Heartland Payment Systems Review

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Phone Number
(888) 963-3600
Date Established
1997
Location
Edmond, OK

Pros

  • Ideal for restaurant industry
  • Supports ecommerce
  • Free mobile payments app
  • Nonprofit discounts available
  • Excellent customer support

Cons

  • Expensive for low-volume merchants
  • $295 early termination fee
  • No pricing disclosed online

Overview

In the payments space, it’s pretty common to encounter tradeoffs. Rarely do we at Merchant Maverick encounter a company that is the whole package: pricing, service, transparency, and so on. Heartland Payment Systems is not absolutely perfect as far as processing, but it performs far above many others in this business. With some not necessarily innovative practices, but certainly uncommon ones — like an in-house sales team — there is a lot to love, as we’ll cover in this review. 

Heartland Payment Systems is headquartered in Edmond, OK, but it has offices all across the U.S. It’s been in business since 1997, and has a reputation for industry-leading security and innovative solutions that allow it to dominate payment processing in certain industries. 

In particular, Heartland provides amazing solutions for the restaurant industry. Restaurant owners should be looking into this company for sure. But you’ll also see that Heartland caters to schools (particularly K-12), the hospitality industry, local governments, and nonprofits, to name a few. I don’t see many of Heartland’s so-called specialties cropping up on many competitors’ websites, which stands out to me. 

Its parent company, Global Payments, took the number five spot by quantity of purchase transactions in 2016, according to the Nilson Report. The ranking comes from a combination of both Global and Heartland business — and it’s worth mentioning that Heartland alone has snagged that number five spot previously.

Heartland was acquired by Global Payments in April 2016. For the most part, it appears that Global has chosen to let Heartland go about business as usual without any major changes.

Overall, I believe Heartland is generally an honest, reliable company offering stand-out products and services in the merchant services sphere, largely thanks to a fantastic sales team. While I’d prefer to see an interchange-plus option for low-volume merchants too, the subscription plan for merchants processing under $50K per year is not a terrible deal. 

However, I will be watching Heartland closely from here on out. Recurring complaints are usually a pretty reliable indicator of a problem within a company, and I’m seeing an increase in the number of complaints about customer service. However, because the increase is still small, I can’t fully gauge the extent of the problem, or whether it’s attributable to growing pains or a new way of doing business.

Heartland Payment Systems holds steady at a very respectable 4 stars out of 5. One reason for this is the high fees for low-volume merchants. Also, even with the high flat rate, the company still includes a standard early termination fee with a three-year agreement for almost all of its contracts. In an age where the best processors work on a month-to-month basis with no ETF, Heartland doesn’t quite compare. I’m also worried about the uptick in complaints. If the grievances continue to pile up, we might have to re-evaluate Heartland’s rating. But overall, Heartland doesn’t use shady practices, has a good mix products and services, and definitely isn’t your generic, run-of-the-mill giant processor.   

See the rest of my review for more info or check out some of our other top-rated providers.

Products & Services

Heartland offers a great list of services. In addition to merchant accounts, it’s nice to see that HPS can set businesses up with payroll and billing solutions, giving you fewer companies to deal with overall. That will hopefully translate into time and money saved. The company also has unique offerings for specific industries, which I like. Offerings include:

  • Merchant accounts: Heartland isn’t a good choice for low-volume merchants, but it does offer a processing option. Above $5,000 per month, you should be fine with Heartland.
  • Industry-specific programs: Heartland has some interesting offerings for restaurants, educational institutions, the hospitality industry, and other types of businesses. It certainly shines in some specialized niches, but that doesn’t mean Heartland can’t also cater to your standard retail or ecommerce businesses.  
  • Micropayments: I said Heartland had industry-specific programs, that includes micropayments options for laundromats, game centers/amusements, and even correctional facilities.

More specifically, here’s what you can expect as far as features when you sign up:

  • EMV terminal solutions: First of all, Heartland does have a proprietary POS that will integrate with its terminals (that’s kind of obvious). Heartland also offers a platform so that you can integrate your terminal with quite a lot of third-party POS providers. And of course, there’s a non-integrated option too.
  • Contactless payments acceptance: Heartland also offers support for Android, Apple, and Samsung “pay” apps, which is nice to see.
  • Online data reporting: Heartland offers a reporting portal (InfoCentral) at no additional charge. They’ve also rolled out a new program called Heartland Analytics for small and medium-sized businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industries, with modules for email marketing and CRM as well.
  • In-house gateway/virtual terminal: Heartland’s solution is called the Portico gateway. You won’t have to pay for gateway service to use the virtual terminal. The gateway supports credit/debit cards, gift cards, and alternative payments (in this case, that means PayPal, Apple Pay, and MasterPass, as well as Discover). 
  • Mobile processing: You can use the Heartland Mobile Payments app to process transactions on the go, but Heartland isn’t a good solution for low-volume mobile businesses due to the relatively high cost. 
  • Mobile ordering: For restaurants, Heartland has some extensive resources to build a white-label mobile ordering system that works with your website, a custom branded app, or even Facebook. This is pretty cool.
  • Loyalty program: Heartland promises to set you up for a meeting with a rewards specialist to help you figure out how you can optimize a loyalty/rewards program to increase your business. That’s a nice offer, and it sounds like the program allows for a lot of customization. Heartland seems to stress linking a loyalty program with gift cards.
  • Gift cards: This is pretty standard stuff. Being able to offer gift cards can increase your business. As an extension, Heartland has a lot of experience with stored value cards as well.
  • Internet of Things: I am not the person to judge the quality of developer tools, but I do want to point out something I haven’t seen elsewhere: Heartland specifically has tools designed for businesses that are built around the Internet of Things. HPS’s micropayments system comes into play here, though the system also supports stored value cards depending on your needs.
  • eCommerce: Heartland promises it has partners to help you set up your own domain (or you can use one you have already), with design templates, mobile optimization, email marketing and an abandoned cart saver, among other features. Or you can do it yourself if you have the time. It’s a surprisingly detailed list, which gives me a bit of confidence that Heartland understands what digital businesses need and are actively looking for. Most other processors, unless they specialize in ecommerce, tend to gloss over this aspect of service.

