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Posted by daniperea Jul 26, 2018

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Join Worldpay at RSPA RetailNOW 2018

August 5-8

Nashville, TN

Worldpay Booth #725


A team inspired to do better

Meet the team attending RetailNOW 2018 and hear how they are striving to empower your business independence.



Every year Worldpay looks forward to reconnecting with our partners, vendors and soon to be partners  ! With everything going on at the show, we wanted to make sure you don't miss out on the opportunities planned for you. 


Product booth demos

Explore what Worldpay is building to help our partners be independent 

  • triPOS® Connect and Verifone® VX 690 bring streamlined POS payment experiences to the table
  • triPOS Mobile for iOS and Android is built for the customer in mind
  • iQ® Launchpad puts partners in control for new merchant on-boarding and more
  • Bizshield/Insights delivers useful data for busy merchants, which is why we’ve made our data analytics tool intuitive and easy to use.


Worldpay speaking events

How Leading POS Resellers Implement Recurring Revenue Products & Services

  • Moderated by Jim Roddy, Worldpay
  • Monday, Aug. 6, 5:00-6:30 PM and Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8:00-9:30 AM

Our industry’s top-performing resellers regularly add new recurring revenue streams to their offering. This session will go in-depth with executives from those organizations detailing how they select, evaluate, bundle, market, sell, and service their recurring revenue products and services. We’ll discuss headaches and success stories plus practical tactics and techniques for transitioning your business to the highly profitable recurring revenue model.


You’ve Hired the Best, Now Develop Your Team for Success! (Building Productive Teams for the Long Term)

  • Presented by Shannon Reichart and Paul Kirk of Worldpay
  • Monday, Aug. 6, - 11:40am - 11:00am and 11:50am - 12:30pm
  • and Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8:00am - 8:40am and 8:50am - 9:30am

Let’s face it. Today’s tech-savvy workforce has options, and because of this, finding the right people for our business can be a challenge. This ranges from salespeople, administrative people, and everyone in between to keep your organization running at optimal velocity. And more importantly, keeping the right people is even more challenging!

This 40-minute session will assist with how to invest in developing your most valuable resource, your people, and demonstrate why this is so critical now more than ever before and how you can maximize your ROI in your talent development.


troubleshooting the eCommerce sandbox


Got 99 problems and access to our eCommerce sandbox is one (or all) of them?


First, bookmark Vantiv eCommerce Sandbox  for easy reference, then read on for the answers to 3 common Sandbox troubleshooting questions.


1) The url doesn’t work.


Make sure you’re using the correct url:


We also recently expanded the sandbox to allow testing of our chargeback API. The URL to do this is:


2) Oops, you’re not in the Sandbox environment, you’re in the prelive environment.


How do you tell if you’re in the sandbox or the prelive environment?

This is easy-peasy. If the url has “prelive” in it, you’re in the prelive environment. If the url has sandbox in it, you’re in the sandbox environment.


Once you have applications working in the Sandbox, you can request access to our Pre-Live environment for additional testing. The prelive environment has scheduled maintenance on Tuesdays and Thursdays which is why you might see unresponsiveness. Please contact support at for prelive issues.


From: Is the sandbox site down? 


3) This still isn’t working - what can I do?

Have no fear, contact our helpful support team at


The sandbox can tell you if it’s up or not. The live status can be checked at

5 Key IoT Trends for Developers

In 2017, IoT devices outnumbered people in the world for the first time, with around 300,000 developers supporting IoT technology. In 2020, the IoT industry will need 1,400 times that amount, or 4.5 million developers to support global growth, when over 30 billion IoT connected devices are expected to be installed worldwide.


But what does it mean for developers today? What are the biggest IoT trends and how will they impact your work?


While there’s nothing completely new and shiny on the IoT horizon, plenty of improvements are being made. Here are five emerging trends to keep an eye on.


Python and Java will dominate.


Learn python and java to code for IoT technology.


