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UBM Reviews

Updated August 9, 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 in an exciting industry (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management puts too much control/trust in individuals that do not deserve it (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. "Bad management but good resources"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of money to have the best available tools to do your job

    Cons

    Upper Management makes decisions without any understanding of the market conditions


  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. Helpful (2)

    "Global Reach with too much red tape"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Global markets with opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Outsource jobs to try to cut cost

    Advice to Management

    cheaper is not always better

  8. Helpful (5)

    "When they don't like you, watch out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and such. I mean, they don't cheap out on them, at least.

    Cons

    When UBM decides it doesn't want you there anymore, whether you screwed up or they've just got to do layoffs, they will be like a bad lover. Reading your emails, monitoring your calls, watching for any little reason to get rid of you for cause. Management is in the UK and doesn't give a darn about the Americans in any way shape or form. You're cattle, unless you're also British.

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying things and immediately closing them. Treat employees like family, not cost centers to be trimmed all the time.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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