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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)

  • 9-5, good benefits, week off for Christmas (in 5 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. "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.


  2. "Lack of foresight"

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    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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Underpaid and overworked"

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

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

    Pros

    End of year holiday vacation
    Lots of team work - if you like that
    Depending on role, there is travel to interesting places
    When you do travel, you stay at nice hotels

    Cons

    There is no money to be made here. Extremely cheap company. Lots of my coworkers hold down another job to make ends meet.

    If they try selling you on a lower base with promises of profit share, don't buy it. You receive the profit share months out, after the company recoups its own expenses money. And it's usually such a small sum, in the years I have been with the company, I have yet to see the amount promised at sign on.

    Proseses are so confusing that no one knows what to do.

    Multi tasking, here you will be a chicken without a head. Everyone's to do lists are extremely long because we are so understaffed. So there is a lot that falls through the cracks. The culture encourages blaming others. It's a negative vibe here

    Advice to Management

    This place is a lost cause. Management is so confused and is torn in so many directions I'm not sure there is hope.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "horrible company"

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

    I have been working at IIR USA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Summer fridays
    Good working hour's
    Able to choose working hour's

    Cons

    Management chooses favoritism
    HR department is unprofessional and disorganized
    Serverly under paid
    Does not invest in current employees

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize that you need to invest in the current employees you already have (research team). Pay them a decent liveable wage..so much potential but the moral is low because of how everyone is underpaid and never ever apericated for the hard work they do.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The company is better than more companies in the work place. Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work experience for anyone entering the work force.

    Cons

    Little room for career advancement. Management not listening.

    Advice to Management

    Listening to the feedback of your the staff.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away - rating would be 0 stars"

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    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Summer fridays, good people to work with that bond over the disaster of a situation they are all in.
    Decent starting job to gain experience.

    Cons

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    Unrealistic expectations. Unrealistic goals. Failing events. Depressing work environment. 1/3 of the staff is allowed to work from home multiple times a week, but if you were not grandfathered in to that schedule it is an unthinkable request. Management that does not support their staff. Management that has no clue what they are doing, but even worse they don't know that they have no clue - truly sad.

    Some crazy and insane coworkers that make life awful 5 days a week.

    No room for growth. None.

    Advice to Management

    Wake the hell up. Have you realized yet that you have lost a lot of good people in the last year?


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Hands down, worst working environment I've ever had the unfortunate experience of working in. DON'T WORK HERE."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Week off between Christmas and New Years in addition to measly 2 weeks earned. 9 -5, not too much overtime. That's all that can be said. Sales are rewarded $$$ I understand but the experience is so miserable, they have to completely shut down emotionally and professionally to perform.

    Cons

    My understanding is that IIR was the conference industry leader. That is history. The company, as it exists today is an unhappy, uninspired division of an information services behemoth, the conference division led by a crazy, disrepectful CEO. There is virtually no support from management - half of who left or were let go in the past year. Corporate must come down heavy on crazy CEO to continually create new events with no history so they can rake $$$ to keep the ship afloat. The drab office and technology are firmly stuck in the 1990's, the carpets are ripped - it looks like a de-glorified call center -because that's essentially what it is. Dial for dollars. The truly smart employees left and started a competitive company which has developed quite a name for itself in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    This company is beyond advice/repair. Shame. If corporate hasn't gotten it by now - there's something funky going on. Use your imagination. Again, shame.


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