If you want to ride the IoT wave, make sure you know the dominant programming languages, namely Java and Python. A 2017 IoT Developer Survey conducted by the Eclipse Foundation lists Java as the top programming language for IoT development, particularly for gateways and the cloud. Python has gained traction for data-intensive applications and works well with small devices.


Research is paving the way for the launch of 5G.


Research is paving the way for the launch of 5G.


Looking toward the 2020 rollout, loads of research is being dedicated to 5G, including how the technology will be used, how companies will invest in infrastructure, and how network providers will maintain profitability. The speed of 5G provides an opportunity for more devices to constantly gather and interpret data, from wearable tech that tracks geolocation and biometrics, to home technology that monitors house temperature and lighting along with external weather reports, allowing for predictive actions.


Location, location, location.


Enterprises are continuing to adopt IoT for location-based businesses.


Enterprises are continuing to adopt IoT for location-based services, with lighting and temperature control systems being a key use case. This means that formerly low-maintenance appliances like your thermostat or floor lamp will now require management and monitoring, including firmware and software updates.


Healthcare and retail top the list of IoT use cases.


Healthcare and retail top the list of IoT use cases.


Use cases for IoT are growing fast, and the healthcare and retail industries are expected to see greater adoption of the technology in the coming year. The healthcare IoT market alone is forecast to reach $117 billion by 2020. Encrypting data transmission will be a priority, particularly for healthcare IoT devices.   


Developers will need to solve the security issues of IoT devices that power everyday technology.


Security remains a top concern.

One of the most important concerns is the need for solving the security issues of IoT devices that power everyday technology. Experts cite the prolific implementation of unsecured IoT devices as well as the growing availability of DDoS-for-hire services as root causes for DDoS attacks, which increased 91 percent in 2017. Developers will need to be vigilant about product security, including requiring https, and adding credential changes for secure devices.

Anusha FLDP


Vantiv's Future Leaders Development Program (FLDP) is for people who join Vantiv through our internship program or immediately following college or university. It's a highly-competitive, two-year program along three tracks: finance; technology; and risk, security & compliance.


I caught up with FLDP member Anusha Kantamneni to ask her about her role at Vantiv, now Worldpay and what she loves about the program.


Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I moved to Cincinnati in 2013 to pursue my Master degree in Computer Science at University of Cincinnati and I have been here ever since. I love the fact that Cincy has the vibe of a big city and the culture of a small town. Among friends and peers, I am known as A FOODIE (and that actually is my license plate). While other people eat to live, I live to eat! I did my thesis on finding evolving communities in social networks as my passion lies in the mining patterns from data, and I hope to continue working in the world of data.


Why did you select Worldpay when searching for a full-time role?
Working for a Fintech enables you to remain at the forefront of the digital revolution. Having done an internship at Vantiv prior to graduation gave me an opportunity to live with the company’s culture and accumulate invaluable experience. It felt wonderful being part of a rapidly expanding company with plenty of exposure to challenging assignments, which made me want to come back and work for Vantiv, now Worldpay full-time.


What do you love most about the Future Leaders Development Program?
When we joined the FLDP program it was just getting started and it gave us an opportunity to be involved in defining and building a strong foundation for the program and we take immense pride in doing it. It gave me an opportunity to diversify my skill set and gain knowledge about different LOBs. I now have a better understanding of the Payment industry. The best part about the program is the exposure that it provides and to be able to pave your own career path.


What are your career goals?
I would want myself to be the go-to person for a particular domain or product, someone who has a horizontal knowledge of different areas of business, and immense expertise and in-depth knowledge of a specific domain. If I were to pick a role within the organization I would say maybe a product owner or a solution architect.


How did college help prepare you for your career at Worldpay?
I was the Vice-President of Indian Student Association (ISA), an organization of about 500 students to promote cultural unity, and to provide a basic support network for them. It made me realize that taking an initiative and working with a team towards a common goal is something that I enjoy doing and this helped me flourish in a leadership rotational program at Worldpay.

