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Updated November 30, 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 31 reviews)

  • Great people in an exciting industry (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place I've ever worked"

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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

    Beautiful, modern office in Santa Monica. The facilities department does a good job keeping things clean and organized in the office.

    Good benefits

    Travel to the events and some employees get an expense card which is nice.

    Cons

    This company is very large and lacks culture. Since the HQ is abroad, you definitely feel disconnected from the company as a whole and what its trying to do. I think they try to remedy this with things like, the company intranet which is nice, but it just feels like a massive company with very little wiggle room to grow in a role.

    It's not warm and the people I worked with were cliquey, toxic, and rude. It's just not a positive environment, especially for people of color. I did not like working here at ALL. Once my manager changed, it got progressively worst since that particular manager had never managed before and was passive aggressive, insecure and on a weird power-trip. Upper management and HR were aware of his antics and did nothing.

    Instead of being objective and neutral, HR usually sides with the manager (in the wrong) when there is a complaint, making them utterly useless. Two other employees told me of instances where they felt their managers were abusing their power and treating them horribly yet it resulted in very little action or resolve from HR. Employees have also mentioned to me that they felt they had to watch their backs and couldn't trust anyone there.

    I have so many examples of this place being hostile and just not a good place to work. I would't recommend working here to my worst enemy. My last day here was one of the happiest days of my life.

    Some people have a decent experience at this company. I am just not one of those people.

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs a massive improvement. People here are stressed, over-worked and toxic. There needs to be more diversity so that when people of color join, they aren't treated and looked at differently. There needs to be stronger investigations when there are complaints against managers. HR "meetings" are not enough and are insufficient. In sum, employee complaints need to be taken seriously.

    UBM Response

    Dec 5, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    We really appreciate the honest feedback and the opportunity it creates to do better.
    If anyone in UBM is experiencing racism or other forms of discrimination, we absolutely want to hear about it... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Do not work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    - Happy hour once a month
    - 9-5:30 job

    Cons

    - HR is not supportive and useless
    - Not an organized company
    - No one knows what is going on.
    - Does not give raises unless its the standard raise

    Advice to Management

    I do not recommend working here

    UBM Response

    Nov 13, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    So sorry to hear about your experience. Appreciate the feedback.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Its not a good company to work for if you are not white"

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    Current Employee - Director Applications Development in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Director Applications Development in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a global company so you may get more exposure to different parts of world

    Cons

    Pay is low, extremely racists

    UBM Response

    Sep 22, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    We are so sorry to see this post. This comment does not reflect the organisation we know.
    If the poster -- or anyone else in UBM -- is experiencing racism or other forms of discrimination, we... More


  4. Helpful (6)

    "A sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Website Manager
    Former Employee - Website Manager
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits were pretty decent (medical, dental, vision) and reasonably priced. But that is kind of where the list ends.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, no career path, extremely low pay, ludicrous workload with insane expectations, terrible office space, not enough people to do the work, too many useless meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff what they're worth. And adjust your expectations about how much a human can do in a workweek.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible culture"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice, talented and professional - but they do not stick around long.The locations and decor for some offices are nice.

    Cons

    Roles, processes and goals are not clearly defined. Tech implementations and solutions are hodgepodge. The congeniality of some people is offset by a backstabbing, confrontational culture. Sometimes the cheapest talent is hired instead of the best. Leaders can be socially awkward, negative and uninspiring.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Rearranging chairs on the Titanic"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The office is located in a nice office in Santa Monica.

    Cons

    Higher ups in the UK get preferential treatment. The company restructures and does a layoff almost every year (if not every year). There is no brand continuity even in the same events. Office politics are of utmost importance if you want to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your assets and let it go before you completely lose the business.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Out of touch with employees"

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    Former Employee - Engagements Team in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Engagements Team in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clean office and great locations: Santa Monica, San Francisco and New York

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch with employees. Managers spend all their time in meetings and not enough time communicating (or demonstrating) a vision. I worked in a horizontal services (whatever that means) team that was designed to serve multiple businesses, however, my group spent more time working on initiatives within our group rather than on working with the business units it was designed to serve.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time communicating with employees and involve them in design of future strategy.

    UBM Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thank you. Yes, my own relatively new role is to help fix that gap in communicating vision and strategy -- including the part of communication that is about listening. For starters, the CEO is having... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Waste of time if you want to grow."

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

    Pros

    The people. Some good people

    Cons

    Management. No morals,very weak. Needs to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Get some. Treat people right.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Unpredictable and unorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    Travel to trade shows. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. High employee turnover. Underpaid.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Located in heart of sf

    Cons

    Bad management, people rarely stay for over a year, many people leave the company

    UBM Response

    Jun 8, 2016 – Head of Internal Communications

    I can absolutely see how it feels like people leave fast, especially in white-hot San Francisco. As a global business, with offices in many US cities as well as in London, Hong kong, Amsterdam, etc... More


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