UBM Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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UBM CEO Tim Cobbold
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Pros
  • Good benefits and reasonable compensation (in 6 reviews)

  • It's a shame upper mgmt doesn't see what great people they have (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Lower management need better man management skills training (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, hours, ergonomic desks

    Cons

    Lack of organized, structured onboarding process.


  2. A good place to work

    Current Employee - Graphic Designer
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Employees are open to creativity

    Cons

    No learning or training on the job. Atleast in the design department


  3. EVP International Business Development

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    Former Employee - EVP International Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - EVP International Business Development in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UBM has a breadth of media products. The USA markets are strongly focused on the tech and medical markets but world-wide the company has a footprint in many B2B markets. Employees have an opportunity to learn key skills and multiple markets. It is also a great opportunity to learn how acquisitions are integrated successfully (or not) into a large organization.

    Cons

    UBM grows primarily through acquisition. If you are a start-up junkie at heart, this is likely not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Work to find opportunities to innovate in existing products whilst pursuing scalable acquisitions.


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  5. Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have had great management help me grow within my role. I have been promoted each year and feel rewarded for the work that I do. Great work/life balance and ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    High turnover, employees don't seem invested in brands. Different parts of the business (events & design teams in particular) have struggled with management, processes, retaining team members. Does not pay well enough to incentivize employees to stay long term.


  6. Digital

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM

    Pros

    Great people, casual work environment, great benefits, flexible work time, hands off management style.

    Cons

    Salary could be more competitive. Industry standards are higher outside of UBM.

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive with salaries.


  7. Chaotic and disappointing

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    Former Employee - Editorial Staff
    Former Employee - Editorial Staff

    I worked at UBM full-time

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

    Pros

    People know the sites when you work there or apply elsewhere.

    Cons

    No respect for editors or editorial. Promises made are easily broken. Org chart is top heavy with way too many managers whose only allegiance is to the UK stock market, not employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make ant promises. Don't add any more managers then say you can't give raises to those doing the work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Revolving Door of Management and

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at UBM

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

    Pros

    Loved my teammates. All were in it together to make the best events possible for our clients and attendees.

    Cons

    'Old Boys' network Incredibly sexist. Lack of personal integrity in management. Too many managers that are completely out of touch with client needs and state of the industry. Primary solution to increase bottom line is to layoff people who built and understand the business in favor of young and cheap whom they hope will maintain it.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity - it's more than buzzword.


  9. Manager

    Current Employee - Custodial Area Supervisor in Carol Stream, IL
    Current Employee - Custodial Area Supervisor in Carol Stream, IL

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are friendly and easy to work with at times.

    Cons

    I don't feel as though you are compensated for your position.


  10. Change is the name of the game

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful people, incredible benefits. Most take a real sense of pride in their work.

    Cons

    Constant change is challenging.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A Shell of it's former self

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM full-time

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

    Pros

    NY office is now located at 2 Penn Plaza -- a great commute (on the LIRR) if you live on Long Island.

    Cons

    Bottom Line, it's all about making their shareholders happy... to the detriment of the employees. As part of another of their massive layoffs (80 from my division), they've thrown out an excellent work force (their publishing division) to be the 2nd largest trade show company. If that's your expertise, go for it.

    Advice to Management

    Older employees DO have a lot to offer. Try to see more than the $$, and look quality and experience.



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