Visa Inc. Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. 15 people found this helpful

    Very Sad....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director - Finance in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director - Finance in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Generally good and smart people, compensation and benefits are decent, nice facilities

    Cons

    Executive and senior leadership are completely disconnected with how to drive a positive company culture. Politics and bad behavior are rampant and CYA is the primary concern of anyone who has to deal with upper management. In-fighting and enormous egos at the executive levels are creating an impossible environment where true collaboration, employee engagement, empowerment and innovation wither and die.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay real attention to why employee survey results are so bad and why people are leaving. Any recruiter in the market will tell you that they are seeing more Visa people out there interviewing than from almost any other company. Stop with the arrogance -- Visa is not the great company it used to be and reminding us how great we are and what a privilege it is to work here isn't working. You can't keep using the explanation that "change is good" when so many people are unhappy and choosing to leave. There are real warning signs that it's only getting worse for employees so pay attention.

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

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sourcing Manager Global Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sourcing Manager Global Marketing in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Great Smart People. Nice work enviroment, easy commute from San Francisco

    Cons

    Constant re organization. Colleagues in Texas proved you get what you pay for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand you are a cutting edge tech platform. Go for it! Get rid of the deadweight in the workforce. Abandon Texas, a bad idea , poorly executed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great intern experience

    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Good compensation, fun office culture, great opportunities for interns to lead projects

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy, hard to get through red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for satellite offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 15 people found this helpful

    A shadow of its former self under the new EVP Technology

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay can be decent, and if you're lucky enough to be in the right department, opportunities can be technologically interesting, with some very talented folks. There are pockets of genuine innovation.

    Cons

    The company is losing years of accumulated knowledge under the current EVP Tech; people who've worked through many ups and downs at Visa say this is the most chaotic (characterized as "worst") they've ever seen it and are working hard to transition out. Specifically, the EVP Technology is a academic style, micro managing leader with poor listening skills. The culture in general can be extremely old school bureaucratic - punitive top down makes many operational decisions and communication fear of reprisal based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some clear level of trust from executive management to the operational layer of the company - an increased level of respect that balances needed change vs the accumulated knowledge that got Visa where it is today.

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

    Lack of growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SENIOR AP ANALYST in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - SENIOR AP ANALYST in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    strong branding, has a cafeteria, flexible work hours

    Cons

    no perks, hard to take time off, no potential for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Trying to be like Google / Facebook with non techy /cool people

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

    I worked at Visa Inc.

    Pros

    Great salary... but make you work twice also ....

    Cons

    Trying to be like Google / Facebook with non techy /cool people.... ( completely missing the DNA)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHange the banking culture of visa ..... and get more cool management .

    Top is new .. bottom is new.,.. and middle management is rusty ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 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
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    not a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 8 people found this helpful

    A Changing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 10 people found this helpful

    middle of the road...

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

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