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ChoicePoint Chairman and CEO Derek V. Smith
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  1. ChoicePoint was a fast-paced environment with lots of growth opportunities; while still providing a fun atmosphere.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ChoicePoint full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly relaxed atmosphere; expectation that the employees could contribute as much to the corporate vision as the executive leadership contributed.

    Cons

    While the company prides itself on a relaxed atmosphere, it was a bit too relaxed. There was not enough analysis of areas that were not directly positioned at corporate.


  2. Very low pay and minimal chance for promotion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Criminal Record Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Criminal Record Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were decent, the work environment was reasonable, and the job itself was interesting.

    Cons

    Management blatantly did not seem to care about developing their employees.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest more developmental opportunities if you care to retain talent.


  3. Great company and people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A firm that was re-inventing itself focusing on an industry at a time. Understood the need to have a market vision, strategy, and product plan that could be marketed and sold based upon C-level value propositions.

    Cons

    Legacy of technology, due to many acquisitions was a high-cost of operations to complete in the market. Technology resources needed more push than many were willing to take.

    Advice to Management

    Staying on course to penetrate the new industries was the right idea and strategy for branching out beyond the insurance industry.


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  5. My experience at Choicepoint.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Company had a family style environment. It was nice working there until recently Lexis Nexis acquired us. LexisNexis has somewhat different reasons to be liked. The benefits LexisNexis is offering are slightly better than Choicepoint's.

    Cons

    The Managers keep most faith in their leads and ignore the rest of the team. Opputunity to prove oneself is limited due to the lead trying to take all the visibility.

    Advice to Management

    There was no organizational chart in the company. It was a deliberate attempt not show the differences in the titles. But I really don't see the sense in the logic, the difference is not on the chart but is all over the employees minds here. From lead to the BIO, everyone shows the superiority.


  6. ChoicePoint Should Have Stuck to Core Competencies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were very competitive Salary was competitive if not great People were great to work with and made the job worthwhile

    Cons

    Leadership for the subsidiaries was nonexistant. If the business wasn't CLUE, it wasn't important. Senior Management was completely disconnected from external work sites.

    Advice to Management

    You should have sold the company to Lexis Nexis, or someone else, much sooner. And you should have stayed out of non-core verticals.


  7. My time with ChoicePoint

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Entry, Customer Service Representative in Las Cruces, NM
    Former Employee - Data Entry, Customer Service Representative in Las Cruces, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were great, casual dress a positive as we never met with clients, call center atmosphere.

    Cons

    Training not available, no performance review feedback, childlike supervisors, highschool like concerning managements treatment of adults, Compensation lacking lower than any business in Las Cruces.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like adults, review performance with employees, listen to suggestions.


  8. Choicepoint death spiral

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can tell at one time the company was very cohesive and supportive. They spent time to recognize achievements. Very family oriented.

    Cons

    minimal risk taking which cause continued market erosion in the data provider market

    Advice to Management

    Lack of direction and strong vision cause company to flounder and eventual be bought by Reed Elsevier. There was talent there that was unfortunately not utilized or supported.


  9. Overall ChoicePoint is a good place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ChoicePoint is a good company of high integrity providing a much needed array of information services.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and coordination between divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Improve Senior Management communication and visibility with the individual business units.


  10. Good way to start career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive work environment at field level. Travel expenses are flexible and there is not a lot of micromanagement. Lots of fun involved with managing clients; good opportunity to see much of the country and gain insight into many large corporations. Industry leader with solid stock growth was very positive since 2000.

    Cons

    Difficult relationships between field offices and corporate. Low amount of information sharing between management and field. Poor reputation in the media as "Little Brother", especially after the fraud incident in 2005. Low salary based on criticality of accounts; poor distinction between sales professionals and account management professionals. Compensation needs to reflect level of work. Too much bureacuracy from some managers.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat. There are some senior level executives and mid level corporate managers that need to go. With the recent acquisition Lexis Nexis has begun getting this accomplished. Respect the leadership in the field and honor those offices that lead the way. Not all acquisitions are equal.


  11. Worst mistakes made in the best of times....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and visionary senior maangement. Freedom to experiment and discuss. No pressure environment.

    Cons

    Insurance Sector good to work in, with family atmosphere. I worked in Operations and found the following. Incompetent Middle / Senior management. Hired too many people for no work. VP, Technology in operations hired contractors to do work when full time employees are sitting idle...... for 6 months. Full time employees laid off, but contractors with billing rate of $150/hr still working !!!!! No transparency and input taken on techniccal issues. All the middle / senior management required was "YES" man. All the above let to the downfall of the company and departure of senior management. Worst mistakes made in the best of times. Do not join in a junior role. Always join as a senior and negotiate salary upfront

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management has changed due to LexisNexis takeover. Looked up to the CEO, President for their committment and vision. Continue the family atmosphere. Cost cutting is not the only mantra..... if you pay peanuts, you will get monkeys.



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