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Western Union Reviews in Montvale, NJ

Updated April 19, 2014
Updated April 19, 2014
226 Reviews
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226 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance if you allow it and don't let the job take over your life (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits and compensation, treated fairly by management, has money to spend on technology (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Power struggles and politics at senior management affecting performance (in 14 reviews)

  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Confused

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Architect  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Systems Architect in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Western Union full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Salary, culture, Chance to learn,

    Cons

    no direction from top management. Strategy changes every 3 years. no goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a leader, now struggling to maintain market share due to poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Applications Architect  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Applications Architect in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Western Union full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good technology, a good amount of challenges, new products and services being developed on a regular basis, recognizable brand.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, unengaged HR, poor culture, lack of focus, constant downsizing, mediocre products and services, shrinking market share, reactive management, poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute cultural changes including leadership training, re-evaluate leaders within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Management in Montvale, NJ

    I worked at Western Union full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow, diversity, yearly training and nice structure

    Cons

    Reorganizations seems to be contradictory and too many cycles.
    Need innovation, more balanced hours for certain areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place to work with but depends on groups and functionality

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect  in  Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Montvale, NJ

    I worked at Western Union full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and good balance of work/life. Challenging work and good experience.

    Cons

    Jobs are outsourcing. Less and less development positions left. Some groups are very stressful but some are lay back. And sometimes it's hard to talk between different groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the long run, out-sourcing maybe will cost more than development in house

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Application Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect  in  Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Architect in Montvale, NJ

    I worked at Western Union full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stable job with good benefits.

    Cons

    Promotions and recognition are awarded based on personal interests, rather than on merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct GENUINE 360 degree reviews to recognize and retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Western Union is a great place to work. It has a very diverse mix of employees who are smart and interesting.

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Western Union full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart, friendly people passionate about the company's purpose
    Career growth opportunities
    The industry is challenging and is continuing to evolve
    Very collaborative environment

    Cons

    Sometimes the collaborative environment (a true strength) elongates the decision-making process
    It is important to be in the corporate headquarters to advance your career to the fullest (not atypical of other big companies though)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing -- it will pay off if you stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Alright.

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Western Union

    Pros

    Brand name. A lot of recognitions. Stability. Experience

    Cons

    Long hours, growth is slow, low salary, low bonus, no profit sharing.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very nice

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Western Union

    Pros

    got a chance to work with some of the top management people

    Cons

    No definite team was assigned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Mangagement is doing good job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you look for a place to coast and do not mind "lifers" pushing paper and finger pointing, this is a place for you!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Western Union

    Pros

    Company has interesting ideas for new products, a core of good knowledge concentrated within few resources, and with the right management style has the potential to succeed.
    Cash cow operating within the grey area of the Banking world with millions of customers worldwide and the largest agent network ever assembled.

    Cons

    Cost cutting measures promised by the new CEO positioning the company for sale within few years rather than growth.
    Management is disconnected from the reality on the ground. "Do more with less" attitude will only work so far as lapses in technology, adequate training and knowledge sharing will eventually catch up.
    A good portion of the mid level management are "lifers" without exposure to the realities of the market. New ideas are not received well as change is very hard to implement. Job concerns create an environment where questions regarding strategy, ideas to enhance execution or any other improvement are not welcomed. Opportunities for advancement are rare at best and are based on the "like" factor rather than performance. The company is still figuring out how to implement pay for performance structure that will not work until everyone will be part of the 360 process with additional reviewers being picked outside of the local teams that tend to "help" each other out. Overall, as my title suggests, if you are looking for a place to take a "break" from the stress of the real business world this is the place for you. 9 to 4:30 with an hour lunch is the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people outside of their comfort zones by mandatory rotations into other business units. Start with middle management (Manager to Director levels). Bring fresh talent from outside of the company and other industries to facilitate new ideas. Support those individuals as they take on the "old guard" and implement change . Get rid of "politicians" and "consultants" who seem to care more about their job than the performance and end results. Ensure that HR is independent from the business to ensure fair review process. Ensure everyone is accountable and promote knowledge sharing to improve efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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