United Business Media

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United Business Media Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
44 Reviews
2.5
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Work-life balance friendly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at United Business Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I felt this company valued a work/life balance and tried to include trainings to enhance a sense of community. I think that is more important than I realized as an actual employee. Divisions are run more like a small business and due to the nature of the work this is helpful.

    Cons

    There was a disconnect between executive staff and lower level employees...this made for unattainable goals on certain projects.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    falling apart

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

    I have been working at United Business Media

    Pros

    It had offered an opportunity to write interesting articles on technology and participate in discussions in the comments

    Cons

    The company spun out too many boards and failed to sustain sponsors for them. Consequently, most of them shut down, including the orginal board that had been very popular for years.
    They keep cutting opportunities and have even let full timers go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should not have diffused your focus by spreading things too thin.

    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    UBM Tech - Constant State of Change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at United Business Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There's the potential to advance quickly, some bosses are great, traveling for work is fun, can be given great projects that you can own

    Cons

    Open floorplan office, bureaucracy, so many meetings, frequent and unexpected layoffs and restructuring, TERRIBLE laptops that don't work and are only refreshed every three years, plenty of old guard preventing change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees you haven't lain off are leaving in droves because you compensate them like a media company instead of a SF-based tech firm. Pay them what they're worth in San Francisco and they'll stay.

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

    Horrible Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting
    Current Employee - Accounting

    I have been working at United Business Media full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a big company so lots of resources as far as computer technology.

    Cons

    Always laying off, and I mean always. Will get rid of employees to make a profit. If you want job security you will never feel it here. Office politics, depending where you are, if you're not the teachers pet, you have to watch your back. Typically big company, if you can't take the heat, don't work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the company to the size you want, rather than chop heads every 6 months like a slow torture death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Difficult at first but became quite easy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Manhasset, NY

    I worked at United Business Media as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very inviting and open to question every aspect about the job.

    Cons

    At first they just drop you into your position and don't train you or give you specifics about your job for about a week or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to be more open and face-to-face with their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, unimpressive management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at United Business Media full-time

    Pros

    Ability to be creative, try new things, and make an impact

    Cons

    Untrained management, lack of trust by employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train manaement to manage. Listen to your employees and get them to help solve problems and help plan for the future.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Massive problems

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

    I worked at United Business Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people in the trenches, interesting work.

    Cons

    Horrible management that doesn't take responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture your young talent and actually make them want to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Pros & Cons

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

    I have been working at United Business Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and the culture.Flexible about allowing their employees to work from home or remotely. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    the company spends their money for the c level execs to have strategy meetings at remote locations and do not pay their valuable employees what they are worth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the employees what they are worth and don't lay people off around the holidays

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ambitious, driven people look elsewhere!

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

    I have been working at United Business Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People at your same level are generally friendly and try to make the best of it, decent benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    There is almost no path to professional develop, below-market pay, and continual sweeping rounds of layoffs (3 times in 2013), I've had 3 different bosses in the last 3 years, been switched between divisions, and asked to start over from scratch with new responsibilities twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less executives and more people to do the work...full-scale compensation review vs. market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very little room for upward mobility and advancement - unless you're the 'teacher's pet'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at United Business Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A fairly lax policy on telecommuting.

    Opportunity for frequent travel (in some positions).

    Depending on the division, the work can be interesting.

    Cons

    A "commitment" to 'corporate culture' that's primarily used as a reason to eject hard-working employees who aren't a 'fit'.

    A company of this size should have tons of opportunity to advance, but generally speaking, the only time someone tends to leave their small division is when their position is eliminated or downsized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, based on merit and ability rather than favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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