As Doug Conant, the former CEO of Campbell’s Soup once said, “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.”
This is quite befitting as Experian celebrates being named a 2017 top workplace for the fifth consecutive year by the Orange County Register. While we work hard to run our business and service our clients, this recognition is a testament to our culture, which emphasizes collaboration, innovation and diversity amongst our employees.
“We are proud to foster a global culture of continuous innovation,” said Craig Boundy, chief executive officer, Experian North America. “Our goal is to create a culture where everyone has a real sense of belonging and trust and is comfortable showing up every day, being their authentic self.”
Boundy continued, “We’re thrilled with our continued presence on the Orange County Register list as it validates the great work we do every day for consumers, clients and our communities.”
Culture of Collaboration
At Experian, we get the opportunity to work with a great group of people that truly want to make a difference in the lives of consumers and our customers, Experian employees do this by working to help people do important things to improve their lives and realize their ambitions; such as buying a car or home, funding an education, growing a business or protecting their identity.
This commitment to put consumers first comes from our diverse culture and the collective strength of our highly motivated team members who are constantly collaborating to help Experian create a better tomorrow for millions of people every day.
At the Forefront of Innovation
As part of our work, we have embraced a culture of discovery that has enabled us to grow and evolve while remaining at the forefront of innovation.
We continue to have a positive impact on consumers, businesses and the economy with our products, technology and innovations. From finding breakthroughs around better utilizing data, to identifying ways we can make access to credit faster and simpler for millions around the world.
This past year has been a year of significant milestones, including our partnership with Finicity, the introduction of our Text for Credit product, and our drive to create a more open and adaptive technology environment by implementing API capabilities across the Experian network.
Giving Back to the Community
We are equally committed to giving back to our communities by creating better tomorrows. From volunteering with the Jessie Rees Foundation – which helps children deal with cancer – and the Blind Children’s Learning Center.
This year Experian also provided a $750,000 gift to create the Experian Assistant Professorship in Machine Learning at Chapman University. This investment is being used to expand machine learning opportunities at the university’s Machine Learning and Assistive Technology Lab (MLAT), where Chapman researchers use big data and technology to address challenges of social significance like autism.
The gift is the latest of a long series of collaborations between Chapman and Experian. Several years ago, Experian and Chapman began a partnership that involved placing graduate students to become data scientists in internships within Experian to provide them real-world, hands on training. Since then, the partnership has blossomed to include embedding a Chapman faculty member within Experian to better ground the academic community on how data scientists work within the private sector to better shape their curriculum. We’ve also supported scholarships and programs at Chapman to ensure that the field of data science remains inclusive, diverse, and talented.
We’ve also helped with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. From the moment the storm hit, our team was already rolling up their sleeves. Our corporate responsibility team set up a donation link right away for employees to make contributions to the South/Central Texas American Red Cross, providing critical aid to families.
We were met with an overwhelming amount of generosity from our employees, and raised more than $90,000. Also, we partnered with 14 banks with branches in Texas who provided free credit and identity checks for hurricane victims, along with free memberships to our identity theft protection product.
Recognition and Awards
We continued to be recognized for our innovation and diversity by leading publications and industry organizations.
Experian was named to Forbes Magazine’s Top 100 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for the fourth consecutive year. The Advancing Women in Technology (AWT) organization recently honored several Experian women at its 16th Annual Scholarship event. We are also one of 28 companies named to the Grace Hopper Leadership Index of companies whose representation and development of women technologists is above the mean.
We are very proud to be among this select group of companies recognized by the Register for our positive workplace culture that attracts and retains top talent in Orange County, as well as our other locations across North America.
Our employees are committed to helping to create better tomorrows in our communities through social responsibility activities, technology and innovation, and through our everyday work and business purpose.