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Visa Inc. Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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Visa Inc. CEO Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
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  • "Work-life-balance can be weighted more to work" (in 100 reviews)

  • "Senior management empower only their favorite reports and never care of motivating the team" (in 97 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Progressive and employee friendly leadership"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee friendly leadership has made a lot of positive changes over the last few years. Great opportunities to learn and improve your business understanding and technical skills. Internal mobility is positive. Great brand to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Compensation is mid level for a technology company

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing to transform Visa. Review compensation to see if it can be comparable to silicon valley tech companies


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, needs work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical benefits decent, 401k profit sharing 2x matching up to 5%, salary - although women are still slightly underpaid here. Different groups to belong to and be involved with if you have the time. Bike rental program during the summer. Company picnics for your immediate family. Unlimited online learning tools - although having the time to use them is a struggle.

    Cons

    Manager's favor employees for advancement although they say it's based on your performance. It's based on popularity and how much they know you and care for you. If you are liked by them they will advance you. Part of this is that the others get the more exciting projects which makes them stand out.
    Supposed to be an equal opportunities company but a lot of the work force are Indians with work Visas and majority of work force are men.
    Not all employees share a common belief that the more you keep everyone on the team up to speed with current information and share knowledge on the team, the better the team. Seems employees are afraid to share information, makes them more powerful and ahead of everyone else -- until an issue arises and then they share the information.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be more fair. Opportunities for all individuals, sharing projects to everyone on the team who wants to be part of them and not favoring employees they've had long histories with.
    The vision for the cultures and values are great, but the execution and getting to this are lacking and believe this to be hindered by the lower management not enforcing/executing it.

  3. "Hadoop developer"

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

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

    Pros

    Work is great in visa

    Cons

    No cons at all


  4. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is extremely ethical, innovative, and thoughtful when it comes to both their business and employees. The executive leadership is top notch and they continue to make smart moves to excellerate the company. Lots of great benefits as well!

    Cons

    Not many cons to share


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Financial Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits 10% 401k match, 21 PTO combined vacation and sick (I rarely get sick so I love this combo), good benefits, on site health care center, luxury shuttles to pick up almost anywhere in the Bay Area

    Cons

    financial systems are very inefficient and manual. for such a big company, they don't invest a lot of time or money to improving the financial processes and systems. For example, who manages work force plans manually? That should be integrated in the HR systems already but that funding was declined. There is no analytics environment, you have to get your data everywhere manually and mostly do it using excel. They don't fund or want to give you any analytical tools. We waste way too much time doing things manually.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe hire a group of people to analyze the efficiency of processes and how we can better improve it for everyone


  6. "Good and stable company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Pace of business is not cut throat
    Decent pay and benefits
    Stock has been doing good

    Cons

    Limited room for promotions especially at the higher levels
    Established organization power structures among known peoples causes a complacent attitude and rigidity. Unfair to people not belonging to the "group" .

    Advice to Management

    Make changes in your promotion policy. Make more rungs and promote more. This will be good for motivation and retaining good talent.


  7. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New Rochelle, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New Rochelle, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super nice! Incredible work shop time with staff

    Cons

    Some hours are longer than other, but really worthwhile

  8. "Visa Finance alum"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director Finance in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director Finance in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good - fairly comprehensive and comparable to other major Bay Area employers; internal opportunities to transfer; people are good colleagues

    Cons

    Career growth can be limited; many opportunities to advance end up going to external candidates


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. 10% match on 401k. Nice office space. Multiple opportunities for furthering education, internal moves, and enough staff so you are not overburdened. Multiple team events.

    Cons

    It is a difficult environment to work in because of the layers of security, but this was expected before I joined because of the nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on consolidating your process documentation to navigate the layers of security and business requirements for new hires. There are many things that individuals have to ask around for because there is no documentation on process or it is difficult to find.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "FinTech Stuck in Old Ways"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great 401(k) matching, great benefits, 20+ vacation days, 3 summer Friday vacation days, decent work/life balance

    Cons

    * Process heavy
    * Lots of project and program managers that get in the way of delivering quickly
    * Process to get a new idea from concept to release is unbelievably arduous
    * Very senior leaders who don't have a technical background and don't really understand how great software/services are built and delivered
    * Did I mention heavy process?
    * Central planning that drains the life out of you

    Advice to Management

    Embrace true agile methods of conceiving of products, iterating quickly, and allowing teams ownership to define what to build and empower them with top notch teammates to deliver it. Our approach to product now is simply terrible. We can't compete with the nimble competitors like this.


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