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Questex Reviews

Updated Oct 4, 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Don't waste your time..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Questex full-time

    Pros

    They don't micromanage, though that seems to be changing slowly. Self directed career growth can have it's ups.

    Cons

    Self directed career growth also has it's downs. The idea is they are a servicing department, nothing more. Because of this there is zero communication from management to their team. Discussion is relevant strictly on a task level with no solid plans for a future, nor real strategy for growth as a team because of their servicing mentality. Your work will entail menial fixes of technical issues that will... neither up your knowledge nor add to your resume. Your job here will exist strictly as a functional line item, to determine length of employment for hopeful and much needed future interviews. You will have some opportunity to use your new found training but in a team rife with turnover, your senior lead will be no more experienced than an entry level person who's hopefully motivated in their self study, so you are left to learn on your own and pray the tutorials are good enough for the industry standard and not just good enough to build something small or worse be dangerous. Management style is to say whatever it takes to placate the team, making only empty promises to only keep whomever is naive enough to believe them. When conflict arises, nobody speaks up and leaves their employees holding the proverbial bag. HR is nonexistent, and when proof of emails are presented, their response is "Too bad." Office politics are disastrously evil, and is best to keep your head down or it's taken from you. Reading between the lines is necessary for survival here because turnover is commonplace and accepted as par for course, so no amount of good will or guidance is even considered. I could continue on, but hopefully the point is made. Your time is best spent looking elsewhere. True it's a paycheck, but the opportunity cost could literally be your career before it's even begun.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to people about what the job really is. Honesty is appreciated on all fronts. Some people do just want to punch a clock, you won't have a problem finding these types, but halting and possibly destroying the careers of the motivated is not right.

    Questex2013-06-01
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Change the Top if You Want to Improve the Bottom (Line)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Questex full-time

    Pros

    Very hands off. Freedom to pursue initiatives as long as they stay under the radar. Some good people at lower and mid levels.

    Cons

    Zero communication or leadership. C-suite is MIA. Grand ideas, no ability to execute. Strategy seems to be buy a bunch of companies with borrowed money, write off debt in bankruptcy, make interest payments to commercial lenders. Oh yeah, and do stuff for customers.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO that got you into this mess. Focus on your customers and employees and the profits will come.

    Questex2013-03-30
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Leadership and Unwillingness to Change or Adapt"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Questex for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, when management is hands off.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership at the upper managerial and executive level, Major office politics, and unwilling to utilize new media and technologies. (which would be okay, if the old way worked, and, you know, if it wasn't a media company)

    Advice to Management

    Get interested with what people see your company as. Your outward facing media is a disaster and borderline nonfunctional. For a media firm you concentrate very little on media.

    Questex2013-03-26
  4. "Great professional experience"

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    Current Employee - Content/Editorial in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Questex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Questex is a very entrepreneurial company- lots of innovation, lots of freedom to try new ideas -total change from other media companies I've worked for and moving fast. I've had chances here I'd never have gotten at this stage of my career. You get a lot of responsibility fast and have to keep up with the pace. They're flexible on hours and work schedule which is great for me too due to the commute. The... people here are fantastic- a great, talented team.

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    Cons

    Local management in NY travels constantly and that affects communications at times since it's a fast-paced business. My manager is great about keeping everyone dialed up but that's not the case in all other groups.

    Advice to Management

    The company has been through a big transition to focus on digital media. In NY it would be great to see more cross-product training like the sales people get, especially to make it easier to move between properties and across business unit lines.

    Questex2012-09-10
  5. Helpful (5)

    "If your not smart and resourceful you won't last."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Questex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Loved working with my teams and publisher. Learned a lot and earned an MBA degree while working at Questex.

    Cons

    Corporate always has another agenda and communication is low priority. Very few resources so if you want to get any work done you definitely have to be resourceful and know people within the company that can help you out or you outsource it yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Care for you're employees as much as you care for your investors.

    Questex2012-08-21
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Void of inspiration and boring"

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     in Newton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Questex

    Pros

    You will work on some high profile sites as well as some boring ones. The office park is nice, there is a gym in the building a short walk from the office door. The people that work there are all awesome and very kind.

    Cons

    The real development work is outsourced and leads to frustrating situations between departments. There are many systems that need to be used to do one task, from email campaigns to posting content. The processes are convoluted, this may be an upside for someone that wants to fix a broken process.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront with the type of work a candidate is going to do at Questex, some people are interested in a job that does not fluctuate or require much critical thinking. Bring jobs back to the U.S. and employ a few good people from the U.S. instead of a lot of cheap overseas employees that are learning on your dime.

    Questex2012-04-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Allowed to pursue job/career as I saw best; lack of individual recognition and engagement by management demotivating."

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    Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Questex

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Opportunity to grow skills with self-motivation and without being micro-managed. Company is working on employee communication. Great support staff -- HR, Accounting, IT, Production.

    Cons

    Senior management is focused on largest picture -- getting company financially on track after 2009 bankruptcy. Employee acknowledgement is inconsistent, at best. Lacks structure and culture for individual review/praise. No opportunity for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    If the corporate goal is to restructure and stream line from the top down, then no advice. If the company would like to retain and attract the best employees, I recommend training for upper management.

    Questex2012-03-05
  8. Helpful (3)

    "You are on your own . . ."

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     in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Questex

    Pros

    Competitive salary Flexibility in schedule No micro-managed

    Cons

    Lack of communication No short- or long-term planning Preferential treatment of some employees Unclear goals Lack of respect in industry served Undercutting middle managers

    Advice to Management

    You would get better results from employees if you communicated goals and expectations clearly. Choose senior managers that have some understanding of the work their teams do (ie. publishing/tradeshows) and the industries they serve.

    Questex2012-01-19
  9. "Worst female VP"

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Questex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Small company with actually great potential to succeed but thet employed the wrong person as VP in charge.

    Cons

    The VP does not appreciate her staff.Not professional at all and acting like she knows the business but the fact is she knows ZERO about the business.The CEO is too lenient.Reputation of the company has gone from bad to worst.

    Advice to Management

    Please check the headcount of the staff in SG office.You should fired the VP since last year as she is the worst ever management staff thaf you guys have employed.And I can predict that Questex SG will closed down soon if you dont take some action.

    Questex2019-07-11
  10. "Na"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Questex full-time

    Pros

    Cannot think about this, too bad

    Cons

    Sales drop , poor management

    Questex2019-07-02
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