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Updated August 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The expectation and workload can be immense although the company have a very fair work life balance ethic and are good to employees (in 28 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and contacts established (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Pockets of Excellence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, great colleagues, nice offices (many, not all), clear corporate strategy.

    Cons

    matrix organization, some teams disconnected from others/isolated, many "initiatives" you get 'volunteered' to be on in addition to daily work

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in employee engagement & executive comms that are understandable.

    UBM Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for the feedback.


  2. "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Great products. Nice people. Well known brands in their respective industries.

    Cons

    Really fantastic products that fail to accelerate and grow accordingly due to overwrought processes, lack of agility and complacence

    Advice to Management

    Clunky processes,

    UBM Response

    Aug 7, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Truly appreciate the feedback.
    For context to others, since 2015 UBM has invested £24 million in operational improvements. This is a direct result of staff feedback. Certainly, there is always room... More

  3. "Reinventing the Wheeel Constantly"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    1. Great co-workers.
    2. Travel to great events that you'll be excited to see in the flesh.
    3. Work life balance.
    4. With a thick skin and the ability to constantly take on more work, you'll wind up with great experience and the confidence to learn more.

    Cons

    1. Low pay and not much growth potential.
    2. No HR involvement so it's basically the wild west in terms of job support.
    3. Frequent turnover so you're constantly picking up more work to get by or training new people.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees enough to either be honest about salaries and the lack of growth potential or actually follow through and put that money into them instead of using it to constantly hire new people.

    UBM Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Appreciate the honest feedback. Thanks.


  4. "Rapidly Changing Company"

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    Former Employee - Director of Special Events in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Special Events in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very dynamic, exciting job. Enjoyed it a lot.

    Cons

    Some collateral damage as the company tries to redefine itself.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your people


  5. "UBM Fashion Group Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy office hours, flexible on when to start/leave, large company with other areas to grow into.

    Cons

    Open office environment too difficult for sales to manage, management unknowledgeable, difficult, and do not promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire outside of your team until you have the opportunity to promote and grow your employees internally first.

    UBM Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Yes, internal promotion is crucial. Thank you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Global Reach with too much red tape"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    It's big company with all the best intentions of a small mom and pop

    Cons

    Limited career opportunity, bureaucratic, isn't nearly as effective as it could be.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more carefully to employees and line managers. Take feedback into consideration. Simplify your work and stop making up priorities and objectives. Its so slow to see actual progress from leadership here.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "+ / -"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Interesting platforms and seemingly open to ideas.

    Cons

    A lack of support and clear favoritism from direct leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with teams

  8. "Art Director"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible working from home environment

    Cons

    Upper management makes decisions without staff input

    Advice to Management

    You need to listen to the people you trust to lead, sometimes they know what they are talking about :)

    UBM Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Appreciate the comments and insight.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great atmosphere.
    Very lenient with personal days/time off.
    Easy to know what to do/what people want. Good communication

    Cons

    I am not sure of the cons to working here yet. I have been here for less than a year and have nothing bad to say so far.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible Yet Minimal Growth Potential - Thick Skin Required"

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

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and much autonomy if you're exceeding goal. Exciting products and events.

    Cons

    Micro-managers galore. Quantity of Salesforce entries trump quality every day. Typical that a skeleton staff works on multi-million dollar properties. Turn-over is an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and increase salaries. UBM is loosing talent on a daily basis to its competitors. Employees work their tails off and extend each day as long as possible - because they are 'couch surfing' at night. And the whole 'white males only manager's club' is so 1999 - raise the bar UBM! You can do better.

    UBM Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Glad we're so focused on diversity we've added a global leader to address it. UBM is actually better at diversity in leadership than most FTSE 250 companies, but, yes, we can do better.


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