Informa
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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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Informa CEO Peter S. Rigby

Peter S. Rigby

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Sales -USA

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsLoved the Industry & the journal

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent management, little chance for career advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHealthcare benefits are quite generous, and time off is fair. Managers are decent about letting you work from home when necessary.

    ConsDirectionless management plagues operations. Massive acquisitions are considered great even when there is no cohesive collaboration between offices. Management nitpicks over minor expenditures while spending enormous amounts on huge, cross-divisional technologies that end up wasting money because, usually, one size does not fit all. Zero training programs are available to US employees while they are lavished on the London offices - same with promotions. Here, it's the UK way or the highway.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of giving lip service to "innovation" and involving employees in decision-making, managers should pay closer attention to the ideas coming from the product teams. These are the people who actually know their products, and they should be better trusted to produce and improve them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good exposure but bad experience

    Principal Analyst (Former Employee)
    Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    ProsExposure to high level executive people on Telecom and Media industries

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

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

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    Reactionary (to its share price) company whose only important stakeholders, seemingly, are its shareholders

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsGenial 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).

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A useful entry level position, but move on quickly.

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsRelaxed atmosphere and (mostly) genial colleagues. The variety of work and self managing work load.

    ConsRecent structural changes made by Marketline have been demoralising and eroded the once cordial atmosphere, undermining one of the few benefits of being employed by this company. Complete absence of career progression opportunities, meagre pay and lack of reward for any input beyond your minimum requirements. Previously mentioned structural changes have done little to remedy this, maintaining staff for possibly one more year before considering their position. Furthermore, being a London-centric company means many internal vacancies are not applicable unless you are willing to commit to a move there. I feel there's an erosion of my skills base.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too big to see what's coming around the corner

    Business Development Manager (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe security of a big employer

    ConsThe mentality of a big company that fails to expand and take advantage of new opportunities especially in the markets that it operates in where relationship building is all too key. They want quick results in a way which offends the sensibilities of the companies you are selling to!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Change, change and more change

    Sales (Former Employee)
    City of London, England (UK)

    ProsBrilliant benefits ie. healthcare, gym subsidy, travel ticket loans, share schemes, 25 days holiday per year, pensions, bike schemes, computer schemes....
    The training is brilliant. Decent products, within Informa not Datamonitor.

    ConsThe merging of two totally different businesses ie. Informa and Datamonitor. Commission structures continuosly decrease. Poor basics for Juniors. Management are quick to implement performance management. If you are not in with Senior Management, you are out !!! Too corporate with the focus being on quick profits with no long term vision or strategy. The sales floor consists of a lot of youngsters with huge ego's playing football, cricket and firing toy guns on the sales floor. Totyally unproffessional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour staff are your biggest asset, you need to look after them. It would be good to see a change in focus, ie. Long term visions and strategies. (perhaps this is not possible as everybody is on edge and looking after no. 1)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The first 8 years were great and then company values changed and the atmosphere worsened.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsSome of the people that you meet and work with are great at their jobs.
    The benefits package available is very good, allowing you to pick and choose what take.

    ConsDon't get too comfortable - on average you will move desk/office 3 times a year
    Departments change (merge/de-merge/etc) at the whim of management. On more than one occasion teams have been split only to reform months later when management realize why it existed in the first place.
    Cost cutting to produce cost savings are ridiculous (obtaining a pen or pad requires a managers authorization).
    Management are very reluctant to share information with employees - in recent times an article in the FT appeared before employees were aware that there were merger talks happening

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake time to learn your staffs capabilities. Promoting people who make the right noises, but have no people skills or competence is a poor way to run a business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Over ten years working conditions worsened, morale dropped as the company shrunkits operations

    Journalist (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe salaries are generally above average for trade journalists, especially the more senior ones, and there is a considerable effor onthe part of HR for the company to fulfil its CSR requirements.

    ConsRelentless cost-cutting has made Informa a bad place to work as a reporter. Management clearly has no interest in publishing other than a way of making money, which it does by squeezing what few drops remain from legacy products. It porfesses to value editorial excellence, but at no time did I ever see any evidence to support this. There is no investment back into the business, all the profit is milked for shareholders and management bonuses and there is no clear strategy for dealing with the challenge of the internet. all of its growth has come from acqusitions that have been funded by debt and it is difficult to see how it can progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some interest in the markets that its publications cover. The expectations of management need to be more closely aligned with reality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start; not a place to progress

    Reporter/Journalist (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGood benefits, reasonably high pay for low-entry journalism and a good place to learn your trade as there are many opportunities to develop

    ConsWoefully incompetent management, relentless drive for profit over value, cheap organisation and will perfer to promote from within, do not value and respect the integrity of journalism. Much more interest in volume than quality. Typical "churnalism"

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your reporters because they understand what the customer wants. We interact with them the most.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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