MasterCard Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Legal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company moves quickly and there is always something new to learn. Job is never boring. CEO is dynamic and has really moved the company forward over the past several years.

    Cons

    It is difficult to have work/life balance. There is an expectation that things need to get done yesterday. Also too much focus on millennial sand not enough on those with experience.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and take a deep breath. Don't just talk the talk. Realize that people are working way too hard and recognize it.

  2. Senior Managing Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting varied work. Global presence. Some very capable people doing some very interesting things. A lot of opportunities in a fast growing company.

    Cons

    Difficult to get noticed in a large company that has a global presence. It can be a very political place and you have to be careful not to get on the wrong side of people that can get back at you.

    Advice to Management

    There are many great people at MasterCard but it seems that quite a few feel undervalued and under appreciated. Try to do better at motivating your staff and making them feel important and valued.

    MasterCard Response

    Apr 13, 2015VP, Employer Brand Marketing

    Our employees are the key to our success both today and in the future - Thanks for your candid comments - your insight helps us and prospective candidates.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Emerging Payments Intern

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    Former Employee - Business Leader in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Business Leader in Purchase, NY

    I worked at MasterCard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    met a lot of interesting people, learned a lot about corporate life and how to network with people.

    Cons

    didn't work on the things that i thought I would be working on. Instead, was pulled into a lot of projects that I thought was useless.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you learn about what the interns want from the summer internship rather than randomly assigning them to teams.

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  5. Great company - innovative and cares about their employees

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in Purchase, NY

    I worked at MasterCard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best part was working with all of the diverse people. I got exposure to a true global environment and as such, have learned a lot from my peers. Ajay Banga turned the company around around three years ago, positioning MasterCard as a technology company vs a financial services company. Yes, it's payments, but without the technology, transactions cannot happen. I also have the utmost respect for Ron Garrow, the Head of HR. He is the most approachable person in the C-Suite. He always says hello and stops and listens. He is genuine.

    Cons

    There was absolutely no career path for me. Unfortunately, when I thought I had it, there were changes. Wish I could have stayed on longer, but when you see there is no future, it is time to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Give those who have 50-60% of the experience, but have good business acumen, the chance to try a new role. Don't give it all to the YoPros. I wish I was able to move more side to side in order to move up. It's their loss.

  6. MasterCard is a terrific employer, focused on innovation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    Collegial, creative colleages focused on solving problems and creating new opportunities

    Cons

    Culture is becoming more aggressive at the expense of teamwork

  7. MasterCard Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Purchase, NY

    I worked at MasterCard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I really liked working for a Westchester based company. It was an easy commute which allowed for better work life balance

    Cons

    There really weren't any cons. I enjoyed the company, my responsibilities, the culture and the people.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to inspire all employees creativity and innovativeness. It's the future of the biz.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Easiest job you'll ever have if you get hired at the right level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO is an amazing leader as well as many of the people holding senior management positions. They are incredibly intelligent yet humble. Diversity is absolutely embraced and the right person for the job is hired regardless of gender, culture, age etc. The culture is polite and everyone treats each other with respect. The employees are very sharp and know all aspects of the payments industry. The company embraces innovation and is a leader in emerging payment models.

    Cons

    The company is very top heavy with too many people in middle management who really aren't working. This promotes a country club like atmosphere. There is a huge gap between the senior management team and the people who actually get the work done. It's the business leaders that do all the work without reward or recognition. If you want the easiest job in your life and get paid a lot for doing nothing go for a middle management position at MasterCard.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved. Learn what's really going on. Conduct skip-level reviews. Promote the people who are working hard to bring innovative products to market. Make middle management accountable. Get out of your glass houses and get to know the people who are doing all the hard work. These are the people that will make you successful not the bureaucrats in between.

  9. not easy to be a developer here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation, Bonus are very fat. It respects life-work balance. Promotions are fair.
    Easy to move around within the company

    Cons

    It can be stressful sometimes. The system is overly complicated and there are few people that have the time to teach you

    Advice to Management

    encourage more pair-programming so that new-comers can be up to speed faster.

  10. nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    working environment is good, schedule is flexible,training is good

    Cons

    slows between groups, workload is big for some team

  11. Great internship opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MasterCard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Becoming more and more like a tech company in terms of corporate culture; easy to talk to upper management

    Cons

    Location of HQ is in Purchase, NY, which one could see as the middle of nowhere. Communication between departments could use some work

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