Acxiom Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
318 Reviews
3.0
318 Reviews
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Acxiom President & CEO Scott E. Howe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with the ability to work from home when imperative (in 46 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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  1.  

    Company is dying

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

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

    Pros

    The best things are the flexible schedule and the paid time off. People are friendly most of the time to your face.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible. There is no real job security unless you are someone's favorite. There is a noticeable lack of diversity in senior management. They claim to have training for moving to different areas but there is no real follow through. It does no good to have a 2/3 day class if there isn't a way to practice what you've learned. There's only one place to eat on the entire campus. Too many meetings about nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the layoffs! Develop a better training program. Put people in management that recognize talent and leadership potential. Raise your base pay. This is not 1995. People are barely making it. No one should be around the same amount as retail worker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stagnant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Acxiom full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Freebies, office culture is on the laid back side of things, there's great benefits and tons of vacation time, and easy commute to the office.

    Cons

    Very very very poor leadership with upper management, and it is easy to become over-looked in a supportive role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time out to work with EVERYONE on your team. not just account directors and account managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zero job security

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Developer in Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Work load is decent, flexible hours. Ability to work from home

    Cons

    No job security, they have layoffs pretty much every year. And they are random too. They will hire executives and pay them in millions, who will then announce that we need to cut costs, resulting in firings all over the board. And promotions are very hard too. Also need newer senior managers. Some of them have been with Axiom for 20 years and are not ready for the new direction the company is taking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off. And try to retain the talented ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks Direction

    • 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 Acxiom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and the ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Culture is not one of accountability. It can be difficult to track down the correct person to get a question answered. While everyone is usually willing to help when asked, it can be difficult to find them.

    Teams spread across multiple locations make it difficult to effectively collaborate. Cross Functional engagements can be difficult as different teams have different agendas/priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in team building and development.

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

    Dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product and Engineering Group
    Former Employee - Product and Engineering Group

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

    Pros

    Work colleagues are wonderful. The best group of people I have ever worked with over 25+ years experience. Everyone pulls together. If there is a problem, no one points a finger. Everyone just wants to move forward and fix the problem; make things work; keep the client happy. Great attitude with everyone across the business I worked with!

    Cons

    No systems or processes to get the job done. The company is successful only because of the grass root efforts of the employees pulling together. In my area there was no vision or direction nor management trust. Every day was crisis management. We all felt like abused children wondering what the next day might bring. Unnecessary and non-productive stress. 60 - 80 hour weeks are the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop fighting one another for turf. Give your employees the systems and processes to enable the work to be done. Trust your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweat shop that stands behind their clients, not associates.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

    I worked at Acxiom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company has a lot of great knowledge in their associates and most are willing to help out.

    Cons

    They will work you to death. Around the clock, 24 hours a day 365 days a year and think nothing of it. They will call you on vacation, during holidays, etc. They will stand behind the client or customer instead of backing their employee. Acxiom Associates lie to the clients to make sure the customer is satisfied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Technologically boxed-in with your job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Developer  in  Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Solution Developer in Conway, AR

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and the ability to work from home are great. The executive team is enthusiastic and team leaders treat their people well.

    Cons

    Pay is below national average. Raises are small, and promotions to the next level within the job role aren't transparent. Overall, even though the execs are excited, the company feels like it's just standing still. And if your team has been using the same tech for 10 years, you'll likely keep using it for the next 10. There's no forward-thinking "what's this solution going to look like in 5 or 10 years?" type of engineering/architecting. No career growth potential that I can see.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace new technologies and branch out to more than just data marketing. Think bigger, global, and about ways we use data tech to better humanity. Nobody wants more ads, and I don't know anyone that doesn't use AdBlocker (or equivalent).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good learning experience, difficult dealing with management

    • 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 Acxiom

    Pros

    The people, the camaraderie, start-up environment/spirit

    Cons

    Classic larger company bureaucracy, mismanagement, cost cutting, lack of direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better leadership, more commitment to work-life balance and personal growth. Letting an office drift while the company came up with its game-plan was not a positive outcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Just a number

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Records Associate  in  Independence, OH
    Current Employee - Public Records Associate in Independence, OH

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

    Pros

    -good pay
    -quality training
    -nice coworkers
    -good lunchroom facilities

    Cons

    -you're just a number
    -land of cubicles
    -lateness will get you fired

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

    Exit Strategy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Acxiom full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -If you have requisite dev/programming skills you can get exposure to some cutting edge stuff
    -If you're on the right team your can learn a lot about Big Data/Analytics

    Cons

    -There's a lot of infighting, conflict between old Arkansas guard and Silicon Valley contingent
    -Long hours, relatively low pay and really poor benefits
    -There are better places to work in the Valley
    -Senior management on the whole are poor, infrequent communicators (hey, maybe by design?)
    -Not a long term career choice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They're doing a great job preparing the company for eventual sale to the highest bidder (see recent BlueKai purchase by Oracle). Capitalism at work. Bravo!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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