Is there anything you wish you would have taken or done in college to better prepare you?
I always wanted to participate in events like Hackathons and Revolution UC, but due to my Thesis, Course Work, Teaching Assistantship, grading papers and organizing events I was pretty occupied for most of the time. I wish to have managed my time more efficiently so that I could have incorporated such activities into my schedule.


What advice would you give to women students who might be considering a career in payments?
Take time to explore as much as possible, at times knowing what you don’t want to do is even better than knowing what you want to do. Also, don’t be intimidated by people who seem to know more than you do, a great way to learn is to ask a lot of questions and don’t be afraid to do so. The best way to learn any field is to jump in and build things, and payments industry is ever changing and new payment forms are emerging so choosing a career in this industry would be a fun ride.


Want to hear from more FLDP members? Check out our FLDP Spotlight on Amber Bielunksi here. 

Our recruiters love college job fairs. Not only is it a great chance to spend time on gorgeous college campuses and eat free pizza (we're only half-kidding about the pizza), it can also be a great opportunity to meet homegrown talent! Fort Lewis College has been a boon to our Durango, CO office, supplying some top engineering talent to our developer teams. We chatted with 2 of our engineers who started at Worldpay (then Mercury) right out of college to find out how their college experience gave them a leg up at Worldpay. 


Dale Shumate, Fort Lewis College class of 2006


Dale Shumate, Senior Principle Technology Engineer of Quality Assurance at WorldPay


What was your favorite thing about attending Fort Lewis College?

I liked the friendly atmosphere between the professors and students, and the close-knit comradery that came with smaller class sizes. Additionally, Fort Lewis is incredibly beautiful nearly the whole year round. 


What course most prepared you for your career?

Coding with C# and Object-Oriented Programming are incredibly useful in my everyday life. Some other good ones were Business Writing and Computer Architecture.


What course do you wish you could have taken to prepare you for your career?  

I wish had taken a couple of business classes that help explain how to pitch ideas and how businesses truly work from a sales/business side. It's all about teamwork. Learning how everyone contributes would have been great.


What advice would you give students who might be interested in a career in payments?

Abstraction of data is king. Learning how to manipulate data on a large scale, and properly store and retrieve that data is what an immense amount of processing is all about. 


What was your first job out of college? 

My first job was as an IT Tools Engineer for Mercury Payment Systems. I've been at Mercury (now Worldpay) for 11 years now! 


Chris Conrow, Fort Lewis College class of 2012


Chris Conrow software engineer at Worldpay


What was your favorite thing about attending Ft Lewis College?

Small class sizes. The professors care about your progress and were always available to help and provide one on one time with students.


What course most prepared you for your career?

A year-long (2 semester) course called Software Engineering. In the first part of the year, we learned about common Software development life cycles that are used in the real world. We also were trained in writing technical documents and project proposals. The second half of the year, we took on a project from the professor, acting as a client/Product manager and built a program using one of the software development life cycles and worked with the professor to build the program to spec.  It was a fun and challenging class that did a great job of mimicking what I do for my career.


What course do you wish you could have taken to prepare you for your career?

I wish I would’ve taken more writing courses. I am confident enough in my writing skills to get by, but it isn’t easy and can take me a while.


What advice would you give students who might be interested in a career in payments?

It is a fast field. Be ready to continually learn and push yourself. The job is rewarding if you can keep up.


What was your first job out of college? 

Mercury Payment Systems!


Wanna talk to our recruiters? See where they'll be next on our college recruiting calendar. 

integrating credit cards on your website


Are you planning on integrating credit card payments on your website? Before you code your payment form, think about the customer experience. Try these 5 easy tips to make payments easy and worry-free for your customers and you’ll be rewarded with more completed sales and less abandoned shopping carts.


