Visa Inc. Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
636 Reviews
3.0
636 Reviews
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Visa Inc. CEO Charles W. Scharf
Charles W. Scharf
214 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Visa has a reasonable work/life balance depending on geographic location (in 51 reviews)

  • Good pay (although for many years, this was not the case) and good benefits (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)

  • Mostly very mediocre people - especially middle / senior management (in 50 reviews)

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    "Was once a wonderful company to be part of"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    World class brand, best company in its industry by far, doing good for people in emerging economies. Good people, decent salaries, good benefits. New CEO and President are trying hard to focus and inspire the company and making some progress. Depending upon what part of the company you're in, there is interesting and innovative work to be had. Glad to see focus on merchants and their needs.

    Cons

    Visa has lost its compassion for staff, especially those with experience and years of service, in its rush to be "cool" for new college grads and Silicon Valley kids. Diversity in the Technology organization is a joke. In the year he's been here, every single new hire the EVP of Tech has done at VP/SVP has been an Indian male. Most of the new SD's as well. The percentage of women in Tech at VP/SVP level is single digits and falling. If you're an Indian man, you're golden. If you're anything else and want more than an entry level job, consider a different place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't abandon the experienced and senior staff that got you here -- they built this place. Make a serious commitment to diversity and keep it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 18 people found this helpful  

    Exec Technology Leadership has insulting, degrading leadership style

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The workers, who are intelligent, personable and hard working. The brand is strong and most employees feel pride in the global reach of the company.

    Cons

    Technology Executives make all hiring decisions under an edict to look primarily at ivy league education instead of a balanced background. Spend more time writing nonsense "leader wannabe" blogs on linkedin while insisting every purchase be accompanied by a 5+ page justification doc. Delays announcement of departing employees to hide the fact they left because of Technology Executives. Obscured the budgeting process, creating a proliferation of uncontrolled spreadsheets.

    In one year, new Technology Execs gutted the intellectual capital of the company. Worse, the top company leadership knows it and will not act because it was their first hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate your leadership and admit you hired the wrong person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company, Glass Ceiling hard to break Through

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and overall good work-life balance.

    Cons

    SIlos really hurt career growth and much of the seasoned staff is entrenched and unwilling to move to make room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep opportunities open to employees and beware of poachers from tech companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great pay, sponsorships

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, global workforce at HQ

    Cons

    Inefficient, lack of international opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Payment leadership

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Leading marketing position
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - long hours from time to time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    visa is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    people there work hard, good and stable

    Cons

    use visa system, so difficult for you to find a new job

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Why not work for a company with a great brand and reputation!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Implementation Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Implementation Analyst in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great pay and bonus program
    -Ample opportunity for advancement
    -Good insurance/benefits
    -Generous amount of PTO given your 0-4 yrs (over a month)
    -Nice office building, gym onsite. great chef in the Cafeteria
    -Our group does alot of activities together and believes in team building
    -My team has a great training program
    -No Mico-management
    -Flexible as long as you do your work.
    -Sophisticated company, great brand, laid back employees

    Cons

    No cons as of yet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively good pay
    Heavy focus on career development

    Cons

    Considering the company's location, which is near Silicon Valley and SF, the firm should consider better perks for the employees as they are surrounded by start-ups and tech companies with great company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better perks for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Technology leader implementing swift changes - much needed though painful for some

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sharp people with industry best knowledge in payments.
    Streamlined and flattened organization structure that empowers individuals
    Technology leader focus on delivery and is breaking down the bureaucratic and hierarchical culture

    Cons

    Still too many processes before development can start.
    Consensus decision making - need to decentralize and empower

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need cross-organizational change management to implement simplified processes. Otherwise, Good job so far!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Team, and benefits and Salary are awesome

    Cons

    Food court and cafeteria, free Foods and Snacks options will be most welcome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Superb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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