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MasterCard Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.6 266 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga

(170 ratings)

75% 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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    MasterCard is a great place to work because the diverse technologies we work with in a given year exceed most careers

    Technical Consultant (Current Employee) O'Fallon, MO (US)

    ProsWorking at MasterCard (Operations & Technologies Headquarters) is exciting due to the many opportunities that come about in a technology company. There are always changes to our infrastructure and we're constantly pushing the envelope with new and exciting adoption (or creation of) technologies.

    What I mean to say is that it is clear how many parts of the Technology Organization of MasterCard, in just a 2 year span, an Operations employee (Analyst through Sr. Professional) will have established a firm working knowledge of many different industry leading products, software or technology types that will decorate their resume beyond what many might achieve in their entire career.

    ConsThe only 2 Cons I've heard around the office are really these:

    1) Due to the high pressure demands for rapid development or fast turn around on various projects, many find themselves overwhelmed. It certainly isn't a workplace for the meek (though I personally enjoy the pressure, it drives me personally).

    2) Appreciation is lacking for those that burst with initiative and improvement efforts that change the company for the good. I've been witness to several cases where an employee has improved a process or business practice that has caused a financial savings greater than that employee's salary (in a few cases these savings are realized annually).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst, If I could share some things with upper management it would be to work on communication across the different parts of the organization when it comes to product purchasing and development efforts. Many times I find 2 teams that don't work together are sometimes spending even Millions of dollars attempting to solve the same business requirement(s). If they knew such projects were underway, the 2nd one in the pool might be able to leverage the advancements (and investments) made by the first team tackling the issue. This might be achieved by enacting a policy that asks teams to:

    1) Post the name & description of the effort they're working on in a searchable forum (say our SharePoint site for example) and

    2) That teams seeking to start an effort on a topic first search that forum to see if anyone else is already under way.

    Second, Instruct Middle Management to take better initiatives with the HEART award system for their own employees when they do something that really moves the needle. It's ok if these awards come from a manager instead of a peer or other employee.

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

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    Great Company - Have been here four years and love the change and impact company is having....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Purchase, NY (US)

    ProsGrowth company that provides a lot of opportunity

    ConsCompany is going through major transformation, pace of change is fast...you have to have to want to be part of the future.....

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

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    Summer Internship

    Emerging Payments Inter - Mobile Money (Former Employee) Purchase, NY (US)

    Prosinterned there for a summer. they have a very good internship program that is well structured and provided us with lots of opportunities to get involved. During my stay people were very welcoming and helpful. The work place is extremely diverse by age, gender, and race. Company values work life balance. I had a great time and learnt a lot during my stay there.

    Conssmaller than visa with fewer resources. if you work at HQ in purchase commute from NYC is lengthy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould have a better orientation and training session for new employees to really teach them in a classroom environment everything about MasterCard

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

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    Enjoy working here, but it is extremely fast paced ALL the time.

    Business Leader (Current Employee) O'Fallon, MO (US)

    Prosflexible with work/life balance and ability to work remote, benefits are good and there are lots of healthy incentives. Gym onsite is another bonus if you can find the time to visit.

    ConsThe new open floor plan may work for some, but not all. Every day is busy season, there is no break in the madness.

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

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    Priceless

    Vice President Marketing (Former Employee) Brussels (Belgium)

    ProsGreat people, especially in Europe.
    Great benefits and Stock option plan.
    Growing Category.

    ConsToo conservative and slow to market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring more European Management into the USA!

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

     

    An excellent company to work for!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGrowing company with that offers career opportunities for employees

    ConsDemands of being part of a growing company can be challenging for work / life balance for some

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    Mastercard Review

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosculture, people, opportunities, global perspective

    ConsPay, perks, health care, gym

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

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent career opportunities and compensation/benefits

    ConsSomewhat stressful. Like all companies in USA hard work/life balance

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

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    It is Priceless !!!

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

    ProsExcellent work atmosphere and it is Priceless

    ConsNo Cons. Excellent work atmosphere and it is Priceless

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe way the Management functions is excellent and they always work on enhancing the functions to be amicably acceptable to all the employees and contractors.

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

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    Leader (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat career opportunities, great senior management. Hungry for innovation and good outlook for growth in the international markets.

    ConsHard to move laterally and vertically. Must network to overcome this.

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

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