1. Pare down your form to the bare necessities using common sense logic.

Make it easy for your customers to breeze through checkout by shrinking the amount of data they need to enter. Save your users from a “credit card type” drop-down menu by coding the form to detect the card type automatically with the first 4 digits of the credit card. There’s a handy guide for this here. Same goes for the address field. All you need is a zip code to automatically populate city and state fields.


Don't forget mobile users when you integrate credit cards on your website.


2. Even better: include a card scanning option for mobile users.

When you’re integrating credit card payments on your website, keep your mobile users in mind. I’ve been super grateful for Apple’s new credit card scan feature on iOS every time I’ve bought podcast tickets on my mobile phone on one of those event apps that gives you a teeny amount of time to reserve event tickets.


3. Offer incentives and loyalty points.

You want your customers to come back, right? Rewarding customers for shopping at your store is a great way to encourage them to come back and spend. Try offering a free sample at checkout or points that are redeemable for a discount on their next order. The benefits can vary from larger sales to an increase in return business. When you’re integrating credit cards on your website, giving a reward in exchange for a sale is a great way to delight customers.


when integrating credit card payments on your website, make it easy to split payments


4. Allow customers to pay for purchases on more than 1 card.

Say you have a group of friends who want to pool their money to buy a giant dinosaur sculpture (a totally reasonable purchase). Sure, they can buy their new dino statue on one person’s card and reimburse each other through various cash sharing apps, OR you can provide a user experience that will surprise and delight these dinosaur aficionados by coding a checkout that will allow a customer to divide a purchase among many cards. When integrating credit cards on your website, convenience and ease of use will delight your customers. Particularly if you’re selling higher-priced items, something like this could make the difference between a customer completing the purchase on your site or somewhere else.


5. Keep in mind that design can reinforce perceptions of security (and perceptions of vulnerability).

If your payment form doesn’t look safe or secured, you’re going to scare your customers away (and drive them to a competitor). Little designed elements can make a big difference. Check out how Wave designed their payment form to give a sense of security:


5 Futuristic Applications of Fitness Wearables


What’s the future version of today’s humble step tracker or health app? Our resident tinkerers at Vantiv labs took on an API challenge to enable commerce with fitness wearable technology for usage in a sharing economy business model (like a gym membership where you only pay for the equipment you use).


Read on to discover five more futuristic applications for fitness wearables.


Smart Patches


the future of wearable fitness technology: smart patches


Forget about your Fitbit. Patches that stick directly to the skin are the new future for wearable tech. Smart patches have the advantage of being worn all the time – unlike wrist wear which needs to be removed to be charged and can’t get wet. Some pro sports teams are already testing smart patches that analyze health by monitoring sweat on their athletes.  Plus patches worn under clothes offer a discrete option for health monitoring for folks who prefer a bit more privacy.


Smart Clothing


the future of wearable fitness technology: smart clothing


Smart fabrics with sensors hidden in your t-shirt or waistband might be able to track your heart rate, fat ratio, calorie burn, and provide you with updates on your shrinking waist size. For professional athletes or patients in rehabilitation, biosensors in clothing might be programmed to detect unusual muscle contractions for doctors to track. Supa is already using AI and heart rate sensors in their line of women’s sportswear that even tracks UV absorption.




future of fitness wearables: drone running buddies


Imagine heading out for a run with your own personal drone that will fly ahead of you and set the pace to improve your mile time or meet your distance goals. In a 2015 study of joggers using running drones, the joggers reported enjoying the “companionship” and “personality” of their drone jogging buddies. The best thing about a jogging drone? It’s way less flaky than a human partner. (Ahem, looking at you, Becky.)


