Visa Inc. Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf
Charles W. Scharf
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Pros
  • Can achieve work/life balance (can be at a cost) (in 54 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great brand name to trade on for your next job (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance may cost you your job in the next re-org or limit your annual rating (in 25 reviews)

  • The Board should truly look into the competencies of the senior management (especially in Human Resources) (in 50 reviews)

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  1. Review

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Network Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great career opportunities

    Cons

    Hiring process is complex, lengthy and micro-managed


  2. Helpful (2)

    Operations Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, stable company. Good training.

    Cons

    Hard to get things done. Impossible to find the right people to it. If you do not fit the "Visa personality" you will be ostracized and will not be promoted or able to move to another department.

    Advice to Management

    Practice true diversity not just legal diversity. Different mindsets and personalities are just as important as the legal diversity classes.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I did not see any Pros

    Cons

    Management was constantly changing. There was no real direction

    Advice to Management

    Hire experianced people


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Mostly Positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Great Benefits, Flexibility, and work life balance.

    Cons

    In the midst of an attempt at culture shift. Hard to get work done due to bureaucracy and process overhead. Technology vision is a bit lacking at all levels. Diversity concerns within the executive management structure under the CTO.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate, don't copy. Keep development in-house. Continue being responsive to employee needs.


  6. Growing tech company with lots of flexibility

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    Current Employee - Software QA Intern in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Software QA Intern in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, no micromanaging, modern equipment and software

    Cons

    Still migrating away from some old technologies which can limit productivity


  7. Helpful (5)

    Becoming a big company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Visa are tremendous. They are hard working, intelligent, and make the workplace fun. The office facilities are some of the best I have seen. The total compensation (salary, VIP, and stock grants) are (or were) the best I had experienced in my career.

    Cons

    Senior management is more into titles now than results. They will gladly take a PhD or an MBA over individuals who have delivered year after year. You must be willing to deal with a lot of "red tape". When Visa says that they wish to be more agile, take it with a grain of salt.

    Advice to Management

    The compensation and benefits were truly enviable under Joe Saunders (the previous CEO). Charlie and his management team have a reduced the compensation which is leading to morale problems. Concentrate your retention on those that have proven results. A degree may take 4 - 8 years to obtain, but it shouldn't be a factor in evaluating their productivity for the company.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great pay with lots of red tape

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Web Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Web Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great (starting to head towards good) benefits. Excellent pay and rewards such as bonus and stock. Health insurance just above average. There is always work that needs to be done, so it is never boring at this level.

    Cons

    Similar to many of the other larger companies in the area. The bureaucratic process impedes motivation to innovate, as the environment is designed to stagnate progress. Negotiate for the best salary at the beginning as raises are minimal. After 5 years, salaries tend to be lower than other companies, which promotes the desire to leave.

    Advice to Management

    To be the best, you pay the best. Don't stop on the hire date, continue and create an environment where you have employees for life, and a desire to stay and become greater than just a paycheck.


  9. Helpful (13)

    Mass exodus

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No one seems to complain about the salary. It seems pretty good compared to other companies though there is some competition for technical resources. Overall I can't say much about the pros.

    Cons

    Though the management says they care about work life balance. They don't seem to know what that means. There is no work life balance from what I can tell. There is no reward for 12 to 14 hour work days. I have seen a mass exodus either from being laid off or from people quitting. I don't think it's the company. I believe it's the management. They seem to favor their friends and would replace you to get them in the door.

    Advice to Management

    Innovation does not come solely from India alone. It comes from listening to your employees. Charlie needs to really look into what's happening in Technology. Technology is Visa's future and current means for revenue.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Visa company in Highlands ranch CO---Behavior of team & Manager

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Visa Inc. as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary and Timings are flexible

    Cons

    Manager and team are the worst part.I have ever seen these kind of unprofessional people .He uses worst management practices and firing people with no good reason.He has poor management skills if he cannot handle the complete team at ones he will takes rest of them who's requirements are not fulfilled for granted and fire them.He wants to listen only good things and poor treatment towards contractors .He don't want to listen any concerns of contractors.Whatever the mistakes happens by their team members will be pushed directly towards the contarcors.He will hire the contractor to get the work done only to keep his and their folks job safe.Once their jobs are safe he will fire contractors.He always picks up the bad things than the good things about the contractor.He won't understand how much struggle they are going through to keep up the job.He will never appreciate your work.And he is too controlling and moody.There is a Racism and discrimination between the team members.Every team member behaves immaturely.

    Advice to Management

    Management will never appreciate your hard work and no proper behavior towards contractors


  11. Helpful (9)

    Visa Denver

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Denver, CO
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great office design, on site cafe

    Cons

    Terrible leadership & much nepotism. No training, planing

    Advice to Management

    Fire half of them, most are there through a legacy that protects incompetence.



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