Informa Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
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  1. It was a good place to work but the management was not the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Informa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers are very great to work with and very personable. The environment is good and laid back with casual Fridays.

    Cons

    No career advancement and the management overlooks achievements and only sees mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Sales -USA

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Informa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved the Industry & the journal

    Cons

    ever decreasing & shrinking compensation plans. Tasked with % of growth for new business, with promise of New Business commission, and then never honored! ~ Hidden agendas, and mis0managed teams = poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your managers to do the job they were hired to do, without changing the things every 3 month!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Lots of moving, restructuring and turnover of colleagues

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    Former Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company provided plenty of opportunity for in-house training, which is particularly good for new starters and recent graduates. There are some exceptional members of staff that have been there long-term, who are knowledgeable and easy to approach. The company has a very broad and comprehensive benefits package.

    Cons

    Salaries are below industry standard. Promotion without a pay rise is a frequent occurrence - these have to be negotiated quite strongly. The low pay with high responsibility leads to a very rapid turnover of staff, leaving heavy workloads to be shared amongst the remaining staff. In general, it seems as if profit matters more than staff morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise hard work a bit more and pay people what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great if you like home working, but that pretty much covers all the benefits

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible working, you choose when you want to go to the office and when you want to work from home
    -I really am struggling to list another benefit. They have a list of "benefits" in the package they offer, but in the end I did not choose any of them because they all seemed pretty useless and overpriced.
    -The office is centrally located, near St Pauls Cathedral, close to all mainline stations.
    -Nice direct management (at least the person that managed me), but overall it's poorly structured and too many layers of middle, lower and upper management for it to operate efficiently.

    Cons

    -They recently took over the company I worked for and that meant the most experienced people left straight away, leaving those that waited out their bonus payments. Once that was done, they started looking for the exit sign too. That meant that junior staff with zero experience had to be hired and the all the work had to be picked up by those that remained from previous years. This meant they started piling huge amounts of work on me to a point when I started hating the job I loved only a few months before, all under the guise of not wanting to overload junior staff. Now it's all nice to say that they don't like the "sink or swim" attitude, but they should also avoid drowning other people with all the work that junior staff are unwilling or unable to do. Career progression is zero and managers think staff are absolutely naive to believe any meaningless offer to keep experienced staff in place. I give my division 6 more months before it completely disintegrates and not only employees but subscribers will also start to flee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and listen to your employees screaming for help. Don't wait with your counter offer until the last moment, when your employee has already totally made up his/her mind to leave and feels disillusioned and under valued.
    To higher management: give more authority to middle and junior management so that they can act fast when the boat starts to sink and employees are jumping off...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good working atmosphere in team, lively and fun but no work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Events Organizer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Events Organizer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good laid back atmosphere and fun colleagues. Encourage a fairly social environment for staff. International travel is good perk but you travel economy even long distance and have to share hotel rooms until you are at manager level.

    Cons

    No real support for the huge workload, no career progression in my team and no respect for what we do. Overworked and underpaid, expected to do the job of 3 people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great Work/Life Balance, Incompetent Senior Management, Frequent Restructures & Careless Acquisitions

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Informa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Work from home
    Lots of Autonomy
    If you don't care about learning anything and being challenged and just want to be paid-- this place is for you.

    Cons

    Frequent Restructuring-- I have gone through 5 managers in 1 year.
    Pay below industry-- They even took a survey to see if pay across jobs were at industry standard. Senior management sends an email out and says we are at industry standard without even publishing industry standard results or what people in different roles make on average. Way to be transparent!
    They carelessly acquire the same crappy products and hope somehow they will work together not realizing the different technologies, processes, datapoints etc.
    All they care about is bottom line and not long term growth strategy
    Everything is product dependent and high politics come with that. If your product does not have a senior champion, you're bound to fail here and be led by poor senior management decisions to drive your product line to the ground.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Stale, un-progessive, relying heavily on strong brands to stay afloat, strategy stuck in the dinosaur ages.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office in St.Pauls, good incentives to those lucky on a strong brand or favoured by managers.

    Cons

    Those who are currently the "top sales people" are the wide-boys, sales execs processing marketing leads/ sales or those favoured by managers. There is an extreme lack of innovative thinking and strategy. You either have to comply to their sales strategy and behaviour or you are out. The company is continually relying on a few of their top brands to stay afloat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    A disappointment in terms of ... Everything

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I really can`t see much of pros here. What I can say is that there is a good work atmosphere within the team.

    Cons

    -The management is disastrous: The teams are managed very poorly
    -NO value is given to business development persons they seem to forget that THEY are driving the business
    -Very poor salary with figures that are not explicitly shown to us

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work, your employees` turnover will keep rising and rising..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good exposure but bad experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to high level executive people on Telecom and Media industries

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities
    Weakness of the solutions
    Mafia teams internally ---
    Lack of management support and credibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be closer to your employees. Listen to what the customer says in feedbacks and not to old employees who wants to protect their safety zone.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. Reactionary (to its share price) company whose only important stakeholders, seemingly, are its shareholders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Informa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Genial colleagues make light of mundane work. That's it really; there are no pros specific to the company that I know of -- and any other pros are only conspicuous by their absence (see cons).

    Cons

    Low pay, or, rather, pay suffered because it's the lowest pay the board can get away with paying. Furthermore, the constant "benchmarking" processes (for pay), and in turn the continual talk of these processes being completed, are simply an insult to employees' intelligence -- the amount of acquisitions Informa makes per year gives credence to the argument that it is their share price which matters, not, unfortunately, employee pay.

    In particular, MarketLine, where I work, is managed very passively, i.e. that problems are not recognised until they have the capacity to shock the management into a disbelief that they had not recognised them sooner. This has the double bad of not only allowing grievances to go unanswered, or problems to go unsolved, but also creates many extra meetings for the management as they struggle to fathom why they cannot make solvent problems that would have been better understood had they actually listened to their employee's issues.

    However, perhaps the largest grievance I have with the business MarketLine is simply how unprofessional it is. Employees have different rights, some have flexible working times, others are not allowed flexible working times; employees are treated differently depending on how long they have worked there, sarcasm and the regular condescension towards newer staff is contrasted with a deference which is apparently required when communicating with senior analysts; senior staff aren't called up on racist remarks; employee promotions are wholly determined by the length of time they have remained with the company and not by merit; and, in general, a complete absence of a continual attempt to eradicate these arbitrary forces which is the defining mark of any self-respecting professional organisation. This has fostered a culture of introspection and loathing; hatred, I am sad to say, is the feeling most likely felt between any two team members.

    To the reader: it is my most sincere recommendation, following the above remarks, that this company should not be the subject of any job applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just listen to employees, try to understand why they have said those things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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