Smartglasses with Augmented Reality


the future of wearable fitness technology: augmented reality and smartglasses


While Google Glasses were roundly mocked when they launched, the promise and potential of wearable tech glasses is still a tech ideation darling. Augmented reality paired with a slender, lightweight glasses frame instead of a bulky headset could seriously enhance a workout. For instance, a runner training for a race could pop on some smartglasses, download an app similar to Zombies, Run!, and enter an immersive augmented reality – where their evening run is spiced up with zombies, obstacles, and video game-style missions.




future of fitness wearables: tattoos


Harvard and MIT researchers have combined biosensitive tattoo inks with traditional tattoo artistry to create tattoos that double as biomedical mood rings. The inks change color depending on body chemistry. For an example, an athlete could monitor the status of their recovery, or a diabetic could tell their blood sugar level by the changing color of their tattoo. The applications could go beyond chronic conditions as well: temporary tattoos for short duration monitoring (like for hospital stays or surgical recovery), or for situations where continuous health monitoring is needed for a specific duration (for athletes in physical therapy or for experimental patient trials).

Do people say your head is in the clouds? If they do, you’re likely on to something. At least if your head is in charge of your healthcare practice’s technology. Because you’ll be on the cutting edge of adopting this new technology. Check out 3 ways cloud technology is a gamechanger for health services providers.



1) Administrative costs.


20 percent of consumers have unpaid medical bills due to confusing billing processes.


No surprise here: inefficient billing practices are revenue drainers. Nearly 20 percent of consumers have unpaid health care bills due to confusing payment processes. And, up to 80 percent of medical bills contain mistakes, which results in a loss of approximately $125 billion annually.


up to 80% of medical bills contain errors.


Meanwhile, healthcare providers operating in the cloud are enjoying $8 billion in annual savings. Check out how digital payments reduced one provider’s administrative costs by 25 percent, and reduced time spent on submitting claims and processing patient payments by 88 percent.


2) Patient service.

Patients expect 24/7 availability from health service providers. Can your patient portal keep up?

Patients are accustomed to 24/7 availability and service from their banks, their retailers, their dog groomers –you get the picture. They’d like the same level of access and service from their healthcare providers.


In this new digital landscape, healthcare providers need to deliver Internet-based services that connect healthcare professionals with patients, to talk about upcoming procedures, aftercare, and medication management. Providers are increasingly turning to cloud solutions to modernize their legacy apps and IT infrastructure to make this happen.


3) Scalability and efficiency.

Getting up and running is half the battle and again, cloud technology claims the edge here. Cloud deployments typically take only 3-6 months, compared to the 12-month timeframe to implement an on-premise solution.

 health care cloud spending is expected to reach $9 billion

Healthcare cloud spending is skyrocketing, expected to increase from $3.73 billion in 2015, to $9.48 billion in 2020. And companies that offer the solutions health services providers are seeking will undoubtedly reap the financial benefits. Will yours be one of them?

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We want Vantiv O.N.E. to be the best community it can be, and we'd love your input. How have we been doing?


Let us know how we can make Vantiv O.N.E. better - whether that's the user experience, our documentation, or resources you wish we offered.


Everyone who submits an idea will get a $10 Starbucks card to help them power through the rest of the year. All entries will be entered into a contest for a $100 Amazon card. (Check out our terms and conditions here.) 


Contest ended Jan 2017

Vantiv's Future Leaders Development program (FLDP) is for people who join Vantiv through our internship program or immediately following college or university. It's a highly-competitive, two-year program along three tracks: finance; technology; and risk, security & compliance.


I caught up with FLDP member Amber Bielunski to ask her how she found Vantiv and what she loves about the program.

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Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Actually, the house I grew up in is about 10 minutes from our Tinley Park office. I attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, where I majored in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. Currently, I'm in my second year in the Risk, Security and Compliance FLDP track. I am known around the office as “Sunshine” most likely because of my high energy that is due to being naturally caffeinated. I have also been known to bake sweet treats for those that sit around me or those who have learned that my desk usually has snacks.


Why did you select Vantiv when searching for a full-time role?

