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Vistage Worldwide Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Work with CEOs, business owners and executives to increase their effectiveness and enhance their lives (in 6 reviews)

  • Fabulous culture and moral in San Diego (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Having 14 to 18 business owners, presidents and CEOs in the moment both in body and mind takes a lot of effort on my part (in 2 reviews)

  • The work can be very fast paced (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Appears to be a scam"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    Pros

    None that I can see at this time

    Cons

    Vistage is just building a business on other peoples backs

    Advice to Management

    Change your model

    Vistage Worldwide Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – Director, HR and Employee Experience

    Thank you for taking the time to add your review. Vistage is committed to continuous improvement and creating an environment which enables success. We would love the opportunity to speak with you... More


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Beware. Beware. Beware."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Chair in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Chair in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some chairs are inspiring. Some chairs are giving. The stated mission and values are outstanding.

    Cons

    HQ staff are a political nightmare and give chairs little respect. Arbitrary and capricious are HQ SOP. The "sales" process is from the last century and as a result what needs to be done to "succeed" is not what gets either taught or practiced instead it gets stumbled into. Management has no idea how to run the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to deliver members to chairs instead of foisting prospective chairs onto would be members. HQ staff is vested in the churn not in the success of new chairs. Find a way to walk your talk.

    Vistage Worldwide Response

    May 22, 2017 – Director, HR and Employee Experience

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback. Vistage is committed to continuous improvement and creating an environment which enables success. We would love the opportunity to... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "meh"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman
    Former Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some superstars, but they are few and far between.

    Cons

    For a "culture-sensitive" company which should know better, there is a lot of bureaucracy and blame-shifting. Many arbitrary decisions, favoritism... just like in the worst of corporate cultures

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your marketing and member recruitment, you are your own worst enemies


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Needs Serious Improvements!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice San Diego location and mission supports growth and learning. The people that actually do business coaching that helps companies grow and develop their business are probably very knowledgeable (they are not a part of IT)

    Cons

    Part of the Information Technology Team is Provincial, Snarky, Unfocused, Intolerant. Heard many complaints before started working there (snarky comments about team members) and then experienced it myself. It all seems to try to make managers look better, feel more important? Meanwhile these same managers seem to have ADHD and are busy ordering clothes for their kids on their cell while in the middle of important meetings. The people they complain about are making regular derogatory comments about them as well rather than working. More snarkiness than collaboration, communication, and clarity. Very dysfunctional compared to other companies I've worked for who seem to have worked out ethics, business process, and keys to personal interaction (hint: it involves mutual respect and dignity). Total lack of alignment between various members of the team.

    Advice to Management

    IT could take some lessons from the coaching part of the organization on leadership, ethics, business practices, communication, fairness and tolerance when dealing with people who don't share their particular dysfunction. Lack of tolerance creates a hostile workplace. Reward results rather than individual dysfunction. Get out and get some fresh air on best practices at other San Diego companies especially in the area of creating a viable corporate culture and how collaboration works (in reality not as a buzzword).


  5. Helpful (8)

    "New Management Team Under Scrutiny"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been a group Chair for 10+ years - until recently, most of those years were excellent. We were supported and appreciated by corporate.

    Cons

    The new management team came into existence 2-years ago. First, the new CEO is a dynamic and generally affable individual that claims he wants to listen and learn. That's a front - he does it his way. Second, the management team evidently is under the gun to grow the business quickly, so they view their challenge as a marketing problem. They are recruiting new chairs by the 100s, pushing them through their training program and then pushing them out into the marketplace where they're literally tripping over each other. However, approx. 65% fail to get a group up and going - leaving a lot of baggage in the wake being felt by individuals that invested heavily and failed. In addition, fatigue by their target customer is also being experienced as they're being aggressively marketed too - over and over and over again.

    After many years, I'm one of many that are leaving the nest they once loved, and were a raving fan of. However today, Vistage's values are so misaligned, many chairs are leaving or are seriously considering that option.

    Most of the people from corporate have been great - although their workloads are becoming overwhelming - a dumping ground of sorts.