Other Services:

  • Payroll solutions
  • Billing solutions
  • Managed network solutions
  • Lending: Heartland works with several lenders to deliver financing options for businesses of all sizes. We don’t typically recommend merchant cash advances because their terms aren’t as competitive as other financing options. You should check out our merchant cash advance calculator to explore some actual numbers if you’re interested in this option.

This is a pretty comprehensive list of services to offer, especially all from one processor. Despite how large Heartland is, much of its marketing creates the feel of a small company, from the local sales reps to the website. I like that Heartland doesn’t try to be so generic as to cater to everyone. It gives you specifics so that you know who the company is and what they do. You don’t see that kind of statement from most big companies. The giants are generally so bland that they seem like they could be anything to any merchant. That might be true, but they miss out on a chance to call out what these companies do well. Not Heartland. 

There is one last feature I want to mention:

  • Data security: The state-of-the-art Heartland Secure system is seriously impressive. In all, Heartland Secure includes breach protection for transactions processed via Heartland Secure-certified devices and reduces PCI scope for merchants (ultimately lessening their burden). It also takes advantage of three security technologies — EMV, of course, as well as end-to-end encryption and tokenization.  Related to that, SecureSubmit is a tool that helps Heartland’s ecommerce merchants protect consumer information entered via a browser. It too helps reduce PCI scope for merchants.

Part of Heartland’s fierce commitment to education and security comes from a rather nasty data breach back in 2008/2009.  A man named Albert Gonzalez hacked into the Heartland system and stole the data from some 130 million credit and debit cards. It was an unfortunate disaster that, to be honest, could have happened to anyone. But Heartland bounced back — with a vengeance, you might say. The company’s commitment to security and to educating merchants about security is almost fanatical, and I think that’s incredible. With Heartland Secure, I am more than willing to bet the company is easily one of the most secure processors you can work with right now. That’s pretty high praise. 

Fees & Rates

I love that Heartland offers interchange-plus pricing as its primary model. As we’ve said repeatedly, interchange plus is really the most transparent pricing model out this. However, Heartland hasn’t provided a lot of information about it. There is this on the website: 

At Heartland, transparency drives everything we do. That’s why we offer Interchange-Plus pricing—giving you full disclosure into how much you’re paying us and how much goes to the card brands. This protects you from arbitrary price increases and ensures that you receive the full benefit of cost reductions, such as the Durbin Amendment savings.

You’ll also find a few other pages on the website that reference interchange-plus, but not many other informational resources beyond that. It would appear that Heartland relies on its sales agents to explain what the company’s rates are.

There is a major stipulation when it comes to Heartland’s interchange-plus pricing, which I didn’t find out until I got on the phone with a local sales rep: If you process less than $50,000 per year (about $4,150/month), the company will charge you a flat rate of $67 per month on top of interchange fees. This is actually a subscription model akin to Fattmerchant, not a typical interchange-plus plan. 

How much does that monthly fee equate to as far as markup? Let’s run the numbers!

50K / 12 = $4167 monthly volume 

67 / 4167 = 0.0161 = 1.61% markup

Considering most interchange-plus markups are between 0.15% and 0.35%, a 1.61% markup is awfully high. And remember, this is the best-case scenario. If you are only doing about $2,000 per month, then this doubles

But, okay. Let’s say that $25 of the $67 is a justifiable account fee and not part of the actual markup. In this case, the math works out as follows:

42 / 4167 = 0.0101 = 1.01% markup

Again, this is way higher than any good-quality interchange-plus plan.

For context, let’s say that your average interchange, assuming you process mostly Visa and MasterCard, will be around 1.54% + $0.12.  At a 1.61% markup, that makes the rate 3.15% + $0.12, which is also way higher than Square or PayPal Here (both great starter options for low-volume merchants) charge. If we look at part of the cost as a monthly account fee, the markup becomes 2.55% + $0.12, which is lower — except that Square and PayPal Here don’t charge any monthly fees. 

That said, this rate only applies for low-volume merchants. If you’re above that $50K per year mark, your plan will be a true interchange-plus plan. We’ve looked into this and from what we’ve heard, under about $90K per year, you’re looking at a monthly fee plus a markup of about 0.87% + $0.15. That’s fairly high, but that could easily be justified by the inclusion of value-added services.

We can’t guarantee that’s what Heartland will charge you, but it’s a better starting point than no information at all.

For those doing more than $50K per year, especially merchants in the restaurant industry, I think Heartland could potentially be a near-perfect provider.

Contract Length & Early Termination Fee

With Heartland you can expect, as standard:

  1. An early termination fee (ETF) of $295
  2. A three-year contract

If you don’t need to purchase any hardware, you may be able to get a month-to-month agreement from your sales rep. However, this is not common and don’t expect it to be offered with no prompting. We’ve had sales reps comment on this review that Heartland doesn’t offer any sort of auto-renewal clause, which I assume means after three years you move to a month-to-month plan. However, until I have confirmation directly from the company, take this with a grain of salt.

