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Updated January 17, 2018
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Global Experience Specialists President Steve W. Moster
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Pros
  • Good work life / balance if you are on top of your work (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people working there in all departments (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work - life balance is nearly nonexistent (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours, vacation policy, company policies vary based on reporting manager (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Clique"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Global Experience Specialists full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All right pay, good vacation time, good benefits

    Cons

    work/life balance during trade shows is pretty bad

    Advice to Management

    Help current employees move up the corporate ladder instead of hiring new people from out of the office.


  2. "Good Company, Long Hours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, steady work, interesting job.

    Cons

    Salary, long hours, upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better salary.

    Global Experience Specialists Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – Director Global Talent Management

    When it comes to compensation, we believe that hard work pays off. As a “pay for performance” company, we offer a competitive base pay and for some roles additional incentive for strong performance... More

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Harvey Weinstein Inverted"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Employees
    Creative Industry - Always Something New
    Great Paycheck
    Great Benefits - Including 401K Match
    Awesome Customers

    Cons

    The inverse of Hollywood, if you are a woman, especially one who showers the male department manager with compliments, you will be showered with sales leads and traveled the world over for free. If you are a male or a female who refuses to stoop so low, you are on your own - literally. Don't believe me? Take a look at their internal CRM software (if you still work there). It can't lie and shows the favored ones, almost ALL women, a very select few at that, and includes the conspicuous absence of information as to where the big lead opportunities for those "special"women came from, they are handed to them under the table . The catch? The table, like this sites' name, is made of glass. We could all see right through it. A total morale buster. I hear it continues to this day, overlooked by the top brass.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the men who work there just as well as you treat the select, "special", chosen few women. Respect all equally and you will grow, continue with the reverse discrimination and you will slowly but surely shrivel.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Programmer Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ok to work. People in the company are good

    Cons

    Worst Management. Horrible management

    Advice to Management

    Don’t change CIO ‘s and managers constantly

    Global Experience Specialists Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – Director Global Talent Management

    We expect our managers to create an “Always Honest” environment where people effectively collaborate to achieve goals through open communication, mutual respect and constructive debate. The manager... More


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good people, terrible management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 Global Experience Specialists full-time

    Pros

    Lots of vacation, sick and holidays. Also good benefits.

    Cons

    Lacking in structure. The structure that there is, it’s hardly followed.

    Global Experience Specialists Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – Director Global Talent Management

    We expect our managers to create an “Always Honest” environment where people effectively collaborate to achieve goals through open communication, mutual respect and constructive debate. The manager... More


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Do not recommend"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Travel
    - Decent pay
    - Nice office space

    Cons

    When I interviewed with GES, I was promised a lot that never happened. I was told the company is flexible and encourages creativity. Almost immediately after starting, a new executive was hired that squashed any bit of flexibility. Looking back, I was more miserable in this role than any other role throughout my 15 year career. Management dehumanized our team, leading to extreme unhappiness. Team members were constantly at odds with each other which often just led to poor productivity. Morale was terrible and all I could think about each day was how to get out of that company.

    Advice to Management

    Assess your senior management. You have some toxic individuals in place.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Disregard for Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance coverage from day one, 401k with match and 100% immediate vested balance.

    Cons

    Poor company culture, zero upward mobility.

    Global Experience Specialists Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – Director Global Talent Management

    GES encourages career development by providing training to employees. Continuous Learning – We provide tuition reimbursement for professional development. Recognition Programs – Our recognition... More

  8. "Convention Planning Dept."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drafter in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Drafter in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Management could use a facelift

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging


  9. Helpful (4)

    "NSC employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Experience Specialists full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to get a foot in the door for the trade show industry.
    The team/family environment (also a con)

    Cons

    The management is not consistent. A lot of office politics and favoritism. The pay is subpar to what the competition offers.

    Advice to Management

    To quote Richard Branson — 'Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.' This advice will keep your good employees in your company and will not seek employment elsewhere.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Disappointing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well kept, clean office. Valiant attempts were made to build teams and morale. Director was laid back, supportive, and charming when leading meetings. Modern cafeteria, open to employee feedback.

    Cons

    In my specific department our supervisor lied a whole lot during the interview process making the company look modern and hip like Google or Zappos, talking it up saying you were allowed to work outside as long as you remained on the grounds, hours were flexible, etc., that you were "allowed" to personalize your cubicle, etc. That thin veneer of permissiveness was a farce. You can't leave your desk. Hours are NOT flexible, a small family photo and sports memorabilia are allowed as long as you don't stray from the confines of what is conservatively acceptable. Tattoos are ok, but not really.

    If you don't fit the mold, don't even think about being yourself.

    Best of all, they have zero problems getting rid of people. If you are a top performer and follow the rules, they simply write you out of the budget and insult you with a severance package that is really your paid vacation hours and includes a legal order to not speak negatively about the company. You don't get your severance if you don't sign.

    I came in to work one day and was simply told to leave. No warning, no indication that I was doing something wrong. No chance to fix anything. Just losing my livelihood. Who wants food and electricity anyway, amiright??

    Worst of all my specific boss, not speaking for anyone else... refused to respond to reference requests for other jobs. I have no idea what I did to spurn this woman. As far as I knew I was doing my best and that was acceptable because I was not told otherwise. Not once did I get negative feedback.
    Not. Once.

    I think this reflects more upon the specific person and not GES, but somehow her crap behavior has gone undetected so far, therefore it is a GES problem.

    Advice to Management

    In one year all but one of her original staff members left or was let go. This person does not deserve a leadership role.


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