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"House of (Credit) Cards"

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Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

The people at Visa are amazing. Smart, talented, and fun to work with. The compensation is also outstanding. These are the only two reasons people stay here.

Cons

Visa used to be an inspiring, innovative, fun place to work with huge career growth opportunities. Sadly, it is a very different place now. The politics are perhaps the worst you will ever experience. Exec are greedy and power hungry. New leadership is ignorant and not trusting of the expertise of the employees that have built this company. No one can make a decision and there is zero employee empowerment. Nepotism is prevalent. Over complicated and outdated processes make it nearly impossible to get anything done...yet the expectation of employees to be nimble and move like a start up has everyone spinning and freaked out. Moving up and around within organization is increasingly more difficult....people are pigeon holed into positions and unless have strong advocates at the top are stuck. Telecommute policy is no more unless you have special status - which is random and inconsistent. There is no inspiration, no innovation...this place is toxic.

Advice to Management

Stop ruling with fear. Get to know your employees and trust them. Walk the halls instead of directing orders from the executive floor. Oh wait...you are all moving to the SF office...better make it a point to come to the main campus (where all employees are forced to drive into every day) and treat your people with respect. Make your people feel valued instead of like numbers...or they will leave. Stop placing the wrong people into leadership positions.

Other Employee Reviews for Visa Inc.

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Bureaucratic and focused on the wrong metrics, but stable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. as a contractor

    Pros

    It’s a fairly stable place and everyone is very professional. Many people will get good work-life balance here, although sometimes weekend work and late nights are required

    Cons

    As far as software development goes, process is very heavy and run by – without exception – guys with heavy Indian accents and a myopic focus on "getting stories done". There is NO focus on actual quality or the user experience, despite the best intentions of designers & product owners.

    Advice to Management

    Change people's incentives. V.me is absolute crap because everyone is myopically focused on looking productive enough. This also means there is no cross-team camaraderie or help. People change APIs all the time without letting others know, and then the whole app breaks. This happens many times a week.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "It's like the Titanic but no music is playing."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are genuinely nice, collaborative, smart and professional.

    Cons

    Senior management is comprised of pompous, arrogant and condescending individuals who think nothing of layoff's, purchasing a second corporate jet and hiring their cronies. The next level down is afraid to speak up in fear of being let go. It's difficult to get things done because of the bureaucracy and political climate. Innovation is lacking; impossible to develop new products; client needs are ignored and Finance runs the organization. Absolutely a horrible work environment.

    Advice to Management

    How many employee surveys need to be completed before anything of substance is changed? It's more than improving the cafeteria food and gym facilities. The corporate culture needs to drastically turn around. Get out of your offices, off the corporate jets and actually reach out further down in the company to speak with people who are fed up and want positive change.

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