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UBM Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and good work/life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and contacts established (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • The revolving door of upper management is a bit unsettling (in 18 reviews)

  • No room for growth/raises, management doesn't know how to treat their employees (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Transition Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UBM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pros: Access to job advancement education

    Cons

    Company can shut down a office very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Have an open dialogue with employees

    UBM Response

    Feb 16, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Appreciate the feedback. More small-group meetings and feedback tools will hopefully help he dialogue.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Changes abound!"

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    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seems to be in the midst of change, but retaining most of its core people

    Cons

    Editorial has seen some layoffs, editorial doesn't matter as much as events to management

    Advice to Management

    Dedicate more resources to improving editorial products

    UBM Response

    Feb 16, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Love this headline - indeed, changes abound. Thanks for the feedback on media.


  3. "Beware if you're in marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Loved the people I worked with
    - Made lasting relationships and learned a lot from colleagues
    - Opportunity to travel
    - Beautiful office view of Pikes Peak

    Cons

    Marketing Managers are really just glorified project managers, dealing with the politics of stakeholders and the corporate agenda, while coordinating multiple projects. There is no room for creative thinking or career growth here, so say goodbye to any marketing skills you had because it's all about how fast you can get something out the door. Every project is dissected and outsourced to centralized teams where it takes three times as long to get anything done. Systems are also outdated and not compatible with new technology so be prepared to do a lot of manual work and expect lots of roadblocks when trying to accomplish what seems like an easy task.

    There is an unrealistic expectation to juggle the workload of 3 people's jobs, while attending 8-12 hours of meetings per week, keeping internal and external relationships satisfied all at the same time. And when you don't meet this expectation, you will be blamed for everything. Management does not support you or what you do, and takes no responsibility for their severe lack of industry knowledge and inability to properly manage the team. You can try to explain the challenges you are facing, but no one will ever listen. To make matters worse, when members of your team frequently get laid off or leave the company, they do not replace them. You will be expected to pick up the slack and keep on performing at an efficient level.

    The salary is well below average, and it's nowhere near close enough to compensating you for what you will have to put up with. The open office environment is equally disappointing with a terrible layout, distracting noise level, and a lack of adequate conference rooms - leading to meetings in the break room where people are no longer able to have breaks. Overall morale is terrible, there is frequent turnover and most people are unhappy in their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when we tell you something is wrong. You ask for our honest feedback, but then don't like what we have to say. Try fixing the issues that we keep bringing up instead of pushing us out the door. You will keep losing good people with good talent if you don't address the core management issues that are bringing down the team.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good people. Management is subpar."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Large, multinational company with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Management is based in the UK, and does not take comments by the rank & file into account. They sometimes acquire a new division or company, and run it into the ground b/c they don't understand the marketplace of the company they just acquired...Also, there are numerous IT issues (not b/c of the IT dept, but b/c management will purchase buggy software and make the rank & file use it).

    Advice to Management

    Less centralized control of this multinational company. Listen to regional managers and the rank & file more.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Great people working there, although it seems they get unmotivated by the many upper management changes

    Cons

    Upper management puts too much control/trust in individuals that do not deserve it

    UBM Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for the share.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place That Is Growing, But Still Feels Like Family"

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

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

    Pros

    Solid business performance. Well positioned to grow in size. Nice people work here. Opportunity for personal development and advancement.

    Cons

    Growth comes with growing pains. Doubling the size of the business means changing how we do business. Specifically looking to leverage our scale, rather than just being a collection of small companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue, and even increase, frequency of communications on how we are growing and changing.

    UBM Response

    Jan 4, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    OK, more communications to come.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "UMB is a decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Comprehensive benefits package.
    -Majority of co-workers are hard-working and supportive team players.

    Cons

    -Large turn-around of positions and frequent mass lay-offs.
    -Work culture is average for an office setting - not a horrible place to work, but could be more enjoyable.
    -Employees here rarely care about the work they do.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A high degree of autonomy, whatever that's worth.

    Cons

    Clueless, constantly changing management, lack of vision, inaction in the face of obvious problems.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, get someone who understands the value of editorial content, start over.


  10. "A good start!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close networking opportunities for a wide array on industries; great work location

    Cons

    There isn't very much room to grow in the company; expansion or development options are limited

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a stronger interest in fostering incoming employees and encouraging early investment in new talent.

    UBM Response

    Jan 4, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for the comments. Yes, in 2017 we are rolling out a new performance management and talent development program to support talent.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Be able to roll with the changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, talented employees, option to work from home

    Cons

    change is constant, wages are a little below standard for certain positions

    Advice to Management

    work on getting businesses aligned



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