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Penton Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  • no benefits, no 401k match, no bonuses (in 14 reviews)

  • Upper management is far removed from the real challenges (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Move on to other opportunities"

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

    I worked at Penton full-time

    Pros

    Exciting work at the time; flexible schedule; pretty good health benefits.

    Cons

    Private Equity ownership; some leaders were willing to bend the truth and call such manipulation "marketing"; job became stale under said leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Overworked, under-resourced, outdated systems, arrogant and callous management"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Penton (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is probably a fine place to be early in your working life to get experience in working in the information industry, but lack of interest in the information they publish and lack of integrity in overall operations should make it a short stay.

    Cons

    Penton has been for sale for years. So they slashed budgets, did not invest in people or systems and created a toxic culture more interested in assigning blame than addressing issues. They finally found a buyer, Informa, but the standards and practices of Penton still dominate the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Lying is a short term fix. Take a pause from congratulating one another and learn what your company does on a day to day basis.


  3. "high turnover - poor leadership skills"

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    Current Employee - Digital Ad Trafficker in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Trafficker in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    health insurance, dental, eye, M-F, 8-5,

    Cons

    high turnover, always having to train someone new. poor leadership skills

    Advice to Management

    provide training manuals, communicate more often, don't be hyprocritical


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  5. "Friendly co-workers but outdated and uninspiring work"

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

    I worked at Penton part-time

    Pros

    + Friendly co-workers
    + Good location in Manhattan
    + Nice-sized office with tons of free coffee, tea and the occasional free food

    Cons

    - Work is boring and uninspiring
    - Co-workers are friendly but are mostly on the older side, so if you are younger, you may feel out of place
    - High turn-around
    - Most people looked tired and overworked, doesn't seem to enjoy their jobs
    - Low pay


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place for growth and opportunity.

    Cons

    Demanding, but can be very rewarding.


  7. "Great Place To Work"

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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

    Very smart people at Penton

    Cons

    Focused on near-term bottom line over long-term growth

    Advice to Management

    Invest


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good experience, appreciated my opportunities during my tenure, wish new management had seen more value in me"

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

    Pros

    Traveled a lot for my job so I had some fun/interesting experiences, met some great people and really enjoyed working with most of my fellow employees. My role at Penton helped launch my career, and I am thankful for the opportunities I had while I was there. I worked hard and was rewarded with regular raises and good feedback. Allowed me to work remotely, though I did feel like an outsider at times because I was not working in an office with others on my team.

    Cons

    Though I liked my managers personally, communication from upper management was often lacking, though I did appreciate not having someone hovering over my shoulder all the time. I'm sure they had a lot on their plate. I just felt like a lot of times I was not included in strategy discussions and would have liked to have been involved more. Was always a struggle to procure new equipment or software for my job because we never seemed to have the budget for it, though they were generous when it came to travel expenses. I was laid off due to a position elimination when the brand I was working on was discontinued by a new supervisor who took over our group. He never reached out to me at all to talk to me about how my skill set could be of further benefit to the new direction he was taking the group in, so after 8 years of service there, that was frustrating. Overall I am appreciate my time there though and feel proud of the work I did.


  9. "Good company with great growth potential."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back corporate culture, good health insurance. Now that Penton has been acquired by Informa the health insurance will be better and employees will have the opportunity to get matching 401k and pensions.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "small fish in big pond"

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    Current Employee - Event Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Event Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, lots of different pockets and niches to find yourself in. Expanding which means there is room to grow possibly. People are always willing to help out

    Cons

    Company is very large so depending on location that you're in, completely impacts whether or not you will like the job. I would suggest learning how your job and boss relates to New York office. How much they are in communication. A lot of what happens on the west coast goes unknown. HR is in kansas, inconvenient.

    Advice to Management

    Review your managing directors more closely. Not enough balance of power. Employee's can really feel like they are at the bottom of a totem pole with no recourse.


  11. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good work life balance

    Cons

    Communication from upper management could be better



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