    Advice to Management

    Vistage is at a tipping point where they'd better self-correct quickly. There are simply too many other excellent alternatives in the marketplace for them to continue their self-destructive path. It will need to start at the TOP.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Vistage Chair"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman
    Former Contractor - VISTAGE Group Chairman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training and resource materials available. Worked with some smart, accomplished, and wonderful people.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the big carrot they hang in front of you. They will bleed you dry not only of your own money but they will stifle your enthusiasm and micromanage you with constant scrutiny. Although they promise back office support, after 3-6 months they will leave you high and dry but continue to deduct the office expense from your salary.

    It's a place where chauvinist jerks can make off hand sexual comments and get away with it. Corporate is cut off from the rest of the world and what is left is a slew of silos in chaos.

    Advice to Management

    While the company's goal is to attract and hire accomplished CEO's and business owners as potential Vistage Chairs do you ever wonder why the turn over rate is through the roof? The majority of these candidates are over the age of 50 and can't handle the degradation of being required to make 100 cold calls a day and reporting to an entry level admin accountability partner....Do you see the problem here??

    Make sure you have ways to ensure federal sexual harassment policies are implemented. Promotions should be based on skills, competency and performance not because somebody is "your good bud from college." Address issues of fraternity attitudes and "good ole boys" club ideals that undermine women.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Churn Factory"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Chief Executive Officer Group Chair in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Chief Executive Officer Group Chair in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vistage Worldwide as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to build a practice for yourself.

    Cons

    The company churns potential chairs like crazy. They flood the market and play the odds that someone will stick and then take the leads from those that don't and feed them to the one who does. Some of the existing chairs are not helpful and it is a closed door club until you become successful.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time and energy in making chairs launch successfully by driving leads and interest and stop flooding the markets with potential chairs.

  8. Helpful (18)

    "Caution - Be Aware"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Membership Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Membership Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vistage Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great employees (individual contributors), Interesting work, great Chairs and CEO customers (members). The CEO Peer group leaders, called chairs, are independent contractors and are generally caring and dedicated to the success of the CEOs who are members of their teams.

    Cons

    Sweatshop run by two-faced unscrupulous management that promises more than you will ever earn and they will find every little loop-hole to avoid paying commissions and bonuses. If you have candid conversations with any of the chairs, or just about any past empoyee, they will tell you how screwed up the San Diego organization really is.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Also actually acting and leading ethically would be a great start.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Run Far Far Away!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Decline to State in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Decline to State in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of the company is a fabulous one.

    Cons

    Exceptionally high turnover (60+%), zero top down communication, no standards for sharing legacy information with new employees, departments operate as isolated entities rather than functioning cooperatively, lack of acknowledgement of employee accomplishments, high pressure environment where it is unnecessary. The company is owned in part by Michael Milken who is far from respected for his business accumen.

    Advice to Management

    STOP THE TURNOVER... replace leadership elements who create the toxic work environment and prevent positive growth/progress. Return to the original purpose of the organization rather than focusing solely on revenue growth - especially in a challenged economy. Create programs whereby employees feel valued rather than abused. Leverage your exising talent for nurtured growth.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Run!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of the organization. Externally, the work done by the Vistage Chairs is exceptional and helps lead small to medium sized business owners to success professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Vistage Headquarters. The executives (they make up one fourth of the staff) do not communicate or work well together. The lack of collaboration at the top impacts the entire organization. The staff level employees are expected to work long hours with little pay (compared to similar positions at similar sized companies). The long hours are mostly based on turnover. The turnover is so high that most end up taking on the work of two or three employees. If you prove that you are capable and willing to take on that type of workload they will not replace the positions of those that left or were terminated.

    My recommendation to a person considering working for Vistage is to run! The employee morale could not be any lower. Within an extremely short time frame new employees are miserable to be involved in this type of corporate culture. Up front promises and talk about improving corporate culture are constant, but consistently fall far short of the desired result.

    Do your research, the positive feedback about the organization comes from our Chairs doing the work. Their role and work is admirable. Their work is separate from what occurs at the office located in San Diego.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach! Spend more time training your management than training your staff, it starts at the top. Treat your employees with respect.


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