MasterCard Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pros
  • The company also has a great culture and most of its employees try to have a good work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, good global exposure but still very beaurocratic and "meeting heavy" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Forget about work life balance that they preach on paper but do not put in practice (in 12 reviews)

  • No priorities at the senior management level (need to be everything to everyone) and execution is unrealistic (in 11 reviews)

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  1. MasterCard is a terrific employer, focused on innovation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    Collegial, creative colleages focused on solving problems and creating new opportunities

    Cons

    Culture is becoming more aggressive at the expense of teamwork

  2. Fantastic financial-services company focused on innovation

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    Former Employee - Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Miami, FL

    I worked at MasterCard

    Pros

    Management is very accessible. Everyone is friendly and willing to help in cross-departmental projects.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Purchase, NY

    I worked at MasterCard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really liked working for a Westchester based company. It was an easy commute which allowed for better work life balance

    Cons

    There really weren't any cons. I enjoyed the company, my responsibilities, the culture and the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should continue to inspire all employees creativity and innovativeness. It's the future of the biz.

    Recommends
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Easiest job you'll ever have if you get hired at the right level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The CEO is an amazing leader as well as many of the people holding senior management positions. They are incredibly intelligent yet humble. Diversity is absolutely embraced and the right person for the job is hired regardless of gender, culture, age etc. The culture is polite and everyone treats each other with respect. The employees are very sharp and know all aspects of the payments industry. The company embraces innovation and is a leader in emerging payment models.

    Cons

    The company is very top heavy with too many people in middle management who really aren't working. This promotes a country club like atmosphere. There is a huge gap between the senior management team and the people who actually get the work done. It's the business leaders that do all the work without reward or recognition. If you want the easiest job in your life and get paid a lot for doing nothing go for a middle management position at MasterCard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved. Learn what's really going on. Conduct skip-level reviews. Promote the people who are working hard to bring innovative products to market. Make middle management accountable. Get out of your glass houses and get to know the people who are doing all the hard work. These are the people that will make you successful not the bureaucrats in between.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great opportunity for growth

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    Current Employee - Business Leader
    Current Employee - Business Leader

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow your career if you're willing to put in the work
    Senior management is easily accessible and very approachable
    Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Mindset needs to change to match the ever-evolving technology from new entrants to the payments space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to be more nimble to adapt to non-traditional competitive threats

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. not easy to be a developer here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation, Bonus are very fat. It respects life-work balance. Promotions are fair.
    Easy to move around within the company

    Cons

    It can be stressful sometimes. The system is overly complicated and there are few people that have the time to teach you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage more pair-programming so that new-comers can be up to speed faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    working environment is good, schedule is flexible,training is good

    Cons

    slows between groups, workload is big for some team

  9. Very good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    Your points-of-view count! MasterCard is collaborative, but not consensus-stuck. Very good work-life flexibility, dynamic CEO, fantastic products

    Cons

    Matrixed environment can be constraining. Not everyone is looking updownleftright yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force the issue of working cross functionally. Do not leave that to HR to solve. This has to be directed and driven at the business level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay for experienced professionals

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Purchase, NY

    I worked at MasterCard

    Pros

    I thought the pay and opportunity for promotion was good.

    Cons

    It was a very political environment and how well you did depended on how well liked your manager was among his peers and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace different management styles and not just give lip service to diversity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance. Co-workers are great

    Cons

    Changes in Management can causing conflicting goals in business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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