Vistage Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Vistage Worldwide CEO Leon Shapiro
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Pros
  • Great vision ,old line chairs, great pitch (in 11 reviews)

  • The company is best practices oriented and seems to be interested in continuous service elevation (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Headquarters in San Diego have dedicated employees wanting to make a difference (in 4 reviews)

  • The new owners realized at some point that the fastest way to make money from their investment was, apparently, to bring in a lot more Chairs (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    HQ turmoil

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - VISTAGE Group Chairman in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The idea for this enterprise started in 1957. It's a wonderful idea. Read all of the comments here, as there might be some over-representation of happy thoughts from new folks encouraged to post.

    Cons

    Changes in ownership have created turnover in HQ, with the latest in a series of CEOs firing the president. The whole world reads about this on line - See the 84 court filings involving the CEO, available in the public records at San Diego Superior Court, Register of Actions - enter year 2014 and case 16140. Many new chairs have approached hundreds of potential members yet failed to launch, which makes it difficult to market.

    Vistage Worldwide Response

    Jul 24, 2015 – Vistage HR Team

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. Vistage is committed to continuous improvement and creating an environment which enables success. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to ... More


  2. Helpful (6)

    New Management Team Under Scrutiny

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Vistage Chair

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

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    Churn Factory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Chief Executive Officer Group Chair in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Chief Executive Officer Group Chair in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (10)

    Caution - Be Aware

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

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (4)

    Run Far Far Away!

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

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Run!

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

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Toxic Work Environment

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

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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