Acxiom Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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Acxiom President & CEO Scott E. Howe
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  1. Decent environment, good place to build agency experience

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    Former Employee - Digital Solutions Coordinator in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Solutions Coordinator in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Team environment
    Company culture
    Bagel Wednesdays

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive
    Lacks clear channels for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More competitive career advancement opportunities pay would go a long way to motivate employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Executive team is incompetent in leading the company and making major mistakes in M/A and leadership personnel decisions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Acxiom full-time

    Pros

    Great and talented employees who have worked hard over the good and bad years, contributing greatly to company's value and heritage

    Cons

    The current executive team lacks consistency, focus, and knowledge to run the business. Also seems to be incapable of organizing a competent and mature leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO needs to learn to be humble for what he doesn't know. And reduce reliance and spending on outside consulting companies to make business decisions for him, and then lay off employees for the money over spent. Need to recognize and respect the importance of business domain knowledge for his leadership team to be effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Advertising

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Acxiom

    Pros

    Big name in data with fortune 500 brands

    Cons

    Depressing environment, horrible commute, lack of transparency, lack of culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step away from Arkansas mentality and embrace San Francisco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Software Engineer Intern

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Acxiom as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good working environment, new office.
    2. Brillant co-workers, dynamic development environment.
    3. Great place for intern.

    Cons

    Sometimes cut off people. Otherwise no Cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make improvement ..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  7. 2 people 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
  8. 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Working for Acxiom in the Bay Area

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    Current Employee - Expert Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Expert Architect in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Acxiom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a real desire to modernize Acxiom's many software products so they are web based, rather than offline. This gives the opportunity to work with some interesting technology
    Scott Howe has a compelling vision for what Acxiom can be, but see the Cons
    Decent pay
    Good allocation of PDO

    Cons

    Although Scott Howe has a great vision, the execution is spotty and there are too many changes in direction.
    Some corporate processes are archaic; examples are provisioning new hardware (even virtual machines), Change Management and particularly anything involving spending money (I've known it take 2 months to justify spending $200 on a software tool).
    New office in Redwood Shores has the least desk space of anywhere I've ever worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize your business processes
    Consider what your employees want before moving to a cool new office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 a 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
  11. Potential missed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Acxiom full-time

    Pros

    The ability to use all that data, particularly from mother Acxiom, has so much potential. Years ago, Acxiom was referenced in a popular magazine as the scariest company you never heard of. Not so true anymore with the recent 60 Minutes story. If you can get in the right area, no question that time at Acxiom Digital would benefit your set of skills and career. The comments are also true about a good place to start.

    Cons

    There's something inherently wrong with a company where good talent leaves in bunches, and ends up at Epsilon, Experian, and Responsys. This is not to say that those remaining are deficient, but anyone close to the comings and goings know the caliber of the people who have left.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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