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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Account Manager

    Feb 8, 2016 - Account Manager for Trade Shows in Hodgkins, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Working closely with clients and internal employees to produce successful trade shows Traveling to trade shows and meeting people from all over the world and serving them

    Cons

    I worked at GES my whole career so it is hard to think of a con - maybe over booking events.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great people but alright company

    Nov 5, 2021 - Exhibitor Services Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Your co workers will become your family here. During my career at GES I had the best boss, and so many amazing co workers who I'm still friends with today. I got to travel to so many new locations in the USA, and overall really enjoyed the experience. If you love tradeshows, events, and travel this is a great place to work. I only caution that you know your limitations. The hours are long and there are times where you are traveling up to 75% - 80% of the time. But if you are single with few ties to tie you to home, this is a great job.

    Cons

    The pay is really really bad! In this position your pay is hourly and for most city's in the U.S. you only hit OT pay after you've reached 40 hours for the week. You can spend 16+ hours on a show floor, and only make your standard hourly rate with few to no breaks. It's even worst if you are in the middle of a show when your pay clock resets. Additionally, there is no point in holding out for a raise. GES bases your raises off of your shows survey scores, but only for shows in your region. So if you work outside of your region and knock a show out of the park, you get nothing for it. Every year I exceeded my survey goals, and my reward was a $0.16 raise every year. Honestly, it's pretty insulting for all the hard work EAC & ES puts in. Especially knowing I was making more working at a gas station in collage then I was working for GES.

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  4. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Doesn’t care about employees especially during COVID

    Jun 24, 2020 - Management 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fun people to work with for the most part so made some good friendships.

    Cons

    Where do you want to start?! Company was slow to give out raises. They finally give some step up raises because the competition in town paid more than COVID hit and they said no raises. It is okay because COVID continued. First they do a 90 day furlough for many employees. Followed by a letter received on 6/4 saying that the furlough would be indefinite. Then in a letter dated 6/22 they “do not justify an indefinite furlough.” So now they are going to terminate everyone. According to an insider source this allows them to rehire the best of the best when they suddenly care about having employees and want to bring them back. The company fired the CEO who handled GES and the man who oversees the parent company has the job now. In the letter dated in early June employees were advised that they would lose benefits on 6/30. However according to filings with the SEC the former CEO gets 6 months pay + benefits. Now the letter dated 6/22 contains cobra insurance info just days before the termination date!! They have sent more correspondence with the need to turn in company equipment than they have for benefits for peeps that are now jobless and broke. The 6/22 comes across so fake in pretending to care about you. Now they will suddenly pay you for accrued vacation time instead of when the initial furloughs happened because they were “too overwhelmed with requests” so now we get screwed over with unemployment when we need it months later!! Too bad this company cares more about Wall Street numbers and investors than they do employees! The employees have ultimately been strung along and jerked around by the company since mid March! Prior to COVID as on par with other places often things were rewarded by favoritism. Locations also partake in some nepotism. Lazy employees get rewarded by management protection and hard working ones get burnt out and quit. Busy times called for mandatory overtime even for salary employees making them work 6 days 12+ hours each! Managers don’t get why you are exhausted from work and making mistakes from your being overwhelmed by working. But don’t worry about the lazy manager he was able to get by with...I can’t work past 5pm and do weekends and made plans months ago despite being told it is an all hands on deck weekend and upper management allowing this to continue over and over again.

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Confused company

    Sep 10, 2020 - Senior Software Developer/Analyst in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Hours, WFH, location, unorganized, reactive

    Cons

    Former failed GE management coming to GES, salary, cya

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Extraordinary company to work for.

    Sep 29, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Foxborough, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    GES is an outstanding public company and its commitment to its employees is just as outstanding. As a current employee, I know that employees are treated fairly, work-life balance is supported and GES' financial strength provides stability in an ever-changing economy. In particular, GES' Foxborough, MA office is a perfect example of the company culture, camaraderie and dedication to serving it's customers well. It would be difficult for me to work for a company who put themselves first instead of the customer. After all, we are all customers in one way or another.

    Cons

    Because GES is a public company, it is understood that corporations must report its financial performance monthly, quarterly, annually. Thus, its employees are rated according to measurable results. Metrics data, like statistics, are the drivers of performance leaving very little room for gray areas or soft data. Sometimes metrics are interpreted too factually without consideration of outside variables or extenuating circumstances.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    General Manager

    Jun 18, 2017 - General Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pay - if you are willing to work long days, weeks at a time and weekends you can make a good salary at GES. The hourly wages are also better than most. Great opportunity to grow - also a con Travel - if you like to travel - you will have the opportunity to travel to cities on both the east and west coast.

