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Updated 15 October 2018
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  • "Upper management puts too much control/trust in individuals that do not deserve it" (in 23 reviews)

  • "No room for growth within the company" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture, supportive and open environment, brilliant people.

    Cons

    Has recently been acquired by Informa and going through huge (and unwelcome) change.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to keep hold of your best people during restructuring.


  2. "Great company culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated people, sustainability efforts, fun and sociable, career progression, travel opportunities

    Cons

    need to negotiate on salaries

    Advice to Management

    Reward talent

  3. "Toxic cuture in the Manchester office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel but you don't get much time to yourself

    Cons

    Nasty clique culture that shuns/criticises people for no good reason, encouraged by people who have worked there for many years and are unlikely to move to another company.
    Some teams are expected to work relentlessly while others are clearly doing nothing - this is part of the unofficial hierarchy which values some teams/individuals more than others.
    Pay does not reflect the skilled nature of some of the work or the extra hours that people put in, especially when there is an event that requires international travel.
    Working yourself into the ground for a year for a 2% pay rise while the company makes millions.
    High staff turnover due to bullying culture and lack of reward for hard work.
    You have to work long hours at events which can be from 7am until late at night. Some people are expected to stay sober and keep things running smoothly while the losers in the clique get drunk on the free booze provided for event delegates, causing resentment among the people who are actually doing some work.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with the toxic individuals/culture that drove out many decent members of staff.
    Recognise hard work of the people who are doing something other than sitting around gossiping about co-workers.
    Pay people fairly.


  4. "Average"

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

    I worked at UBM full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment & location. Good senior leadership.

    Cons

    Slow road to nowhere. Little investment in shows and tech. Dreadful middle management who hide from work. Too easy to get away with doing nothing. Poor payers.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to keep good people and have a purge of the average people.


  5. "Happy to have worked here, but looking to move on"

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and culture, some good benefits and things to get involved with.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, don't always feel hard work is recognised and rewarded, and my prospects for promotion or advancement weren't great - though this may have been different if I'd been in a different department or role.


  6. "over all good"

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

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

    Pros

    over all good to work for

    Cons

    can't think of any at this time

    Advice to Management

    non


  7. "Seatrade - UBM"

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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

    Positive working environment
    Training is available for all employees
    Personal Development is encouraged and thus there is many an opportunity to further ones skillset
    The teams I work with a led very well, with ears always open for discussion and constant objectives
    Communication between departments and improved customer service due to this is definately a positive
    Travel Opportunities, though not much tim outside of the exhibitions,holidays do work in your favour

    Cons

    Sometimes it seems that someindividuals are reliant to share knowledge, yet this has been merely to preserve longstanding relationships with contacts. This has meant somework has taken a little slower to complete than would have been so.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Ever since starting I have felt wholly a part of UBM and this has been made so by everyone based in Colchester yet this would not be the case if those that managed weren't such personable and genuine individuals who are strong role models for us all.

  8. "A good place to work"

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

    Pros

    they have a good work/life balance, and a very good development programme

    Cons

    can be bureaucratic, and quite management heavy


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good environment, supportive and fun-loving colleagues and typically open and helpful managers who consider your wants and needs.

    Cons

    Some members of management are a little conceited and prefer their own way over any other, which can make it difficult to bring about change or debate issues.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, just make sure you don't look at everybody through a purely performance-based lens.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad decisions, good culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UBM full-time

    Pros

    There's a good culture in IT

    Cons

    Whole of IT off-shored to India/IBM.
    No one within the business wants this except senior management who will benefit. The business will suffer hugely.

    Advice to Management

    A businesses value comes from its people.
    Mass redundancy to save a few quid, in order for your own personal gain / bonuses is not a good long term plan.


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