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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Visa is committed to each intern's career development and does a great job of making sure we develop the skills we want to develop and learn as much about the company as we can.

    Cons

    They are a large, established company, so you have to sometimes deal with inevitable red tape and processes that don't really make sense.

    Advice to Management

    It was great to learn so much about the company and to feel like the company was investing in us. I wish I knew more about the opportunities before interviewing for my internship.


  2. Helpful (38)

    Everywhere you might want to be

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Great company overall for benefits, perks, learning potential and overall good people. There are some very... very knowledgeable people who can teach you sooo much and are willing to! mgmt. is trying very hard to change the culture and provide more 'employer of choice' perks, parties, shuttles, etc... which make it competitive with other like companies.

    Cons

    The major CON is managers who instill fear (that have wrap sheets in HR a mile long to begin with) have the power! how these people get promoted in the first place is a mystery to many. The culture at Visa is definitely changing. Some for the good, some for the bad. The new culture is all about young, college (top tier school) grads and interns. It is always a good idea to get new 'blood' with a different way of thinking in.. but.. the way its being done is at the expense of a lot of the 'seasoned employees' with all the knowledge who need to train the influx of the younger crowd. It is great to see the young, bright employees filling the halls. unfortunately, So many talented, Visa educated folks are flying the coop. Many of the new hires only want to stay a couple of years I hear... you might not appreciate your dedicated employees now.. but you might want them back later.

    Advice to Management

    Read all of the comments here .. I mean all. there is a definite theme I noticed with many 'like' complaints. it is very true about mgrs. that instill fear , HR is soo unfair and a joke and the company is becoming a majority of males of a certain race. just get in an elevator on any floor... any bldg... and look around you. Oh, and the work from home thing... I think it should be explained why some folks in the same dept. are allowed to do it, but others are not. it is one of the most unfair practices I have seen happen here.


  3. Helpful (31)

    the great technology leadership exodus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great business model - provides stability still a good paymaster

    Cons

    zero trust in employees - everything is doubted including your ability none of the tech VP's and SVP's are left from a year ago - everyone is out the door - Sinking ship much ?

    Advice to Management

    Wait till all of the great talent is gone ...after all interns can do everything


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Used to be a good place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good. Many good people to work with.

    Cons

    New management focus on hiring recent college grads. Basically a RIF by attrition by making this a not so good environment to work in. Big increase in attrition with very slow hiring to replace. Engineering management seems intent on replacing everyone with staff in India. Can't seem to hire talented engineers. Work life balance is way off. Work all day and then work changes in data centers at night too.

    Advice to Management

    Start over with O&I senior management, or plan on replacing every engineer that sees any other viable opportunity.


  6. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Operations Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (50)

    company is imploding and fast

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the people are great (not executive management). very talented and hard working group of individuals

    Cons

    executive management is arrogant and they only look out for themselves. compensate them well but leave the worker bees behind--the same workers who makes the products and who makes them look good. you have a CEO who makes employees who ask questions at employee meetings feel incompetent. investment priorities are in the wrong places...a building that was just recently renovated and still being paid for is being renovated yet again. You have a dysfunctional technology leadership, probably the 2nd most arrogant just below the CEO, who for the life of him doesn't want to hire anyone else other than male southeast indians. this is a company who promotes diversity, claims diversity as a priority, but it's all lip service.

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach. stop trying to be "hip". stop following the culture of the valley and be an innovator for once and lead


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great place to work with lots of innovation coming up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    focusing on latest technologies , decent pay , free commute , lots of employee engagement programs

    Cons

    diversity ,less PTO in comparison to competitors

    Advice to Management

    Need to think on retaining talent pool


  10. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They care about their employees Great pay Will learn a lot People are always willing to help you Extremely fun

    Cons

    The company doesn't really have any cons, but they are undergoing a lot of changes that could potentially help or hurt the company


  11. It director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to work. Well paid

    Cons

    Poilitical. Based on who you know and what you doing

    Advice to Management

    Let middle management make the decision. They do know what is going on



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