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Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance unlike other listed companies I've worked for (in 20 reviews)

  • Can work from home as frequently as you need to (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Complete lack of transparency across the company with communication from senior management at times shocking (in 18 reviews)

  • Managment are clueless, no room for career progression or budget for training within technology teams (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Chaos and overwork"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential to travel, offices everywhere, the high level management seems to care about it's people. Lots of varied and interesting work to do.

    Cons

    Lots of rule by committee, work is only done by a few individuals and decisions are made by people of questionable compentcy.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaulate management positions, middle management especially.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Heading in a Questionable Direction"

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    Former Employee - Director in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really nice and talented people work there. Opportunity to learn quite a bit of useful information about commodity markets in a short amount of time. Ability to glean meaningful experience in practical applications of agricultural economics.

    Cons

    Company is overhauling its image to emphasize sales, marketing, and technology but at the expense of quality research and analytics. Senior management in Memphis is stubborn in its decision-making, refusing to budge even after following a course that is clearly wrong-headed. Corporate overseers in London are often overbearing and uncaring. Very collectivist mindset with regard to compensation as opposed to willingness to reward outstanding individual achievement. Tom Scott is the CEO, not Bruce Scherr as the Glassdoor default indicates.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to recruiting, investing in, and rewarding/retaining extremely talented people and valuing their contributions and ability to crank out high-quality content to clients or prepare for a big hit to your reputation and possible death spiral of the business structure.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Informa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to build a resume. Will work on a wide range of projects.
    Nice people in Memphis.

    Cons

    Switching to a computer based system that devalues the analysts.
    People making the major decisions are located in London and have a new vision for the company. Very honest about not caring if you like the work environment and believes the employees are overpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Does not matter. In two to three years either the company will be transformed or spun off.
    Bruce Scherr was removed and Tom Scott is now the CEO. A yes man to London.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Dinosaurs burning money"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Informa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people & sales team

    Decent Sales initiative & goals.

    Cons

    suggestions not appreciated

    Lots of red-tape


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No chance for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Account Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Informa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start out learning publishing/media industry.
    Generally good people at company.
    Many levels of experience on staff.
    Insurance benefits are generally very good.

    Cons

    Low salary, especially for new hires.
    Not much chance for advancement in certain departments.
    Don't value opinions and suggestions from those that have been with company for long time (more than 5+ years)

    President is narcissistic. Favors certain employees, especially those that say "YES" to everything he says. If you disagree with him, you will be dismissed. Says there is an open door policy, but that is not the case. He takes projections to his superiors and raises them to unrealistic levels that result in failure. Starts new projects that have no chance to succeed. When they fail, It is never his fault, but the fault of the people that work for him. This usually results in the dismissal of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Build realistic goals--not every idea is a million dollar idea. Own up to your failures, do not pass along your bad ideas and decision making to your employees. Better management training for mid-management. Create advancement opportunities.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Informa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible working hours, interesting colleagues and challenges abound. Opportunities for working cross-functionally in the business and learning new skills are also available if one knows how to take advantage of these.

    Cons

    Constant change with little direction leaves hardworking and committed employees rudderless. Very little opportunity for advancement and when it happens it means that you're usually doing your old job plus your new job at the same time. Also infrastructure seems to be crumbling, which is not good for a company providing business solutions to clients. Politics can be rather nasty however, so it's best to stay clear.

    Advice to Management

    Place a higher value on your employees in all areas - not just Sales and BD. More investment in infrastructure is desperately needed. Better training is also needed for managers so that they can better empower their people.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's a Learning Experience"

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

    Pros

    The benefits are decent and had the opportunity to learn about the publishing industry. I was around co-workers who were overall knowledgeable. The group started with good morale and a friendly environment.

    Cons

    Morale is dissipated when senior management started involving themselves. The lack of direction with both people and money, coupled with favoritism led to massive lay-offs and resignations. Informa has respectable products, but their refusal to invest leaves the remaining employees disgruntled.

    Advice to Management

    Just sell the company. Your employees are suffering.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Informa Healthcare - look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management US in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Middle Management US in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    it's a job, which nowadays is saying a lot

    Cons

    directionless management, disrespect for American workforce, national nepotism

    Advice to Management

    resign


  9. "Director, Events"

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

    I have been working at Informa full-time

    Pros

    Office is centrally located, you can work from home

    Cons

    Sad office, no leadership, very small pay increases


  10. "Downwardly mobile company"

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

    I worked at Informa full-time

    Pros

    Conveniently located- across the street from Grand Central. Fun and creative people.

    Cons

    The company is in massive contraction. London headquarters taking back control. The firm has Bb=een going on an acquisition spree of large events, but once those new events are folded into the Informa "way" everyone gets frustrated and looks to the door. Pay is poor, under industry standards. "Profit sharing" is a fallacy, if your event makes money, they'll come up with an excuse not to pay you.

    Advice to Management

    Leave... you've been there too long. There's a whole world out there with different (and better) ways to run a business.


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