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Good company that gives you lots of independence

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Former Employee - Chair in Washington, DC (US)
Former Employee - Chair in Washington, DC (US)

I worked at Vistage International full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Good, strong values. Great colleagues from all over the world.

Cons

You will spend most of your time marketing looking for new members rather than servicing current members.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Heavy Email Culture, quaint workplace environment

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Vistage International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Go-getters stand out like a sore thumb
    HR team does a fabulous job of assessing individual strengths and providing top leadership resources to learn; Transitions into other careers are rare though.

    Cons

    Since primary communication method more people are included on email chains than necessary
    Although $2000 tuition reimbursement is available, some skills and certification courses not paid for by the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Expensive foray into CEO coaching, long hours, little to no return on investment of time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chair
    Former Employee - Chair

    I worked at Vistage International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are your own boss, it can be rewarding work, good group of peers. Good mentoring by Lead Chair. If you are very aggressive, are a good closer, and in a growing market, you can make a decent living.

    Cons

    Very rigid formula for success, condescending attitude to Chairs from home office support staff, minimum of 2 years before you have a shot at success. Very big on writing out and saying scripts verbatim to prospective members.

    Given the alternatives to how CEOs try to grow their business, Vistage has an antiquated business model that is overpriced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to grow market share at the expense of existing Chairs. Protect existing Chairs -- meaning, stop adding Chairs in maxed markets -- and provide them with marketing support. Help keep their groups full and grow new ones. Be honest with new Chairs about the lifecycle of Chairs and be candid about prospects for success.

    Treat your Chairs like customers. That's the best piece of advice I can give. For all the talk about "helping you to be successful," oftentimes you feel like just another 1099, outsourced salesforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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