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Visa Inc. Bellevue Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Visa Inc. CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Every year feels like a dog year"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good total compensation package [was great but pension plan is no longer], all the standard golden handcuffs in form of stock options, 401k, salary, healthcare, insurance, education benefits, perks at work such as health fairs, farmers market, speakers programs, diversity programs, fitness options, matching funds, volunteerism, snacks/drinks--amenities quite disparate between sites, but generally good. work with brilliant minds on interesting projects.

    Cons

    very poor resource planning, heavy bureaucracy, constant strategy switching contribute to constant demoralization in the trenches and abysmal work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    pick a direction and stick with it--allow multi year projects to actually come to fruition fully resourced and fulfill their promise. dont waste time and money having meetings about meetings. address the political undermining amongst middle management. lip service to culture and values ultimately results in disappointment.


  2. "SDET/QA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with . Overall a good work environment and people are friendly

    Cons

    Need to streamline release process


  3. Helpful (10)

    "If you love politics and layoffs, come here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make good money and develop skills in managing your image.

    Cons

    Everything else. Political environments, aggressive deadlines, annual layoff and budget cuts, and under qualified people everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your subsidiaries like Cybersource.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging Work, Good Benefits,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your job is ultimately what you make it. I worked on a software development team and everyone was technically savvy and competent. Training budget is scarce but they provide many online technical learning resources (books, videos). Medical and dental benefits are good, and there is 401K matching.

    Cons

    Difficult to innovate as there are restrictions on technologies you can use. Because a secure network is paramount tools such as Fiddler or Wire Shark are forbidden. It can take days or weeks to get management approval for software licenses. Board of Directors cancelled the Retirement (pension) fund in 2015.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good team culture and workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and workplace , location is good, new tools to learn and grow .Salary is good .

    Cons

    The release process they follow can be painful , taking most of the time out of devs and QA , but overall a good place without much pressure

    Advice to Management

    Change the traditional methodologies and adapt to current technologies


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company leadership and constantly review and self examination is great

    Cons

    Lots of untrained new managers

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers


  8. Helpful (3)

    "IT Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and good job security.

    Cons

    Enormous amount of red tape. Lot's of backbiting.

    Advice to Management

    Cybersource (division of Visa) needs new management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to be a consultant"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Database Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Database Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked there as an Oracle consultant for 2 years. It's a good environment - people are friendly and knowledgeable. I was able to design and develop a lot of new code to improve their system. My efforts were appreciated and supported by my immediate team (Database Engineering) and by team of java developers who used my code.

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to get something done by infrastructure teams - get access to Unix servers, get space added, change database parameters. Relationship between SysAdmin and DBA teams is not clear and it seems relationship is not clear to respective team members themselves.


  10. "Too big for my liking.. but boy do they make the money."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. I worked in Engineering. The people I worked with were all very smart and great to collaborate with.

    Cons

    Boo to the corporate large large. Came into Visa via an acquisition, and couldn't stand just how large the company was now. I left.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation is in-line with other companies for base salary for engineers, but no RSU or options makes it less likely for me to stay.


  11. "Pros largely outweigh the cons. Good exposure to Ecommerce + Payments Industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Solid company with well known worldwide Brand
    Good pay + benefits (They even offer pension on top of 401-K, paternal leave, 21 PTO days..)
    Get to work in a myriad of technologies (Microsoft platform + Open Source)
    Good work life balance
    Very collaborative and constatnly evolving environment

    Cons

    No private offices
    Limited Remote/WFH options
    Too many meetings + processes that can interfere with day to day work
    Subsidiary companies such as PlaySpan and Authorize.NET aren't fully integrated within the parent company (Visa) with each having their own set of policies//tools/office environments
    In Bellevue there is no signage,not many events/goodies and no free parking

    Advice to Management

    Please offer free parking and Visa signage in Bellevue
    A cafeteria would be nice along with more perks similar to the Foster City office
    Offer stock options to all employees



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