I wanted a company whose values aligned with mine, that would allow me to have an opportunity to make an impact within the organization. Starting from the recruiting process, every person that I met was genuine and showed an interest in me. After my interviews I remember thinking “this is such a good fit and everything I’m looking for– I sure hope they are thinking the same about me!”  There hasn’t been a day that went by that I don’t see the values on display at Vantiv, which just reaffirms that I made a great choice moving here for this program.


What do you love most about the Future Leaders Development Program – Risk, Security & Compliance?

It’s difficult to pick just one aspect of the program that I like the love most. I think the two things that I love the most about the program are the people involved and the constant opportunity to push myself to learn and be better. The people involved in the program the managers, program managers, mentors, executive sponsors, and the other FLDPs. There is this huge network of people who care about you and want to see you succeed and they become so influential in your life and that is something that is truly amazing. Many of them are not only my coworkers but also my friends. I also love having the constant opportunity to push myself to learn and be better. Every single day I am pushed and challenged to be better than I was yesterday and to learn something new-something that is truly a gift. I have been able to grow so much professionally and personally in the last year. I credit a lot of that to the program and everyone involved and I am so thankful to be a part of this program.


What are your career goals?

Eventually I would like to be a people leader within the organization. In the year and half I have been here, I’ve had the most wonderful leaders at Vantiv who have positively influenced me. I hope to one day be that leader to someone. I’ve really enjoyed the variety of careers that the program has exposed me to and I am looking forward to the next few months in the program. 

Martin Kohlman is a senior at Miami University. This year, he is interning with Vantiv's Corporate Platforms team in Cincinnati. Here is Martin with a very important member of the Vantiv team, Bean the fish. (You can tell his internship is going swimmingly.)

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Why did you choose Vantiv for your summer and fall internship?

I participated in a STEM job shadow day through Miami University, and was very excited to learn that there was a position available as an intern to shadow a scrum master. My studies have had a heavy focus on Agile methodology, and the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working with a team in the Agile space was a great opportunity.


What are you majoring in?

I am majoring in Software Engineering, and focusing my studies on a higher level with topics such as the different phases of the software development lifecycle, and Agile as a whole. I enjoy studying different ways in which a team can be successful together, and how to make positive process improvements to maximize efficiency and enjoyment within a team environment.


What have you learned during your experience with us?

I have learned a lot of valuable lessons. First and foremost, I’ve learned that Agile is just a framework, and should be treated as such. There is no one-stop-shop that will make a team work smoothly all the time. Teams vary greatly in personality types, work ethics, and Agile maturity. Taking this into consideration while working with each individual team not only sets them up for success in completing their work, but also provides a chance for them to grow as a team. This growth, in turn, will give way to the team being more proficient in the work they are doing. Secondly, I’ve gained a great amount of insight into what the day-to-day of a scrum master is, what it means to be a servant leader, and what I can do to bring value to each of the teams that I have been working with. 


What are your career goals?

Looking to the near future, namely June of 2018, I am beginning my first rotation in the technology Future Leader Development Program. I am very excited about the amount of knowledge I will be able to gain from working with different teams throughout my time as an FLDP, as well as the prospect of forging new relationships around Vantiv. Long term, I hope to put this knowledge to good use and to one day hold a position of leadership. I want to do my best to positively affect my future peers and colleagues, and the company as a whole.

Kevin Eksterowicz is a Talent Acquisition Leader at Vantiv. I asked him about the new hiring approach that Vantiv rolled out this year (and that my team has used to great success). Here's what he had to say:


One of the most impactful exercises a company executes is its selection of new employees.  And when you’re growing as rapidly as Vantiv, the stakes are especially high.  In 2016 alone, we filled almost 1,400 jobs! 


However, when we scanned the organization late last year, a few things stuck out like a sore thumb:

  • Our interview and selection process lacked consistency and structure.
  • Interview training and tools were not on any of our curriculum.
  • Feedback on candidate experience was often lackluster at best.
  • Turnover within the first 12 months of hire was 23%, 75% of which took place within the first six months. 


