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Informa Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
59 Reviews
2.6
59 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are looking for a very good work/life balance, this is the perfect company (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, laid back, casual dress (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a lack of clear career progression (in 8 reviews)

  • The lack of communication from management and senior management is frustrating (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging and rewarding

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Informa

    Pros

    Availability of training to improve your performance. Potential for big bonuses and working with good people

    Cons

    Pretty flat structure not allowing for frequent promotions. Low employee morale and blame culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees ideas and complaints

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    They hired me, then didn't let me do the job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Informa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had a fantastic boss and many wonderful colleagues whose insights were incomparable. The company is well respected. The pay and benefits were great. I learned a lot about the telecom and media industries as well as office politics.

    Cons

    Informa is notorious for its ongoing rounds of layoffs. They hire great people and then routinely let them go for no apparent reason other than that fact that they must not have won that quarter's popularity contest. There is a core group of analysts who dominate all initiatives and come up with some really silly projects that waste everyone's time and the company's money. It's sad really, because there are so many better, and more lucrative, projects that analysts could spend their time doing.

    Further, the culture is very male-dominated, and I ended up being prevented from doing my job as an analyst because the men on the sales team included male colleagues on client visits but absolutely refused to take me along. There were a couple of female sales people who were willing to collaborate with me, but they also left the company. There really are no options for promotions or raises once you are in, and, in fact, the bonus I was promised for completing my first year there was never fully paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do their jobs and stop tolerating discrimination. Stop the incessant hiring and firing. These are people's lives you're messing with. Create a clearer picture of what you really hope to achieve with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good work/life balance if you can stomach the reorgs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    A Good work - life balance

    Cons

    Reorganizations occur on an annual basis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice stepping stone if just starting your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Informa

    Pros

    The Informa Support Services -Sarasota office offers great opportunities for customer service, cash applications, collections, billing, and accounts payable professionals, as well as a growing finance team open to recruiting college graduates. The office executive team as a whole strongly believes in in-house promotions which is evident in the retention time of the staff.

    Cons

    Some Sarasota departments must work national holidays but are given time off later in the month (4th of July, Labor day, etc.). This is only hard to swallow when other international offices are able to get time off for their local holidays that fall during crucial deadlines but the Sarasota finance team does not get the same consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great mix of management styles. The Sarasota office has put together an extraordinary executive team and offer all staff the opportunity to be mentored by these multifaceted accounting professionals.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Informa

    Pros

    Good teams all working to exceed budgets

    Cons

    Company is often too large to react quickly

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Informa Group Latin America - great people to work with but no clear career path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, everyone was very friendly and helpful. I had the freedom to manage my projects pretty much independently, no micromanaging, able to share and implement my own ideas, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Management did not handle situations and act in most professional manner, disorganized; no clear career path, low salary, understaffed, high-stress in exhibitions area - not enough people to put together large scale events

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Remote senior management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Editor in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, good location, some good company benefits, opportunity to learn a lot of skills very fast

    Cons

    Senior management has little idea what the productive staff actually do in the course of their employment and are prone to wild schemes that are poorly researched. Large stuff cuts in recent years have overloaded existing staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try asking the people who actually do the work before launching into ill-advised projects or initiatives. Take a longer-term view.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting at times, but frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues and opportunities to take on challenges

    Cons

    Overly focussed on targets, particularly sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging is not the best way to get the most out of your employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Huanglu, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Huanglu, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Lay-back working environment, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Deaf management, bad administrative staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Informa

    Pros

    Good work life balance. No travelling involved

    Cons

    Management Issues and no real opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change

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