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UBM Reviews

Updated 17 January 2018
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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. "Working at UBM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun Place to work. Friendly people and a great building

    Cons

    Difficult to progress in your career. Sometimes poor management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - L&D Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - L&D Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are generous with their time always willing to help.
    Progressive culture

    Cons

    Lots to do as learning the job!

    Advice to Management

    Coach employees to meet their potential and continue to invest in Learning and development


  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    UBM has a great culture. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes things can become a little disorganized but that is normal for corporates like UBM in my opinion.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership, high staff turnover"

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    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

    The events themselves are great to work on.

    Cons

    The internal politics and lack of professionalism both in operation and delivery

    Advice to Management

    Lead from the top, and hold senior managers to account.


  6. "Good company structure with clear focus and direction"

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

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

    Pros

    Future focused marketing team, a lot of investment ongoing into new technologies and training. Good opportunities to suggest ideas and have your voice heard.

    Cons

    Can be quite corporate, a little conservative in style compared to some other organisers who may position themselves as younger/trendier. Like many companies it can be a bit silo'd into departments/functions/brands unless you actively work to bridge the gaps/floors between you. Not as strong a social scene as some other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in sales/marketing but merge the two as much as possible so teams work together not just by function.


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Excellent training programmes. Good career progression

    Cons

    The new events first structure has re-organised the business, and it hasn't worked in all areas. As the company is so big, it takes a long time to get things approved

    Advice to Management

    Take notice of individuals. you can't always look at the bigger picture. Lots of really talented people have left due to the new structure


  8. "Great environment, poor pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Great working culture
    Hot desking is a benefit

    Cons

    Salary is below average
    Marketers work really hard but you have to earn your full bonus by proving how good you are at your job which is unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Good employees leave because the salary is too low, and it is below average which is appalling. It's also hard to recruit good people because they see the salary and they instantly shut off from the idea of working at UBM.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Paced, Work Hard, Play Hard, Never a dull day....Talented Professionals who love what they do!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities and a wealth of talent and expertise. The expectation and workload can be immense although the company have a very fair work life balance ethic and are good to employees. You need to work hard and play hard to keep up as the desire to succeed and innovate is exceptional.
    The people are great. Stylish and on the whole a very cool place to work.

    Cons

    The workload can be intense although if you can cope with that ...then the benefits far out weigh any Cons. Seen many cons posted about the pay.... although that's pretty good actually. No complaints

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up....


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Beginning to feel hollowed out. Some introspection required from management."

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Individuals who have been there more than a few years are decent and supportive.

    Cons

    After a number of years at UBM I have moved on to join another organisation. Yes, UBM has become leaner and better focussed but at what cost for the long term future of the business and, especially, its employees? Many in head office are weary and unmotivated. Established compensation structures have been thrown up in the air for no apparent reason, with a dire effect on morale. Even divisional heads of business frequently don't understand the messaging. There are several excellent and highly qualified professionals who are considering their futures and in my view they would do well to move on. Several teams already have staggeringly high staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Consider whether managers immediately below C suite are sufficiently high quality.
    Don't pay lip service to employee feedback. When you request it LISTEN to what you are being told. Don't substitute your own meaning for what your employees are saying to you.
    Compensation levels need to improve.


  11. "Health and Safety Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in London, England
    Current Employee - Health and Safety Advisor in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional working environment
    Proactive management
    Internally focussed at improving the safety culture

    Cons

    Perhaps not sure of how much further I could progress within the company considering I am in a lone position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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