Experian Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
268 Reviews
2.9
268 Reviews
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Brian Cassin
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • in some departments there is better work/life balance in others not so much (in 23 reviews)

  • Good benefits and vacation allotments (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management does not take interest in mentoring subordinates (in 21 reviews)

  • Not enough work-life balance or work from home opportunities (they frown on it, it seems) (in 8 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.  

    Heading down the rabbit hole

    • 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 (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.  

    Data analysis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Work with a ton of data, Teams are great people really matter when you work in this company

    Cons

    salary is not very good but if you stay enough time it gets better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries should improve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Secure and Safe job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    I worked at Experian full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice, modern office building. Good salary for the sector and size of the company. Colleagues are nice, not too bad.

    Cons

    More work and responsibilities does not equate more pay - i.e. you get promoted to a manager, but you still are getting the same money as your direct reports. Talks about pay raise are met with "can't promise anything, maybe in a couple of years." Local management is arrogant and their people's management competence - under question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local support heads are managers, but not leaders. You need more leaders locally, management can be done remotely, but a good example to follow should be local. Also, if promoting somebody - first secure their pay-raise and only then entrust them with the new responsibilities. Resentment ensues otherwise.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work and great career opporunities

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

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

    Pros

    Great working culture and growth ooportunities

    Cons

    The size of the company makes it difficult to do changes and experiment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting sector of working

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    Good salary for Bulgaria. You can earn more when you take an on call shift.

    Cons

    There is no knowledge sharing so you should learn everything by the hard way. So it's a big challange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should start listen people what are they saying and appreciate them more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy company that used to innovate but now is only concerned about the bottom line. Hopefully they can turn it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Schaumburg, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Schaumburg, IL (US)

    I worked at Experian full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, nice cafeteria

    Cons

    The company is not agile enough to keep up with the changing pace of the marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around you. Your competition is eating your lunch!

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

    Lost its way .................. again

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Experian full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Despite the organisational mess and charisma bereft leadership team in Credit Service, there are good people working there and doing the best they can.

    Cons

    No sense of value to the amount of effort needed to keep customers happy and cancelling contracts !! No customer loyalty programme and no numerical incentive for people to care about sales and salesforce. Technology is dated and model for Go To Market defunct in the post financial crisis business landscape. Revenue goals are ridiculously high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure to find a Leadership Team with the vision and charisma to take the firm forward into the future. Lack of a positive culture leads to an erosion of confidence and decline in meaningful activity to drive the company forward. Ditch the grey accountants running the business and bring in some colour !!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large multi layered organisation, easy to get lost in the crowd

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

    I worked at Experian full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training - this company was an excellent place for me to start my career, they had very good training platforms in place and most of the time the training was delivered to an excellent standard.
    Great social events, very good at pulling the employees together at the team level and company level.

    Cons

    My main issue with Experian is their insistence in promoting and employing the wrong type of person into team management positions, poor leaders with no idea how to inspire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your middle management teams, they are severely lacking in the skills required to inspire and retain good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wierd vibe and predatory work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, company car to all customer-facing sellers

    Cons

    Predatory management practices. When I joined it was made clear to me that I was supposed to "clean house" There were good employees in place and I was not about to just fire them. When I decided to keep these employees my fate was sealed and I got the sack

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try developing new managers and employees rather than just take them in and fire them after 9 months. Provide an opportunity for improvement and mentorship. Work life balance was a joke here

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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