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MasterCard Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
315 Reviews
3.7
315 Reviews
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MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga
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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.  

    MasterCard - a glocal company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Director in Warsaw (Poland)

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

    Pros

    MasterCard is a global company however it gives a considerable degree of trust towards local country offices with regards to business strategy and decision making.

    Cons

    There is not enough of growth/promotion opportunities for empolyees of the local country offices as opposed to global and regional headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The strategy for promoting and growing people as well as possible employees relocation should be revised.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, solid future

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

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

    Pros

    Market place is always changing and evolving so no opportunity to get bored.
    Comp seems to be in line or a little above average

    Cons

    CEO and one level down need to get more in touch with the rest of the company and stop believing their own hype. Tricky given the amount of comp they receive and probably no worse than elsewhere but seems to be getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company culture

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

    I worked at MasterCard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Very positive environment, friendly people, beautiful headquarters in Purchase. Good/cheap cafeteria with healthy food, and a gym on site. They're very much trying to make a 'Google vibe' there, i.e., they just put in scooters to ride around the office.

    -Smart coworkers top-to-bottom. Most of the young grads went to very good universities.

    -Solid work/life balance. Not many people working insane hours.

    -Stock has been on a roll the last couple years. Wonder how much longer that lasts.

    -The company, with their 'MasterCard Labs', is really commited to creating technologically revolutionary products, even if they don't financially benefit the company anytime soon.

    Cons

    -It seemed like a lot of young workers were leaving for AmEx and better paying jobs.

    -Very rigid, old-fashioned military-style 'pay-scale'. Can be frustrating that pay and positions are so rigidly defined.

    -The public transit commute out to Purchase from the city can take 90 minutes door to desk. This certainly discourages city-livers from joining. The company is trying to rectify this by opening an office in Manhattan (Union Square) and by allowing more remote work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Seems like a lot of young workers leave after a year or two for higher paying opportunities at other firms. Not sure if this is actually that much of a problem, perhaps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Good management, good benefits. balanced approach

    Cons

    Culture in transition. As any other company in the same situation, some people may have to leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work environment and work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good environment and good work life balance

    Cons

    It is not meritocratic, slow decision process, technology development is too cost, slow time to market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    New to MasterCard

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

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

    Pros

    Very professional
    Colleagues are very friendly, approachable and helpful
    Objectives set for me on day 1 with an induction plan organised
    Highly supportive line manager
    Senior dept manager very visible and approachable

    Cons

    No cons to comment on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None so far. All in all a very positive experience for me in my first two weeks.
    Any rating provided by me is done so on the basis that I have only been here 1.5 weeks so unable to fully evalute certain areas such as Career Opportunities

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work but sliding backwards

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, including good bonus that is always paid. Fast pace. Good time off. Ability (even pushed) to move around and try different areas. Looks great on a resume since everyone knows MC.

    Cons

    While pay is good raises don't exists. So if you are looking to work here get every penny up front because you won't even keep up with inflation. Health coverage SUCKS!!!! It's very expensive and low coverage. Most of the Execs came up in the company so they micro manage because they did all the jobs before. Red tape everywhere. They are looking to outsource everything in IT that isn't the latest/coolest thing. It's leading to the basics taking forever, and thus costing more, and ironically, leaving less money for the latest/coolest things. Purchase (business) and St. Louis (IT) don't work well together. Ajay says we are an IT company yet he rarely comes to the IT headquarters. If we are an IT company Ajay should move to St. Louis and establish that as the headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something about salary range penitration. You are ok now but turn-over will start to really hurt as average pay moves back to the pack. Fix the healthcare package.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Never bored

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

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I get to work with emerging technologies. If you do not like the area you are working in, there are many others to advance your career.

    Cons

    Fast paced. Everything is needed yesterday. If you cannot Multi-task, this is not the pace for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working at MasterCard has been a great experience

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

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company has been on the path of innovation, it has a great business model and our brand is well known.

    Cons

    MasterCard went public in 2006, prior to that they were private. There is an old culture here that is not keen on changing. We need to work on that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trying to drive innovation and fun throughout a company is a fantastic things however cannot be done in a suit and tie. Executives need to come to work dressed down to promote a more relaxed environment that promotes innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging somewhat rewarding nice experience

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

    I worked at MasterCard full-time

    Pros

    Challenging somewhat rewarding nice experience

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and hiring of wrong people, A lot of opportunity for advancement but was taken advantage of by various people with various reasons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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