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Updated July 24, 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. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Informa full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work and grow your events industry career.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of.


  2. "Not a bad place to work...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good people, good office and location

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction, lack of understanding of legacy clients

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people on the ground...they know the client.

  3. "Informa - Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Informa full-time

    Pros

    Networking Learning Traveling Connection Product

    Cons

    Not enough traveling. Not enough digital offerings


  4. "Sales"

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

    I worked at Informa full-time

    Pros

    Peers are very supportive.

    Cons

    Working in the financial vertical was outside the core company strategy of conferencing. The parent refuses to invest in the vertical since it outside its core competency and the result is poor technology and no long term strategy.


  5. "Audience development manager"

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    Former Employee - Audience Development Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Audience Development Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of good benefits and direction


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for an entry level position.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low for the work required.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Rather not say"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere with great people! Telecommuting one day a week (at manager's discretion).

    Cons

    Lower than average salaries, tiny raises despite a good review and going above. Few perks to non-sales & execs.

    Advice to Management

    Value everyone that makes it happen, not just the execs and sales people. Praise is only given to the manager of a team and ignores the team members.

  8. "Ok job"

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    Former Employee - National Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - National Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people at the LA office lots of hours and hard work but everyone made the job at hand easier.

    Cons

    Management very set in their ways and felt like it was going to be really hard to move up fast

    Advice to Management

    Grow the good people


  9. Helpful (5)

    "sales"

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

    I worked at Informa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    company phone, happy hours, semi-inolved management

    Cons

    very poor training, high stress environment

    Advice to Management

    more organized training program


  10. "Not as bad as it could be but could be much better, no doubt."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Informa full-time

    Pros

    -Big company name that will supplement you resume/ CV
    -Exciting industry as a whole
    -Excellent networking opportunities
    -Nice people
    -Good benefits
    -You do not have to earn PTO, it is given up front
    -Educative
    -Depending on what your role is, the bonus incentives are quite generous
    -Travel opportunities (both domestic and abroad)

    Cons

    -Below market pay
    -Poor interdepartmental communication
    -Very disorganized
    -Nontransparent
    -Undefined company culture
    -Frequent dips down into low team morale
    -Leadership from Upper Management is uninvolved
    -Can be a very "sneaky" and "hush, hush" environment
    -Little investment into the employee

    Advice to Management

    -Excellent job on staying involved in a leading edge and innovative industry. As a whole, the company direction seems clear.

    -Strengthen the communication channels between departments and regions, a simple monthly newsletter does not suffice for delivering collective knowledge.

    -Try to better organize things from the business side. Events seem scrambled and discombobulated when you do not give a step-by-step game plan for how to work an event. This disorganization is compounded when you have weak communication between teams.

    -Define a company culture. True, there are "values" mentioned when hiring on, but these seemed contrived and vague, at best. Make it a place where people will want to work by establishing a culture that breeds success and motivation. Turn over rate is high because people who do not seem to jive with the team are constantly hired. Take a step back and bring in the right people that will further the enjoyment of others working here, along with the company as well.

    -Weak company culture, plus all the points mentioned thus far, lead to a low team morale. Constant back talking and gossip are all too frequent within the company. It seems like everyone has several issues that they need to vent about, which should suggest an investigation into overall staff satisfaction.

    -Greatly improve leadership presence, perhaps even enroll your management in proper leadership training. It may be a blow to your managers' egos, but at the end it will increase productivity and morale. Managers will have a better awareness of how to successfully manage a team and employees will rest assured knowing that their manager has the right mindset to lead. There is an obvious gap between the team and the leader. While it may not be intentional, this gap comes off as apathy towards the team, from the leader. Occasional emails of encouragement, or better yet, team bonding will motivate your employees by letting them know you care. We spend much of our daily lives working for you, why not get to know more about us, and us about you?

    -Create and encourage more transparency. This partially ties into poor communication too, but the opaque nature of this company creates disorganization and distrust. Things, big things, are going on all the time that are not made known: important people are leaving, changes to the event are occurring, moves being made regarding the naming and branding of events. Even a low level employee should be involved when changes to the event that they are working on are happening.

    -Invest back into your employee. Before I articulate myself on this point, know that I always feel conflicted mentioning this. Reason being is that we get paid and live off our salary for this job. That, in theory, should be enough employee investment. However, in this day in age, the bar had been raised with tech companies/ start ups revolutionizing the modern day work place. Provide better computers to your employees, that way they won't waste time trying to get their programs to work or dealing with other avoidable technical issues. Set up team off-sites to encourage team bonding and camaraderie. Look more into employee training programs. These can be great both for the company and the employee. A better trained employee will do a better job. Doing this will also foster creation and innovation.


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