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UBM Reviews

Updated July 19, 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 26 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company in the Tradeshow Biz"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good Pay for the industry
    -They have the best roster of shows so it's easy to diversify your experience
    -Overall pretty corporate, but still (depending on your department) open to ideas and creative new solutions

    Cons

    - Very corporate
    - Like any company of this size, always first priority is bottom line

    Advice to Management

    - Put people in positions they can excel in instead of trying to make them fit a mold of the position they might have been hired for and/or outgrown

    UBM Response

    May 16, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for posting. Yes, innovative career development pathways are key at UBM.

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Constant Restructuring"

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    Current Employee - Email Delivery Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Email Delivery Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Beautiful offices in Santa Monica
    Short commute (personally)
    Close to park - walking meetings held frequently
    Strong philanthropic foundation

    Cons

    Heavy cliques
    Rapid-fire restructuring
    Non-competitive pay
    Generally schedules social events immediately following a lay-off


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Ups and downs"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall a great place to earn a living. Friendly atmosphere with all departments feeding off of one another.

    Cons

    The revolving door of upper management is a bit unsettling.
    Flagship (London) office definitely seems to get a lot more love (perks, benefits, etc)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Events Business Rocks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The events business is hopping and there are lots of opportunities. Tons of work.

    Cons

    Salaries are not always equal to what is being paid at other companies. Lots of changes in upper management.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nice Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UBM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a very clean and new office with a lot of nice people working there. Faced paced with lots of work to do. Management team was very efficient. People seemed to move up within the company so good opportunity growth.

    Cons

    The office was a little to quiet for me. Not a lot of interaction. I was much younger than the rest of the company, so if you're older, you'd probably fit in a lot better than I did.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Built a career at UBM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at UBM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Variety of work, benefits are very good, support continuing education

    Cons

    If you work with a good manager working at UBM will be a good experience. If your manager /supervisor isn't ... not good. Inconsistent with employee perks. Some can work remotely and others can't. Raises are few if at all and very low. Reviews used to be yearly which effect your raises. Reviews inconsistent and few.

    Advice to Management

    Raises and yearly reviews are few to none.

    UBM Response

    Sep 2, 2016 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for the feedback. Looking forward to more consistent reviews and conversations about career paths in 2017.


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