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UBM Tech Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
48 Reviews
3.0
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    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM Tech

    Pros

    great training, office and people. The companies is making an effort to involve all levels in the future of the companies. You can get the ear of upper management quiet easily if you want.

    Cons

    Have a silo'ed feel to the different busniess. Departments have been cut and a lot of people have lost their jobs due to high turn over at C level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM Tech

    Pros

    the try to promote from within

    Cons

    no training provided so you can move up

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some pros, a lot more cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM Tech full-time

    Pros

    Strong brands, good culture within certain teams. If you get on certain management's good side, you'll be set.

    Cons

    I agree with the post on October 2nd - some of the posts recently seem contrived. High turnover on staff level. I saw some very smart and capable people not make it because they didn't play the game that others played to get them ahead. They are also misleading in interviews, so beware of entering a role that is different that what you expected. The positive reviews keep using the tough media market as reasons why there are some negative things. That is not true because I (and many others I know) have moved into other media companies where things are not as bad. The grass is greener.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of people are jumping ship. Be more transparent and value employee feedback. People aren't being whiney - if they bring up issues to management its because they want to stay and have things fixed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be ready to move

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM Tech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great people, interesting work, fast-paced environment

    Cons

    very disorganized , poor top down communication, be ready to move on in 6 months max.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take some classes in communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UBM Tech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management needed to be more proactive. Way to many middle managers not contributing.

    Cons

    office culture was great, work life balance working there.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    It started off great, but slowly fizzled out

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

    I worked at UBM Tech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people, the strong brands, the flexibility

    Cons

    the pay, the culture, slowly investing more in their technology now where their competitors have been doing this for a while. It puts them in a difficult position to get ahead. It will take time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they have a solid leader in place now, so now it is up to improving other areas of their business that are hurting the success of the organization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great People, Uncertain Industry

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

    I have been working at UBM Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very smart folks, collegial environment

    Cons

    Constantly changing mission/leadership, compensation falls below area standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what kind of business you are in and stick with it

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    UBM Tech

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at UBM Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A strong, performance-based culture that prioritizes innovation and collaboration. Working on a portfolio of quality products that are respected by the audience served, and working with a team of like-minded, collegial colleagues has kept me here for over a decade.

    Cons

    B2B Media (broadly including events), and media more broadly, is a challenging industry -- UBM Tech deserves much credit for refusing to stand still, and to continue to innovate, but that innovation comes at a price. If you don't have a tolerance (if not hunger) for near-constant change and movement, this may not be the most comfortable environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid Company in a Brutal Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM Tech full-time

    Pros

    There are smart, dedicated people here, although I agree a good deal of talent has left. That's not because management gleefully fired them, though. If you know anything about B2B tech media since 2008, you know it's a huge challenge--and that's a massive understatement. Management here had to make extremely difficult decisions--ones they preferred not to make. i know. I worked with many of them and was one of the casualties. It's easy to just blame management. Sure, hindsight's 20/20, but I'm not sure people understand what it is to be a senior exec in B2B media now. Being a CEO is a thankless job I can't imagine anyone wanting. FWIW, I don't think it was ever a case of wanting to change strategies every year. It's a case of always HAVING to because of a crumbling media business and changing direction from a public parent company.

    Cons

    For those who think UBM just messed everything up, take a look around. Name the successful B2B media companies. They're few and far between. Name the successful public ones. Exactly. I honestly think they've done what they can, but management is beholden to shareholders, hence, the constantly shifting winds. In an environment like this, culture is gonna be a huge problem. Hours are gonna be late. Pressure is gonna be high. Money simply isn't there to reward people the way they once could. Look, B2B media today is a labor of love. It's brutal. If you're looking for high pay, low hours and constant pats on the back, well, I don't think those jobs even exist anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management needed to be more visible, more accessible, and more direct than ever these past few years. I think more decisiveness was necessary. I'd also suggest HR was never the strongest department in the company, and that often added to the problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a difference a year makes...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    UBM Tech is actually the combination of several formerly separate groups within UBM - former TechWeb (information Week, Interop, Black Hat, etc), and UBM Electronics (EE Times, EDN) and because of that there were many different brands, tribes and silos. After less than a year, there was a huge shift in the mindset and the culture - which was no small shakes. Rather than the dominant 'all revenue is good revenue' culture of former Techweb taking over, it became a culture of openness, honesty, and doing the right thing for the business. Customers could see and feel this change as well, and it shifted the conversation - from one of vendor to one of partner.

    For those of us who remain with UBM Tech, it is, and has always been - about the people. Even in an industry that is completely turned on its head by a host of external factors (media) employees stay because of the people.

    Cons

    You have to be not just comfortable in a fast-paced environment filled with change, its best if that's the environment you most thrive in. If you do, opportunities are abound for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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