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Visa Inc. Foster City Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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Visa Inc. CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Terrific brand but toxic environment, Senior Director Marketing"

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

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

    Pros

    There are some really good people at Visa and the brand is very strong, so they are positioned to be the leader in a dynamically changing category. The product team is strong, growing, open minded & very dynamic. The new CEO seems really terrific.

    Cons

    The problem is most senior management is weak and people are more concerned about their own career than how the company is doing. So you end up having data buried or massaged to look positive. People do not want to hear truth, they want to show how successful their work is. The politics are worse than any company I have ever been in, where people are not invited to meetings based on title and not encouraged to be open and honest. There are groups that are better than others, but if you are looking to have a meaningful impact and care more about the company than your own career, this may not be the right fit for you. The company does not reward good managers and leaders. And so when the annual reorg comes up, the people at senior levels that are causing this bad culture stay.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at senior management and get people in who care about doing the right thing for the future of the company/


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, attempts at creating silicon valley workspace

    Cons

    Poor infrastructure support, work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Invest in support tools, re-establish pension


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Top brand, with an unbeatable business model. New caring and genuine CEO with authentic focus on people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -High quality people
    -top brand
    -fantastic stock growth trajectory, reflecting a very strong business model. Has leading market share in the industry with large moat against competitors
    -doesn't cut corners, unlike some competitors
    -strong work life balance support
    -focus on innovation, leveraging the large market share with new products

    Cons

    -HR needs to be more innovative and inspirational, with more and better resourcing
    -Need one Product leader, not three

    Advice to Management

    Replace the top HR Leader with someone innovative


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  5. "Trying to be a tech driven payment company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, Brand , lots of events

    Cons

    Benefits are getting lowered , frequent layoffs in recent months


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the direction of the new CEO. Putting value on the people and hold all accountable for leadership

    Cons

    We need more skilled people to achieve goals. I beleive CEO is moving in right direction.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Lacks substance, lacks transparency"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some benefits, Employee stock purchase plan, etc. Big year end parties and summer picnics. Due to Visa's sponsorship of Olympians, Visa will bring them to events for you to meet.

    Cons

    While I embrace change and like some of the attempts to change the culture, I do not feel management is being entirely forthright when discussing matters of diversity and equal pay. Data may be shared with SVPs and higher, but the average employee is completely in the dark about what numbers are low and what should be changed and HOW that is going to be accomplished. There are new diversity initiatives but appear to lack substance/ accountability. There is a Woman's group, but it is basically has no power, just a group of cheerleaders. Sexism and misogyny are par for the course unless you work for marketing where the workforce tends to be heavily female.

    Advice to Management

    Look to companies like Facebook and review their hiring and resource allocation philosophies. Hire talented people and provide opportunities that match their strengths. Stop trying to shape employees by fixing what is perceived to be a weakness. Everybody has strengths/talents. Figure out what those are. This needs to be a hiring philosophy and culture change starting at the top.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent salaries, great technologies and top in their space

    Cons

    lots of politics, some bank thinking remains


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Good but could be better"

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    Former Employee - Visa in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Visa in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Solid company with great growth and potential.
    Some groups are very forward thinking with great leadership.
    Good location in the SF Bay Area.
    Great brand recognition.

    Cons

    Benefits get worse almost every year.
    Groups and individuals can be very cliquey.
    Raises are capped as a percentage of your current salary, so if you stay for a long time, you are quickly paid under market rate and they won't adjust to catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Treat long term employees with more respect, don't allow managers to play favorites, continue to innovate.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Teams, Good on the ground Management, Poor Upper Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams to work on in general and folks who want to learn and grow

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and some decisions are made 3, 4 levels up that no one is willing to challenge, even though everyone agrees they are mistakes

    Advice to Management

    Higher up management should do more than just seagull management (fly in, crap all over the place, leave)


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Will drain your soul and skills"

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

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

    Pros

    if you like to work at a dead end job where the only skill needed to survive is back stabbing and taking credit for other's work

    Cons

    You can only make money, not a career at Visa, The recruiter made false promises and I had to join this dump of a company. polictics trumps everything, your boss would not hesitate to throw you under the bus. Technology is outdated and so are the people.

    Advice to Management

    None. Its time the stockholders take back the company from this incompetent management



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