Experian Reviews

Updated 14 August 2014
Updated 14 August 2014
254 Reviews

2.9
254 Reviews
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Brian Cassin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance is typically OK but reflected in poor pay and benefits (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent time off, plenty of telework opportunities (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management does not take interest in mentoring subordinates (in 19 reviews)

  • Not enough work-life balance or work from home opportunities (they frown on it, it seems) (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fair but boring place to work

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

    I have been working at Experian full-time

    Pros

    Experian has established and matured market a.k.a cash cow. Means people don't get pushed too much about making profits -compare to the companies losing $- as well as has guaranteed work/life balance.

    Outsourcing happens in massive scale but candidates selection process seems fair enough. Tho it attracted a lot of negative feedback here in Glassdoor.

    Not much politics involved in review process, which is fairly rare in type of company. (Long running with cash cow but unable to expand anymore for decades.)

    Cons

    Management prefer acquire companies rather than invest money for internal R&D etc just like any other company these days.

    However, since the cash for acquisition is coming from outsourcing and as a lot of former employees complaining about not highly regarding 'loyalty', it's probably not a good place for long term career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't be so bureaucratic. I mean, 1-5 scale performance assessment is fine but the gaps between them? Well.. considering only <10% people get 5 stars, that doesn't really make any distinction for mega contributors and many people leave the company because of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Experian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good culture, nice atmosphere to work.

    Cons

    Non competitive salary for London based area

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    So much missed potential, a lot of politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Experian full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Reasonably good office in London
    - Work at FTSE100 company

    Cons

    - A lot of bureaucracy and red tape
    - A recent desire to be 'customer focussed' as a result of FCA regulation is not reflected in the core business model of their products
    - Controversial practices
    - Use of internal PR, many people are kept out of the loop
    - So many missed opportunities due to very slow decision making by management committees
    - Very bad meetings and emails culture - 90% of time spent in meetings, on calls and responding to largely pointless email

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not flexible and to slow to adjust to changes in the industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Allen, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Allen, TX (US)

    I have been working at Experian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    in some departments there is better work/life balance in others not so much.

    Cons

    Do not count on the bonus if taking a new position. Management is asking newcomers for input however always turn it down. Company does not invest money in the new software and uses mostly freeware or old outdated versions that not compatible with new versions that is currently on the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the new updated software, allocate budget for technical training, be more open to the suggestions that new hires bring with their experience from other companies - it will help you to keep the company on the decent level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Experian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - This company is a great start for someone early on in their career.
    - As it is a FTSE 100 company you are working for the industry leader.
    - Good work/life balance.
    - Young teams if you want a young atmosphere, not many people 40+

    Cons

    - Not so great for senior managers over 35! Some senior managers are 26 for example. We have one 40+ year old in our greater team and she is extremely insecure because of how young everyone is.
    - You need to play the corporate game to get anywhere. Most senior managers are very defensive of their roles as there are talented people who are younger and up and coming.
    - Some managers don't let their team members shine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't let manager and senior managers take all of the credit for their team. From what most employees say, their manager doesn't do much compared to them.
    - Give every employee a voice and a chance to show their INDIVIDUAL achievements - not managers taking TEAM credit!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Experian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay's well, depending on business unit good office culture, random perks and discounts.

    Cons

    You can get lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce waste, a lot of redundancy.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great background and history - disappointing guidance into the future

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

    I have been working at Experian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong historically built brand that clients trust and respect.
    Very good decisioning automation platform PowerCurve - clients feedback tells it is the best platform in the market so far.
    Good expertise in analytics and business consultancy in people bearing the knowledge.
    Much attention to training communication and sales skills.

    Cons

    Transformation into a centralized company kills client-centricity, people legacy engagement. Dogmatic approach prevail. Lack of pragmatism that allows competitors win more often.
    Brand has been suffering distrust and unreliability attitude for 1-2 year steadily.
    Bureaucracy (decision making) is heavy and does not improve.
    Senior leadership is poor, strategy and company's identity and business model not clear and there are no activities seen at senior level to identify those - no clarity what the company is and where it goes.
    Payments lower than the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great to concentrate on determining the company's business model and the strategy. Be pragmatic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture but too much politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Tester  in  Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I have been working at Experian as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay rate
    Good culture
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Difficult to convert from contract to full time
    Employees are disposable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please back up your tenured and professional employees and keep them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safe career option but could be so much better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Development  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate Development in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Experian full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - in the main people are friendly although not the smartest or hardest working
    - work life balance is typically OK but reflected in poor pay and benefits

    Cons

    - pay is poor and below market rate for most roles except sales and senior management
    - poor talent retention and nurturing at junior level
    - company burdened by process and approvals - many missed opportunities due to slow decision making by committee
    - the company is full of people who get paid well and do nothing because they are friends with the right people. Removing the deadwood would help with morale of many

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - focus on developing talent within
    - pay to retain best junior staff (all the best are leaving within 2/3 years)
    - greater scrutiny of senior exec expenses (some are outrageous)
    - remove deadwood employees that are expensive and add zero value. Particularly in the central corporate function
    - your idea of bonus scheme is a joke, even for the global corporate teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, challenging work environment... but now going down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer Senior  in  Santiago (Chile)
    Current Employee - Software Developer Senior in Santiago (Chile)

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

    Pros

    Good HR benefits, thirteenth salary, annual bonus (when company results are as good as expected), technical challenges at work are very common, diversity is respected, sometimes you can telecommute, mostly nice people.

    Cons

    Management is not doing good about employee career development. Due to last year results were not as expected, there was no bonus this year. In addition, several positions were lost and workload is highly increased for the remaining employees. Morals are low right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to plan on a long term basis and not only for the current Fiscal Year or even for each Quarter! Also you have to start taking more seriously about your employees' development. How do you expect to reach your goals with reduced teams and low morals employees overwhelmed with heavy workload?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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