Visa Inc.

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Visa Inc. Reviews in Foster City, CA

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
594 Reviews

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Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Compensation is quite good, with a fairly decent work life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great brand name to trade on for your next job (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Mostly very mediocre people - especially middle / senior management (in 48 reviews)

  • No diversity and hardly management believe in work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work.!

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation and growth opportunities. Team focus with support from management. Ability to share thoughts and ideas freely as well.

    Cons

    Management doesn't convey company vision to rest of team. Lots of internal politics. Must protect yourself and actions at all times. Should be careful who you convey ideas to as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on sharing company vision better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    average place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    visa is industry leader in its domain and is deciding to make technology centric its departments
    work-life balance is good

    Cons

    management is bad, too many people clamoring for same thing as there is not diversity of projects
    management does not know how to do career growth
    decision on who does what seems arbitrary and causes confusion
    seems small no of people control decisions on who works on what projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great treatment and pay from Visa (contractor)

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    The professionalism, procedures and structure of Visa is unsurpassed. This is the most intelligent and focused group I've ever worked with. I enjoyed the 'formal' atmosphere and the dedication to meeting deadlines.

    Cons

    This is a double-edged sword - While the projects have assertive delivery dates; there is also not much room or time to make personal connections. This is truly WORK and not play. One has to understand and be comfortable with the formality and executive feel of this company to be happy working here. If you're looking for a layed-back environment; this is not the company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some redundancy to the procedures (marketing campaign department) - does everything need to be triple checked? If so, this seems like a waste of money and resources. Review procedures with employees and be clear on expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyed the challenges. Great Company, but watch your back.

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, access to current technologies.

    Cons

    Teamwork is challenged, as others have said, SLOW decision making, internal competition can be stifling or scary. Be prepared to work 12 hours/day or whatever it takes to meet deadlines. Exhausting. You may not have a cube or office, but just open seating, however they may also allow you to work from home nearby on VPN as long as you can show up for meetings. Security paranoia is understandable and also one of the reasons it is so difficult to get things done. Data integration is tricky with systems all isolated by firewalls. And projects all locked down and secured. "Skip Level meeting", (unless you scheduled it) means you are getting canned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable for the core values, including diversity. Need more longer term stability in internal department organization. Every time you reorganize and jerk people around, employees waste time moving and re-securing their project data as well as their cube spaces (if they have a cube or office). System administrators cant keep up with demand for authorizing and de-authorize access, and migration of team folders and data. Big waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company … but slow

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    Former Employee - MBA Intern  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Great environment, culture and terrific professionals. You will have all the resources you need to succeed at your projects and senior managers are easy to reach

    Cons

    Innovation vs maintaining brand values are always hard to balance, and that makes Visa to do very small, but secure steps towards product innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Great culture where you are given independence to get your work done but people are responsive when help/advice is requested. Nobody breathes down your neck and you are free to manage your schedule as you like as long as you meet deadlines. There is a healthy amount of diversity as the company is open to hiring people from a variety of backgrounds. Management is flexible with helping employees achieve their career goals.

    Cons

    The drawback of the great work/life balance and collaborative culture is that sometimes it is hard to get hold of people due to the limited hours in a day when you need advice, etc. As a result things progress on the slow side. There is no food available in the building after 4pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visionary and lead boldly in the payments industry - other tech companies are making inroads but Visa continues to operate like a financial institution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stable business in the middle of modernization that promotes good work-life balance and compensates employees well

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Good pay, reasonable hours, stable business model, good opportunities for advancement for competent employees, good professional development programs. New younger leadership team has refreshed a company culture that had grown stale.

    Cons

    Work force is older, with many folks waiting for retirement. Takes SO long to get anything done because of PTO schedules and bureaucracy. People LOVE to complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep renovating the company culture, and preserve the emphasis on employee work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great brand and great benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Solid benefits. committed employees, and great brand

    Cons

    Too many changes in leadership and direction. A lot of processes and approvals required to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work. Strong ethics. Committed to develop people and lead the future of the payments industry.

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    Current Employee - Global Marketing  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Global Marketing in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Solid Sr. Management that empower people to do their work and recognize them for achievement. Tolerance for making mistakes and learning with it. Competitive compensation and benefits package. Lots of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    In constant transformation which requires high level of adaptability from employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing to get everyone focused on the bigger opportunities. Visa is a great place to work today and is on the right track to be even better in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Steve Jobs was right when he said A players want to play with A players. This is where C players come to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Product  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Product in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Great brand recognition. Decent pay and benefits with a generous PTO schedule.

    Cons

    Aside from the convergence to digitization of payments, much of the business is commoditized. You are swimming in a red ocean that fosters a culture of hostility and backstabbing. Every week takes 20 pounds of psychic energy to get through. A lot of people taking credit for other people's work. The amount of red tape to get something done completely paralyzes you--and know one will help you or say a kind word during the process. I've worked at other Fortune 500's, but the level of buearucracy here takes the cake. They want everything defined up front. The whole reason start ups are innovative is the flexibility to be agile as things change too quickly in technology. The process doesn't allow for fresh or out of the box thinking. Everyone is spread so thin, be prepared to write your own contracts b/c legal has no time, manage your own ARCHAIC procurement process, and be a bean counter as well because finance wants you to plan a year ahead and forecast accounts payables monthly. And everything above $250k needs to be approved by Ryan and Charlie (we're 60% profit margins!!!)

    There is a plethora of product managers who revel in making things more complicated than they need to be as it gives them a false sense of value or will somehow make them indispensable. Everyone is boiling the ocean to bring relevance to their benign position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be surgical about your reorganization and cuts. Don't assume those of us who've been there 4 years or less are part of the incompetent old regime. Need to meet with the Sr Directors and below to truly know what's going on. 360 degree reviews would also allow for greater accountability among teams. And for the love of god, do something about the incompetency of GS. They consistently deliver the kitchen sink without the plumbing...at the highest price!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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