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Barbour ABI/Informa are a really good company to work for.When you start you are enrolled on to the training team where you will receive all the training and support you need for around 6 months. Many offices will get you to shadow a colleague for a couple of days and expect you to know what you’re doing from there however, Barbour understand that it takes time to learn how to do a job. Targets don’t get introduced until the training manager thinks you are ready and is happy with your progress and even then, your initial target starts very low and increases at a steady rate when you gain more experience. I have honestly never worked for a more rewarding company or one that values their staff so much. I started working for Barbour/Informa just over 6 months ago now and during the lockdown due to COVID-19 every member of staff was invited to weekly quizzes sometimes with special guests, we received gifts in the post to brighten our day, our target was reduced to assist with the difficulties of working from home and yet we still received our bonuses.This is a company where if you work hard and you put the work in, you will be rewarded and looked after very well.
Free parking, achievable bonus scheme, supportive team managers, approachable senior managers, incentives, excellent holiday allowance
Takes a while to learn the job
This is the type of company that takes but does not reward with an unfortunate cliche culture and inadequately trained team leaders/ managers. The teams do not work well together, the office atmosphere is toxic and the one grievance I raised against a manager went unrecorded. Overtime is not paid and even though targets were met there was no reward, just a higher target set. An unfit employer.
On site parking AFTER probationary period passed.
Worked as a contract resource for c 6 months. Friendly culture with good work life balance encouraged. Flexible working, contract ended earlier due to impact of CV-19. Would return to work here again. Contract day rates are fairly average. Offered a convert to perm but he salary offered was not competitive.
Huge company allows you to grow and develop your skills whilst being in a competitive environment. Great people to learn from whilst creating so many memories, both personally and professionally. Highly recommend working here at some point in your career.
This is a fast paced environment where you are expected to make at least 90 telephone dials a day from a rather old and outdated data bank. You can of course earn a good commission if you hit targets but the management team have been there since inception (for decades) and have failed to evolve with the times. Like an office would be in the mid 1980s..each morning starts with the same kind of motivational speech.
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The spoken culture of people-first etc is mostly just words and marketing. In reality, like most companies, if a top level monetary reason arises priority is always on that and loyalty, efforts, rewards and people’s lives mean nothing to management.
The best aspect is their forward thinking regarding location and working hours flexibility. All workers are able to work from home full time/part time or work in the office/hot desk as they so desire. Working hours are also dictated by the employee as long as contracted hours are completed between 7am-7pm each day.
Pros: great colleagues and a good work-life balance. Cons: a constantly changing work environment. Although commission rates are good annual sales targets can be high.