they're just cogs in a wheel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working conditions

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

    I have been working at UBM

    Pros

    Large talented financially secure company

    Cons

    Poor management. controlled from the UK with folks that had no idea as to how to run a technology media company. Internal politics were a constant distraction depending on which group you were acquired from. The company served a prestigious community that gave up and walked away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SELL

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work... if your a glutton for punishment

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

    I worked at UBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some good people there which provides the light amidst the darkness.

    Cons

    Leadership is all wrong, very cut throat. The CIO really ruins the morale, culture and energy. Negative place...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a positive sustainable work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entrepreneurship, self-starter, global

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

    I have been working at UBM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a global company experience and is a self-starter, this is the company to join. Benefits are quite equipped, I.e. medical, commute, 401k, stockshare option, some training. Promote respect, collaboration and customer-centricity internally and externally.

    Cons

    Be prepare to adapt quickly to company changes and new goals with little resources and manpower to fulfill the management's target. Average salary is on the lower side from the median .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management should pay more attention to value their staff and develop new responsibilities for them to advance in the company, not only vertically but also to broaden job opportunities across fields.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience Builder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UBM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, good 401K match, and by far the best PTO policy I've seen at any large organization (vacation time, sick days, personal days, holidays, and a sabbatical every 7-years).

    Cons

    "Open-environment" was difficult for those that need a quieter workspace. Not a lot of room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to stay in communication with staff at all levels. Stay open and honest with employees - once negativity and resentment starts it will continue to build.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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