Informa Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Informa Group CEO Stephen A. Carter
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Pros
  • If you are looking for a very good work/life balance, this is the perfect company (in 7 reviews)

  • The environment is good and laid back with casual Fridays (in 4 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. Helpful (1)

    What a joke

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

    I have been working at Informa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, if Informa decided to disappear from the face of the earth it would be a pro.

    Cons

    Money Money Money making company at the expense of everybody else.

    Advice to Management

    Just go


  2. Good work life balance however uninspiring culture

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Contract flexibility (encourage home working and open to flexible working arrangements)

    Cons

    Closed door management style, poor communication and relationships between departments, very limited roles and responsibilities - uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    More transparent management and collaboration between departments and senior management.


  3. Acquired and dismissed

    Former Employee - Writer and Editor
    Former Employee - Writer and Editor

    I worked at Informa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good publications, high quality databases

    Cons

    Informa executives assured employees when it acquired our organization that the company wanted to keep our team intact. A few months later, half of us were dismissed. The layoff process was mismanaged too.

    Advice to Management

    The left hand and the right hand should work together.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Smart people need not apply

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. not a good company to start

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    nice people and colleagues
    benefits are good

    Cons

    not good for new business

    Advice to Management

    find new growth driver


  7. Use you up then throw you away

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good products - some not so good...

    Cons

    Lack of common sense. i.e. our team won "Team of the Year" and then we were all offered redundancy 6 weeks later. Genius. They have made random impulse decision to merge either products or teams then realising their mistakes too late. i.e. some key clients are subjected two four separate account managers in a single year whereas with other (sensible) publishers they would have had relationships for 5 years+. Not just me as my current accounts moan about still having to put up with the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act


  8. Nightmare

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

    I have been working at Informa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for a very good work/life balance, this is the perfect company.

    Cons

    No career progression, no compensation no benefits (at all),
    No training when you start
    Some teams are marginalized (like mine fe)


  9. Very bad environment, avoid this company!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I strongly recommend to avoid this company. The pay is really low, you will get £25,000 or less
    for a research analyst position, it is really low compared to the market offers and you will have to work really hard for this little money. The salary is a joke and there is no bonus, no matter how hard you try you will receive around £150 as your yearly bonus.

    Cons

    There is nothing good about this company: colleagues are hostile and unhappy, sometimes bossy and not helpful. Office is really old, there are no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    leave the company, very bad management


  10. worst company i have ever worked for

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    half day Fridays in August
    good location

    Cons

    low salary, depressing environment, incompetent people, management disrespects employees, no opportunities for career progression or pay rise, everything is cut cost driven


  11. Helpful (1)

    worst career move I've ever made - AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is ok, providing you can actually stay long enough to qualify for it.
    Found out how not to run and operate a sales team - essentially learnt a list of 'do nots'.
    A few hard working and motivated people with real enthusiasm and ideas..

    Cons

    Though literally dozens I met who were the opposite - lazy, incompetent, feckless, disenchanted, dishonest - I could go on.
    Almost zero support and guidance from junior and middle management create a toxic atmosphere among the rank and file which I felt damaging to my skills and abilities as I was actually falling into their terrible, sloppy practices, and of course mentally and emotionally harmful having to get up and work here each day.

    Advice to Management

    To senior management - your middle and junior managers are a joke, and literally the worst I have ever worked with. The vast majority of your staff are massively demotivated and under-utilised, you are losing your best people on a regular basis.



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