Experian Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
256 Reviews

2.9
256 Reviews
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Brian Cassin
4 Ratings

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
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    • 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.  

    Heading down the rabbit hole

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Not too bad pay and fringe benefits. Guaranteed flexibility for work-life balance. Hefty minions from 3rd world to deal with tedious chores.

    Cons

    It's all about numbers. Board says x% growth this year and this goes through to CEO, region, business and team. What it means is everything here is like "we get $y deal then we will spend $z to make it happen" not the other way around. Therefore All the middle-managers are focusing on shine their achievements sheet without investing any $ and things gets really preposterous way to make them happy, period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap ridiculous performance for growth. It's understandable paperwork only if one manager manages 50+ people underneath him. If one have difficult to manage <10 team member without that paperwork, better get rid of him/her and hire local high-school baseball team couch instead.

    To new CEO: Probably better not starting new CEO world tour concert while squeezing out people for excessive travel costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Yay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Experian

    Pros

    Benefits are very very good

    Cons

    Don t know .. nothing different from any where else I suppose

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  5.  

    Would be 5 stars if not for the fact that each year the company has layoffs, as often as quarterly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I worked at Experian full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The main office at 475 Anton is great with schedule flexibility and supports the work/family balance. 9 out of 10 managers are supportive and available when you need them. Good benefits and vacation allotments. Clean, newer office and equipment. Overall pleasant workforce with a 'let's help each other' vibe. Backstabbing and self-promotion at the expense of coworkers is NOT the norm.
    Experian is ethical in its purported intent and business goals and actively promotes community involvement and supports local and national charities.

    Cons

    Workforce is top heavy with management, especially on the director and VP level. The company talks about not having silos (i.e. groups that have information that isn't known/shared freely with other groups) yet silos persist and cross group/department communication is poor. Customer focus initiatives are rolled out with fanfare, much to the appreciation of clients, only to fade away in a year or two due to changes in upper management and/or a lack of accountability from regulators.
    And of course, mass layoffs are routine. I worked there for almost 15 years, and for the first few years, the layoffs happened perhaps every three years, including the year I started. The last six years have incurred layoffs every year, with the rate increasing to quarterly this year. Perhaps this is due to the change in upper management to those with a background in finance: the bottom line for the next quarter is everything (shareholders must see an immediate profit!), and long-term planning is moot? I guess time will tell if this strategy works or if the talent pool of experienced workers becomes so drained that data quality becomes severely compromised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons, above.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Nice place to work

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    • 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
  8.  

    So much missed potential, a lot of politics

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    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good start

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    • 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
  11.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Experian full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People, pay, autonomy, work/life balance

    Cons

    High Pressure, lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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