Vistage Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Vistage International is a peer mentoring membership organization for CEOs, business owners and executives of small- to mid-size businesses. Founded in 1957 as The Executive Committee, Vistage has more than 22,000 members in 20 countries. In 2012, TowerBrook Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in the company. In 2018 Vistage was acquired by Providence Equity Partners. Following a court dismissal of the case in 2016; in 2017, Vistage was sued by Direct List for alleged misuse of information.


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Former Employee - Employee says

"Too many to list here."

Current Employee - Vistage Chair says

"Corporate are deceitful, using bait & switch techniques to recruit. Old, white, rich men - lacking diversity. It's like the real life version of Mad Men."


"HR does not protect employees."


"Now it is a money grab drive by a perpetual passing of investors trying to cash in on the model. It is disorganized. The structure has been trimmed to the point they can’t support the core delivery of the business. The business exists to service an ever increasing debt load and money grabbing over lords."

Former Employee - Administrative says

"Toxic environment - bullying CEO and clueless COO The values are just words on a website This company has lost its way"

Former Employee - Graphic Designer says

"-Inconsistency -Dishonest -Hard to contact via phone -Only communicated through chat app"


"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."

Current Employee - Membership Director says

"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."

Decline to State says

"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."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Senior management just don't seem to care about anything. Suppliers often not paid for months on end - no one seems to care. No one will help. Long term, valuable employees are very unhappy and at risk of leaving. Again, no one cares. Key staff members leave and are not replaced - the work is simply shifted to other already overworked team members with no pay increase to match the new levels of responsibility. The general assumption is that Vistage want people to leave and are trying to reduce the office to the absolute bare minimum of employees. The service levels have dropped considerably from 4 or 5 years ago. HR provision is shocking. Again, it seems that they just do not care. This used to be a great company to work with."

Sales Executive (Former Employee) says

"Quality and value of services delivered to Vistage members is a distance third to delivering value to the private equity owners. And it’s a culture often driven by some ethically challenged leaders."

Account Executive (Former Employee) says

"Horrible manager, what I was told the job would be, was not it at all. No flexibility, even for a dr appt. there was no flexibility even if you wanted to come in early to leave early to get to an appt- it was frowned upon to leave before your boss- no matter how many hours you worked- it was only my department- other departments were very flexible and understanding. Cons: Management and unrealistic expectations"

Accounting Clerk (Temp) says

"Some people are fun to talk to, however, there is A LOT of clique-like mentality in certain departments. Finance, management is terrible, no growth opportunities, and training is non existent. Highly suggest fixing the toxic environment and making more growth and training available."

Marketing (Current Employee) says

"Despite the company mission to "drive decision making", management waffles over decisions that should be made instantly. There is an inability to make smart decisions, therefore often making poorly planned, miscalculated ones. Leadership has no clue how to get their own jobs done, yet they have the uncanny sense to rely on their teams to cover for them. Cons: No professional growth"

Sales (Current Employee) says

"Culture used to be good Cons: No work like balance, upper management does not lead by example"

Vistage Chair (Former Employee) says

"Vistage is a great idea. Chicago is over saturated with Chairs, and it is a very cut throat environment, with very little trust, and Chairs will pirate each others members. Cons: Horrible culture"

Data Analyst (Former Employee) says

"It has been over 10 years since i worked at this company; I was not a permanent employee and it would not be fair to give a review."

Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"This was not a good fit for me. The person and department I supported did not always act in an ethical manner and that was difficult for me to handle. Ultimately it was decided that it was not a good fit."

Chief Information Officer (Former Employee) says

"Vistage is a company that helps CEOs of small and md-size companies manage their own companies to be more successful."