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Event Network Reviews

Updated February 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Fun work environment; lots of small entertainment from corporate (in 8 reviews)

  • There are some legitimately great people working for the company, if you end up working for one of them you'd be in for a good time (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect to not have a work/life balance if you work in the field or retail stores (in 5 reviews)

  • In order to move up beyond store director (outside of purchasing), you must relocate to Park City, UT (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of work to keep designers on their toes. Many uses of a wide range of skills from illustration to apparel design.

    Cons

    Not much room to move up in this company, positions are set and open up mainly when someone moves on to a different position.


  2. "Supportive Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you can move around. Head office and CEO that cares about people. Support of non profit institutions.

    Cons

    Not for everyone! Team members need to be friendly and able to work through busy conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Involve your whole team and don't leave anyone behind.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Once great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Director
    Former Employee - Store Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Event Network full-time

    Pros

    Great venues to work in every day. People running the company are well-meaning but befuddled.

    Cons

    The company's streamlining into a more efficient corporation has made its promise to its clients disingenuous. The company gives a lot of lip service to its culture, but it behaves more like a cult. They speak a great deal about work/life balance, but forget the obvious, that life in an office, their central office will be different than life in a store front. The culture in its central planning office is one where all executives are afraid to appear not to belong to the cult, so no one can speak truth to power. There's never any valuable communication from the central organization to the many stores, and great value placed on the appearance of said stores understanding the culture of the central planning office. They love Facebook snapshots that validate their narrative that their culture is so strong. Fundamental structural issues go unchecked. Turnover is really high.

    Advice to Management

    Climb out of the white tower in your central offices. Understand that a corporate culture is important, but client/partner relationships are what great companies sustain themselves upon. Your company markets itself to cultural attractions as having the ability to realize said attractions' unique visions and brands. But the bigger the company gets, the less it's able to fulfill those promises, and the resulting conflict and friction is only suffered at the store level. Re-brand the promise you make to your clients instead of telling them whatever they need to hear to get contracts, and then grinding your store teams in the grist mill gap between what you have promised and what you're organizationally and structurally able to deliver.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Potentially Great Part-Time Job for Sales Associates, Terrible for Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The venues are generally awesome places to work and unless you're at a for-profit venue the hours are usually Museum hours (think 9-6 and closed for major holidays).
    -There are some legitimately great people working for the company, if you end up working for one of them you'd be in for a good time.
    -In the stores they do a good job of promoting from within up to the Assistant Store Director level. Don't bother trying to make the jump from Assistant to Store Director though, they'd rather just hire from outside the company.
    -The part-time positions are great for students, retirees, and stay-at-home parents. Most venues are highly seasonal so you'll get lots of hours in the late spring and summer and then it'll slow down a lot in the fall & winter.

    Cons

    EN went through a massive culture shift a few years ago and truthfully, they did not come out of it positively. It's much more of a Big Box/Corporate culture now with no room for creativity at the store level. Store Directors no longer have any autonomy and are true middle-managers now, all initiatives and regulations come out of the home offices in San Diego and Park City with no room for adjustment and no acknowledgement of differences in regions of the US & Canada (believe it or not, what works in CA & Utah doesn't always work in Texas, Chicago, Toronto, Florida, NEw York, etc.). That's OK when you're working for a company where each store is mostly the same (Target, Kohls, Gap, etc.) but it doesn't translate well to a company like EN where most stores are different from each other (think aquariums, childrens museums, historical venues, and military museums).

    Poor leadership at the very top has made the VPs terrified for their jobs which leads to them throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. Rules and systems change weekly and Store Directors/Assistant Directors/Buyers/Assistant Buyers are fired at whim and blamed for all problems. It's easier for the generals at the top to change out the soldiers at the bottom than acknowledge that they (Larry, Helen, Lorna et al) don't actually know how to manage a company of this size. On the other side of the coin Jerry & the marketing team are almost too good at their jobs, consistently winning contracts for new locations and making promises that EN just can't deliver on.

    Too much is expected of the buying teams, they are basically set up to fail. All stores are divided into only 4 verticals with buyers being responsible for at least one entire vertical (some buyers have to buy for the entire company.). The same buyers will have to do all the buying and planning for completely different business types (think having to buy for history museums while also buying for botanical gardens, or sports museums AND Sears Tower, etc.) So the buying teams are stretched thin and can't deliver the individualized assortments that were promised by Jerry & team when they won the contract.

    It used to be a great company to work but but they just got too big haven't been able to adapt appropriately. Unfortunately of them they've lost a lot of great talent and industry respect along the way.

    Advice to Management

    -Either provide CEO training to Larry & crew or replace with people capable of handling a business that large.
    -Reorg the stores and add at least 2 more verticals, hiring the support staff (Ops & Buyers) needed to support them.
    -Develop a training program for Store Directors & Buyers and actually implement it, don't just keep saying you're working on it. You have lots of talent in the stores and at SSC willing to learn and relocate but you'd rather just hire from the outside.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "The experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Event Network part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Discounts,Some nice exhibits and some items

    Cons

    Lack of hrs and pay also promotion is slow

    Advice to Management

    Change up more displays and reduce cost on some items


  6. "Cashier"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Event Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great working environment meet different every day

    Cons

    none really keep up the good work

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  7. "Excellent Culture"

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

    I worked at Event Network full-time

    Pros

    The Talent team ensures that every candidate fits the culture.....and it shows!!!!

    Cons

    There are no cons to think of

  8. "Loved working at Event Network!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Director
    Former Employee - Retail Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Event Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial and forward thinking. Loved the focus on working for a purpose of supporting a cultural cause.

    Cons

    Little disconnect between what a store needed to succeed and what it received. That is because of the diversity of stores.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the successful managers and let them help you make their stores/missions rock!


  9. "Very interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Event Network part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You meet a lot of people from around the world.

    Cons

    I wish it was a full time position.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Buyer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer
    Current Employee - Buyer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Event Network full-time

    Pros

    Met some cool people. To level does seem to want to be a great company, however, the strive for that does not trickle down.

    Cons

    The company needs to take a look at some if its supervisory positions and realize the incompetence and complete disrespect that the people in those positions have. They like to switch around people at the bottom but never at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people who can't grow with the company.


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