Visa Inc. Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
603 Reviews
3.0
603 Reviews
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Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf
Charles W. Scharf
188 Ratings

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  

    Great collaboration in the ranks but sr mgt disconnected.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Leader  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Leader in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benefits. Interesting work. Some cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Agree with other comments about sr mgt. if you work for a powerful group and are one of the favorites of a given manager, life at Visa is good. For everyone else it's a struggle - lots of behind the scenes passive aggressive behavior to cause projects to fail or be cancelled after a lot of work and money spent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better project approval and control up front to ensure vision is clear and projects are aligned with corporate goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc. as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They have a good internship program that is growing. Lot of other interesting interns working in different field. You will be hooked up with a manager and intern buddy and really get a feel for a big company environment!

    Cons

    At the same time, a big company can make you feel kind of lost in the crowd. It's also hard to transfer groups if you do get a return offer and would have to apply again as if you didn't work there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Visa is still a good place to work, but they have to be careful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are technical opportunities for those qualified; Benefits are good given the changes in the business environment.

    Cons

    Too much focus on PMP process; new mgmt has installed new processes related to hiring and forcing competitive bids on projects both of which can involve a lot of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on the process --- Sr Managers should have, understand and be responsible for their decisions, budget and deliverables --- Upper management could then focus on direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Visa Inc. as an intern

    Pros

    Super flat structure, which is great

    Cons

    There are a lot of old people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great Company - BAD LEADERSHIP

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very ethical company that holds employees to similar high standards. Salary and benefits are competitive, although we've seen a decline (over the years) of the 401(k) match and annual salary increases are almost non-existent. Enormous opportunity to continue the decades of success...just need the right management in place and an appreciation for employees that are not recent college grads. IMHO, Visa is extremely diverse company - at least for those in the CA offices.

    Cons

    Serious decline in employee satisfaction since new CEO came on board. He and the president he brought in micro-manage leadership...it is there way or the highway. For a technology company you'd think the employee tools would be top notch - NOT - employees have to operate with pong-era technology to get things done. Award shares continue to decline as does the annual recognition increases, yet the CEO's income reported at $24 million (all-in). CEO is rude to employees that dare to question what is said at all-staff meetings and paints employee satisfaction as rosy when it is anything but.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Charlie needs a serious attitude adjustment when it comes to dealing with the average employee. Demeaning them in all-staff meetings when they ask a question he doesn't like will further alienate him with the employee population. Charlie isn't the only issue but if he treats his leadership the way we've seen him treat employees at all-staff meetings, than that is probably why the next level of management is doing the same. Separately, college grads are not the answer for everything!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management is taking time to implement their strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    New, Younger management taking its time to implement strategy which is good as the industry is changing fast. People are friendly and good to work with. Brand is strong worldwide which helps the business grow well. Benefits are comparable to other companies in Bay Area. Pay is on the higher end.

    Cons

    Annual strategic planning is a mess and takes up lot of time. Morale in some areas is suffering due to this. Process is too bureaucratic at times but management is trying to change it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce bureaucratic processes faster, share your strategic vision of the company with the employees to boost the morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to be a consultant

    Current Employee - Senior Database Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Visa Inc. as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked there as an Oracle consultant for 2 years. It's a good environment - people are friendly and knowledgeable. I was able to design and develop a lot of new code to improve their system. My efforts were appreciated and supported by my immediate team (Database Engineering) and by team of java developers who used my code.

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to get something done by infrastructure teams - get access to Unix servers, get space added, change database parameters. Relationship between SysAdmin and DBA teams is not clear and it seems relationship is not clear to respective team members themselves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Great place to work.
     Flexible work schedule as long as the work is done, that is what matters here
    Usually Long term projects

    Cons

    Not much growth in terms of your role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current hiring process is good but needs to have exception for Internal Resources. I think the same approach is followed by other companies as well.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of leadership changes

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, lots of multi-market job opportunities, well-known global brand, reasonable number of employees (<10,000) so you can make yourself known and build an effective network.

    Cons

    Lots of leadership changes in all functions, with no clear reason why the change is required. Unclear corporate strategy. New leaders often know little or nothing about payments. Compensation is getting less competitive as the job market picks up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the big things and leave the little things to others. This was a great company - it isn't any longer. I left for another role and am much happier. Lots of good people are looking to get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company in change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Powerful, global brand, stable business

    Cons

    Starting to look like a foreign company. Poor diversity both from race and gender.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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