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Visa Inc. Foster City Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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Visa Inc. CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "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. "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

  3. Helpful (15)

    "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


  4. Helpful (20)

    "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


  5. Helpful (9)

    "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


  6. Helpful (6)

    "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Visa intern"

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    Former Intern - Project Management Intern in Foster City, CA
    Former Intern - Project Management Intern in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Visa Inc. as an intern

    Pros

    Great intern buddy program and Intern summit

    Cons

    HR is not helpful and does not listen to interns

    Advice to Management

    No opportunities for interns post grad for certain teams. Discrimination

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Working space have changed to call center open tables. Big company mentality and very difficult and slow to get products to market.

    Advice to Management

    Distribute authority and let the good workers get stuff done.

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Visa values all our employees, so we are happy to hear that you feel taken care of! Thank you for the review, we appreciate your feedback.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "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
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Nice events tied to sponsorships
    Employee stock purchase plan

    Cons

    Below industry salaries
    Horrible work/life balance
    No more pension
    Embarrassing productivity tools and support

    Advice to Management

    Pay more than lip service to work/life balance
    Invest time, effort and budget to provide functional and efficient productivity tools and support (no off-shore scripted IT "help")

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Thank you for your candid review. We are sorry that you did not experience work/life balance during your time at Visa, as this is a priority for our company and often highlighted as a benefit many... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "System Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart technical staff, excellent benefits, and offsite functions.

    Cons

    Certain departments in the company seems to be in transition to hire recent college graduates. The pension plan was removed a few years back.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your longer term employees who are the heart of the company.

    Visa Inc. Response

    Sep 14, 2017

    Thank you for leaving a review. We agree that investing in employees is very important and have taken great strides to do so. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time at Visa.


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