We stopped in our tracks and realized that we had a huge opportunity in front of us to deliver value and impact to this growing organization.


After months of planning, developing and piloting, we launched Vantiv’s SELECT! program on July 31st. SELECT! is an approach to interviewing and selection that embraces a set structure and strategy for all roles in the organization, ideally with just one on-site visit limited to four interview sessions.  These sessions are tied directly to Vantiv’s leadership model and evaluate a candidate not just on experience and job titles, but through deep focus on the competencies required for success. 


We call these sessions our interview focus areas: 


  • Role Fit
  • Business Impact
  • Leadership/Self-Leadership
  • Culture & Values. 


Focus areas remain consistent across all levels of the organization, yet the competencies and suggested interview questions vary by level.  The outcome is a well-rounded candidate evaluation and a candidate experience that feels robust, streamlined and smooth. 

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Our Talent Management and Talent Acquisition teams worked hand-in-hand to develop this program complete with:

  • Interactive, online, level-based interview guides with recommended behavior-based interview questions
  • An interactive feedback mechanism to capture candidate-specific scores and notes for each focus area
  • Mandatory comprehensive eLearning courses:  one for people leaders, one for individual contributor interview panelists
  • Half-day classroom training
  • People Leader and Interviewer job aids
  • An Interview Checklist
  • Custom approaches for nuanced groups:  sales (remote), executive, front-line operations


Just three months in, almost every people leader (740+) and over 300 interviewers have completed the eLearning. New hire Michael Rose was one of the first candidates to go through the new hiring process. He said, "As I interviewed with potential new employers, Vantiv’s interview process stood out above the pack. Vantiv sent a clear message to me during the interview process… a well-organized and focused approach to finding the best candidate while providing an excellent candidate experience for me. The detailed/thoughtful interview process was a large factor for me choosing Vantiv!  Even the follow-up call from my new Leader after I had accepted the offer reassured me I had definitely made the right choice.”


Early feedback on the SELECT! process is very positive and by this time next year, we target marked improvement in early attrition, candidate experience feedback, time to fill metrics and hiring manager satisfaction feedback. Hiring Manager Shannon Reichart said of SELECT!, “this team approach has not only helped me as a hiring manager to make an informed decision regarding new hires, but I believe that it is creating a positive experience for our candidates, providing them with greater insights into Vantiv from other perspectives. Select will give us the foundation that we need as a leadership team to recruit, develop, and retain great people here at Vantiv!”

3 Blogs Coders Love

Posted by daniperea Oct 5, 2017

If you're looking to level up in your developer knowledge or to commiserate with other coders, we recommend giving one of these blogs a read. Do you have a favorite coder blog? Let us know in the comments!


1) CSS-Tricks

CSS-Tricks is a blog on all things web design and development, and true to their roots, it also provides many helpful tips and tricks on Cascading Style Sheets. It's run and written by Chris Coyier and a merry team of CSS enthusiasts.  I love it because of its readability, the sense of play in every post and because of the copious walkthroughs with code examples.  Plus it's so frequently updated, there's often new content a few times a day.

Favorite Post: Turning Text into a Tweetstorm


2) Women Who Code

Women who Code is a nonprofit with over 100,000 members who are tech professionals. You don't have to be a member to access their awesome blog, which is full of profiles of women developers and organizations advancing opportunities for women in tech; hackathon invites and meet-ups; career tips from advocating for your rights at work to becoming a better public speaker; conference recaps; and of course, coding advice. Their team of writers is fantastic and this might be one of the few places on the internet where reading the comments is a worthwhile endeavor. Come for the content, stay for the community.

Favorite Post: Protecting Your Rights at Work (this is actually a series: here's part 1 and part 3.)


3) Coding Horror

Coding Horror is both extremely hilarious and highly informative look at both code and coders.  The half-personal/half tech blog is written by Stack Overflow co-founder Jeff Atwood. With 13 years of posts accumulated on the blog, you'll find everything from well-researched and pithy posts on programming, to tips for both newbies and experts, to personal musings. One downside: Jeff is so busy, that months can go by without an update.

