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MasterCard Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
316 Reviews
3.7
316 Reviews
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MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga
Ajay Banga
215 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company also has a great culture and most of its employees try to have a good work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, good global exposure but still very beaurocratic and "meeting heavy" (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Forget about work life balance that they preach on paper but do not put in practice (in 12 reviews)

  • No priorities at the senior management level (need to be everything to everyone) and execution is unrealistic (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company has very good benefits. With the new CEO, the culture within the organization has been changing for the good.

    Cons

    Any ideas suggested usually goes through all levels for approval which could be hindrance at times. Incompetent leadership in some roles are stagnating the growth in their areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to embrace an open culture by giving opportunities to high performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    MasterCard is in a great industry and has some brilliant potential.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Relations in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Customer Relations in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Potential to make a difference to the way value gets exchanged

    Cons

    MasterCard is a pretty slow company as far as decision making is concerned. People do not necessarily perform, and leaders do not necessarily seek performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great CEO by himself cannot hope to change the company. It's important to have leaders who share similar vision and passion to execute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    MasterCard Response

    Jun 30, 2014VP, Employer Brand Marketing

    Great to hear from our colleagues in AP! Thanks for your review.

  3.  

    A lot of good ideas but not much when it comes to action

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at MasterCard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, no one at the office after 7pm

    Cons

    Moves very slowly, HR not very reactive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    MasterCard Response

    Jun 30, 2014VP, Employer Brand Marketing

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience!

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  5.  

    Wierd

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MasterCard

    Pros

    Nice office location at Purchase, great cafeteria. Offices could use updating - its like a step back into the 70's

    Cons

    Like most large firms it doesnt live what it preaches. Poor management skills are tolerated if the person is senior because it would cost to much to fire them but people further down the food chain are expendable. If you have tenure you are less likely to be fired for poor performance but instead shuffled around the company into a new role

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    MC Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are amazing but it comes at a cost. The culture isn't for everyone.

    Cons

    Culture can be extremely fast paced & cut-throat. Also a very cold place to work focused on results only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Purchase, NY

    I worked at MasterCard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, nice profit sharing plan

    Cons

    ineffective managers, requires face time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging Work; Crazy Environment; No Management Support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in O'Fallon, MO

    I worked at MasterCard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work was challenging; I was never bored. The on-site facilities (fitness center, cafeteria, company store) are new and well maintained. The 401(k) plan is 100% matched up to 6% of the employee salary: that's unheard of! The recent annual bonus and profit sharing amounts have been generous.

    Cons

    Never got a chance to be proactive. The project was based on 2 third-party software applications that were over-customized to perform tasks it was never originally intended to perform. The original installation was held together with Unix shell scripts and manual efforts assigned to the off-shore development team. Further enhancements continue to strain these delicately-balanced fixes. Immediate project management only got involved during a system incident (which occurred nearly monthly); otherwise, they were nowhere to be seen or heard from. Promotions did not appear to be merit-based, but whether you were a part of the good old boy network. Newer cubicles are now smaller: in my area, an aisle of 15 cubicles were resized to 19 cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper level managers are very intelligent and have well defined goals. Unfortunately, the lower level managers have no idea how to implement these goals within their fiefdoms. They continue to rule with their heads in the sand until someone comes along and kicks them in their butt or they are forced to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time

    Pros

    - Lovely office
    - very friendly and helpful colleagues
    - flexibility to work from home is great
    - decent enough salary and benefits
    - lots of scope for learning

    Cons

    - long hours
    - antiquated and dysfunctional release process
    - not developer friendly e.g. machines are sub-standard, no admin access on own laptop
    - lack of recognition for extra work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start recognizing employees for their extra work
    Make the promotion process more transparent

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work. Excellent benefits. Great CEO.

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics. Manager act like a demi-god and they can make or break your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company is a good company. Their new shared services is a nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Temp in O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Temp in O'Fallon, MO

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time

    Pros

    The company pays better than market to their employees. The time off policy is very generous. The O
    Fallon building has many perks for the employee.

    Cons

    The culture and the actual environment are totally different. MasterCard HR tries to promote work/life balance. Putting the employees first. The actuality is long hours, overworked staff, and a hostile work environment. Management is worried about covering themselves and showing up others so they look good with no regard to the result of the dept. or other employees trying to do their best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the business leader and above in the GBSC transaction services and replace with competent leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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