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Moving a Dinosaur Company to the Modern Era

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Former Employee - Client Delivery Specialist  in  Conway, AR
Former Employee - Client Delivery Specialist in Conway, AR

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

Pros

Great leadership attempt in modernizing a dinosaur data company in the last 2 years!

Recently, Acxiom has been innovating and making waves in the industry! Great job to the new leadership team for really transforming a dinosaur company to the modern era. There are a lot of great products & ideas coming out of Acxiom. Really admire Scott Howe, Phil Mui and team for leading a lot of these modernization efforts. Great job.

Cons

The traditional culture. There is a huge holdout of "traditional" Acxiom employees who are resisting the change -- and are blaming those newer members of the team for "not understanding" how Acxiom *should* work. They are hiding behind the Arkansas name for saying that the newer Acxiom based in California is abandoning Arkansas Acxiom. Did not seem like what I am seeing, and I am here in Conway AR. Many talented Arkansas employees are heavily involved in leading the change. What is shameful is that the *less talented" Arkansas folks are hijacking the conversations about California versus Arkansas & creating fissures to undermine the leadership. Why are they doing this? My guess is that they are hoping to return back to an all-Arkansas southern data company -- which is what got Acxiom into all kinds of trouble in the last decade.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make a strong statement that Acxiom is no longer just a "southern" company based in Arkansas but a global company focusing on innovations -- and give kudos to those who are trying to transform the company to a modern tech company.

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Plenty of Work, A Lot of Problems due to a 40 year old company

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    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
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    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 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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