We don’t like ETFs and we wish they would go away altogether. However, Heartland generally seems to be fair. It’s fairly common to see LOTS of complaints about ETFs from the bigger processors, but there are few complaints about Heartland period, and the ETF only comes up a portion of the time.

Sales & Advertising Transparency

I love that you don’t have to deal with the usual smoke and mirrors when you deal with Heartland. It doesn’t have any sales gimmicks, doesn’t make any wild claims or promises, and doesn’t try to pull the wool over your eyes with deals that are just too good to be true. Overall, Heartland is almost an ideal processor regarding sales and advertising transparency. I say almost here for a few reasons.  

First, the company doesn’t disclose any fees on its site, including the early termination fee. If it’s really committed to transparency, I’d love to see some of these numbers standardized and disclosed. Furthermore, Heartland doesn’t offer typical interchange-plus pricing if you do under $50,000 per year in processing, thanks to its rather high monthly fee. And it fails to disclose this not-so-little fact on the site. This is disappointing, but not a deal-breaker. There are so many other things Heartland does right, and low-volume merchants have other great options for processing as well. 

Second, it’s not very easy to get a sales rep on the phone. All sales go through local agents, so you have to send a request for information through the website. Then someone from corporate will call you back to schedule a meeting with a local sales rep.

On the one hand, this is nice. Getting to sit down with a local agent has a definite appeal if you are serious about getting an account and building a long-term relationship. On the other hand, I’d like to be able to get some basic information quickly over the phone rather than inviting an agent into my place of business and jumping through hoops just to find out if I’d even be interested in working with the company. 

Third, Heartland seems to have had some trouble rolling out a new policy for merchants who aren’t EMV compliant: a $299 non-compliance fee. I noted it in a few complaints because the merchants who were caught by the fee were upset that they weren’t informed or offered a chance to get a chip card reader before the policy took effect. I did a Google search to confirm the information and I found it explained on another processor’s website, but after looking through the Heartland blog and its product pages I saw no information about it. And that’s symbolic of the larger issue.

At first glance, Heartland’s website LOOKS like it’s going to be chock full of helpful information. And I’ll give the company this much: it’s definitely better than average regarding helpfulness. Rather than focus on general services and why you might need them, Heartland explains — at least very generally — how its solutions help you achieve your business goals and what its services include.

That said, the site is still a lot of missing specifics — for example, the fees (which we’ve mentioned above). But there’s more than that. I know that with a large company that works with a lot of partners, it’s not always easy to explain what POS options are available, but even a list of POS partners would be good. I’d love to see more about the different mobile app options, too.  So while Heartland isn’t terrible in this regard, it could still do better.

The company also has an active Facebook page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile, which have small followings and low interaction. However, I don’t see the Facebook page or Twitter feed plastered with complaints about terrible service or non-responsive support teams, which is a good sign

One thing I do like is that the all of Heartland’s sales agents are all employees of the company, not independent contractors or third-party sales organizations. This is fairly rare in this industry, but it’s a really good practice. The Heartland network is large, but it’s all managed in-house, so you should get consistent, fair treatment. That means that there’s usually more scrutiny and far less pressure to close a deal — which means salespeople aren’t as likely to neglect to disclose important details. 

Customer Service & Technical Support

Heartland claims to be the real deal concerning customer service. You can get 24/7/365 support from a US-based, in-house team. The support page on the website even lists not just one phone number, but one for each branch of services, which means you won’t need to be transferred from department to department. The website also claims that calls are answered in about 10 seconds on average. There’s also an email form for those of you who aren’t comfortable on the phone or for whom the issue isn’t urgent.

I’ve seen a small but definite surge in complaints about the quality of Heartland’s customer service, so I’m a little skeptical at the moment.

Heartland doesn’t have any sort of help center available to the public so I can’t judge the quality of any sort of self-help resources. What Heartland does offer is a Resources page, which has some information on a variety of topics. However, none of it addresses specific information about Heartland and its services. 

If you have experience with Heartland’s customer support, please leave us a comment and let us know what you think! Your comments help us better assess each company we review.

Negative Reviews & Complaints

I’m very happy to say that Heartland doesn’t have nearly the amount of complaints that I’d expect them to have. RipOffReport.com features just 21 complaints, the latest from 2016. Heartland has 33 complaints through the BBB (up from 27). However, 26 of them are from the last 12 months. Most of the complaints haven’t been resolved to the satisfaction of the merchant, either. 

Of the few complaints out there, the most common include:

  • Poor Customer Service: This one is the most worrisome issue because it seems to make up the majority of recent complaints. I’m not sure what’s going on, but merchant complaints claim that the quality of customer support has gone way down, from long hold times and rude customer support reps to a general inability to solve problems. One of the more colorful complaints says that Heartland’s customer service has become the Comcast of payment processing.
  • Terminal Setup Issues: I did see a couple of reviews in our comments section and elsewhere complaining of difficulties with setting up terminals through Heartland Payment Systems. The recent complaints relate to troubles getting the terminals set up, not necessarily keeping them working or reprogramming existing equipment. 
  • EMV Non-Compliance Fee: Unsurprisingly, merchants don’t like being charged unexpected and expensive fees. The trouble is that some of them seemed to have no idea what was happening and weren’t contacted about upgrading their terminal. Right now the number of complaints is small, but if it grows, that may be a red flag. (But if you haven’t upgraded to an EMV terminal yet, it’s really, REALLY time to do so.)
  • Early Termination Fee: You’ll see this complaint with nearly every processor that has an early termination fee. The problem isn’t so much that the fee exists; the problem is some sales agents “forget” to mention it. I think the vast majority of Heartland Payment Systems reps do, in fact, disclose this fee, which is why the company has far fewer complaints about it than most processors.

