Reed Exhibitions Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2020

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Reed Exhibitions CEO Hugh Jones
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  1. "I actually really like working for Reed and would recommend to others"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to innovate, ample PTO, summer Fridays, great 401k match, they've paid for me to take many classes/courses that I was interested in, pay is decent, all of my managers/directors I've had seem to care about me and my growth, travelling to and working on-site at shows is fun and a great way to form work friendships, work/life balance is very highly valued here. If you're a smart and hard working individual, you'll do well here and will be recognized for your contributions.

    Cons

    Getting new initiatives started can be difficult sometimes due to superfluous legal, privacy and security assessments.

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    "Good people, poor CEO"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Director in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting product/service, some great people

    Cons

    CEO Sedky not trustworthy, unlikely to grow company

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Low Compensation and Poor Work/Life Balance"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    --Room for growth and rapid promotions --Good stepping stone to develop skills and eventually work somewhere else

    Cons

    --Young managers/directors that have yet to learn how to properly manage people --Unprofessional --Very little work/life balance --Very low pay across various job titles

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not a right fit for a creative"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits such as 401k, Health Insurance, etc.

    Cons

    Very corporate, tied with the government, HR is not very supportive

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    "Don’t waste time here"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Agent D'information in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and a lot of travel

    Cons

    Bad management and very unprofessional behavior

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanagers, Some Bullies"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Trips abroad, some coworkers are nice, office location and facilities

    Cons

    Patronate system, micromanagers, confusing and opaque commissions, luck of trust on employees, bad communication, no transparency, poor judgement.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Know What You're Getting Into"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to start for new graduates.

    Cons

    Upper management does not not care about their employees, their teams, their shows, or much else, except their own bank accounts. If you're low on the totem pole, this is a great place to start, as you won't have to deal too much with upper management. But there is little room for growth (besides the "promotional" roles they've created to appease the younger generations) unless you plan to be a "yes" person and not question what they do. Upper management says one thing but does another, and will ignore a problem until it becomes so big that everyone is talking about it. They are disconnected, untrustworthy, and treat most people as disposable to them.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "A place to start"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training, overall a good fun culture

    Cons

    Low pay, impossible sales targets, upper management does not value people

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "A Place to Start Off"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Travel, surplus of entry level positions, opportunities to move within departments.

    Cons

    Low pay across the board, limited promotion opportunities, disconnect between senior management and employees, burnt-out base of employees, managers with too many responsibilities and little time or drive to communicate with people they manage. Senior management is happy to discuss the causes of low morale and high turnover but doesn't craft solutions to address them.

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Take Notice!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Exhibitions full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Summer Hours & PTO.

    Cons

    We lost 3 major shows due to Chet's incompetence. The first was Mass General which he touted was a huge success but ended up with RX paying dearly to get out of a 25 year agreement. Then came Eastern Sports Show, where he decided that modern sporting rifles would not be permitted at the show, due to the Sandy Hook happening a few months earlier. Due to his decision the show had to be cancelled after multiple vendors pulled out. Shortly after that the SHOT Show also decided to part ways with RX. Many employees lost their jobs while Chet got a big promotion, pay raise & moved to the UK. Once Chet was gone we had another president who tried her best to make it work but couldn't live up to the pressure/politics, so we ended up with Herve, who is way over his head and is lost trying to keep Chet & the UK off his back, while trying to maintain moral at home. Senior Management is clueless and uncaring. Middle Management will do whatever they can to save their jobs by throwing you under the bus. Middle Management and other managers have no clue how their employees feel. HR does not care for the individual employee but rather does whatever Senior Management tells them to do. They have this program called Sales Cadets who are fresh out of college who get 6 months of specialized sales training. The regular sales teams who have been with RX for years don't even get so much as a one day course. Once these cadets are released you can be sure if you've been with RX for many years they will replace you at half the cost. The company awards are constantly handed out to favorite departments & individuals, while those down in the trenches get little or no recognition or thanks from those we helped get the awards. The company has lost many loyal long term employees of 10, 15, 20+ years and now is mostly made up of employees with less than 10 years. unless your Middle or Senior Management. Then the RX person reads these reviews responds saying how sorry they feel for you...etc...and would love to discuss it further. The company should have realized that when these people were loyal employees they tried to make a difference!

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