Datamonitor
2.8 of 5 74 reviews
www.datamonitor.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Datamonitor Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2014
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2.8 74 reviews

                             

44% Approve of the CEO

Datamonitor CEO Peter Rigby-Informa

Peter Rigby-Informa

(9 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Working hours from 8 - 5, ending at 4 on Fridays, so great for work-life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Good place to start out as a graduate - plenty of responsibility, new skills, decent enough salary"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management are focused on rewarding sales with little thought about R&A"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Extremely high turnover, around 1/2 of company are there for less than a year then 1/4 are deadwood who have been there for 5"
    in 4 reviews
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Vice President (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Datamonitor full-time for more than 8 years

ProsYoung, ambitious employees. Have the opportunity to wear a lot of hats and get exposed to a lot of different parts of the organization. Company has a lot of history and is well diversified to hold it through tougher times

ConsCompany lacks innovative drive since acquisition. Products are decreasing in value and utility. Relevance an issue. Has lost a lot of smart people. The pace of the organization is slowing and new competitors are coming out left and right. Also cultural and sales focus very European focused though money is in the US.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop products for the future instead of rehashing the old. Leverage multiple sales channels to promote products, including events side. Expand presence in US and build brand up to where it was in the mid-2000's.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The NEW Datamonitor (Informa Group)

Account Executive (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Datamonitor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI have worked here for a number of years and have seen the business go through many ups and downs, like any company. The GOOD news is that Datamonitor (Informa) is investing significantly in its analysts, platforms and inteligence and is now finally moving forward at a rapid pace.

The company has been fully integrated into Informa Group (LSE: INF); which means the business has a brand new feel about it has access to significant worldwide resources.

The benefits and rewards that the company now offers is also so much better than a few years ago.
-Health & Dental, SPP, 401k, Gym Memberships, Vacation Days, Rebates on Language Courses, are all SO much better than previously and a lot better than 99% of other companies out there.

ConsThere is a very clear organisation structure; and it does take time to get things signed off by senior management. Unfortunately, this is an issue in many companies post GFC with tigher rules and regulations.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in analysts, platforms, employees and bolt on acquisitions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good experience, good opportunity

Marketing (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Datamonitor

Prosdiverse responsibilities, growth focus and fun environment

Consgrowth was perhaps to fast as structure was challenged

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on management structure to allow for growth

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Its an amazing place to work "early" in your career to develop a good base of business skills.

Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Datamonitor

ProsThe people and culture is what makes the working environment fun.

ConsSenior management before the Informa Acquisition and after dont care about employees and personal development.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop training and a career path for employees. And realize its the people that make the company run.

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Could be worse could be better

Sales (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Datamonitor

ProsGood Co-workers. 3 weeks vacation. good opportunity to make money if set up with the right territory. If not you are setup for failure from the get go.

ConsHave often hired poor senior managment teams, with no vision or ability to execute, who often resort to intimidation in fear tactics. This sulture may be changing as the company has been sold to Informa, who by all accounts has a much better relationshio with their employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to find ways to communicate with your employees. Or disconnect and fail

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was tremendously painful and compensation while there change more than 3 times

Key Accounts Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Datamonitor

ProsEnormous potential of account development

ConsCurrent management has their head up their ass

Advice to Senior ManagementFire all those with enormous egos and hire those with a hard work ethic and understanding of humility

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A mixed bag; lots of good teams but weak management

Principal Analyst (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Datamonitor

ProsThere are some excellent analysts and consultants working for the company, and it can be a fun place to work, and intellectually stimulating. The breadth of the company also has benefits in terms of professional development.

ConsInsular management team has weak communication skills, poor vision - more focused on process and rules than motivating and leading the company. The groups don't always work together well. Many of the IT systems in the company are messy, which affects both employees and customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementFree up your best people's time so they can focus on customer care, new business and diligent execution, rather than mind-numbing process. More transparency, more training, more career development support.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It pays the bills....barely

Account Executive (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Datamonitor

ProsBecause of the bond within the sales group. It's very similar to the bond a group of soldiers have when going through battle together. It's horrible and everyone hopes to find a better position somewhere else. It is also a good time outside of work even though the managers frown on any socializing outside of work. We all enjoy it that much more.

ConsThere seem to be too many to list. Professionally, it's nothing more than a waiting room where you can actively interview for other jobs at other companies. The pay is terrible, commissions are very hard to come by if not impossible, management has a delusional expectation of what can be brought in, HR does more harm than good, and the turnover rate is ridiculously high. In 2010, 20% of the ny office workforce has come and go. HR has changed 3 times, Acctg has change 3 times, and sales is a revolving door with nearly 15 people leaving this year alone.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a long hard look at your managers, set realistic expectations that are product specific, understand the market/competitors, try to retain talented staff, increase salaries for experienced staff, do something useful with HR.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pro's and Cons from ex senior analyst

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
New York Mls, MN

I worked at Datamonitor

ProsGet great experience at a young age. Relaxed internal culture. Some very smart people as colleagues. They try to make it fun for yound ppl.

ConsLong term, there are better options in terms of personal growth and compensation growth. High rate of turnover. Management is great in their field - but not neccessarily good at being managers.

Advice to Senior Management1. Put yourself in the shoes of your employees when making decisions. 2. Keep in mind the cost of living in a city like NY, and also what competitors are paying for similar roles. 3. Realize that your employees are your biggest asset and treat them the same.

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Ok job to start after college

Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Datamonitor

Proswork life balance was good. evolved in friendly environment, most projects i was working on were interesting and fast paced. Had significant amount of interactions with clients

Consthe salary is clearly bad. No promotion or salary increase after 2 years, while being a pivotal performing member of the team. Management does not care to match salaries found else where in the industry. Expect no career advancement.

Advice to Senior Managementshould start thinking of ways to retain staff, salary wise and in terms of career advancement. Not to mention the serious need for maintaining industry expertise and attending formations to keep up with competitors.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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