If I’m honest, my Spidey-sense is tingling a bit. Something isn’t quite right to me. The comments I have seen are worrisome in that they seem to point to the same problem: difficulties with customer service and communication. I honestly hope that it’s just attributable to growing pains after the merger and that Heartland will get back to its usual amazing self quickly.

Positive Reviews & Testimonials

A couple years ago, Heartland started revamping its website content and marketing materials. A lot has disappeared from the web, including its Video Library page with its awesome testimonials. And it’s also abandoned its YouTube channel, as well. That’s really disappointing because those are some really convincing materials. 

I’ll be honest: it’s getting harder to find positive comments about Heartland on the web. They are out there (see our comments section for a few examples), but they are rare. Consider how much more likely someone is to talk about a bad experience than a good one, though, and then consider how few complaints there are overall, and this starts to make sense.

The closest I’ve been able to find as far as testimonials are actually on the Heartland website on its Point of Sale page, where you can see a small rotating list of clients (mostly restaurants).

Final Verdict

I really do like Heartland Payment Systems. I like the website, the services, and the way this company does business overall. I even like that the company has a bit of personality. Heartland has some unusual practices that set it apart as one of the top processors in the country. For businesses that process over $50K annually and can get set up with a fair markup rate over interchange, Heartland could be your perfect processor. There’s mobile processing, ecommerce support, micropayments, lending, and so much more. For those in the restaurant industry, Heartland has your back with great tailor-made services.

If you process cards sporadically or in low volumes, however, you’ll want to look elsewhere for your payment processing needs. I am a little worried about the complaints I’ve seen, as well. But I do hope the team can get past the growing pains and back to business as usual. Global has a good reputation, like Heartland, and so I’d like to be optimistic. It’s one of those situations where we can only wait and see.  

So for now, I can offer Heartland 4 out of 5 stars. If the company could start offering a standard month-to-month option (not just by request), then I’d probably consider giving it an even better score. Even some upfront disclosure on the site would go a long way for me. I hope to update this with good news soon.

If Heartland isn’t to your taste or you want to know more about some other solutions, definitely check out our highest-rated processors. Low-volume merchants in search of a processor should explore our top-rated mobile payments options!

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Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson is an independent writer and editor who loves e-commerce, digital marketing, technology, and social media. Once upon a time, she earned a journalism degree, but she went on to discover that she could work from home, researching, editing, and writing about the things she found most interesting. When she's not tied to her laptop, Melissa can usually be found in the kitchen, reading a book, or doing something of the nerdy persuasion.
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96 Comments

    TOM M. LACEY

    Organization Name: LACEY & SONS,INC

    WORST COMPANY EVER.. SWITCH TO HEARTLAND LIKE 60 DAYS AGO BOY WHAT A MISTAKE. SERVICE WENT DOWN TWICE IN 45 DAYS BOTH TIMES IT WAS THEIR MACHINES FAULT.. BUT THEY BLAMED IT ON MY COMPANY ACCOUNT WAS NEVER SET UP RIGHT SO I ACTUALLY INCURRED MORE FEES THEN MY LAST PROCESSOR.. THEY INSISTED I SEND MY MACHINE BACK TO THEM AND SENT ME SOME MACHINE THAT WAS REALLY OLD AND NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE MACHINE I SENT BACK TO THEM.THE REP SAID HE WAS GOING TO SAVE ME MONEY WITH NO CANCELLATION FEE BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT WASN’T TRUE.. THEY CHARGE ME $295.00 TO CANCEL.. BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE..DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR MONEY AND DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY…

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    Chris

    Organization Name: WCI Wheels

    Wouldn’t give them 1 star but can’t choose 0 stars. The company is all about #’s and not customer service or helping out customers/businesses. We’ve had 5 people in the past month use stolen credit cards for our products. Heartland shut down our account because it is too risky. We were at risk of shipping out products and then the stolen card doing a chargeback. Heartland did not care at all that they were stolen cards, or the fact that every chargeback that was open, we disputed and won. They don’t care if someone does a chargeback for no reason and they are in the wrong. 20 people could do a chargeback for no reason and you could win all 20 cases, but Heartland could care less.

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    Arne Swanson

    After being “hounded” by the Heartland Rep we finally agreed to sign on for our merchant credit services after being convinced that we would save a bundle. Almost immediately, we had trouble with the equipment, the credits to our account. The terminal wouldn’t work, we suffered embarrassments with a few customers and we noticed charges to our account almost daily despite not having any activity. After less than a month and due to non-performance on their part, we are cancelling the service. Our Rep made promises that Heartland can’t obviously keep. We have outstanding charges which were processed by our staff five days ago and the credit still isn’t in our account despite our Rep telling us that every charge would be in our account the next morning. We’re not naïve but we do trust people for the most part. Sales Rep is very nice woman however her company doesn’t support her sales promises.

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      Jim Michlig

      While they may process your payroll, they seem to have trouble when it comes to processing and reporting your tax information to the government. While I fully understand that mistakes can happen, Heartland Payment Systems has shown time and time again that they don’t care about their clients. If you need copies of your documents or an issue arises. Even the most simple issue like resubmitting your tax information, something that literally would take roughly 2 minutes to do, be prepared to receive a prewritten chain letter from Heartland telling you that you will need to wait 4 – 6 weeks.

