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Acxiom Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
385 Reviews
2.9
385 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with the ability to work from home when imperative (in 48 reviews)

  • Work-life balance, and smart people to work with are pluses in working here (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management can get very paranoid about their job security (in 16 reviews)

  • This only furthers my belief that the lay offs are due to poor planning (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst run billion dollar public company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acxiom (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Still have some good people left in the company

    Cons

    Horrible leadership. Have hired 3 consulting companies due to the fact they don't know how to run the company. CRO has ruined the moral of the company. There is no two way communication and she doesn't know anything about running a software product company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a qualified true sales leader before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Layoffs, Low Pay, and poor work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Conway, AR

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and options to occasionally work from home.

    Cons

    Acxiom does at least one layoff each year. Typically in April. Management is a bunch of "good ole' boys" who have no idea how to run a modern business. Each year Acxiom shuffles managers around which causes chaos. The pay is noncompetitive and it is a generally poor managed and chaotic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better. Get rid of current upper management. Bring in new, educated, faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ruined by arrogant and clueless leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acxiom (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was the culture and the service offerings but those are mostly gone.

    Cons

    Leadership abandoned what made Acxiom strong and the competition has loved scooping up the top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to selling advertising elsewhere, you've made your $ and ruined the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many people been at Acxiom way way too long!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Conway, AR

    I worked at Acxiom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some people have worked at this company for 35-40 years. These people have mastered the technique of doing absolutely no work. Interviews to work at Acxiom are easy - but new employees normally have no idea what their job will be. Newer senior management from companies like Google, Electronic Arts and Microsoft - yet they have no clue how to make this company work and improve sales.

    Cons

    Layoffs are are now a quarterly thing. However, the layoffs are mainly to get rid of the newer people that are trying to do good & make a difference. The older staff try to sabotage the newer staff and have them terminated. This includes people up to the director level. Not all are bad, but the majority in IT are horrid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of many people in at the director level as well as the senior managers. These people are the main part of the problem. Evaluate at the senior level those that are going be part of the layoffs to ensure management at the director level are not just trying to get rid of those that are outperforming the whole group. This company is headed towards a total meltdown that will evaporate the product line quickly. Pay is very low compared to industry standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible company - NEVER work for them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acxiom

    Pros

    There are no Pros at all

    Cons

    Everything is bad - don't go there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very bad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Confusion, disorganization, sword of Damocles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Conway, AR

    I have been working at Acxiom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the work is not that hard, pay is OK, jobs can be interesting, and the fellow employees are pleasant.

    Cons

    Don't be surprised if the work, the pay, and the job end abruptly, with you on the street and your "fellow employees" now "ex-fellows." This company has been churning via layoffs for many years and few people I know ever feel truly comfortable there. The sword is hanging over everyone's head at all times and it does fall on people regardless of merit or need. For example the highly qualified and experienced expert analyst who happened to experience a major health problem (though one from which he was recovering, with a good prognosis) at age 63. 2 months later he was out on his ear. To do that to an employee of that stature at a time like that, is immoral and evil. Acxiom did it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry - your situation is hopeless. The entire sector is collapsing as companies spend less and less on advertisement every year. Direct mail is collapsing, email ads are spam, online display advertising is going the way of the dodo. Not to mention that people hate the company's very function and mission, and the more they find out about it, the more they hate it. You would need to shrink the company by 80% and repurpose it entirely, and stockholders would never tolerate that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Plenty of Work, A Lot of Problems due to a 40 year old company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Product
    Excellent Executive Leadership
    Great ideas

    Cons

    Company is 40+ years old and many of the people have been there from the beginning - these people don't like change or new people.
    Lots of lay-offs and company restructuring
    Many of the staff on the Campus in Arkansas work against newer, better technological updates.
    Poor pay and merit increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your newer staff and take ideas from them. Stop getting rid of people and replacing them with more expensive contractors.

    Pay your staff appropriately for their location and the type of work they do. Directors need to work with their staff and not against their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awful and incompetent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acxiom

    Pros

    Experience for resume. Get in and out in 2 years at most.

    Cons

    Massive round of layoffs to bankroll CEO Scott Howe's 4 million dollar payraise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How's about trying to manage something? Most managers have reached the level if their own incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Upper Management needs to get off perch and really see what's going on!

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

    I have been working at Acxiom full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great company in the 90's and early 2000's. The VP's and all Upper Mgmt. used to care about Assoc. Sat and providing quality service to the Clients.

    Cons

    They only care about stockholders and bonuses. The employees are overworked, underpaid and have an extreme lack of resources. Emp. are extremely stressed and have no security in their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, Please look at what's really going on. Stop worrying about the stockholders and start caring about your employees again. If you do they will be so much more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are never sure of your job even if you do excellent work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Conway, AR

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

    Pros

    Very flexible. Decent salary for Arkansas.

    Cons

    Worked there for 21 1/2 years, every year I had an excellent review. Was told on Feb 27 that my last day of work was Feb 28. They are NOT loyal to their employees at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sensitive to your employees and be as loyal to them as they are to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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