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FICO Senior Director Reviews

Updated Jan 29, 2020

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3.7
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FICO CEO William Lansing
William Lansing
5 Ratings
  1. "FICO - A company on the rise!"

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    Senior Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FICO

    Pros

    FICO presents a unique opportunity for employees and shareholders. With a diverse portfolio of product and service offerings, FICO has thousands of direct and indirect customers which yield a healthy install base of recurring revenue. Thru keen expense management, the net result is a predictable cash flow and stable financial enviornment. Knowing that you come into work without having to worry about a paycheck or raise financing is refreshing and allows focus on your core function. Further, my experience has led me to believe that you, as a FICO employee, can develop and grow based on your performance. The work ethic/product does get recognized and current management creates paths for promotion/career edification internally.

    Cons

    Expense control is a must. The negative to this equation is that your headcount runs lean. Management asks a lot in terms of deliverables and output - but rightfully so. As well, the Company doesn't grow at a Google's pace (who does?). 3% growth in FY11 doesn't make for the birth of new divisions/product lines.

    FICO2012-01-20
  2. "Not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent company leadership - able to execute on long term vision. Great future ahead of them.

    Cons

    Highly regulated industry. Overly constrained by risk averse attitudes sometimes leads to stifling innovation.

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    FICO2020-01-30
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, inconsistent management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FICO full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart, collaborative people working on interesting products that have global impact

    Cons

    Layoffs nearly every year due to inconsistent management practices

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    FICO2016-02-26
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great job, limited growth potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FICO full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You won't find a smarter, more collaborative team at a 50+ year-old company. I absolutely love my job and have an opportunity to make a real impact.

    Cons

    Very few promotion opportunities, especially as you move up the chain. Not enough focus on diversity, developing women leaders, and developing new skills.

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    FICO2014-10-13
  5. Helpful (7)

    "It's extremely difficult to recommend FICO as a place to build a career."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay scale is favorable and they have broad name recognition in credit, scoring and fraud detection.

    Cons

    1) FICO has absolutely no culture as an organization. 2) Corporate HQ was moved from Minneapolis to San Jose in order to position as more of a "technology" company. Unlike a true, innovative Silicon Valley company where leadership is accessible, the C-Level team in San Jose has taken over a secured floor where other employees have no access. 3) The company has missed revenue numbers like clockwork for several consecutive years but hits profitability numbers each quarter by cost cutting - (read that as job cutting). 4) Internal communication is weak and if you need support from someone else in another part of the organization to execute your role effectively, forget it.

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    FICO2014-09-24
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Glass Ceiling needs to be shattered"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FICO full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart (no, very smart) co-workers around the world Solving a variety of problems, except world hunger Collaborative environment for the most part Clients want to hear FICO's perspective Personal growth if presented with travel opportunity Learn different ways to help clients succeed

    Cons

    Executive management are all white males -- seriously No minorities above VP level -- seriously Technology too far ahead or too big than what many clients want or need Lacking analytic innovation -- no true R&D department Over corrected itself with too many promotions recently Laughable pay increase and bonus below executive level

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    FICO2016-01-08
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Only analytics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FICO full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very skillful resources in analytics with long business history, especially in Credit scoring Quality focused project management

    Cons

    Slow in making decision and customer response Not flexible in negotiation and no organic revenue growth for last several years

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    FICO2013-11-29
  8. "Intellectual challenges and smart people - without all the egos"

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    Senior Director in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FICO

    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.

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    FICO2012-05-08

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