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Visa Inc. Foster City Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Visa Inc. CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "Change is Good!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Always good to see respected big brands continue to evolve and change. Great time to be here to try new things. You can carve out your own role here and won't be just a number
    -Amazing innovation happening. Org/business strategy changes for the better
    -Dynamic, credible and authentic new CEO who values employees. He cares about people and wants to develop our leadership
    - Great benefits - they keep adding more and more

    Cons

    -Change is good, typical growing pains associated
    -Some tools and processes are challenging, but being addressed at highest levels

    Advice to Management

    -Keep open communication coming. CEO's straightforward style helps give context to change

    Visa Inc. Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Visa Team

    Thanks for the five-star review- happy to see that you’re enjoying all the good that’s happening within our organization! We agree that it is a time of positive change and look forward to what’s... More


  2. "Amazing Intern Program"

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    Former Intern - Operations, Cybersource in Foster City, CA
    Former Intern - Operations, Cybersource in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. as an intern

    Pros

    Visa does so much for their interns, from holding a mid-summer Intern Summit in which they fly all their interns from around the world into SF for a two-day intern conference to taking the intern group to baseball games, ping pong bars, and more. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from my very friendly mentors and bosses.

    Cons

    No free food, but otherwise all good.

  3. "Great environment to learn"

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    Current Contractor - Business Technology Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Current Contractor - Business Technology Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team of enthusiasts with good knowledge of what they are doing

    Cons

    Sometimes you get lost in the hugeness of the company


  4. "Java/J2ee/Sql developer and Data Analyst"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Developer in Foster City, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Developer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance and Benefits

    Cons

    Not Updating to latest technologies


  5. "Visa is trying"

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

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

    Pros

    Visa is doing well as a company
    Work life balance is there if you want it
    Job security is good

    Cons

    None specifically to be named

    Advice to Management

    Visa tries to compete in the tech environment in silicon valley for talent, but needs to put even more investment in perks/benefits/growth tracks for millennials. It's evident that they are trying, but more emphasis needs to be made.

    Visa Inc. Response

    Oct 5, 2017

    Thank you for leaving us a review. Attracting the best talent is a priority for Visa. We do our best to take care of our employees, provide excellent benefits, and invest in career growth and... More


  6. Helpful (21)

    "Getting Better"

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

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

    Pros

    Since new Chairman has come on board, there is much more emphasis placed on the importance of people and leadership. It's a refreshing change. The culture feels more vibrant and employees seem happier.

    Cons

    There are still "leaders" in place that need to be called out for who and what they are - bullies to the employees who work for them who are afraid to go to HR because the "leaders" are beyond reproach. There's still red tape. While there's talk of improved compensation, nothing has materialized.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at the very, very top of the organization to figure out who needs to go. Just because someone is bright doesn't mean he can't be nice to others. The vast majority of senior "leaders" don't acknowledge employees in the hallways or on elevators. Can't we hire bright AND nice people, too?

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Thanks for your review. Visa is dedicated to providing everyone in the company with opportunities to learn, practice, and enhance leadership skills. We appreciate your feedback on areas for... More


  7. "Overall good place to work"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Foster City, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. as an intern

    Pros

    Lot of talent, overall good work/life balance, good pay, supportive/nice coworkers

    Cons

    Promotion structure seemed uncertain and influenced by outside factors, work was slow pretty often, systems can make work challenging

    Advice to Management

    Focus on bringing in young talent, continue valuing employee feedback, and the rest will follow

  8. Helpful (28)

    "Unethical Technology Leaders"

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

    I have been working at Visa Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Decent Pay and good benefits
    Strong revenue model
    Good Business leaders

    Cons

    Too much internal politics in the technology group starting from the top. Visa culture has changed for the worse in the last couple of years. Very unethical practices in promoting and rewarding people. The morale in the infrastructure group is declining rapidly because of few coattail leaders, who are creating conflicts in the organization for their personal carrier advancement. One of the senior leader in the group encouraged me to file a HR complaint against a VP (who is no longer with the firm) and was promised a promotion and better bonus. Few incompetent leaders who are close to the BOSS are ruining the technology organization and make it an unhealthy place to work for sincere and hard working people.

    Advice to Management

    Please cleanup the environment and get rid of the unethical leaders.

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Unethical behavior is not tolerated at Visa. If you have a concern, please contact your HR Business Partner or call the Confidential Compliance... More


  9. Helpful (15)

    "A lot like being in the Army. Very tops down management."

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brand name and benefits. Looks good on the resume. Solid growth and stock performance. Hard for Visa to have a bad quarter as being part of an Oligopoly industry they basically have a license to print money.

    Cons

    Avoiding political minefields. Too many meetings. Slow decision making. A lot of turf wars. Stifles innovation and creativity. Non-sales Managers have to work from a Visa office even if their team is working in other locations so cannot telecommute. Otherwise relatively flexible on work location and time. Telecommuters will be at a disadvantage though given the intense politics. Too much paranoia about competition and reacting to competitors moves instead of focusing on offense and setting the agenda for competitors to respond to.

    Advice to Management

    I would stop hiring executives with management consulting backgrounds and get some real leaders / management in the company. Getting rid of the McKinsey mafia would reduce the politics and turf wars. Managers tend to have good management skills but typically very weak leadership abilities.

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Thanks for taking time to leave a review. We appreciate your thoughtful feedback. Everyone is a leader at Visa, and we have put the tools and training in place to help hone leadership abilities. We... More


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Pay should be higher for amount of work"

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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

    Pros

    - Great people/managers
    - Relevant work with modern frameworks
    - Lots of flexibility and opportunities for over-time

    Cons

    - Pay is below industry average
    - Evening calls are often needed to coordinate with teams in India

    Advice to Management

    Pay more if you want to retain the best of the best

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Thank you for the review. We’re glad to hear you are happy with the people you are working with and experiencing the many benefits and opportunities available at Visa. We strive to be competitive and... More


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