Visa Inc.
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www.visa.com Foster City, CA 5000+ Employees

Visa Inc. Reviews in Foster City, CA

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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55% Approve of the CEO

Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf

Charles W. Scharf

(82 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great for first two months, then very repetitive

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsVisa has a happy work force, good work-life balance, and benefits. Also, their HR group is fantastic if any issues arise or you need anything out of ordinary. Great for someone looking for a steady job (say if s/he has a family)

    ConsNot a lot of room for personal growth or creative thinking. It's a big company so had to make any changes or bring new ideas to the table and have an impact.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake advantage of your talent who has great ideas to improve the company more.

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    Good company but managements is far from good

    Event Planner (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsGreat benefits, stable company, diverse culture, good resources and work environment, industry leader with great reputation and clients all over the world.

    ConsNeeds to hire better and more open-minded managers. There is way too much red tape and the lack of efficiency and automation in many of their processes is abysmal! They need to improve life/work balance and career development opportunities as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let more of your young, smart, talented and self-motivated employees slip away. Do not expect them to behave and settle like the folks that have been there for 15-20yrs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The working equivalent of buying a 20-year treasury note - boring, vanilla, and it's not going anywhere (you or the job)

    Director (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsVery nice people. In general, good work/life balance for most parts of the company with the exception of certain managers. Usually willing to hire you in at a decent salary. Best part is pension - how many publically traded companies in the S&P 500 offer this anymore? Definitely get it while you can (3 years b/f you are vested).

    ConsThis is not a place if you are ambitious in any sense of the word - so if you got degree from a halfway decent school, this is not the place for you, you will sooner or later be disappointed. If you went to an Ivy don't walk, RUN away. The company places ZERO value on you and your development/future at Visa. There is no ownership of anything, at any level. Those that have been there for a while know that they are paid very well for doing very little. Given this, and the fact that Visa is ridiculously profitable, there is no desire to rock the boat - hence my starting comment about this not being a place for you if you have an ounce of ambition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean out the C-suite - you keep sweeping away the "crumbs" at the lower levels when the problem is you've got bad ingredients/poor product at the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No longer fun place to work

    Director - Business Development (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsThe company will be around for many years to come. This industry is ever evolving and plastic is becoming the way of the world.
    Benefits are great and peers in the middle layer are great to work with.

    ConsPromotions and movement within the company is extremely difficult. New Sr. Management only want to bring in external people and if you got here the day before them, you are considered an old employee and not capable of performing in a different role or deserving of a promotion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSolicit and listen to your employees who are 2 or 3 levels down. They have solid ideas and opinions on how to solve problems and create opportunities within the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So far so good.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsSmart people, lot's of events for employees, free tickets to awesome sporting events

    Overall, my experience with VISA has been great so far. As an intern, I expected to be doing boring unimportant work. Instead, thus far, I have been an important part of the team.

    ConsNot enough collaboration! The employees all sit very close to each other in little cubes, yet it seems like people hardly talk to each other. There is not much of a community feel at Visa.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHalf the employees have never seen the CEO's face. Charlie and the rest of the executives, y'all should be more visible. It will immediately make your employees like you more. Also, the private jet thing seems unnecessary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Director (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsWork Life/balance, easy job and good pay

    ConsLack of direction, not clearly set strategy or accountability

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Neutral" best sums up Visa.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Pros- Dominant market position
    - Great benefits
    - Smart people
    - Ethical values

    Cons- Projects and initiatives are often indefinitely deferred or canceled without consequence
    - Executive management has historically been poor
    - Staff are rewarded for being able to build and present PowerPoint slides rather than actually doing anything truly productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't rely simply on brand recognition. Be bold and aggressive!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fear and Intimidation

    Senior Director (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsGood pay and benefits, on site gym with free classes, good cafeteria, there are still good people here.

    ConsNew management created atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Nothing can be done anymore. Processes beyond complicated and hours are spent on documentation that nobody reads. The best people are looking for a job or hoping for a package. Moral is lowest I've seen in 15 years. It is so sad that I couldn't come up with a single professional "pro". It is miserable now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet over yourself. You are not improving things, you are making them worse. Command and controls doesn't bring talent and stifles innovation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nepotism really pays off!

    Senior Business Leader (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsPay check plus benefits and the name on your resume. Geographically easy to get to from most of the Bay Area. There are some very wonderful folks working very hard there.

    ConsCulture of back stabbing; it is all about me; outright lying to staff and clients; not the most progressive of environments and out of the box thinking generally not encouraged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out the self promoters who have little value for others and little value for Visa or its history/culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There is hope!

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsAmazing brand
    Solid business model and very profitable
    Decent pay compared to banks, competitive pay to tech companies
    New CEO is cleaning house, that's the biggest pro

    ConsIf you want a regular 9-5 job, this is a great place. However, if you are ambitious, looking to work and build cutting edge stuff, don't come here. The old guard is the biggest con. They are a critical mass, have no marketability outside of Visa and are in constant self preservation mode. It's a tradition at Visa for the old guard to put new leaders under the bus. Good news is that the new CEO has been cleaning house, already booted out toxic senior executives and their cronies. More to come but it's off to a great start. There are some exciting new executives who have come in from places like Chase, Electronic Arts, Paypal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep cleaning house, marketing is still awesome but root out all the old HR leaders, bring in a solid dynamic CFO.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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