UBM Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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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. ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM

    Pros

    great people and fun environment

    Cons

    limited opportunities especially in certain regions

  2. Worked with Terrific People. Lack of Vision, Innovation, Business Strategy and Direction the Past Few Years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    • Worked with some great people over the years! Talent, collaboration, and team-focused!
    • Within the right groups and leadership, there's opportunity to build industry-leading products and services and be rewarded for it.

    Cons

    • Non-collaborative Culture. Siloed divisions that have hard time working together for common good.
    • Business ambiguity which hinders motivation and work productivity—and ultimately affects employee retention, customer engagement, and business growth.
    • Corporate politics negatively affects workplace and corporate culture. Willingness to let good people leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    • Rekindle a spirit and purpose of innovation and transparency where all employees at every level are empowered to make a difference that contributes to the growth and vision of UBM and it's customers—an "intrapreneurial" culture!!. Management must have a passion for this, create a culture dedicated to it, and communicate it regularly. I fostered this at the group I built and managed at UBM and it worked!
    • Keep good people of integrity, talent, dedication, team-focus, and innovative drive.

  3. Run

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and colleagues

    Cons

    Layoffs and major changes every few months, terrible morale, favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the politics and cronyism and maybe you'll make a profit

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  5. 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

  6. Typical publisher

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Manhasset, NY

    I worked at UBM

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

    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 Management

    Let writers and reporters run the organization

  7. Frustrating experience

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  8. No Place For Talented Editors

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    Current Employee - An Editor
    Current Employee - An Editor

    I have been working at UBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Not the company it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhasset, NY

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

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Good benefits, poor atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people. Good work-home balance

    Cons

    Uncertainty, downbeat atmosphere, low pay

    Advice to Management

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

  11. Working conditions

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor
    Current Employee - Senior Editor

    I have been working at UBM

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

    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 Management

    SELL

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