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Visa Inc. Foster City Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Visa Inc. CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
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  1. Helpful (19)

    "Terrific brand but toxic environment, Senior Director Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Change is Good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Microstrategy Lead in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Microstrategy Lead in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Visa Inc. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good technology exposure in here

    Cons

    nothing much to say about


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  5. "Director, HR"

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rapidly changing environment in a high tech setting. You work with some of the smartest individuals in the payments services industry utilizing collaboration, partnerships and creativity.

    Cons

    Decisions can seem somewhat slow in a rapid changing environment. Environments can also seem chaotic and feel out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a few priorities versus a few hundred priorities that never really are solved or take hold.


  6. "Payment Industry Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Auditor in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Visa just switched to a new CEO who appears to be more open minded, and encouraging compared to the previous CEO. Each team has different culture, and luckily my team truly believes in developing and growing members of our team. Our management constantly encourages us to share our thoughts on the things they could improve on (e.g., flexible work remote policy).

    Cons

    The cultural fostered at each team is different. While I enjoy my current team, I also heard that some management from other teams did not care about their members and their well being.


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Most toxic company ever"

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

    I worked at Visa Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great brand. It is making money inspite of the management, not because of them.

    Cons

    It is a place full of disgruntled employees working in their silos. Management is immune to employee morale and only likes to manage up, brown-nose and take care of their own careers. The titles are highly exagerated and not in line with the Tech industry either in remuneration or in responsibility. Visa works more like a bank than a tech company although they like to pretend that they are a legitimate Tech player. The year before last, the management just took away employee pensions and failed to not only compensate in any other way but to even communicate to effected employees. Lay offs are routine, pointless. Re-orgs are simply endless and a complete waste of everyone's time. There are way too many people and so they don't even care about improving their systems. Manpower has no value at Visa. So, if you like to do tedious, inefficient, repetitive, manual work with no learning, no growth, bad pay, Visa is your place.

    Advice to Management

    Care for the employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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



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