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Acxiom Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
385 Reviews
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385 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 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, and smart people to work with are pluses in working here. Used to have ability to telecommute, which worked well.

    Cons

    Upper management hires outside consulting companies to make decisions for them. They have layoffs and one of the last ones got rid of many people with many year's experience (and knowledge).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the knee-jerk reaction to the marketplace and make solid business decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Left after a company-wide pay cut.

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    Current Employee - Client Delivery Analyst in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Client Delivery Analyst in Conway, AR

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

    Pros

    Challenging, learned a lot of technical skills, fellow employees were great people.

    Cons

    Management was terrible. Executives were "good old boys" that only took care of themselves and cut the pay of all employees by 5%. It was only after I received another job offer that they offered to give me a pay raise. Too little, way too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you keep your workers happy, they will be loyal and work hard for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Acxiom Response

    Nov 18, 2014Human Resources Operations

    Back in 2008, pay cuts were an unfortunate but necessary financial step for the company. Since then, we have reinstated those cuts and under the new management team in place since 2012, we have ... More

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful people to work with. Not a fan of the CEO. Off strategy.

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good people.

    Cons

    Really just the CEO. He makes poor choice after poor choice in who he trusts. Can't deliver on his strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the fundamentals. Scott Howe was a huge mistake. He picks the wrong people for leadership. He's been a total fail in marketing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Large Corporation, Struggles at Times

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Acxiom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I met some of the brightest people I had the fortune to work with at Acxiom. However, the majority of those left, frustrated at the complexity of navigating a large corporate hierarchy. However, offices were good, free drinks, free bagels on a Wednesday (Foster City office) and good opportunities if you pushed hard enough. Hours were guaranteed to be long; but in return you had flexible working.

    Cons

    Team was remotely managed and uncontrolled; hard to progress unless you know the right person. Action tended to be reactionary rather than proactive - as a result, technologies easily became outdated and made difficult to repair - a significant problem in a technology company. Department overall went through a major transformation while I was there - communication and overall execution was rough and heavy handed which had a major impact on staff morale. Compensation was rare and tended to be given when employees unhappy, rather than as a reward for good work and overall, staff retention poor as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time in good people management - it will work wonders and perhaps bring some pizazz back to Acxiom.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company has good ideas but struggles to make them happen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acxiom full-time

    Pros

    Great ideas, product is unbelievably good, timing is perfect, market is large, and vision is clear. There are so many good things about vision and timing. As well, the company is very family friendly.

    Cons

    Culturally, the organization resists change. Sure, there are a lot of pockets where this is not true but overall those pockets hit friction when others see it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership issues and instability

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Good core products and excellent client base. Exciting time for growth and innovation in the data industry. There are some really smart and dedicated people.

    Cons

    On-going reorgs, leaderships changes, layoffs. Organization is very fragmented. Individual leaders and divisions not well aligned. Gaps in operations and constant changes make it challenging to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company lacks operational strength. Need a COO to create consistency and excellence in this area. Product and sales people are filling in the gaps, and diverting focus from their goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great employer, but lost all sense of direction and tried to veer to far from successful core products

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, many of the managers have never managed before and are very poor communicators and completely violate policies on an ongoing basis. Managers on the Product team are caught up in looking good and producing nothing meaningful. HR is poor at best and the CEO trusts all the wrong people...just because they came from Google doesn't mean they can run your company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the product team the right way, this past week all you did was get rid of more mid level team members when you should have cleaned out the VPs and Directors in Product Management. Pick a direction and stick with it based on products that earn money now, you cannot count on the promises from product that new products will make the company great again.

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

    Product Marketer

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    Former Employee - Product Marketer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketer in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, competitive salary, lots of learning/training opportunities

    Cons

    Terrible HR experience - individuals are fine, but mediocre management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to learn

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    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

    Acxiom is probably the most technology driven company in Arkansas. You dig in and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Long hours. Let me type that again. Long hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great vision developed for company.

    Cons

    Top leadership has no idea of how to make it happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board should replace senior leadership with executives who know how to make it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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