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Informa Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance unlike other listed companies I've worked for (in 21 reviews)

  • Can work from home as frequently as you need to (in 13 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 (2)

    ""Terrible Place- it is NOT a startup culture they claim to be""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    NONE- biggest regret and poor decision to work here

    Cons

    -terrible management
    -no clear set goals
    -terrible culture- no one cares what you do
    -no growth in the company
    - redundant tasks

    Advice to Management

    - take the time to care about your colleagues FOR ONCE
    - terrible on-boarding process
    -no clear strategies or goals
    - boring place
    - don't be so short sighted & ignorant


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Environment - Uninvolved Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with big name companies
    Lots of opportunities to develop new skills and learn

    Cons

    Management is uninvolved and really just doesn't care about you
    Team morale is extremely low 70% of the time and you can really feel the drag of being at work
    Below market wages
    Sneaky and largely unattainable bonus structures
    Very little integrity within management which seeps out into the company at large which makes for a very unfulfilling work experience

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are watching you whether you want to see it or not


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Worst Company I Have Ever Worked For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Informa (More than a year)

    Pros

    I honestly cannot think of one pro while working at Informa. I did meet some very nice people though.

    Cons

    Terrible Leadership. Very fluid working environment. Constant layoffs. Huge big brother mentality watching every single move and call you make. Frequent changes in strategy that shows a lack of leadership and confidence. I would never work for this company again or allow anyone I know to work for them.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to get new management. Due to the high turnover and changes, I had five different bosses in the span of two years. Do a better a job.


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  5. "Ok job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Heading in a Questionable Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "No Work-Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I find it very hard to come up with good reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Management expects the GL staff (all salaried) to work several hours of overtime a week. I averaged 55-60 hours a week with no extra pay & no raise! Although 11 holidays are listed as paid time off holidays, if holidays fall during the 3 day time period of close, staff is expected to work that day at the office & take another day off in the month.
    Management expects staff to be involved in external office activities taking you away from your family for even more hours. Definitely no work-life balance here.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more appreciative of all the hard work their staff puts in & needs to promote more within.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Dinosaurs burning money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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