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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. "Instable job"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good benefits ( medical insurance, meal ticket)

    Cons

    Instable, low salaries, don't give value to their professionals

    Advice to Management

    To get closer with people who work with


  2. 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.

  3. "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


  4. "Customer Service Exec"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Informa full-time

    Pros

    dynamic team always trying to look to renew itself

    Cons

    salary is not high enough and they are not acting enough against turn over

    Advice to Management

    listen less to expensive consultants and more to your people


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not the greatest"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere if you do your numbers.

    Hours are nice.

    Cons

    No progression what so ever. They promise a lot of things and can not do any in return. They hired new starters when I left and they were on better packages than me!

    Pay rises are non existent.

    If you are late 1 minute (not myself as was on time), they make you feel like you should be disowned from the company in a funny way but it is not funny when the whole sales floor listens, felt sorry for many people there.

    Very fixed times on lunch and no leniency on it to do it when you want as an adult.

    Management is in a mess and account allocations are always taped into by BDM's who sit around all day sending emails for new sales rather than being on the phone. This also causes confusion and disruption to current relationships --> Shambles.

    Commission gets paid every quarter, but you have to wait an extra 60 days before it is released as they need to validate 10000000000000 things before releasing payment.

    IF you have any sort of opinion on anything it never really gets acted on and gets ignored.

    A very LADS LADS LADS atmosphere. I was not in their culture and as I do not drink I was still asked many times to join when i just did not want to.

    Overall, yes great to have on the CV but nothing further than that. Most sales people there lack ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team. Appreciate those who are the best in your team. Fight for very strong arguments rather than worry about hitting your overall number at the end of the year.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "If I could give it zero stars I would"

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, which is also a con because you may see your colleagues only a few times a year.

    Cons

    This is the worst place I ever worked for many reasons but mostly it's because they don't know how to cultivate employees, have an effective structure or reward performers.

    Advice to Management

    Mentor your employees, bring them together as teams, create transparency and an environment where people enjoy working.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "AVOID"

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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

    Incentives, start early leave early

    Cons

    Don't expect any training. Don't expect any progression. Awful salary. Management is laughable. Little to no support. Can best be described as a 'soul draining' environment.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff, then there wouldn't be such a high turnover!!!!

  8. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Informa full-time

    Pros

    location was good , right off the subway line

    Cons

    terrible place to work, upper management do not know what they are doing

    Advice to Management

    get a new upper management team


  9. "BD Manager"

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    Former Employee - BD Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - BD Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues, good working environment

    Cons

    Recycle data , mkting need to buy new data

    Advice to Management

    No comment


  10. "Informa in a nut shell"

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

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

    Pros

    1- Good people to work with (mix of different cultures and people)
    2 - Big company on your CV if you are working in exhibitions & conferences industry
    3 - They are generous with holidays

    Cons

    1 - Scope of work might be limited to exhibitions & conferences only
    2 - Work can become boring and strenuous for following reasons (boring; because you are repeating the same type of work, which is promoting exhibitions, strenuous; part of your job role will involve admin work of updating website since website systems are now more marketing friendly)
    3 - You are either too busy or too free at times, since exhibitions operate on fixed time periods, 6 weeks out from the show, work becomes hectic and you have to utilise your time in an effective way or you will have to spend extra hours on your desk.

    Advice to Management

    None I can think of, this is the nature of exhibitions, hire people who are passionate about exhibitions


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