Vistage International

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Vistage International Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
39 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    New Management Team Under Scrutiny

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    Current Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Vistage International as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been a group Chair for 10+ years - until recently, most of those years were excellent. We were supported and appreciated by corporate.

    Cons

    The new management team came into existence 2-years ago. First, the new CEO is a dynamic and generally affable individual that claims he wants to listen and learn. That's a front - he does it his way. Second, the management team evidently is under the gun to grow the business quickly, so they view their challenge as a marketing problem. They are recruiting new chairs by the 100s, pushing them through their training program and then pushing them out into the marketplace where they're literally tripping over each other. However, approx. 65% fail to get a group up and going - leaving a lot of baggage in the wake being felt by individuals that invested heavily and failed. In addition, fatigue by their target customer is also being experienced as they're being aggressively marketed too - over and over and over again.

    After many years, I'm one of many that are leaving the nest they once loved, and were a raving fan of. However today, Vistage's values are so misaligned, many chairs are leaving or are seriously considering that option.

    Most of the people from corporate have been great - although their workloads are becoming overwhelming - a dumping ground of sorts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vistage is at a tipping point where they'd better self-correct quickly. There are simply too many other excellent alternatives in the marketplace for them to continue their self-destructive path. It will need to start at the TOP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Vistage Chair

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman
    Former Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman

    I worked at Vistage International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training and resource materials available. Worked with some smart, accomplished, and wonderful people.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the big carrot they hang in front of you. They will bleed you dry not only of your own money but they will stifle your enthusiasm and micromanage you with constant scrutiny. Although they promise back office support, after 3-6 months they will leave you high and dry but continue to deduct the office expense from your salary.

    It's a place where chauvinist jerks can make off hand sexual comments and get away with it. Corporate is cut off from the rest of the world and what is left is a slew of silos in chaos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the company's goal is to attract and hire accomplished CEO's and business owners as potential Vistage Chairs do you ever wonder why the turn over rate is through the roof? The majority of these candidates are over the age of 50 and can't handle the degradation of being required to make 100 cold calls a day and reporting to an entry level admin accountability partner....Do you see the problem here??

    Make sure you have ways to ensure federal sexual harassment policies are implemented. Promotions should be based on skills, competency and performance not because somebody is "your good bud from college." Address issues of fraternity attitudes and "good ole boys" club ideals that undermine women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Churn Factory

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chief Executive Officer Group Chair in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Chief Executive Officer Group Chair in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to build a practice for yourself.

    Cons

    The company churns potential chairs like crazy. They flood the market and play the odds that someone will stick and then take the leads from those that don't and feed them to the one who does. Some of the existing chairs are not helpful and it is a closed door club until you become successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and energy in making chairs launch successfully by driving leads and interest and stop flooding the markets with potential chairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Caution - Be Aware

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Membership Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great employees (individual contributors), Interesting work, great Chairs and CEO customers (members). The CEO Peer group leaders, called chairs, are independent contractors and are generally caring and dedicated to the success of the CEOs who are members of their teams.

    Cons

    Sweatshop run by two-faced unscrupulous management that promises more than you will ever earn and they will find every little loop-hole to avoid paying commissions and bonuses. If you have candid conversations with any of the chairs, or just about any past empoyee, they will tell you how screwed up the San Diego organization really is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Also actually acting and leading ethically would be a great start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run Far Far Away!

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    Current Employee - Decline to State in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Decline to State in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    The mission of the company is a fabulous one.

    Cons

    Exceptionally high turnover (60+%), zero top down communication, no standards for sharing legacy information with new employees, departments operate as isolated entities rather than functioning cooperatively, lack of acknowledgement of employee accomplishments, high pressure environment where it is unnecessary. The company is owned in part by Michael Milken who is far from respected for his business accumen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP THE TURNOVER... replace leadership elements who create the toxic work environment and prevent positive growth/progress. Return to the original purpose of the organization rather than focusing solely on revenue growth - especially in a challenged economy. Create programs whereby employees feel valued rather than abused. Leverage your exising talent for nurtured growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vistage International

    Pros

    The mission of the organization. Externally, the work done by the Vistage Chairs is exceptional and helps lead small to medium sized business owners to success professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Vistage Headquarters. The executives (they make up one fourth of the staff) do not communicate or work well together. The lack of collaboration at the top impacts the entire organization. The staff level employees are expected to work long hours with little pay (compared to similar positions at similar sized companies). The long hours are mostly based on turnover. The turnover is so high that most end up taking on the work of two or three employees. If you prove that you are capable and willing to take on that type of workload they will not replace the positions of those that left or were terminated.

    My recommendation to a person considering working for Vistage is to run! The employee morale could not be any lower. Within an extremely short time frame new employees are miserable to be involved in this type of corporate culture. Up front promises and talk about improving corporate culture are constant, but consistently fall far short of the desired result.

    Do your research, the positive feedback about the organization comes from our Chairs doing the work. Their role and work is admirable. Their work is separate from what occurs at the office located in San Diego.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach! Spend more time training your management than training your staff, it starts at the top. Treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    The "worker bees" are good solid people with the desire to do a good job. They soon realize they are not appreciated and morale takes a dive.

    Cons

    The Executive Leadership team in Vistage is some of the worst I've seen. The incidents of deception, lies and unprofessional conduct are so extreme, I'm surprised the company has survived this long.

    In a two year period the rate of employee turnover was 65%, the morale there is constantly at a low. This is an environment of fear not leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring on true professionals who are dedicated to the mission and the employees who come in each day and give their all. Right now leadership are dedicated to their own agendas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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