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A big company with that big company feel

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY (US)
Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Experian full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Plenty of growth and a willingess to invest in that growth. Opportunities to move around between internal business units, including transfers overseas. Decent investment in training

Cons

It's a big company more focused on acquisitions than organic growth. That can make life unpleasant if you find yourself in a slowing vertical

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have to build instead of buy sometimes. More invest in organic growth would round out the portfolio

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dreadful place for finance staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I have been working at Experian full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary/bonus structure are competitive.
    Most people are nice, friendly and pleasant to work with.
    Campus is clean, nice and up-to-date.
    Most people in functions other than IT and finance seem to be content.

    Cons

    Company is very political. Kissing up to VP's is the key to get ahead.
    Company's growth is driven by acquisitions, off-shoring (Chile/Costa Rica), importing IT consultants from India, and moving jobs to lower wage states such as Texas and Arkansas.
    Finance and IT are seen by management as overhead and not as key partners.
    Finance is chronically understaffed in corporate and most business units (with the exception of the overstaffed semi-autonomous Consumer Direct business unit).
    Finance upper management is completely out of touch with the work "in the trenches".
    Managing up and sucking up are key to success. Coaching and development of staff is give lip service but is not really done in practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should focus on long term planning instead of constantly focusing on the next quarter. Layoffs, offshoring, and understaffing will hurt the company in the medium and long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I've worked for in my 15 year career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager

    I have been working at Experian full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, very financially stable, great teammates

    Cons

    To start with, this is not a technology company - this is a marketing company where technology is treated as overhead resource. Everything is driven through (unrealistic) deadlines where software gets shoved out of the door at all costs (both human and enormous technical debt). Enormous amount of bureaucracy where it takes weeks of "following the process" to make a two line code change. Outdated technologies and tools (or more often no tools at all) - complete lack of automation with trivial tasks. VP's have no authority to make no-brainer decisions. Everything has to be approved by CTO who lacks technical understanding yet constantly gets involved in the "weeds". You'll be losing your skills (and brain cells) here very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower mid-level management to make no brainer decisions (and hold them accountable for the results). Change the culture of "all the responsibility with none of the authority". The company can't scale where one man makes every decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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