Vistage International

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Vistage International Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
44 Reviews
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Vistage International CEO Leon Shapiro
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a great company

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

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

    Pros

    The Vistage mission is excellent: Helping CEOs and senior executives be more effective and enhance their lives.
    The model is also excellent, with group chairs with extensive business experience bringing a diverse group of company leaders together monthly and providing monthly 1-2-1 coaching. The atmosphere of trust and safety within the group is very powerful.

    Cons

    About two years ago, a private equity group purchased Vistage and installed a new CEO, Leon Shapiro. He has very probably been successful at turning other companies around. But he brings a very different culture to Vistage and most of the people who understand what really makes Vistage work have become dis-heartened and have left, some under very negative circumstances. The CEO has made promises that have not been kept. Morale is very low with staff, and many of the senior chairs (independent contractors) who have been leading groups for many years are very concerned about the mismatch of values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board of directors should replace the CEO.

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

    Slimy organization stay clear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chair in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Chair in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Vistage International as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great vision ,old line chairs, great pitch

    Cons

    Slimy money hungry executive CEO is a snake

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too many chiefs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    Exposure to best practices in business through speakers and chairs; a sense of mission among employees. It's a people-driven business.

    Cons

    Massively dysfunctional place. Chief officers in every department, competing for scarce resources and to protect their fiefdoms. Hierarchical top-down model that was cutting edge in 1957.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something truly innovative. Trust your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Long hours and lot's of "face-time" expected. Lot's of turnover, especially senior management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    Pay and titles are decent. Purpose of the work is noble. Most Chairs are great. Great work location in class A building. Many hard working employees. Good openness about financials with employees.

    Cons

    Expectations of long work hours (face time) has grown in recent years. New York style of work (whatever that means) has been included as part of the screening process for new employees. Business is not scalable in current format. Too dependent on Chairs for sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and dignity. Retain the goodwill of people as they depart the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do your research before you consider joining.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vistage International

    Pros

    Some nice though not necessarily competent people there

    Cons

    Very poor senior leadership team. For an organization that teaches CEOs how to be more effective, they are amazingly bad at it themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expensive foray into CEO coaching, long hours, little to no return on investment of time.

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

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

    Pros

    You are your own boss, it can be rewarding work, good group of peers. Good mentoring by Lead Chair. If you are very aggressive, are a good closer, and in a growing market, you can make a decent living.

    Cons

    Very rigid formula for success, condescending attitude to Chairs from home office support staff, minimum of 2 years before you have a shot at success. Very big on writing out and saying scripts verbatim to prospective members.

    Given the alternatives to how CEOs try to grow their business, Vistage has an antiquated business model that is overpriced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to grow market share at the expense of existing Chairs. Protect existing Chairs -- meaning, stop adding Chairs in maxed markets -- and provide them with marketing support. Help keep their groups full and grow new ones. Be honest with new Chairs about the lifecycle of Chairs and be candid about prospects for success.

    Treat your Chairs like customers. That's the best piece of advice I can give. For all the talk about "helping you to be successful," oftentimes you feel like just another 1099, outsourced salesforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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