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        Jeff Mehl

        IMPORTANT: READ THE SMALL PRINT!! I was with Heartland for a couple of years and was overall happy with their pricing and services. I recently found another provider with better rates so I switched. Only then did I find out THERE IS A $199 TERMINATION FEE FOR THEIR ACH SERVICES!!!I was going to protest but when I pulled out the contract, there it was – tiny print of course:” TERMINATION: “…Merchant may terminate this Agreement after one (1) year and thereafter upon sixty (60) days written notice to SPS-EFT. There will be a termination charge ($199.00) for terminating services.”Admittedly it’s my fault that I didn’t read the fine print, but what a ridiculous fee (I’m sure they assume that nobody reads the agreements, so they can get away with it!!). So just let the buyer beware if you choose to use this service!

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          Kristina

          This is sad news for me to hear, as I am a Heartland Payment Systems Sales Rep Veteran. Although we believe in full disclosure, there is a lot of information to convey when we meet with a merchant. I have to question the experience of the sales person you worked with as the ETF is something we in the field disclose. We believe in educating our merchants in all aspects of processing and fees, which of course, includes EarlyTermination Fees. And honestly, most of the larger ‘direct’ processors impose this fee, and if not, make up for it in other areas.

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            Cheryl Truong

            Heartland is good but DO NOT use their Heartland To Go product. None of the Heartland people even know what Heartland To Go is much less be able to help you with it. Heartland To Go is terrible. Looks like a bunch of kids that created a computer program but does not understand the restaurant business. I’ve been in business 25 years and have never seen such incompetence. They pass on the chargebacks to the merchants when the merchant has absolutely no control over collecting the money. Heartland is losing me as at 15 year customer.

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              8 Circle Media

              Horrible service and not accurate billing charges STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!Requested to stop service in October, 2016 and still till today fighting over recurring charges on my account.Poor and rude customer service. got hanged up on me several times with an excuse that the line was disconnected

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                Tim Sanginario

                I was reading through this full review and I feel it is very fairly written, except for the automatic renewal. This is not, nor has ever been, something that we do at Heartland. We offer “month to month” and 36 month agreements. The 3 year agreements are pretty standard, for many of our clients that require some sort of equipment provided. We need to ensure we recoup our investment in provided equipment. But for merchants purchasing terminals etc a month to month agreement is available. I just read this last reply from a reader stating they have been charged every month and our customer service did nothing to help. I have a strong hunch this is posted from a competitor, as anyone who has done business with us knows that we have a 1st Class Customer Service Department. If you called now you would speak to a live person in under 10 seconds. If you needed to cancel an account, which it sounds like this person is describing, you would have that accomplished and off the phone in minutes.

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                  Sherry Underwood

                  Hi Tom, I am a Heartland Relationship Manager, thanks for sharing the straight stuff here on your site. Please allow me to correct an error:”Contract Length and Early Termination Fee:With Heartland you can expect, as standard:An early termination fee (ETF) of $295A three-year contractAuto renewal if you don’t cancel in writing three months before the contract endsIf you negotiate, you can most likely get the early termination fee waived. If not, you should be able to get the contract term reduced to one year. Make sure to ask for this! If you don’t get the termination fee waived, be sure to get the auto-renewal clause removed.”We absolutely do not have automatically renewable contracts (I think they should be illegal!) and since we offer Interchange + our markup we have never raised our fees even after the expiration of the 3 years, which by the way offers the only price lock guarantee in the industry, that I know of. Also, I doubt if the early termination fee would ever be waived, so you probably don’t want to tell people to negotiate. It’s a big company, we board our clients using an iPad which doesn’t allow changes to our agreement.Cheers!Sherry Underwood

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                    Donald Bischoff

                    I have used Heartland for 8 years now and am now looking for a new CC processing company. They were fine in the beginning with their customer service and support. However; in the past 2 years their customer services are total lacking and disputes are a real nightmare. In this technology driven world, one should be able to access their website using any web browser but their website only works with 1 web browser and then requires downloads to my system of software I do not want on my PC to utilize certain aspects of their system. My CC amount is around $100,000 per year and Since their rates are not as competitive as other companies then I find no reason to stick with them nor their inadequate customer service.

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                      Chloe Bahal

                      Hi Donald,

                      I am going to send you an email right now so please keep an eye out for it.

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                        jeff friesen

                        Wow. Seriously underwhelmed. They promised training. None. They promised the portals and machines would work on our established infrastructure. Nope. No extra costs? Nope. Better rates? Not as far as i can tell. And it’s been over a month for them to even get close to getting our second office set up. It’s been a nightmare. I’m considering a reliable alternative like, well, anyone else. Paying and then challenging the cancellation fee in court will be a small price to pay for the waste time. It’s taken me hours and hours. Plus the rep called our banker and one of our other partners to complain about me answering the questions “what do you think?” so that I got a call from one of my partners to ask if anything is wrong. WTF? If you have something to say to me, say it to me. I am the senior administrative partner…. Ok, that aside, we are still working at getting the busy half of the company up and running. They told me that our equipment in this office is blocking their service, so I flipped in the same account to the other location and it worked. But for tracking and batching we need it set up for both offices. I pointed this out to the tech support guy, and he told me it must be our equipment. So I walked him through a differential diagnosis troubleshooting decision tree (which all tech support should know) and he finally admitted that the problem is on their end. This is wasting hours of time that I DO NOT HAVE. I am checking into another payment system this evening and if they try to charge me for early cancellation I will have our lawyers take them to court, win and then get court and legal fees out of them too. And let me ask you this. In this day and age why won’t a browser based portal be limited to internet explorer (the worst browser on the planet) and NOT WORK ON APPLE COMPUTERS. Seriously?I cannot recommend for technical issues, for a rep who calls others to complain about their client, and for not having the account set up over a month after we set it up, and for wasting days of our business time.

