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"Dreadful place for finance staff"

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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. "Incredible Learning Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Experian full-time

    Pros

    - Firsthand exposure to/involvement with all aspects of the company; gained more business knowledge here than with a formal degree
    - Open door policy with senior management; feedback is asked for and taken seriously
    - Consistent support from manager/team/colleagues
     - Ability to make an immediate impact; contributions are rewarded with recognition initiatives
    - Interal Promotion; ability to fast track career (advancement is based on merit, not tenure)
    - Various training/development opportunities
    - Lively, collaborative culture - fun social events; teamwork-based atmosphere

    Cons

    - High expectations & fast-paced environment can mean a significant amount of pressure; extremely stressful environment at times
    - Less experienced management group sometimes translates into inconsistent application of company policies, which may feel unfair to some

    Advice to Management

    - Embrace change and innovation more. If we truly want to embody the entrepreneurial/risk taking spirit of a start up, give people the chance to take calculated leaps and allow them to fail. Solicit feedback/constructive criticism from external hires as soon as they come onboard and still have fresh eyes.
     - Put a more robust training program in place for potential managers so they have a thorough understanding of everything that type of role entails
     - Make the tough but necessary calls on employees who are not a good fit for the company earlier on
    - Keep development and training a TOP priority for all employees


  2. "Lack of clear strategy from senior management but overall, an ok company to work at where one can learn alot."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If on the right team, lots of opportunities to learn and develop. Mostly filled with young people so the atmosphere is fun and casual.

    Cons

    There is a lack of resources in the Technology dept. IThere's also alot of shuffling people around as well as turnover of managers.

    Advice to Management

    Management can do a better job with communicating the business strategy. I would also like to see them improve the leadership skills amongst senior and upper management.

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