FICO Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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FICO CEO William Lansing
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours are a benefit too for work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • The company also allows work from home and has a very flexible working hours/schedule (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work pressure, Management do not have concern for work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Challenging Work - Good Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at FICO full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, many opportunities to be creative, genuine care about team members and what is going on in their life, opportunity to work with many industries

    Cons

    there is sometimes a disconnect between product and marketing


  2. Helpful (4)

    Good with the right team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at FICO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - New tech
    - Intelligent people
    - Decision maker
    - R&D

    Cons

    - Culture sucks
    - Office perks aren't as good as other tech companies
    - Sometimes things move slow if you have to involve other teams


  3. Helpful (5)

    Long hours little compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at FICO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who are smart and knowledge.
    Opportunity to work with new technology (sometimes)
    Flexibility and ability to work from home

    Cons

    Little work life balance. Long hours to meet unrealistic deadlines.
    Late night and early morning meetings due to employees spread all over the world.
    Other departments are unresponsive and constantly have to escalate to just get what you need. No-one really cares whether or not you have what you need you just need to get your job done, including management.
     Decision making can be significantly flawed because executive management is not aware of how all their products are used.
    Salary compensation is not competitive
    Benefits are subpar and the high deductibles can really cripple a family
    Company culture can be very depressing.
    Layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees, make them feel they are worth it by adequate compensation including benefits. Stop the unrealistic expectations with deadlines and long work days. Make an effort to create a dynamic and interesting company culture


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Soft recommendation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FICO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, talented co-workers
    Good vacation benefits for long term employees
    Interesting, challenging work
    Opportunities to work with a variety of technologies
    Work/life balance is generally respected

    Cons

    Over-focus on the bottom line leads to near annual layoffs of often excellent, talented employees
    Poor medical benefits
    Opportunities for advancement are limited
    Raises and bonuses are small or non-existent
    The review process forces management to lump most employees into the middle-level performer category

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect for your employees contributions and allow management to officially acknowledge them
    Don't expect employee engagement to increase as long as there are near annual layoffs


  6. Helpful (2)

    WAS a great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, MN

    I worked at FICO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart friendly employees. Great people to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    two words...Upper Management needs to get a clue

    Advice to Management

    You cannot sustain a company with threats and intimidation. I worked there for 10 years and reallywanted to finish my carrer with FICO. Once thenew management group came in, the homve office was moved out of Minneapolis to CA...The work environment change dramatically. You have brilliant people(assets I guess you calll them) treat them as such.


  7. Helpful (4)

    A good place to work, could use some improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    FICO is a leader in the industry and continues to grow and make waves in the fields of scoring, fraud, analytics etc. FICO remains an innovator right down to its core.

    Cons

    FICO makes every department seem like its own separate company due to all the politics involved with ownership over projects rather than what will make for the best results.

    Advice to Management

    Let's do something about the corporate culture. There's not enough company wide engagements to make this a fun and exciting place to work.


  8. Helpful (5)

    A challeging place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prodduction Support - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Prodduction Support - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at FICO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent, helpful and hard working colleges. Flexible hours and telecommuting is allowed. Opportunities to work with the latest technology. Products are in demand and FICO has a good growth potential.

    Cons

    "Employees are just a resource" attitude. Long hours are expected and not compensated for. Benefits are average, at best. Pay increases do not occur, even for those who "exceed expectations".

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the employees as just another resource. Follow through on promises to develop people, improve health care benefits, re-consider compensation.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Company Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working Remote - good people

    Cons

    Company mentality is non responsive - need to escalate

    Advice to Management

    Allow team members to manage without constant escalation


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lead Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Napa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Napa, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have great flexibility with working remotely.

    Cons

    I am not being payed appropriately for the job I'm doing.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Some good, some bad. Know what you are getting into

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FICO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Rank and file colleagues are helpful to one another.
    Some very smart people to learn from.
    Ability to work remote/flexible hours very helpful.
    Worked on newer, latest technologies - good learning opportunities and experiences if you're in the right groups.

    Cons

    No raises, despite performance or accomplishments.
    Difficult to move between groups for career development.
    Poor work/life balance - worked an awful lot of evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.
    Global team meant that meetings could be held at 11pm at night and a colleague could be working during the night to collaborate with offshore team members. This occurred too frequently.

    Advice to Management

    The time to offer employees a raise and promotion is when they are excelling and providing value to the company and its' customers, not when they are resigning. Countering an outside offer is too late and sends a bad message to current employees.



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