Vistage International

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Vistage International Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
39 Reviews
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Vistage International CEO Leon Shapiro
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    In the process of upgrading to 21st century

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    Current Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman
    Current Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, enriching work, good training

    Cons

    Antiquated systems, unknown brand, recent management change and take over by private equity investor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in local staff - currently spread too thin. Do not allow chair candidates / newbies to spoil Vistage name and prospects. I'd use an apprenticeship program to ensure that this doesn't occur.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I went through the vetting process to become a Chair Coach.It was rigorous and thought provoking. Overall good.

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    Current Employee - Chair Coach in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Chair Coach in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Just getting started...so far so good. The company is best practices oriented and seems to be interested in continuous service elevation.

    Cons

    At times the vetting process seemed to lose momentum and I needed to provide stimulus for updating. That i did not especially feel good about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the team's workload can equal the individual satisfaction and company success desired.

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

    Good company that gives you lots of independence

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    Former Employee - Chair in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Chair in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vistage International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, strong values. Great colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    You will spend most of your time marketing looking for new members rather than servicing current members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Important, valuable, satisfying work. Great co-workers. Company is making market-driven changes.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    Vistage is focused on helping the SME business owner or leader with improving their ability to manage and grow their business AND with improving and maintaining their life balance. The company is in the midst of making fairly massive structural changes (after 54 years in business). This means that department responsibilities have changed, impacting many employees. While the company tried hard to work with employees who were impacted, some who couldn't (or wouldn't) function in the new environment were let go. The good thing here is that the company made the tough changes and focused on the important things that needed to get done in order to survive and grow.

    The fact that this strategy worked was reflected in the fact that an across-the-board raise (albeit small) was given to all employees in October reflecting the fact that the company is strong in the midst of the recession and management wanted to reward the employees who created that strength.

    At least quarterly the company holds "all hands" meetings that share financial results, important news from various departments around the company and recognizes employee achievements. There are at least half a dozen significant employee awards that are given out every year including Rookie of the year, Emerging leader, Most valuable etc, etc.

    Cons

    There is a ton of work to do. I've been with the company several years and there is still a group of long-term employees who show up at 8:39, take an hour and fifteen minutes for lunch and leave at 4:50. Many of those people who spent years at headquarters when it was more of a country club atmosphere were swept out over the last couple of years. These were also the employees who most resisted making the changes that Vistage desperately needed to make to survive.

    As newer employees have come in this has improved since many more employees are open and anxious to change. By the way, the turnover has never been 65% - that number is just flat wrong. (I know, I see the numbers). There was a year when it approached 30% but that was an atypical spike when some of the massive changes were being made.

    Generally management is very supportive of a balanced work/life with the exception of the very top level where it is not unusual to receive an instruction over the weekend with an expectation that it will be completed by Monday morning. But this happens at the executive level and it rarely bleeds down to the "ranks". And yeah, I know for sure because I am often that last one out of the building so I know who is here working late and who isn't. In general if you fired a cannon down the hallway at 6:00 PM you wouldn't hurt anybody and for sure you wouldn't before 8:00 AM. Again, I'm not sure what the other reviewer is talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management seems to suffer from a "flavor of the month" mentality; starting a new project every month and then not following through. Although this has improved dramatically in the last couple of years it should still be an area of attention. Pick the critical few, focus on them, follow through.

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  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Talented people work here, location and benefits are great

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    Great location in San Diego and good benefits, especially if you have a family. Overall, the work atmosphere encourages innovation, though sometimes great ideas are quashed by beaurocracy.

    Some great people work here, and the mission of the company is one you can embrace: to help small business owners and CEOs become better at what they do so they can continue to employ people and produce great products and services.

    You feel really good about your job when you hear members express genuine appreciation for what the organization has done for them and their companies.

    Cons

    Company has been slow to embrace telecommuting and remote employees, which is a big deal if you have a tough commute or need creative room to work on occasion. That can encourage "presenteeism" but ,overall, staffers are quite productive and turn out an enormous amount of work for the size of the company.

    There's been high turnover in the past, but it seems to have slowed recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more often to the rank and file.

    Recommends
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission is amazing; corporate management is marginal

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    Current Employee - Chair
    Current Employee - Chair

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    A place to learn, grow and work, with others who value these core values. The core values are so well estgablished that they drive success.

    Cons

    Senior managers are hire guns, and since they don't do "the work" the core value are simply words to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from those that do the work. Let the field drive growth. Don't try to disintermediate the Chairs or they will disintermediate you.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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