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FICO Birmingham Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Birmingham, England (UK)

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  • Work life balance depending on project (in 35 reviews)

  • Poor no work / life balance, most often expected to work more than contracted hours (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coperate Operations in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Coperate Operations in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay well.
    Mid year and end of year performance reviews for promotions and salary increases.
    Benefits are great
    Its an interesting company, you are never bored
    Work Life balance is good.
    Work with some amazing employees across the globe.

    Cons

    Yes its demanding, yes its a fast past environment, lazy people don't belong at FICO. If you want to coast and not work hard, not put in the hours then don't join the company, join a start up or the public sector.

    Some people are selfish and only care about themselves and their career, you need to be smart enough in this organisation to avoid these people.

    Advice to Management

    Structure and Rewards.
    The company is confusing at times with subtle and big changes but again thats due to the market place, we are a very reactive company.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Non for tech people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Functional Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Functional Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary & benefits
    Flexible schedule - you can overwork whether you want
    Though conditions are very, very rough - there is a lot of nice people.

    Cons

    Very high, stressful load of work
    A lot of politics at work, pure tech people are not respected
    and will never be promoted. All promotions are very politics,
    so promoted people often not competent enough.
    Tech people are very overcrowded with work, so there is
    very bad experience sharing and good tech people turnover.
    If you want to grow as technical person - company is not for you.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work from home, good learning, but hysterical layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues. Good salaries. Flexible working.Cutting edge analytics.

    Cons

    1)Every now and then the company makes redundancies rounds, where they lay off very valuable resources. No consideration on who is needed to deliver whatsoever.
    2) Very high workload
    3) Lot of travel during personal time
    4) Every year there is a new excuse for not reviewing your salary
    5) HR function does not seem to exist

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you communicate appropriately when making redundancies. Some


  4. Helpful (3)

    "My opinion of FICO"

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    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel, learn new technologies

    Cons

    They paint a picture of the ideal job at the interview, once you join everything that they preached does not happen. 50% travel becomes 95% travel, the bonus becomes nothing and the management is incompetent and works on face value rather than merit.

    Advice to Management

    Operate with integrity.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "By far the worst company I have ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good software products and clients
    Lots of travelling to client sites, although much of it in your own unpaid time
    Some great colleagues who are friendly and helpful, others not so

    Cons

    Role heavily revenue orientated
    Little or no work / life balance, expected to work more than contracted hours
    Poor quality management
    Uncompetitive pay
    What few resources there are, are woefully overstretched and overworked
    High staff turnover
    Limited career development opportunities, no training


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor middle management has left the company the worse I have ever joined"

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    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to meet people from all over the world
    Some colleagues you work with are friendly and helpful
    Good if you like travelling

    Cons

    Management style is very much to push revenue at the expense of employee work life balance
    Financial rewards are non-existant unless you threaten to leave
    There is no leadership by example from management.
    Way too much office politics and relying on face value.
    You can loose your skills very quickly as the interesting work is always given to the same people
    Very non-microsoft centric

    Advice to Management

    Read these reviews as they will tell you what you need to know about the company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Intellectual challenges and smart people - without all the egos"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FICO has an outstanding record of creating value for its clients through innovative applications of analytics - a field that is taking off. Combine that with a smart bunch of people, and very few prima donnas, and you have a great experience. I have been able to grow, advance, lead and travel because of FICO. They reward intelligence and haard work.

    Cons

    Resources are stretched thin - it's not a place to work if you're used to huge budgets and large teams.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on our clients and win their respect.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely Positive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Sales Support Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Support Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    These are some of the positives to working for FICO:- Challenging role, lots of opportunity to progress, flexible and pleasant working enviroment, supportive colleagues, interesting products, lots to learn.

    Cons

    Due to the fact that FICO is such a large global company, it can take a long time to get things actioned, this can be due to time zones/differences and departmental processes.

    Advice to Management

    To continue to be open and communicate changes within the organisation.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A challenging environment, but it’s also one that’s extremely rewarding!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FICO are operating at the cutting end of technology, delivering class leading solutions to some of the world’s most successful banking organisations. This can make for a challenging environment, but it’s also one that’s extremely rewarding. It’s a company where you career will grow as quickly as your ability will allow it to, but there’s also plenty of support around when you need it.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the work some roles do require a lot of international travel and this isn’t for everyone, but it’s something you’d be made aware of well before you joined.


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