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Acxiom Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 302 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Acxiom President & CEO Scott E. Howe

Scott E. Howe

(115 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with the ability to work from home when imperative(in 45 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is the best part of the job(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No bonuses unless in sales or extreme upper management(in 13 reviews)

  • Pay cuts for everyone too, with no criteria for attaining again(in 9 reviews)

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    Awful and incompetent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUsed 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.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementPlease, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Software Test Engineer (Former Employee) Conway, AR

    ProsVery flexible. Decent salary for Arkansas.

    ConsWorked 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 Senior ManagementBe more sensitive to your employees and be as loyal to them as they are to the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Analysts, Terrible Management

    Associate Delivery Analyst (Former Employee) Conway, AR

    ProsBeing able to work from home is great, generous holiday time.

    ConsDelivery area is rife with favoritism and management seems to reward gossipers. Micromanaging is terrible and interferes with adults who do their jobs well.
    Constant layoffs. Retaliatory layoffs. Never ever speak up with a difference of opinion to any manager in Delivery because you can guarantee you will be laid off the first chance they get.
    Pay is very low compared to industry standards.
    Still WAY too many managers compared to people who do the actual work.
    Married couples are allowed to be team leaders in the same unit and there is lots of cross-gossip and unprofessional behavior.
    Blatant favoritism shown to certain young people over people who have been at the company for more than 10 years.
    Odd "special projects" that serve as "busy work" to make managers look good that serve no actual purpose except to stress out the Analysts who have actual work to do.
    No real room for advancement. Most positions inside the units that pay more are hard to attain or reserved for the "pets".
    Senior management is completely out of touch with "trench level" employees. Senior managers are not asking employees what is happening, instead relying on the very altered relay of middle management who often sugar-coat the worst parts or the parts that expose them as micro managers or as playing favorites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micromanaging people and allow them to do their job. Stop lying to your employees. Learn direct communication skills so that you can have an adult conversation with people instead of avoiding conflict that leads to people having no respect for how you operate.
    Stop rewarding people who "tattle tell" on other employees.
    Stop flirting and gossiping with young female employees and giving them bonuses when you neglect older, more seasoned, and highly trained employees.
    Learn to resolve conflict without resorting to lying or intimidation tactics.
    Stop retaliating against employees who have a different opinion. Learn to embrace new ideas instead of recycling the same tired ideas every year.
    Work harder at rewarding the employees who do their jobs well instead of consistently awarding bonuses and raises to people who are your "pets" but who don't do their job professionally or even with any accuracy.
    Stop targeting older employees for layoffs and focus on getting rid of people who consistently come in late, have bad customer service records, don't do their job, or who don't care about delivering the best results for the customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Chaos reigns

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsUsed to be a great company that treated its employees well and offered lots of mobility. Emphasis on used to be.

    ConsNew leadership has destroyed the company culture and laid off or drove off a lot of the top talent. Politics, favouritism, and confusion define the culture now. If you don't work in NY or the Bay Area, don't expect to have any career path.

    Advice to Senior Management1) Develop a clearer, more consistent strategy... and stick to it!
    2) Value your top talent and be objective in your assessments.
    3) Encourage and value professional, collegiate debate rather than punishing people who disagree with your POV

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once the premier shop in the industry with empowered associates, it is now a top-down dysfunctional shadow of itself.

    Director, Product Management (Former Employee) Little Rock, AR

    ProsStill a good training ground. Some good technology in and around the digital space. It just doesn't work very well. Still some pockets of really good people left but becoming very scarce.

    ConsThe failure of leadership is forbidding. Get in, get your resume updated and get out. This is not a long term play. Revenue has been in decline for a number of years but it is the broken culture that is so difficult to endure for any length of time. It feels like an exercise in futility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe arrogance of top-down leadership team has no interest in advice. It is simply unwelcome. Save the effort. Get in. Get out. Don't ever look back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Layoffs again!!! Poor Upper Leadership..

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Little Rock, AR

    ProsPeople you work with.. Facilities... Flexible working environment...

    ConsC level executives that have no boundaries and live outside of the corp. office - East and West cost HIGH and out of touch with the people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending all the hard earned money on external projects, consultants, and friends..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Biggest Career MISTAKE I've Ever Made!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Little Rock, AR

    ProsI can't think of twenty positive words to string together to describe this company, that's what the PROs section is for, correct?? Because there are NO PROs that actually are employed there

    ConsToo many to list.....Low pay, long hours, no appreciation for what you do. My co-workers were decent folks but most have very little (if ANY) actual JOB experience and are many trying to suck up to the current management "strategies" which change monthly (what else are THEY gonna do since most of them have NO management experience either!)...It's truely a case of the blind leading the blind!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNext time you have "layoffs" or other $$$ reduction programs start with the TOP, let 10% of MGT find work elsewhere or make them take Acxiom stock as their reward plan and give employees dollars.......

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Layoffs, layoffs, layoffs. Locally, this company is known for that and not much else.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe flexible work life balance options such as working from home keep most associates at Acxiom. For someone like me, that isn't an option so it doesn't offer a benefit.

    ConsNevermind the low pay and office politics. Google "Acxiom layoffs". 'Nuf said.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop laying off your most talented people, long-timers, and those of us in the "50+ club." Keep at least a few experienced experts around to mentor the bright young talent you're bringing in at unbelievably low pay rates. Don't brag about increased stock prices one day then announce another round of layoffs the very next week. It looks shady, and your poor cost cutting decisions affect the morale of those of us who stay and were once dedicated employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Acxiom Corp

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proscant think of one PRO

    ConsDo not treat their employees with respect

    Advice to Senior ManagementShape up and remember what it was like when you were NON management!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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