Acxiom Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
317 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.  

    A Global Marketing Leader -

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Growing Company - Stock going higher

    Cons

    Still restructuring going on in all areas of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for Acxiom in the Bay Area

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert Architect  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Expert Architect in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Acxiom full-time for 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos reigns

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    New 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) 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

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

    Great experience and stepping stone to advancing your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Digital Solutions Coordinator  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Digital Solutions Coordinator in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    -Young energetic staff
    -Training programs to enhance knowledge base
    -Work closely with managers
    -Develop client relationship skills
    -Good work environment culture

    Cons

    -Pay scale not as competitive in industry salaries
    -Recent re-orgs have caused confusion in company direction
    -Could use a cafeteria

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Priority is profit, not clients, not shareholders, not employees

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

    I have been working at Acxiom

    Pros

    I'm challenged to complete this section. Many of the people that are still at Acxiom are great. They have very good data. Good analytics. Big ideas. Good technology. Good exposure to F500 client base.

    Cons

    No training. No career path. No feedback - good or bad. Constant re-orgs. Attrition rate hovers from 12-15% consistently. HR is a mouthpiece that never delivers. No investment in people or technology. Company's solution to profits is to lay off. People left are doing the jobs of 3-4. Employees are often placed in uncomfortable situations with clients where technology isn't delivering and they need to dance around delivery to meet client needs. Senior management = old boy network. Elitist. They show up in many offices and do not interact at all with any of the employees who are sweating and are making things happen - making things function via work-arounds considering technological deficiencies. No diversity in employees. Very few woman or minorities in any position of power. Employees are thrown into different roles whether they have experience or not. No support for success. And if you fail, you are criticized and demoted. No integration encouraged between lines of business, yet their theme song is multi-channel marketing. Individuals are discouraged from bringing in other lines of business for client benefit b/c that would compromise the profits of that individual line of business. Just plain ridiculous. Oh and they claim to be a marketing company. Just take a look at what the messaging has been at recent shows. No consistency. And no fun. Nothing special for employees. 401k matching cut. Pay cuts for everyone too, with no criteria for attaining again. The only fun we have is employee-driven pot luck lunches from time to time. Company very rarely contributes to anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll up your sleeves and get dirty. Talk to the people making it happen. And commit to improvement and keep your word. Recognize your company value is tied to your talent. You ignore your talent, you ignore your opportunity. The big talk may work short-term with F500 clients, but if you don't have a team empowered to deliver, you're nothing. And another lay off won't fix the situation either. Wake up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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