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  • "no benefits, no 401k match, no bonuses" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Benefits are merely on par, not outstanding; no 401k match means that employees acquired in a merger instantly absorb a 6% pay cut as a "welcome gift" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quite a bit of freedom/autonomy, depending on your direct supervisor and role with the company. Excellent insurance benefits, solid overall compensation package. Outstanding product and service offerings.

    Cons

    No 401k match (although that will change with Informa's acquisition of Penton), support/product teams aren't often aligned with the sales mission.

    Advice to Management

    Inculcate a culture among support/product teams that emphasizes the critical importance of the sales function, rather than allowing various fiefdoms to act as though sales is an obstacle to be overcome rather than the critical function of revenue generation.


  2. "Penton Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penton full-time

    Pros

    The company has gone through many transitions over the years and continues to do so. There are a lot of talented people; the culture is somewhat laid back, but yet still quite corporate. Penton serves many different markets, so the experience of working there totally depends on the industry and group you work in. The experience can be good if you enjoy the market you're in.

    Cons

    401k with no match.

  3. "depends on property"

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

    I worked at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Good job in bringing together diverse groups under a single entity. Nice people.

    Cons

    No 401k match; focus on growing brands can be rough if you happen to be working on a weaker entity

    Advice to Management

    Invest all around


  4. "A fast-paced environment for journalists"

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

    I worked at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to write, report and focus on your key areas of interest - a breeding ground (and really stepping stone) for talented journalists

    Cons

    Management was in disarray; constant turnover among middle and senior level management;

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on your human capital (rather than just external goals) and your business objectives will be achieved


  5. "company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Penton has a great work environment

    Cons

    the work kind of got repetetive


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They were trying to make strides in the digital industry. They we actively purchasing other companies and growing revenue. CEO was grounded in industry information and shared goals, knowledge and highlights with employees.

    Cons

    Very limited upward mobility for internal staff. Executive management was cliquish - very much a good old boys club. They also hired from their external circles for high level jobs, ignoring the work of staff. High staff turnover problems.
    Company ceased to contribute to pension plans..

    Advice to Management

    Consider your internal assets, there is great value you are failing to notice and utilize. Annual COLA and performance increases need to be worth having.


  7. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Lots of departments and ability to specialize in very specific tasks.

    Cons

    Too corporate of an environment and jobs are very static. Doing the same thing every day.

  8. "Looking forward to the future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Now that we've been sold to Informa, times will be better.

    Cons

    Still working through the transition.


  9. "Solid organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Inclusive of employee input; frequent town hall meetings

    Cons

    Stretched staff too far; needed to spend more on talent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but needs investment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Extremely capable colleagues who are passionate about what they do
    - Flexibility
    - Opportunities for career advancement (depending on the group)

    Cons

    - Lack of investment in both systems and people
    - Too much old-school mentality and baggage prevents Penton from moving forward
    - Separation between management and colleagues (management honestly tries, but perception is reality in this case)

    Advice to Management

    Don't hesitate to get rid of the old guard. Investment in the next 10 years, not the last 10 years.


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