Vistage International Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. 7 people found this helpful

    Caution - Be Aware

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

    I have been working at Vistage International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great employees (individual contributors), Interesting work, great Chairs and CEO customers (members). The CEO Peer group leaders, called chairs, are independent contractors and are generally caring and dedicated to the success of the CEOs who are members of their teams.

    Cons

    Sweatshop run by two-faced unscrupulous management that promises more than you will ever earn and they will find every little loop-hole to avoid paying commissions and bonuses. If you have candid conversations with any of the chairs, or just about any past empoyee, they will tell you how screwed up the San Diego organization really is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Also actually acting and leading ethically would be a great start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Amazing culture and a firm of true believers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management

    I have been working at Vistage International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture. Open t innovation. Belief in Devlopment of Everyone. Promotes from within. The services offered truly change lives n a positive way.

    Cons

    People are stretched hard. Collaborative culture to a fault. Sometimes tough to get a green light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    Good company that gives you lots of independence

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chair in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Chair in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vistage International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, strong values. Great colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    You will spend most of your time marketing looking for new members rather than servicing current members.

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

    Heavy Email Culture, quaint workplace environment

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

    I have been working at Vistage International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Go-getters stand out like a sore thumb
    HR team does a fabulous job of assessing individual strengths and providing top leadership resources to learn; Transitions into other careers are rare though.

    Cons

    Since primary communication method more people are included on email chains than necessary
    Although $2000 tuition reimbursement is available, some skills and certification courses not paid for by the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    The most meaningful chapter in my Book called Life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Chairman in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Group Chairman in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    The Vistage culture focuses on personal growth and discovery which is very important to me. I am mentoring the both young and old business leaders which demands more of me as I assist the cross-section of America's small to mid size business leaders.

    Cons

    The mission statement requires (at least to me) that I am responsible for creating a safe, honest and rich meeting enviroment month after month and year after year. Having 14 to 18 business owners, presidents and CEOs in the moment both in body and mind takes a lot of effort on my part. One-to-one coaching sessions are very meaningful to the members because they see me as their accountability coach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Keep focousing on enriching the experience for our members and 2. Look for the tipping point that will explode our brand as a leading indicator for business success.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Too many chiefs

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    Exposure to best practices in business through speakers and chairs; a sense of mission among employees. It's a people-driven business.

    Cons

    Massively dysfunctional place. Chief officers in every department, competing for scarce resources and to protect their fiefdoms. Hierarchical top-down model that was cutting edge in 1957.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something truly innovative. Trust your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    great company that promotes employee development and excellence

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    Vistage promotes employee development with trainings, book club, etc.

    Cons

    The work can be very fast paced.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    I wish I knew about Vistage earlier in my career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    I've been at other companies that say that they value work/life balance, and then completely disregard that when times were busy. Vistage truly places an importance on making sure employees are happy and not overworked.

    Cons

    The pay is a little less than other places I have worked. But when you take everything else into account, it is a very minor complaint.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful

    Vistage will push you to the next level. Bright peers, incredible personal and career development!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    The status quo at Vistage is overachieving, but in a good way. We've consistently grown 15%, 8%, and 8% in the last three years. You can't ask for better performance and stability.

    The norm for employees is to get your MBA at night. You can learn from virtually any of your peers because they are so bright and collaborative. Essentially Vistage is in the business of providing professional development to CEOs, business owners, and executives, so they expect world class customer service and performance from their employees. If you can deliver, the rewards are amazing, not just in compensation but in personal and career development.

    Just named one of the TOP 125 training companies in the WORLD by Training Magazine, the opportunity to learn and grow yourself professionally is unparalleled. They leverage what they provide their members for their employees. The amount of revenue they spend in developing their employees and their business coaches is quite rare but it allows them to provide the very best in what's current and new.

    The On-boarding of new employees is world class. Not only do you get a nice welcome basket, but you also get assigned a PAL, a buddy from another department to take you to lunch and help navigate your first couple months. You also have the chance to meet with every single department on your first day, so by day two, you already have a bunch of friends and familiar faces.

    Overall, I am proud to work for Vistage and intend to have a long career with the company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change, but you have to realize that it's good change. Everyday we have CEOs and C-level executives discussing in groups how best to deal with the economy and how to thrive in the new normal. So wouldn't it make sense that Vistage would leverage this knowledge and make changes to anticipate and stay ahead of the market trends?

    You have to roll with the punches. If you do, you'll realize you're a better person and professional because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership at Vistage knows what they're doing. Sometimes there can be a disconnect between headquarters and the Business Coaches in the field, but overall we're in it together.

    Most of us work at Vistage because we believe in our mission. We believe that if we can help leaders and CEOs of companies, we can make a difference. If a CEO is happy and able to grow his/her company, he/she is providing jobs and essentially driving the economy.

    Some people say we're a little company that thinks we're solving world hunger. I say, what's wrong with that? We believe in what we do and we're passionate about it. That's a good reason to come to work everyday.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Great place to work for professional growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HQ Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - HQ Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vistage International

    Pros

    - For someone starting out in their career it's a great learning environment; surrounded by CEO's, talented staff and seasoned professionals.
    - Work environment pushes each employee to do their best.
    - Great benefits and friendly co-workers.
    - Can really see the benefits of Vistage when I talk to Members or Chairs... If I had my own business I would join Vistage because I can truly see it help CEOs with problems they might be having in their company or just to grow as individuals.

    Cons

    - Ideas have to go through multiple levels to be put into action. If you're a creative or innovative individual, you have to be patient to see you're ideas be utilized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know all of your employees- knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your employees will go a long way and help to create new innovative ideas. By focusing on the strengths of your employees you will help feed innovation and creativity because employees will enjoy the tasks they are given and try to excel at their performance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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