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Updated September 25, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (38)

    "Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing at Visa"

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

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

    Pros

    Some genuinely good fellow employees
    Work Life Balance can be achieved

    Cons

    Bunch of Senior Managers acting like they have something to contribute
    Nepotism and Politics is more important than performance.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within and force managers to attend some training.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "What you make of it"

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

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

    Pros

    After the merger with Visa Europe, company is in flux, old way of thinking and doing is being pushed out / retired - so tech future is up for grabs for ambitious tech people. Security SDLC has just been merged with product teams for instance, new SAST tools, new processes (DevOps for all PD teams), performance based bonuses. Many opportunities for training. Fun normal people to work with (ie they have families and lives). Hires come traditional from excellent schools and background. Company culture. Does not tolerate sexual harassment. Constantly improved

    Cons

    Commuting to Foster City is a huge pain. There is a suspicion that the FC campus is going to be closed. Getting more cutthroat, partly due to non-US Asian, US and non-US Indian influx. Management is hit or miss, unstable at times, and much resentment lingers over freezing of defined pension plan. Many old timers left with invaluable longitudinal domain knowledge without proper debrief, being replaced by cheaper new tech savvy go-gethers w/o same commitment to the company. Some minorities and dietary restrictions are not tended to in the cafeterias. MC seems to be further along tech wise for a while now. Very poor time management partly due to poor tech nudges (ie meeting windows only in 30 minute increments by default). People tend to get sick, burnout because of time overload stress and leave with 2 weeks notice.

    Advice to Management

    Make explicit that disruptive people own the failures of the new changes, not just the upside, it's demoralizing otherwise for those who have to implement and hold the bag. Retool incentive structure to incentivize cross group collaborations.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Life at Visa"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Opportunities to work with a lot of very bright, driven professionals who are also great team players.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is hard to come by.
    Lots of ugly office politics; you're rewarded based on whom you know rather than what you do.

    Advice to Management

    It's much easier to promote work-life balance and pay-by-performance verbally but it take serious work to actually make these an every day reality for your employees. Your employees need you, Management, to believe in what you promise and practice what you preach. Otherwise trust in Mgmt is eroded and it gets twice as difficult to rally your employees behind you.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Very poor people management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brand, shuttle services, flexible working hours, good benefits, good for the beginning of your career but don't stay long

    Cons

    1. Unfairness. At visa it is not about how good you are, it is all about who you know. Growth opportunities always go to people who has good personal relationship with managers.

    2. Working in silos. Although Sr. Management encourages to break silos, no one is listening.

    3. No transparency. People managers don't share and often time make decisions behind scenes.

    4. Hypocritical / political. It is hard for you to determine if what your manager told you is true or not. All pretends to welcome comments and opinions. But once you really have some, you are in troubles.

    Advice to Management

    Middle class management (Director to VP) can be the only reason that slows down company's growth once we can't take the benefit from global economic growth. Need to improve their people management skills and their decision making should be under supervisions and require more transparency.

  8. "Excellent work/life balance"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Data Architect in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Data Architect in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company who cares for employees.
    There is good work life balance.
    They provide game room to take a from work

    Cons

    Changing management comes with different directions

    Advice to Management

    Sudden change of core values are not good for long term sustainability


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Visa -Okay"

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    Current Employee - Staff Database Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Database Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company and Brand
    Good team
    Lot of new technology

    Cons

    Worst layoff culture
    No much benefits
    No promotion or salary increase ruing annual review
    worst work life balance
    far commute

    Advice to Management

    Please provide better benefits and salary upto market standard


  10. "Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company with a great new CEO

    Cons

    Continual change can make the environment challenging


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