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                          diamond dagger

                          this service is the worst company to use ..everything they offer is a lie they have many hidden fees and kept my account open for 6 months after i canceled it and charged me 20$ a month then out of no where hit my account for 295$ early cancelation fee ..they provide no contract it is all done with a individual on a tiny tablet electronically so i not recommend this company to anyone

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                            Ron Pole

                            Terrible experience. Early termination fee was not mentioned. Also, first unit I received was broken. Sent me another one. Had to be reprogramed. Took 3 days for funds to hit my account. I was told funds would be deposited next day. That was not true. Next day deposits are only on items processed before 5 pm PST. Makes for accounting issues as you could understand. This was all in my 1st week. I cancelled service and was able to get early termination fee waived. 3 weeks later still waiting for agent to pick up device so I can get a refund on equipment.

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                              Brian Harpster

                              My big mistake was leaving Square. Heartland convicede that Heartland’s rates were better and their service is unmatched. Neither is true. Heartland is a full point higher than Square. I had an employee manage to enter a $1000 tip instead of a dollar were Square won’t permit excessive tipping. When I called customer service to back the tip out they spent most of the time telling me it’s my fault. Finally they agreed to dump the entire batch, so I got to hand re-enter 62 transactions. On top of it all I get “misc charges”. I was ensued there would be on extra fees. Heartland’s customer service is no better than any other CC company I used in the past and pricing is comparable. In the 3 years I used Square I never had an issue where customer service was needed. I am really upset with myself for getting dupped.

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                                Craig

                                Vantiv vs Heartland for a pharmacy business>??

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                                  Chloe Bahal

                                  Hi Craig,

                                  I would recommend Payline Data, Instabill, and Durango Merchant Services for a pharmacy business. I hope this helps and if you have further questions please let me know.

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                                    Rob Eskew

                                    We are extremely frustrated with Heartland Merchant Services. We were sold on the fact they would fight to provide us with the most competitive rates and quality service, with no contract. Repeated visits were made to our facility to sell us on their service. We did business with them for over a year when we got offers for better rates. We told Heartland we would be switching and they sent a manager to our store on two separate visits to see if they can be competitive with the current rates we were getting. This took time away from us doing business in order to help them keep us as customer. They then charged us $20/mo service charges when we were no longer using them. We then called to cancel again and they then charged us $295 termination fee. Per our business process, we NEVER hire companies that have us into a service agreement. This one was for 36/mo which again we would NEVER agree to. Very BAD business. One star…

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                                      Sean

                                      Honestly there shouldn’t be any surprises to you; if you understand your contract, your invoices, and interchange plus pricing. You should very clearly be able to see your debit card transactions, with Durbin amendment transaction limits and then the CC interchange rates are published by the card issuer. Then there’s just the markup and any potential fees. Heartland makes all of this information very transparent for customers. Your savings are always going to also be slightly dependent on the mix of cards you accept in a given month. If you have a question on any of this, I’m happy to help with it. ThanksSeansean.sullivan@e-hps.com

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                                        Laniea Dominguez

                                        Thank you so much for this awesome review! I’m a merchant services specialist with Heartland & with all the bad business that goes on in this industry, it feels awesome to hear about us in a different light! I totally get what you are saying as it relates to the $295 cancellation fee (btw, all others are $495) but I tell my merchants, I’ll pay that out of my own pocket, if you’re not happy with Heartland & most importantly, with the service I provide. I also understand what you are saying about the $59 monthly fee for those processing less than $50k a year, but I’ve seen several statements with junk fees that add up to the same if not more than our $59. But hey, you can’t win them all right? Would you say there is a perfect processor out there? I’m just happy to see & say, we are better than most 🙂 Sincerely,A proud Heartlander!

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                                          Daniel Dougherty

                                          I am in the process of buying a liquor store that already has LiquorPOS software but needs a new credit card processing solution. I want to evaluate several options including Heartlands solution. My question is whether third parties such as Payline Data can integrate with Heartland’s LiquorPOS software. I also want to upgrade to handle EMV processing and Heartland requires an upgrade to version 5.3 of LiquorPOS. If I choose a third party cc processing solution will it integrate with the existing older version of LiquorPOS? The store does about $600k in total sales annually. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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                                            Brenda

                                            Your review states Heartland is not optimal for a low volume of transactions. Who do you recommend for low volume?

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                                              Chloe Bahal

                                              Hi Brenda,

                                              I would recommend Square for low volume.

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                                                Jason Gold

                                                I purchased a new Liquor POS system from a local merchant. Heartland owns liquor POS. I was lied to by the merchant who told me that I could process EMV and be off of an out dated CC processor within a few weeks of installing the new system. I was lied to by Heartland and the merchant. it is 7 months later and I am processing on an outdated software that has no technical support that can go down at any time. I have contacted heartland many times and have been ignored by Kathryn Hollis, and Jeremy Grunzweig, It closing stay as far away from Heartland as you can.

