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MasterCard Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 262 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga

(169 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company also has a great culture and most of its employees try to have a good work-life balance(in 39 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, good global exposure but still very beaurocratic and "meeting heavy"(in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Forget about work life balance that they preach on paper but do not put in practice(in 9 reviews)

  • There is a barrier with middle management - the top is visible and engaged but info stops in the middle(in 9 reviews)

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    Uncompetitive in Canada

    Vice President (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsCome talented people
    Good industry to work in
    Good focus on innovation

    ConsCanadian leadership is incompetent
    Sales and client management teams are was behind market leaders, Amex and VISA
    Leadership not able to drive improvement

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake advantage of the talent that the organization already has to close key gaps in sales and client management
    Address the competitive losing streak and develop a strategy to start winning again
    Make "focus on the customer" more than just something you say

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Director (Former Employee) Purchase, NY (US)

    Prosgood benefits, nice profit sharing plan

    Consineffective managers, requires face time

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging Work; Crazy Environment; No Management Support

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) O'Fallon, MO (US)

    ProsThe work was challenging; I was never bored. The on-site facilities (fitness center, cafeteria, company store) are new and well maintained. The 401(k) plan is 100% matched up to 6% of the employee salary: that's unheard of! The recent annual bonus and profit sharing amounts have been generous.

    ConsNever got a chance to be proactive. The project was based on 2 third-party software applications that were over-customized to perform tasks it was never originally intended to perform. The original installation was held together with Unix shell scripts and manual efforts assigned to the off-shore development team. Further enhancements continue to strain these delicately-balanced fixes. Immediate project management only got involved during a system incident (which occurred nearly monthly); otherwise, they were nowhere to be seen or heard from. Promotions did not appear to be merit-based, but whether you were a part of the good old boy network. Newer cubicles are now smaller: in my area, an aisle of 15 cubicles were resized to 19 cubicles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper level managers are very intelligent and have well defined goals. Unfortunately, the lower level managers have no idea how to implement these goals within their fiefdoms. They continue to rule with their heads in the sand until someone comes along and kicks them in their butt or they are forced to leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    Pros- Lovely office
    - very friendly and helpful colleagues
    - flexibility to work from home is great
    - decent enough salary and benefits
    - lots of scope for learning

    Cons- long hours
    - antiquated and dysfunctional release process
    - not developer friendly e.g. machines are sub-standard, no admin access on own laptop
    - lack of recognition for extra work

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart recognizing employees for their extra work
    Make the promotion process more transparent

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO (US)

    ProsMany great people, nice benefits, good physical environment - interesting work.

    ConsPolitics can be very frustrating, some internal management promotions are very questionable! The work life ratio can be extremely unbalanced - depending upon specific managers. Yearly reviews are skewed - above average ratings are not necessarily based on performance - but rather on the clique and opportunities management assigned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a closer look at the internal promotion and good old boy network. Review the yearly performance rating policies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company culture

    Analyst (Former Employee) Purchase, NY (US)

    Pros-Very positive environment, friendly people, beautiful headquarters in Purchase. Good/cheap cafeteria with healthy food, and a gym on site. They're very much trying to make a 'Google vibe' there, i.e., they just put in scooters to ride around the office.

    -Smart coworkers top-to-bottom. Most of the young grads went to very good universities.

    -Solid work/life balance. Not many people working insane hours.

    -Stock has been on a roll the last couple years. Wonder how much longer that lasts.

    -The company, with their 'MasterCard Labs', is really commited to creating technologically revolutionary products, even if they don't financially benefit the company anytime soon.

    Cons-It seemed like a lot of young workers were leaving for AmEx and better paying jobs.

    -Very rigid, old-fashioned military-style 'pay-scale'. Can be frustrating that pay and positions are so rigidly defined.

    -The public transit commute out to Purchase from the city can take 90 minutes door to desk. This certainly discourages city-livers from joining. The company is trying to rectify this by opening an office in Manhattan (Union Square) and by allowing more remote work.

    Advice to Senior Management-Seems like a lot of young workers leave after a year or two for higher paying opportunities at other firms. Not sure if this is actually that much of a problem, perhaps.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, solid future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMarket place is always changing and evolving so no opportunity to get bored.
    Comp seems to be in line or a little above average

    ConsCEO and one level down need to get more in touch with the rest of the company and stop believing their own hype. Tricky given the amount of comp they receive and probably no worse than elsewhere but seems to be getting worse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful experience with a great corporate culture.

    Consumer Engagement (Former Employee) O Fallon, MO (US)

    ProsCorporate culture, flexibility, work load, good perks, nice pay. Overall a very good and respected company. They have a wonderful cafeteria in Missouri.

    ConsThe communication structure could have been a bit better. The work did become a bit repetitive over time. Nothing that is intolerable for a larger company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communication.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Human Resources (Current Employee) Miami, FL (US)

    ProsGood management, good benefits. balanced approach

    ConsCulture in transition. As any other company in the same situation, some people may have to leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Analyst

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO (US)

    ProsCompetitive salary and bonus packages, flexible working hours. A lot of learning opportunities.

    ConsWork life balance can be challenging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees to elect MasterCard stock in the 401K program

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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