FICO Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance with lots of opportunities to work from home (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours and no dress code (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Little or no work / life balance, expected to work more than contracted hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Senior management has no vision or plan (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A constantly evolving company that provides opportunity to grow.

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at FICO full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    FICO has the free cash flow to fund projects and grow the business. Good ideas that are well pitched get budget and get attention.

    Cons

    Don't come here if you are a steady Eddie looking for 9-5. This is a fast paced and constantly evolving company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FICO's current management team is the best we've had in more than a decade. They are quality people with integrity. I'm excited to work with them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people, big plans

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at FICO as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with sharp people. I was blown away by how good FICO employees are at that they do.

    Cons

    The tools used are often proprietary FICO tools, which probably won't generalize to another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Senior Consultant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FICO

    Pros

    Big exposure to different business; strong technical library

    Cons

    Hectic work load, no strong career path internally

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company, if you're a self-starter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FICO full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, minimal micro-management, decent benefits, ability to work from home. There are A LOT of very intelligent folks here, who are very passionate about big data, analytics, fraud, etc. Many of them have PhDs and are not the most social folks you've ever met. This is a company that values direct answers and self management. This is also a company that I believe is going to be better and bigger, but a little awkward right now.

    Cons

    If you succeed, everyone succeeds with you, if you fail, you fail alone. Very little, if any direction from management, or leadership for that matter. There is a lack of communication from leaders, no road maps, and terrible performance review process. Pays well, but little to no raises once you're in. Also, it's a constant battle to acquire resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, lead the charge! You have great, smart and passionate people working for you. Communicate and tell us what you want.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Very good working environment

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at FICO

    Pros

    It is very open environment

    Cons

    I don't think any cons are there as of now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing as of now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Rewarding work, intelligent colleagues, and moving towards more competitive salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FICO

    Pros

    Depending on the team... FICO can be a fast-paced, challenging, rewarding place to work at. Work-life balance, kind of.

    In a nutshell:
    - a lot of opportunities for growth
    - exciting technology
    - yearly bonuses
    - tuition reimbursement (despite the claim in another review from VA, but it may differ for locations)

    Cons

    Sometimes work-life balance is non-existent, but you can't have it all; I'll take fast-paced + challenging. Salary is not competitive compared to other companies in the Silicon Valley as others have noted, but doing some research will show that base salary is above median.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your team. You're on the right path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Limited career growth

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    Current Employee - Scientist II
    Current Employee - Scientist II

    I have been working at FICO

    Pros

    The working hours are very flexible. Some interesting team building events. Good office location.

    Cons

    Limited career growth. Frequent layoffs in couple years. Office environment is really bad and they need to renovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Observations...

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at FICO

    Pros

    Knowledgeable colleagues. Opportunities to work on challenging problems in different applications and variety of software technologies. Some international exposure. Relatively small company with well established place (albeit narrow) /role in the financial domain. Attempts to adopt to the current market conditions.
    On a separate note: the company might be a potential acquisition target.

    Cons

    The efforts to position in the current economic environment lead to wild restructuring events that appear to be random in nature. Good software engineers leave the company. The emphasis is on the new management with the hope that they are "the men". Unfortunately the past 3 years do not promise much in this respect. The company strategy is to keep its place in the financial industry (revenue generator) and to penetrate additional verticals. It is questionable that the company's software products and cloud based systems and services will produce the expected results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honest and clear vision statement is important. Senior managers come and go - keep the engineers happy, they will make everything possible to deliver. Sales process must improve. Senior managers should at least meet with the engineers that leave the company. Focus on the core products and spin off the profitable business - sell the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Working for FICO

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    Current Employee - Solution Consultant II in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Solution Consultant II in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Good relationships with bosses and project managers. Work schedule is flexible. Lots of trust placed on consultants. Collaboration is encouraged with team members. Personal growth in terms of experiences is very high.

    Cons

    FICO does not compensate valuable employees well. Many employees feel used by FICO but stay on because work is rewarding. Management makes decisions about staffing without consulting with people on the ground. Projects are constantly handicapped by lack of resources. High turnover of employees is becoming noticeable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start paying attention to your most valuable employees. Employees are constantly looking for better opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good Exposure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FICO

    Pros

    Very Good exposure to future technologies.
    Good learning experience.

    Cons

    Nothing as such. BEtter management will lead to good work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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