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                                                  jonny braden

                                                  Hi Jason,

                                                  Shoot me an email, I think we can help you

                                                  jbraden@touchbistro.com

                                                  Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

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                                                    David Pickett

                                                    Two years ago we bought a new terminal from Heartland and it has worked fine till now. The terminal is still fine but Heartland quit supporting it. They gave no notification, no email, no letter in the mail and no phone call; just one morning it would not run the card for a sale and gave an error message “Encryption Error”. I tested other cards and all the same message. I have an old telephone terminal which I was able to connect and am using temporary. I called their customer service and after about 3 hrs on hold their customer service informed me this terminal was no longer compatible with their system and we would need to buy a new terminal.I think rather get the new terminal from a new service provider.

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                                                      tammy

                                                      I don’t know what i’m doing wrong but have been on hold for over an hour waiting for customer service… That is totally unacceptable.888.963.3600. it says immediate assistance, what a joke.

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                                                        Lou Holena

                                                        Tammy, that number is for internal (Heartland employee) support. The number you should be using is 866-976-7137. You will get a service professional on the phone in less than 60 seconds, right here in the United States.

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                                                          pam

                                                          I have a customer that says they were charged and sent me a bank statement showing such however it does not show up on any statement at all. I have 2 customer with the same last four numbers and we have verified that it is not a miss post. how do I find this I have been waiting for 3 days on customer service and the rep and have gotten nothing. customer of course expects service cause she can show proof however we can not. This has never happened to me in last 2 years I’ve been with heartland but this is a major mess up could you assist in a way to look better than I have already tried by chance?

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                                                            Alicia

                                                            I own 2 women’s clothing boutiques. My retail software is Intuit POS multi-store 2013. I have always used Intuit merchant services for processing which rolled all invoices, sales and payments over to my Quickbooks pro financial records. I recently signed up for Heartlands processing which is not integrated and does not roll over to my current Quickbooks . This has created a nightmare for my Book Keeper. I have asked Heartland how I can possibly change/upgrade/integrate my End of day receipts to my Quickbooks financial software. Basically, what is the easiest way to track an accurate P&L with nonintegrated software systems??? HELP

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                                                              Danielle Oyhancabal

                                                              Alicia,

                                                              Heartland does integrate with Quick-books. Please call Customer service and ask for our specialty department. They can direct you from there. Service number 888-906-7689

                                                              We appreciate your business Alicia.

                                                              Best Regards,
                                                              Danielle Oyhancabal

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                                                                Shannon

                                                                Alicia,
                                                                Intuit is a Quickbooks product. That’s why the two will integrate with EOD. Don’t know that any other processor will have that capability.

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                                                                  Nancy S.

                                                                  I am about to sign up with Heartland. The rep has come very highly rated from other retailers. Reading this, however, I am nervous because he says Heartland has no contract so it can’t have any early termination fees.

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                                                                    Amad Ebrahimi

                                                                    Nancy,

                                                                    Ask for a rate quote and make sure that the early termination fee is listed as “waived” on it. Tell your rep that you need to see in writing that the fee is waived.

                                                                    Best,
                                                                    Amad

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                                                                      Tracy

                                                                      Nancy, I was offered either a contract or month to month. I took the contract with the early termination fee waived, locking in great rates, w stellar customer service.

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                                                                        Dan Hayes

                                                                        As of Sept. 15 2015 Heartland now has the early termination fee on the contract — $295. If that was one of your bigger complaints, they heard you. They have outstandling local reps and live operator customer service. Wonderful company to work with.

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                                                                          Tracy Aitken

                                                                          We used Heartland for years, then switched to Bank of America because they beat Heartlands rates and if we batched out by 11 p.m. the money was in our account by 2 a.m. Heartland takes two days, and cash flow was an issue (2008 ring any bells?). Now BoA has started to hassle us about getting an EMV machine, for $695. A good customer is a Heartland rep, and she talked EMV to me.. . BoA was not being truthful, she said….Then did a very soft sell for us to switch. This was a month ago. I started researching and let BoA know I was shopping. BoA immediately “dropped” our rates retroactively, to July 1. Heartland looked at one of my statements and pointed out all the hidden fees. I have been corresponding w both reps by email. BoA. continued telling me lies as well as badmouthing Heartland. Heartland responded with truth, transparency, and clarity. July statement came from BoA, new rates were not honored. I requested they fix that and send me new rate info so I could do a direct comparison, three weeks ago. Heartland has submitted their rates, plus will lock in rates for a three year contract and a free EMV machine. Still no word from BoA. Most complaints about Heartland seem to be about not having a local rep at their beck and call – but we will have Renee on speed dial. Two day turnaround is no longer an issue, as our restaurant has bounced back and we have plenty of cushion in our account. Heartland is our new provider as of Sept. 1.

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                                                                            Rodman

                                                                            Been in the retail business for over 30 years now and owned multiple stores. I’ve had just about every merchant service under the sun and I currently run two full time credit card terminals. I’ve had Heartland now for over 6 years and they are hands down better than the competition. It’s not even close. The people reporting problems with them are doing something wrong, plain and simple.

                                                                            I see people reporting issues with hardware. Well buy better hardware. If you are still using a terminal that uses dial-up and not broadband you’re doing it wrong. Buy a terminal built in this decade and it will prevent headaches. I’m always amused when I go into a business and their terminal is the size of a football, uses a dial-up modem to communicate, and is printing with ink and not thermal paper.

                                                                            We do over $300k a year in credit cards and every bit of it is processed through Heartland. Wouldn’t even think of using another company. To have Heartland rated the same on this site as Mercury is astonishing. Mercury is pathetic. They aren’t even a true merchant service. They are a reseller!

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                                                                              William Condiff

                                                                              My company was with Heartland for 12 years and decided to change processors.Heartland charged me a $400 termination fee.You would think they would just wish me the best and thank me for 12 years of business!Class just went out the window.

