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Updated October 17, 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 30 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "An ever changing organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Financially stable company
    Work/life balance opportunities

    Cons

    Constant change in the organization

  3. "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you can afford to take a pay-cut, this can be a good place to learn and groom yourself for something better. 401(k) matching.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for growth or advancement and under-market pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just give people adequate raises when they're leveraging other offers. Take their ask seriously and value people before they're half way out the door.


  4. "Fun place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees are what makes the company, I stayed as long as I did mainly because of the people that work there. Its exciting to work in the events industry and you also get to travel to some of the events that you work on.

    Cons

    The work load is way to high, I have seen a person leave (because they wouldn't be promoted) then they were replaced by 2 people. Most people work long hours, the new events first strategy means its more flat lined and less people managing people- meaning one manager is now managing 10+ so there is not huge room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Give people more ownership and accountability, work on getting the basics right for exhibitors

    UBM Response

    Oct 2, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    Thanks for the feedback. The fun of putting on a show and the fabulous people are key things for sure about UBM.
    Glad to hear we are adding staff where workload is tough.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great and hard working.

    Cons

    Poor management. A lot of effort goes into creating the illusion of a good culture. Aggressive strategy for acquisitions and new growth while current businesses are left to flounder.

    UBM Response

    Oct 2, 2017 – Head of Internal Communications

    That does sound frustrating. Thanks for the input. Yes, like any sustainable business, all parts of the group -- old and new -- are encouraged to find strategy for growth; it's certainly easier in... More


  6. "Good company, great people but won;t pay competitively"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations
    Current Employee - Sales Operations

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

    Pros

    Have worked at company for over 2 years. I have loved my team (sales ops) and the people and opportunities that I have found at this company.

    Cons

    Have seen too many people come and go. Management is not willing to pay employees competitive wages so there is a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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

  8. "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    lots of room for growth

    Cons

    poor salaries, short-sighted decisions by management


  9. "Director"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule and good people to work with

    Cons

    management at the time needed better strategic planning

    Advice to Management

    continue to hire good people


  10. "Content"

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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

    Great people in an exciting industry. Legitimately committed to sustainability and CSR.

    Cons

    Though there is good recent progress some basic processes remain distracting and too hard. There is limited appetite for challenging the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Respect staff and set a clear vision of the future.


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