    Cons

    Dedication and loyalty means nothing to GES - very political management team. After over 28 years my job was eliminated - the same job existed in other cities and they were not eliminated. Job security is non existent. Many decisions such as hiring and firing are emotional decisions from HR and the Executive team. Great place to work but not to grow - if you are looking for a place to work many of hours and make a good salary - this is it. Leadership changes more than most large organizations. GES is traded on the stock market so the bottom line is the focus and the employees are not.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Trying but not much change

    Sep 10, 2013 - Exhibitor Executive 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Staff in some cities are very pleasant and others not so much. Not a bad place to work if you just keep to yourself and do your job. It's great to work with exhibitors from all over the world in many different industries. The basics of the job are the same but every show is different and challenging in it's own way. It's exciting to travel to different areas of the country if you're able to squeeze in some out of work fun.

    Cons

    -Little growth. Staff is stagnant and many are very comfortable/lazy with their work because they aren't being challenged and good work can go unnoticed. -Work/Life balance can be hard but one should understand that in the busy season you'll be extremely busy and in slow times a little bored. -Though GES is a corporate company every city runs differently and each make up their own rules. Not having clear cut rules/expectations/standards leads to frustration sometimes.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Contractor, more than 10 years

    If you're in dire need of a job, go ahead, but don't stop looking for another job.

    Jul 26, 2014 - Tradeshow Installer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of great people, Hardly boring and often fascinating. Fairly decent pay. Always the possibility for advancement. Meet many people from many businesses which may open doors for possible career changes.

    Cons

    Hard to know what time your work day will end. Very often, you won't know if it's an 8 hour or 18 hour workday until you're walking out the door. A large number of unskilled, unprofessional and untrained coworkers causing many conflicts among employees. Compared to Freeman Decorating, very poor customer service and labor relations between management and hourly employees. Management is often poor and unfair. Although most exhibitors pay GES a very large sum of money for each event, management makes little effort to deal with complaints or issues and even less effort to keep employees happy, acting as if the employees are indentured and GES was the only option for trade show management. That was the case for a while until FDC opened up its offices, bringing its superior customer service and smarter management/employee relations to the West, relieving GES-San Diego of their biggest clients sending them on a well deserved vacation.

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee

    GES management has little interest in mentoring, promoting, and developing their internal talent.

    Apr 29, 2011 - Accounts Receivable Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for GES are they are a stable, well established, publicly traded company. The services provided brings you in contact with several outside vendors which allows multiple networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Tradeshow Production is still a male dominiated industry. Working for a large general contractor allows little balance between work and family life. Advancement opportunities within the company depends heavily on on who you know than on skills and abilities. With the downturn in the economy, GES (like many other employers) are exploiting the economy in search for the most experienced outside talent and investing less on training, developing, and retaining inside talent.

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  11. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Random Drug Tests

    Jan 9, 2016 - Project Manager in Hodgkins, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits package: paid holidays, vacation/sick time, 401K, health insurance are all TOP-NOTCH. Nice facility with excellent office equipment. Large company so it is easy to take time off and your workload can be picked up by someone else. If you work there for over 90 days you are almost impossible to fire. This is actually a con too since you will work with some real dummies who will make you wonder, "how are they still employed here?!" It's because it takes a lot of effort to fire them, and there are enough people around them to clean up their mistakes. Sucks to be that person cleaning up their mistakes, but don't worry, they will be out of you hair once they are inevitably promoted (only people who are good at their jobs get stuck in those positions) :P

    Cons

    The random drug testing - while not too common - creates a very weird working environment. The drug testing company comes to the GES facility and they start swooping in and picking people out. You are IMMEDIATELY escorted to the bathroom and have pee in this cup RIGHT NOW. The mood instantly changes from your boring, average work day to a HOSTILE environment. Everyone gets riled up and you no longer feel like a productive member of a team, but more like an incarcerated convict. It is very, very strange and I have never heard of anything like it at a place of employment. Days can be very hectic sometimes. Large projects come out of nowhere because someone forgot to submit something in a timely fashion and now it's your job to stay late and fix it. It's an extremely large company so this problem is hard to fix and is just a part of the culture.

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