Visa Inc.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unsupportive Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Good core products. Great global brand. Associated with big entities like the Olympics and NFL. Benefits on par with other large corporations. Good work/life balance overall. Ethical.

    Cons

    Mid-level management style consistently tends toward condescending, disrespectful, oppressive. Get the impression management is working against you, not with you. Very, very difficult to get promoted. Difficult to see projects through to fruition due to internal limitations. Internal systems don't talk to each other. A lot of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just about everyone at Visa is really smart and skilled in their respective field. Empower them and trust them to do it well and they will thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    not a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    not much of pros. not much of bonuses for software engineers. only higher management have it. very political.

    Cons

    this is financial company , this is not a software company.this company has more managers than technical software engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove all non technical managers who lead technical teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Changing Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Architect in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Chief Architect in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Visa is changing in many ways. The CEO has made a big bet on Visa becoming a technology company. Lots of new action and opportunity to do good technical work that makes an impact on a major brand. Big focus on university recruiting and top senior talent. Move from safe technology to cutting edge. Move to work by FTEs and reduced outsourcing.

    Cons

    There is an "old guard" that is resentful of change to their laid-back lifestyle with rich comp packages. While there are some really smart and hard-working people, the company does not get rid of low performers. The old guard believes the business will keep on giving through secular expansion, just don't rock the boat. The old guard is old and does not trust young people or new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must destroy to create. Visa must do a major layoff to become a technology company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    middle of the road...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    New ideas and new mentality is great for the company

    Cons

    some of the new hires (execs) are just dumb as a post -- not sure how they convinced the smart CEO to hire them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Improving culture with room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great global brand recognition. Deep level of experience across the company. Many employees have worked in multiple roles. Leadership seems to be working hard to improve the company culture and approach to innovation. Competitive compensation package. Nice SF office and shuttle service.

    Cons

    Can be challenging competing with other companies in the Bay Area for talent. Large company trying to be more nimble and that isn't easy. Breaking down silos is essential to getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inspire and lead with data. Hire leaders (whether they are people managers or not). Empower employees to take meaningful risks to achieve goals. Move faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are really solid. Hours are fairly flexible depending on the time of the year.

    Cons

    No much room for career growth, you pretty much have to apply for a new or higher position. Company is midst of big internal changes and its too early to tell if this going to be bad or good. People here are always seem to be working against each other instead of together and this breeds a bad environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need smarter people in mid-level management. There have been a numerous bad hires of people who cannot manage and who do not know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Good work envirinment and amazing upper management

    Cons

    Contractors are treated with lower dignity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re consider your hiring process for changing from contractors to full time. You guys might lose good talent there!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do NOT work at Visa Inc.

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

    I worked at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Brand name company and decent for a an adequate work/family balance.

    Cons

    I do NOT recommend working at Visa Inc. I was an employee for five years and it was a poor experience. The company is very beaucratic and highly political. In addition, the talent at the senior director level is very weak, which plays a big role in Visa having a broken operating environment. As to the senior level management, they are disjointed in their decision-making and the technology lead is a micro manager and has a 'holier than thou' attitude. Please do not consider working at Visa Inc. - I compare it to a federal government agency. It's not worth the headache!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the broken operating environment. It's been a main theme in the annual company survey year-after-year. Yet, you continue to ignore it and it will lead to more experienced, hard working individuals leaving the company. The morale is horrible - wake up and do something about it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 18 people found this helpful  

    THE NEW WISA

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

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

    Pros

    Located in Foster City - access to freeways

    Cons

    It is very sad to see firsthand how quickly Visa has changed in the last 5 years more than ever. Despite the repeated chant by management that employees are being given opportunities to advance their careers and look to work in other areas, the reality is that this won’t happen as easy because first, there is a need for them to cover your old job without having to hire someone new. There is a lot of talk about diversity, however, the diversity at Visa now is tipping the scales one way - Indian. If you are not an Indian male, with lots of contract jobs in the last 5 years on your resume, under the age of 40, with a friend or relative in the company - you are out of luck in this company and soon to be given the boot. We have lots of incompetent managers that are afraid of risk and their own shadows and prefer to manage up than to do anything else for the good of their teams or to build up relationships with their employees. Despite setting individual employee goals and objectives and having met them or exceeded them in the year, the performance evaluations are not objective but subjective, a lot of inequality and preferential treatment and they have no issues in admitting this during your annual review & compensation session. You can bust your chops month after month putting your health and balance between work and life at jeopardy just to find out at the end of the year that one project/team in the entire company stole the show and the money from everybody else at review time. Going the extra mile is inconsequential if you are not the manager’s pet or handpicked for special projects. Employees promoted to managers micromanage seasoned and experienced staff and are unwilling to take a risk and 'trust' that some of these folks have been doing the job a lot longer than them. To move within the company is a joke, there are two bottlenecks: 1) HR recruiters and 2) the TLT committee, you can’t hire anyone in IT to fill a job in a short amount of time and you can’t go anywhere either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to admit when you've made a mistake in hiring the wrong person for the job and do something about it. You will lose lots of good employees for the sake of new college grads with fancy school names and incompetent new hires. Have you thought who will train them? Offer your tenure employees an opportunity to have real careers at Visa, stop manager's from handpicking employees and overlooking everyone else. Managing up leads to nowhere is you don't have a team to follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Go to the office just to collect paycheck.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Big name for your resume. Decent benefits although every year they're getting worst.

    Cons

    Impossible to move on with your career. Company has "too many" management staff that a lot of times are not well organized. Execs telling one thing but reality is totally different. Don want to spend any money on team building events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no motivation to go beyond assigned responsibility's. Company need to invest in employees little more than just salaries. Little rewards would help...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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