Visa Inc. Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
604 Reviews
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604 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company but mediocore middle management

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

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

    Pros

    Company is performing good and once of the best 401k contribution out there and good bonus structure

    Cons

    Management hardly believe in collaboration and team work, lot of micro managers. No diversity and hardly management believe in work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for first two months, then very repetitive

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. for more than a year

    Pros

    Visa has a happy work force, good work-life balance, and benefits. Also, their HR group is fantastic if any issues arise or you need anything out of ordinary. Great for someone looking for a steady job (say if s/he has a family)

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for personal growth or creative thinking. It's a big company so had to make any changes or bring new ideas to the table and have an impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of your talent who has great ideas to improve the company more.

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    So far so good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart people, lot's of events for employees, free tickets to awesome sporting events

    Overall, my experience with VISA has been great so far. As an intern, I expected to be doing boring unimportant work. Instead, thus far, I have been an important part of the team.

    Cons

    Not enough collaboration! The employees all sit very close to each other in little cubes, yet it seems like people hardly talk to each other. There is not much of a community feel at Visa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Half the employees have never seen the CEO's face. Charlie and the rest of the executives, y'all should be more visible. It will immediately make your employees like you more. Also, the private jet thing seems unnecessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Center of payments industry, dominant set of information, best visibility on global commerce

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    You are at the center of global consumer commerce. Best in the world for that visibility into consumer spend globally. You get good work/life balance, good pay, reasonable amount of pressure. Decent fair hours. Reasonable professional place to work, impressive company brand name. Looks good on your resume. Because of Visa's dominance in the payments industry, the brand name and the power of Visa helps open doors for you at many tech companies and startups.

    Cons

    Company is going through a massive restructuring, some job elimination, compression of organizational layers, everyone at all levels might be at risk. Many employees I believe are uncertain and generally uncomfortable. You need to have a backup plan if you are going to work here. Given this, it is difficult to choose Visa if you have a competitive good job offer from Google, Apple, PayPal, or any of the many large funded about to IPO or get bought out payment startups. This particularly true if you are a new undergrad or graduate student without much experience. If you don't have a job offer from the top firms mentioned above, then Visa is a great choice for you. It is not easy to get a job offer from Visa, if you do, feel fortunate. If you survive the restructuring, then you could have a good long career ahead of you at Visa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities so staff can try new jobs with greater responsibility. Develop your people by creating opportunities. It would be new to create a career development plan that shows employees what they need to do to get promoted. It is a black box.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fear and Intimidation

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    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, on site gym with free classes, good cafeteria, there are still good people here.

    Cons

    New management created atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Nothing can be done anymore. Processes beyond complicated and hours are spent on documentation that nobody reads. The best people are looking for a job or hoping for a package. Moral is lowest I've seen in 15 years. It is so sad that I couldn't come up with a single professional "pro". It is miserable now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourself. You are not improving things, you are making them worse. Command and controls doesn't bring talent and stifles innovation.

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

    No longer fun place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director - Business Development  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director - Business Development in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    The company will be around for many years to come. This industry is ever evolving and plastic is becoming the way of the world.
    Benefits are great and peers in the middle layer are great to work with.

    Cons

    Promotions and movement within the company is extremely difficult. New Sr. Management only want to bring in external people and if you got here the day before them, you are considered an old employee and not capable of performing in a different role or deserving of a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit and listen to your employees who are 2 or 3 levels down. They have solid ideas and opinions on how to solve problems and create opportunities within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism really pays off!

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Leader  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Leader in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay check plus benefits and the name on your resume. Geographically easy to get to from most of the Bay Area. There are some very wonderful folks working very hard there.

    Cons

    Culture of back stabbing; it is all about me; outright lying to staff and clients; not the most progressive of environments and out of the box thinking generally not encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the self promoters who have little value for others and little value for Visa or its history/culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    There is hope!

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing brand
    Solid business model and very profitable
    Decent pay compared to banks, competitive pay to tech companies
    New CEO is cleaning house, that's the biggest pro

    Cons

    If you want a regular 9-5 job, this is a great place. However, if you are ambitious, looking to work and build cutting edge stuff, don't come here. The old guard is the biggest con. They are a critical mass, have no marketability outside of Visa and are in constant self preservation mode. It's a tradition at Visa for the old guard to put new leaders under the bus. Good news is that the new CEO has been cleaning house, already booted out toxic senior executives and their cronies. More to come but it's off to a great start. There are some exciting new executives who have come in from places like Chase, Electronic Arts, Paypal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep cleaning house, marketing is still awesome but root out all the old HR leaders, bring in a solid dynamic CFO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Neutral" best sums up Visa.

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Dominant market position
    - Great benefits
    - Smart people
    - Ethical values

    Cons

    - Projects and initiatives are often indefinitely deferred or canceled without consequence
    - Executive management has historically been poor
    - Staff are rewarded for being able to build and present PowerPoint slides rather than actually doing anything truly productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely simply on brand recognition. Be bold and aggressive!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Salary

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Life/balance, easy job and good pay

    Cons

    Lack of direction, not clearly set strategy or accountability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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