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"A good place to work, be self motivated"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Overland Park, KS
Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Overland Park, KS
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Penton full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

The flexibility of the work environment is wonderful. Along those same lines, it is great to be able to pave your own path within your position to tailor.

Cons

Leadership within my office is lackluster. Management tends to value the bottom dollar rather than the variables which produces this figure. There is a great fear of change from the top down.

The largest con that Penton has always seemed to be plagued with is the inability to have meaningful raises and opportunities for advancement. There are very few instances of an employee being sharpened and molded to be a stronger, more meaningful contributor from within Penton.

Advice to Management

Focus on the customer and motivate your workforce. Be involved from within and outside the company.

Penton Response

Aug 21, 2013 – Chief Talent Officer

Thank you for your response. Penton is transforming its business from a traditional business-to-business media company to a strategic information and marketing solutions company.

We realize... More

Other Employee Reviews for Penton

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Subpar"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penton full-time

    Pros

    -Company is transitioning away from the print business and growing digital revenue reasonably well.

    -Great work environment. Friendliness among co-workers within a market. Somewhat flexible hours.

    -HR implemented training programs for employees to learn or improve their skills.

    -There are individuals who are extremely knowledgeable in their field and their market - and deserves their title/salary.

    Cons

    -Company is not agile enough in this digital/mobile age. Great ideas become stale ideas by the time they are implemented.

    -Lack of community in NY. Charity-driven initiatives are good but the HQ lacks the closely knitted culture that other offices have (i.e., Ft. Collins, Cleveland)

    -No room for growth from within the company. Most middle to upper management are brought in from other companies.

    -Compensation is inadequate and below industry standards for NY.

    -Benefits are pretty standard. You can basically get the same, if not better, elsewhere.

    -Fails at being transparent. Employees were informed that discussion of salary increase during the annual performance evaluation would include how the employee's salary compare to other companies and in relation to their office location. This never occurred.

    -High turnover rate. Constant reorganizations throughout the company downplays the number of middle management and lower level employees leaving.

    Advice to Management

    -Actively listen more to lower level employees
    -Nurture employees and promote from within
    -Too much strategic planning; needs to be more agile


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work - if you're new."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    CEO is pushing some innovative items that may or may not work out, but at least he's actually doing something.
    Work atmosphere is casual.
    Freedom to do your work without micro-management (depending on who your boss is).
    Implementing some training tools to help job functions (unfortunately it's all mostly basic, and doesn't fulfill the needs of many)

    Cons

    Penton is currently actively recruiting new talent, but does nothing to keep the talent they already have.
    Corporate and HR answers to complaints on things like 401K, benefits and pay are "things have changed, and everyone else is doing it this way too". Or "it's only bad for those that have been here for a long time. The new people don't even know the difference".
    Looks like the CEO is positioning the company for sale - those of us that have been here a while have seen this before.
    Pay scale is at the bottom, unless you're in upper management or senior corporate level. Don't aspire to get there though - there's no room for personal growth in this company.
    Still a group of VPs across the company that have been here collectively for hundreds of years. The majority bring nothing to their groups, and take home giant paychecks.
    HR is basically a parrot for the company, and has no intention to assist employees having internal issues with upper levels of the company - no matter what the situation.
    Workloads are overwhelming, unless you're in a management position.
    The company thinks it's good at communication across the board.
    Implemented a pay grade this year that determines if you're paid adequately, compared to industry standards. If you are, you automatically get no raise. And those that qualify to get a raise, are given a basic cost of living wage - even with outstanding reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in senior management. Anyone with a VP in their title that has been with the company for more the 5 years, needs to go.
    Put some effort into keeping the talent you have, rather than trying to steal cheaper, new talent. You're creating a training school with a revolving door, where new talent comes in to better learn their skills, and then takes them to other companies to make more money.
    Stop spending money on everything BUT your employees. Bring back the 401K matches. Get rid of the dreadful pay-for-performance favoring those that are buddies with senior management. It's too subjective, and there are glaring instances of favoritism within groups.

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