Vistage Worldwide Reviews

Updated May 9, 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)

    Practice what you preach!

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    Current Employee - Chair in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Chair in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reputation of the organization is good, the name is reasonably well respected in the market. Educational programs are good to excellent. Chair community is truly a gift to the world. Very unselfish, sharing, caring, dedicated group of individuals. Resource speakers are excellent. HQ administrative assistance to chairs is good. If you've made your number, it's a wonderful way to stay involved and contribute and make some good money.

    Cons

    Economic model benefits the company more than the chair. Virtually no effective sales support after starting the initial group. Chair community is more a set of competitors than collaborators and the economic model supports that process. The online presence has gone downhill in the last two years.

    Advice to Management

    There is tons of competition out there and we need to be more effective at attracting and retaining members for the chairs who've been successful.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Long hours, high pressure, reliance on contractors

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Very little bureaucracy. Can make an immediate impact. Company trusts employees on IT resources. Lots of challenges meant lots opportunity to learn. Some really nice people. Great holiday party. Company seems to genuinely care about its employees. Company is very profitable.

    Cons

    Company has big visions for its digital products, but does not hire enough engineers to accomplish its vision because it does not see itself as a tech company. It relies on contract developers for a lot of the work, but outsourcing has lots of downsides, including communication barrier, time difference, turn over, slow connection, lack of understanding about how things work. For the onsite employee, this meant long and stressful working conditions. The pay didn't compensate for that.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management that has a software development background. Hire more engineers instead of outsourcing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Experience depends on the manager.....

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits Nice offices Fun employee activities

    Cons

    They have some good managers and some bad managers - unfortunately, I had a bad manager....would have stayed if I worked for one of the good managers.



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