Favorite Post:  Password Rules are [Horse Puckey]


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Kevin Eksterowicz is a Talent Acquisition Leader here at Vantiv. I asked him what he loves about his job, and what advice he has for college students and recent graduates entering the job market.


How did you get into HR?

Like a lot of people, I actually sort of “fell” into HR. I majored in Marketing in college and I had my heart set on working for a huge NYC ad agency. The first opportunity they could offer me was as a Recruiting Coordinator serving the creative department and I jumped at the chance. A year later, I got the opportunity to work in a true advertising role. Sure enough, after a few years in an ad exec role, I realized that I missed HR and actively sought to return to Recruiting.


What do you love about your job?

What’s especially nice about the world of Talent Acquisition is that you’re helping people and you get the gratification of feeling needed. You have hiring managers with teams who are feeling the pain of a vacant position and you’ve got candidates who are actively seeking to make a change. You get to ease the pain of the internal client while helping someone gain the opportunity to take their career to the next level. It’s a win-win! The icing on the cake: you get to build relationships every day and no two days are the same.


What's the best job-seeking advice for college students or recent graduates you've heard?

It probably sounds like common sense but, “do your homework on the companies you’re applying to,” is easy, low-hanging fruit with big impact. If I call a candidate and they can’t remember the role they’ve applied to or what the company does, it’s a huge strike against you. Apply to roles and companies that really intrigue you and that you would be excited to interview for. A recruiter and a hiring manager can usually see right through a superficial interest level. I’d add that with the world of social media, it’s vital that things like your Facebook page and LinkedIn profile only paint you in a positive, mature, responsible light.


What's the worst job-seeking advice for college students or recent graduates you've heard?

“Cast a wide net by applying to lots of jobs that look exciting to you at a company.” 

As a recruiter, if I see a candidate who had applied to a wide variety of jobs, I’m likely to perceive them as unfocused and possibly desperate – just eager to get a foot in the door but not invested in something specific and therefore more likely to leave the role/company early.


Do you have any tips for college students or recent grads on making their resume stand out?

Yes! So many tips, but I’ll focus on the big ones.

  • Tweak your resume so that you highlight your skills and experiences that relate well to what the employer is looking for as stated in the job description. Don’t assume that they’ll just connect the dots – help them get there and make those highlights your leading bullet points under a specific job or internship.
  • There’s really no reason for your resume to be more than 1 page unless you’re coming from a graduate program and are already deep into your career. That said, limit your bullet points to the most important contributions you’ve made.
  • Quantify wherever you can! Example: “Increased customer service scores by 28% as a result of…”
  • Skip the objective section that so many people include at the top of their resume. The objective is to land the job you’ve just applied for and we already know that.
  • Have a second set of eyes review your resume. Typos can be deadly as first impressions go!
  • Do you have any tips for college students or recent grads on making the most of an internship?
  • Perform as if your entire internship is an interview because that’s really what it is. Come to work every day as if you’re fighting the competition to keep your foot in the door with the company. 



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Vantiv's Future Leader Development program (FLDP) is for people who join Vantiv through our internship program or immediately following college or university. It's a highly-competitive, two-year program along three tracks: finance; technology; and risk, security & compliance.


I caught up with FLDP member Alex Ehrman to ask him how he found Vantiv and what he loves about the program.

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Q: Why did you select Vantiv when searching for a full-time role?

A: I chose Vantiv when searching for a full-time role due to the fast-paced culture, the opportunity to explore multiple verticals of the business through the FLDP program, and because of the high-growth industry.


Q: What do you love most about the Future Leaders Development Program – Finance?

A: The flexibility of the program allows each FLDP to explore the areas of Finance that they are most interested in as well as areas that will best aid long-term development. Program flexibility has helped me discover what I want to do as I progress in my career.