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UBM Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  • 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. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Too big?"

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

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    There is talk about taking care of employees.

    Cons

    There isn't enough people to go around to do the work needed to be done.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Exciting Industry and Great Co-Workers, Very Little Employee Appreciation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team, amazing client base and client relationships, events is continually changing and an exciting industry with the fun of traveling. The outlook is bright with continued growth and expansion in the different industries.

    Cons

    Big issues with job growth and promotions, a lot continually pushed to the wayside. A lot of words with very little backup on actually appreciating the employees who you are overworking and undercompensating. No job paths or career development. Middle management is spread thin with no real time to take an interest in their employees along with helping to develop and grow those employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait until it is too late to do something, otherwise you will continue to lose great employees whom you claim to value and want to invest in. Back up your words with some actions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Loved my work, management issues"

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team environment, great vendor relationships,

    Cons

    Issues with growth and promotions, not open to innovations, overworked key employees without proper compensation, poor middle management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your younger employees and be open to creating opportunities for those that show initiative and leadership potential.

    UBM Response

    May 16, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Really appreciate the feedback.


  9. "Janitors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Convent Station, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Convent Station, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location close to home

    Cons

    I ca'complaint about it I don't know this words

    Advice to Management

    They need to have more communication


  10. "Great Company"

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

    Pros

    They really push to hire and promote from within and put a big emphasis on professional development of their employees.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    UBM Response

    May 16, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Love to hear experiences about promotions and development!


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