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IIR USA Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Summer Fridays, Winter Break (week between Xmas and New Years) (in 6 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is pretty good (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • micromanagement, no room for growth (in 6 reviews)

  • However, it seems that upper management simply does not care about all the people they have lost as nothing has changed (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Conference Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IIR USA full-time

    Pros

    Good location. Great team. Had a focus on putting enough time into the events to get them right. Had the week between xmas and new year's as a bonus week off. Competitive salary and at the time, generous profit share.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Rotating managers constantly. No company culture. No feeling that they cared if a person stayed or went. No opportunity for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a career path for your employees and a real review system. Put investment into fostering a team mentality across all the portfolios.


  2. "What on earth went wrong?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few great, smart people scattered among the office.The work-life balance is pretty good. The travel can be a nice perk, particularly internationally.

    Cons

    What a disappointment. When I started at IIR, it was a great company, populated by energetic young people who appeared to be experts in the conference field. Then... MDs started dropping like flies, across all divisions. Uncertainty blossomed like a cancer, leading to what felt like total paralysis. Then, some marquee events began dipping in performance, due to new competitors -- some competitors had even worked at IIR and knew how to beat the company at its own game. Once the "prize" events stopped working, every day was chaos: Audible screaming matches behind closed doors, a new mass exodus every few months, MDs turning against producers; marketers refusing to perform anything other than the basic job functions.

    This is a company that does not plan ahead. Because it performs so little strategic planning, with major management turnover, it REACTS by swerving from one idea to another when things go wrong. It relies on a lean staff and heaps blame and pressure at lower levels of the company. The latest re-branding is just another desperate attempt to prove they have changed, when its events seem as shallow as ever. What a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Pare down. Focus on a few great events. Do not task producers with creating new events. Hire a separate business development arm to conduct that type of feasibility research, since sponsors are key.

  3. "Lack of foresight"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conference Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Conference Producer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Flexibility, Autonomy and relaxed working enviroment

    Cons

    Lack of strategic leadership, management is dysfunctional


  4. "Be careful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, nice location in NYC

    Cons

    No one knows if the company is growing or closing..

    Advice to Management

    Communication is the key.. Silence is deadly..


  5. Helpful (4)

    "I'm amazed every time a new person starts here..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Office closure between Christmas Eve and New Year's, summer Fridays, good experience for entry level positions, travel to other cities and countries, generous amount of PTO

    Cons

    Honestly, where to begin...the main issue is simply that this company does not value its employees. With the exodus of smart, talented people that has been going on lately, one would think someone would wake up and realize a change has to be made. However, it seems that upper management simply does not care about all the people they have lost as nothing has changed. Unattainable goals, unimpressive performance reviews and compensation structures along with minuscule room for growth make this a 2-3 year stop for many people before they move on to greener pastures.

    The sad part is that there are some really great people at IIR that make working there fun and enjoyable, but unfortunately the work environment is soured by terrible managers and coworkers who do not support their teams, do not value feedback unless it aligns with their agenda, and are seemingly only concerned with their own projects with no regard to what their colleagues may be working on.

    Advice to Management

    Read the writing on the wall (or on here for that matter). When the best thing about working for a company is the time spent outside the office instead of inside, there's a problem. Take the time to actually listen and understand what motivates employees and makes them feel valued. This model of having the majority of your staff underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked isn't sustainable. If nothing changes, don't be surprised when the good people you do have left can't take it anymore and follow those before them out the door.


  6. "Good Internship"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern

    Pros

    Even though I was an intern for 3 months, I enjoyed working with my team.

    Cons

    I wished there were more work to do.


  7. "Dont!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    located in NYC area which is nice

    Cons

    micromanagement, no room for growth

  8. "Unhealthy work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IIR USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work wasn't too bad and the area was great to work in

    Cons

    Unfriendly stuck up staff
    No chance of moving up within

    Advice to Management

    Stop isolating the second floor


  9. "New Management Needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to carve your own path
    Interesting work
    Intelligent colleagues
    Travel

    Cons

    Management is in great need of rennovation
    Little formal training


  10. "Keep Looking..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to Travel, events are interesting, 9-5, employees are great, hard working and support each other.

    Cons

    Management-starting with the top is HORRIFIC. Managers are deceitful, not trustworthy and DO NOT support their teams. They DO NO value their employees, they are not honest, misrepresent themselves, the company and the position. Get everything in writing! I would NOT recommend working here.

    Advice to Management

    LEAVE, you are not welcome there!


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