London Business Conferences Group Reviews

Updated Mar 30, 2021

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Steve Thomas
40 Ratings
Pros
  • "The quality of abc/lbcg events commands respect and loyalty from clients(in 10 reviews)

  • "Great people, Great Financial Opportunities(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long working hours: Firstly, the normal(in 7 reviews)

  • "I think it reflects very badly on LBCG that you have all these forced reviews on here that make it seem like(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      LBCG - Misunderstood

      Oct 4, 2017 - Sponsorship Sales Manager in Shoreditch, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Support from Jane and Steve (CEO/MD), contrary to some other reviews below, I found both to me nothing but supportive. Yes, if you are not pulling your weight they want to understand why, however the training I found very useful, and don't actually have a bad word to say about Jane or Steve. The team is one of the closest I have worked with, fantastic atmosphere, slightly distracting at times but you will make good friends while working here. The commission structure is as competitive/better than most places, as a sales person there is a lot of money to be made. The downsize to the new office completely changed the atmosphere within the office, certainly for the better. If as an employee you keep up your end of the bargain, you will be looked after and respected as a valuable member of the team.

      Cons

      Some of the conferences are considerably more successful that others, and there is often a lack of communication between teams. Deadlines for producers/marketing seemed non existent leaving some short lead times. Not much room for career growth - unless the company grows again in which case the opportunities would be given to the loyal.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Some great products, but poor leadership

      Mar 30, 2021 - Global Operations Director in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working with external experts to deliver international, high quality conferences.

      Cons

      Constant changes and lack of direction created uncertainty and pressure especially for producers.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      You would enjoy having the Coronavirus more than working here

      Mar 25, 2020 - Senior Position 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Based in a cool part of London

      Cons

      100% staff turn over year-on year ("everyone" resigns) this is one of the last of those rotating door, skill-less, throw enough crap at the wall and you might sell something, sole less companies. The owners have absolutely no regard for their very few staff and resent paying you if you do well. In fact they will find 100 reasons to cut sales commission, and producers NEVER make coms. No one with any experience sticks it out here and certainly no one senior. New MDs and Sales Directors and Senior Producers are in and out, in and out, in and out, many have even not come back for their second day! The atmosphere is 'that' toxic - to the extent that 100% of the company resigned! 100% of their repeat business stopped coming back and they have killed off the events that they had built (off the backs of others). There is no training, no opportunity and no reason to work here, unless no other events company will have you. If that is the case, then you will fit right in (with the other three people left working there) Readers should be aware that as a fact, I am aware that anything positive written on glass door is added by the owners to try to dilute what is abundantly clear about this company.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Unreal deadlines and awful company culture

      Dec 18, 2018 - Production in London, England
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      Pros

      Good training depending on which manager / director you are assigned but high pressure to learn and reach goals

      Cons

      - Company culture is awful: you feel like you’re back at school. Everyone is watching you, monitoring you somehow and there will always be someone talking about you behind your back. If you do something wrong, management will use it as an example to threaten others - Company culture is awful: you feel like you’re back at school. Everyone is watching you, monitoring you somehow and there will always be someone talking about you behind your back. If you do something wrong, management will use it as an example to threaten other employees. Board Management don’t appreciate your hard work or getting new business - only rewarding the same old employees, hence the high turnover of new employees. - Long working hours: Firstly, the normal working hours per contract are longer than industry standard (8.30am to 6pm). Secondly, most days you have to work extra hours just to get your job done. If you work extra days or hours during events outside the country or city, they don't give you any compensation or days off in return. - Unreal deadlines and overwork: you feel the pressure constantly, everyday is a race. In order to finish your work successfully and on time you have to work during lunch time. - Board Management style is like the old days. Don't expect a 'Good Morning' or a friendly chat. It's all hierarchy. There is also a lack of information given on each project, they want success but they don't give you the necessary tools and information to get there.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      You generally get what you put in -highly suitable for financially motivated ambitious types

      Oct 10, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Excellent opportunities and given responsibilities early on. You will be encouraged to not fear failure but instead push the boundaries of what you think is possible. The quality of abc/lbcg events commands respect and loyalty from clients. If you work hard to be excellent at your job and perform - you will be looked after and many people have in fact been with the company between 4 and 10 years - which is not that common in commercial events. Many standout individuals operate at the highest levels of professionalism and commitment. If you strive for great things and are prepared to accept challenges then you can achieve great things. The experience is what you make it and you will especially like it here if your a go getter.

      Cons

      Success and high earnings are definitely not guaranteed. You have to work hard and be persistent to make sure your events work or/and gradually get better. Not all the events are huge successes. Sponsors are always setting their budgets 12 months in advance meaning we lose some opportunities. Doesn't always work for people that don't like to be pushed to work fast or go beyond their comfort zones.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Hard Work = High Reward

      Aug 10, 2017 - Sales in London, England
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      Pros

      Great people, Great Financial Opportunities

      Cons

      Hours can be unsociable depending on your project but this will be something you understand very early on.

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      London Business Conferences Group Response

      Group MD/CEO

      LBCG is a highly entrepreneurial and successful outfit. Not everyone fits in and not everyone can take the pace. LBCG is doing fantastic and we have gone from strength to strength since your regretable but necessary departure.

    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Please re-think before you take ANY job here

      Aug 21, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - They used to have an amazing fish tank but due to how many people they made redundant they had to downsize offices

      Cons

      - Asked to create fake LinkedIn accounts to send out mass spam messages - Long working hours - A very tense place to work at where any mistake could cost you your job - Some management within Marketing will shock you to your core

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Permanent Employee

      Jun 20, 2017 - Employee in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good rewards and acknowledgment for hard work. Nice working environment.

      Cons

      Not much room to experiment and try new solutions to repeated obstacles.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good atmosphere in the office. Excellent opportunities.

      May 3, 2017 -  in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Approachable manager. Generous with promotion if i perform. Possible to move departments if show willing.

      Cons

      Long hours on Us events. strong portfolios. commercial events can be High Pressure.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to work

      Apr 5, 2017 - Database Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      being in a technology role, received all the support and space to solve problems in the systems nice people to work with. follows a startup work culture, fast and you need to be at the top of the game

      Cons

      i personally did not find any,

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