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Informa Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 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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Employee 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.  

    Smart people need not apply

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There is a good amount of job security which as a sales person is a nice thing. Also good benefits and a nice office in midtown.

    Cons

    Way too much of a hierarchy which causes management to be totally out of touch with what is going on. Also because the company is essentially many smaller companies bound together through Informa's acquisition heavy strategy there are a lot of competing ideas and duplicated efforts. This causes a great deal of inefficiency and an incredibly complicated organizational chart. As a sales person much of what I was told through the interview process were exaggerations (earning potential, growth opportunities, strength of the product) to get me on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so scared to innovate. Listen to the people on the ground, and be open to new ideas.

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

    It was a good place to work but the management was not the best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Informa ROCKS!!!

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

    I worked at Informa

    Pros

    One of the BEST companies I have ever worked for!!! Lots of growth opportunities, great benefits, competitive salary, flexibility, and a very caring, generous and friendly CEO!!! If If didn't move out of state I would retire from Informa..miss my second family!!

    Cons

    No cons Informa is a GREAT company to work for!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!!

  6. 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
  7.  

    Not Unhappy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People actually care about you, great products, great incentives, plenty of opportunities, hard work pays off

    Cons

    constant change, some good some bad. pressure can be hard to take but could be a lot worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    breathing room goes a long way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Sales -USA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Informa in Massachusetts is hopefully not representative as a whole.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Informa

    Pros

    In this economy, it's a job. Luckily one I left behind me.

    Cons

    Rigid hours, uneducated Human Resources, inflexible working conditions, Director-level management openly played favorites. No programs were in place to foster inter-departmental interaction. Lots of layoffs. Some borderline illegal employee practices - i.e. giving one employee flexibility, when employees of equal standing are not given the same benefit or laying off employees with legitimate worker's comp claims. It was a dismal place to work - at least in my group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need better resources, flexibility. When I was there, we had a poorly managed intranet, little information was shared with the staff including in-office Sr. Managers. The work schedule and inflexibility was terrible. I was in a meeting and another employee commented that "This used to be a good place to work"...unfortunately he was right and I hadn't worked there when it was considered good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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