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"Dreadful place for finance staff"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Experian full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Salary/bonus structure are competitive.
Most people are nice, friendly and pleasant to work with.
Campus is clean, nice and up-to-date.
Most people in functions other than IT and finance seem to be content.

Cons

Company is very political. Kissing up to VP's is the key to get ahead.
Company's growth is driven by acquisitions, off-shoring (Chile/Costa Rica), importing IT consultants from India, and moving jobs to lower wage states such as Texas and Arkansas.
Finance and IT are seen by management as overhead and not as key partners.
Finance is chronically understaffed in corporate and most business units (with the exception of the overstaffed semi-autonomous Consumer Direct business unit).
Finance upper management is completely out of touch with the work "in the trenches".
Managing up and sucking up are key to success. Coaching and development of staff is give lip service but is not really done in practice.

Advice to Management

Management should focus on long term planning instead of constantly focusing on the next quarter. Layoffs, offshoring, and understaffing will hurt the company in the medium and long term.

Other Employee Reviews for Experian

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Wierd Working Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Experian full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Customer facing sellers get leased cars

    Cons

    Layoffs are a common management tool

    Advice to Management

    Man or (wo)man up! If you have an employee that needs feedback - give it to them and allow them the time to restore confidence rather than lay them off! I never saw such disfunctional behavior from senior executives in my life!


  2. "A big company with that big company feel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Experian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of growth and a willingess to invest in that growth. Opportunities to move around between internal business units, including transfers overseas. Decent investment in training

    Cons

    It's a big company more focused on acquisitions than organic growth. That can make life unpleasant if you find yourself in a slowing vertical

    Advice to Management

    You have to build instead of buy sometimes. More invest in organic growth would round out the portfolio


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