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MasterCard Reviews

Updated 16 December, 2014
Updated 16 December, 2014
316 Reviews
3.7
316 Reviews
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MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company also has a great culture and most of its employees try to have a good work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, good global exposure but still very beaurocratic and "meeting heavy" (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Forget about work life balance that they preach on paper but do not put in practice (in 12 reviews)

  • No priorities at the senior management level (need to be everything to everyone) and execution is unrealistic (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Purchase, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Purchase, NY (US)

    I have been working at MasterCard (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth

    Employee benefits, health, salary, and learning opportunities

    Global mobility

    Small large company, so there's the ability to have exposure to executives and directly impact the business

    Cons

    People managers lack proper training however not all managers are bad, most are really helpful

    Location, outside the city, not ideal for millennials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    MasterCard Response

    Nov 03, 2014VP, Employer Brand Marketing

    Brief, concise review albeit clearly states the upside at working at our evolving technology brand - thanks very much!

  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY (US)

    I have been working at MasterCard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great leadership, flexible managers, fast growing company

    Cons

    Its a hassle to get from NYC to Purchase, NY (~90 mins)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    MasterCard enabled me the ability to work from home especially during inclement weather conditions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company knows where it wants to go and is doing a great job getting there

    Cons

    The majority of better opportunities are located in St Louis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to allow more involvement for there employees especially on projects where the employee knows the work best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MasterCard

    Pros

    - great benefits/time off policies
    - great co-workers and peers who are truly passionate about their job and have great knowledge and expertise in their area

    Cons

    I recently joined MasterCard but compared to my previous employer, I have no complaints!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work but a lot of red tape.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at MasterCard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office, subsidised meals, monthly trips to restaurants and cinemas.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, run from America, a lot of red tape regarding new technology or processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, environment and people, the company is trying to be a IT company, I think is doing well

    Cons

    Software process need to improve, the management can’t skip process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try listening more the engineers for do the things in the right way, i know is a lot of competitive out there, but sometimes it's better postpone releases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't be fooled!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Leader in Purchase, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Business Leader in Purchase, NY (US)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Brand. Good to have on CV. Pleasant working environment and people.

    Cons

    The CEO thinks MC should be young and innovative, so if you are over 40+, you need to be looking over your shoulder. They are on a mission to get rid as many older professionals. However, you would be amazed at some older professionals who cling to their jobs and are the real dead weight.
    After the disaster from their mass dismissal in 2008 in Europe, they now adapt a stealth firing strategy, secreting kicking people out all the time, 80% are women over 40+. They now hire cheaper younger staff, but if those people are smart they will never stick around-no career paths.
    The CEO is more focused on his public image. Since his arrival the number of people from India has increased tenfold. I guess there are no qualified people in the US left?
    Very few if any good managers. Sr. Business Leaders and above have free reign on how badly they can treat people. Human-less Resources are purely there to support management. A real 'Gestapo approach'.
    The Waterloo office in Belgium is being dismantled and many jobs are going to the UK, There is a very anti Western Europe/UK/US feeling in the European region.
    Overall, it's a shame because with the right fearless leadership many of these issues could be minimized.
    The culture is really afraid of people who have an opinion and want to make change, but of course is you are a person like that then this might be a fit.
    It's really a mediocre company pretending to be something it isn't and lucky there is only one competitor-VISA.\
    BTW- WHen you read all those positive reviews they are most likely HR people working for the company, because nobody would write such nonsense!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    where do I start?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    poor work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pension plan, stress free job

    Cons

    ...stuffy culture, meaningless tasks, far too many lifers holding on their positions killing advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ...becoming a tech company is more than just words

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Intern Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY (US)

    I worked at MasterCard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open to discussion, "the largest start-up in the world", trying hard to have cultural transformation, casual working environment, everyone is friendly

    Cons

    a little laid-back for younger generation, organization is a little unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entry level could be offered higher salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    MasterCard New York City Office is a great for innovation and product development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at MasterCard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Payment Industry is going through a big change and MasterCard is evolving itself to make it self a better place to work.

    Cons

    Still lot of red tape and process to make things happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the bigger picture and plan for beyond 1 or 2 year horizon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    MasterCard Response

    Oct 22, 2014VP, Employer Brand Marketing

    We are thrilled to announce our NYC presence! Our tech hub is one of many exciting changes to come - enjoy the new space.

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