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                                                                                Linda Coburn

                                                                                We switched to Heartland from Elavon about a year and a half ago and we have been very happy with their service. We did not have to sign a term contract, we got a free desktop card swiper/printer and a Mobuyle card swipe unit. Their customer service is top notch and the pricing is as easy to understand as is possible with the ridiculous multiplicity of rates charged for this rewards card or that corporate card. It hasn’t been all wine and roses, though. Getting all the attachments for the contract was weirdly problematic. It’s a real pain in the butt to find out why a card has been declined and last week a batch from six months ago was magically re-run because of a glitch in the hardware. But they took care of it immediately, refunding all the cards that were charged within a day or two and all the transaction fees as well. I’m opening a second business and we will use Heartland for that as well. They also have a gift card program that we’re going to try.

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                                                                                  KENNY (ATLANTIS PIZZA)

                                                                                  I have used Heartland in the past i used it in my business in 7750 okachobee blv W.P.B.then the service and rates where okIn January i did sign a contract with Heartland (PAT) i was told that there would be no charging fees for terminating the service , also i was promised new credit card machinei newer recieved the credit card machine , and right afthet a month or two the RATES START CHANGING, when i called the representative of Haeartland PAT and i asked her how comme my friend who its 3 miles away from me has different rates (in the begining we had same rates) she told me that my friends customers use different credit card ???whell i was disapointed and not happy because Heartland was changing the rates and i stoped having theyre service, now they are sending me statements for early termination service, which in my knowledge i did not know that i have signed anything regarding that, oraly i was told that i can terminate the service with heartland anytime without terminating fee, so BE CAREFULL FROM HEARTLAND

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                                                                                    California Business Owner

                                                                                    We were told repeatedly that we would have no terms and we could cancel at any time with no fees or penalties. A year later, we were told that our sales rep lied to us and we signed a contract with a 3-year term and $295 cancellation fee. Conveniently, our sales rep kept “forgetting” to give us a copy of the contract we originally signed after his manager reviewed it, and he has left the company. I’ve read that others have had a similar experience of being told there were no cancellation fees or terms and then finding out it wasn’t true. It’s our fault for not reading over everything closely, but to our knowledge, the contract we signed did not state the 3-year term anywhere. In the end, I just wonder why a company would have so many reps lie abut the terms and cancellation fees, and why they haven’t done anything about it.

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                                                                                      Phillip.boissel

                                                                                      I have submitted this before. But you still write the same erroneous info.
                                                                                      The fee for small merchants is $59. You can get a year to year contract with no termination fee.
                                                                                      $59 includes the service and compliance fees.
                                                                                      Call me and I can give you all the info you need.
                                                                                      Phil Boissel
                                                                                      256-749-0799

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                                                                                        Charlie Odorizzi

                                                                                        I have been with Heartland for well over 10 years. They have responded in record time to any problems I ever had. The local reps/repair techs are always there quickly. I love Heartland, and would strongly recommend them to any retailer. I get calls every day from people promising lower rates. I am willing to pay a bit more for superior service.

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                                                                                          W Denson

                                                                                          I recently concluded one year with Heartland. I was attracted to HPS because of initial conversations with Debbie, the HPS Relationship Manager, who was very open and honest and put me at ease. I didn’t really like the fact that I had to pay $300 for a proprietary terminal or pay a $25 monthly fee in addition to other fees. For months after I signed up, I had to keep calling/emailing to try and get monthly statements mailed to me. I was aware that my effective rate was very high compared to what other processors offered, but figured that after an exceptional year with HPS, that they would offer me a much better rate based upon my sales volume. Since I was not contacted, I sent an email to my rep requesting a rate review which took a long time to receive a response and then I received conflicting information about the amount of savings I could expect. I decided to go with another processor at that point. HPS ended up replacing the $295 early termination fee in my account after I pointed out that my agreement with them contained a provision that there was no length of term contract and no termination fees. Based upon my experience, I believe that Heartland Pay Systems has some really good folks that care, but there is some kind of “disconnect” between the agents and the administration which, in my case, led to quite a bit of frustration. Basically, I felt that since I was paying over and above what most processors were charging, that I would be treated very well and would not have to worry about frustrating experiences…sadly, that was not the case.

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                                                                                            Armando Tejeda

                                                                                            I am a Relationship Manager with Heartland in the New York City/Long Island area and this is a very honest and fair review. The company culture is one of honest concern for our merchants.

                                                                                            Heartland is currently working on a better solution for clients who process less than $50,000 a year, barring any major issues it should roll out in 2014. We have a tech division dedicated to creating solutions for our clients from the ground up and by partnering with existing providers.

                                                                                            It is a pleasure to work for a company that genuinely cares about those whom they serve.

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                                                                                              Tom DeSimone

                                                                                              Thank you for your response, Armando. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what Heartland has in store for low-volume merchants in the coming year! In the meantime I’m still glad to be able to recommend Heartland to businesses with a larger annual volume, and especially restaurants. Thanks again for the update.

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                                                                                                Christi Engle

                                                                                                Ana,

                                                                                                I am a tenured Rep that bleeds Heartland. Just for fun, I occasionally read internet blogs and reviews of Heartland to see what is out there. Today, I came across a comment that I’ve seen on a couple of review sites, labeling Heartland as a fraud. The comment below was copied from a different site, coming directly from you. Based on my observation, your agenda must be outside of a true owners testimonial.

                                                                                                The Representatives in the field are the first line of defense for our business partners. If a customer is unhappy at the local level, the service center can handle most disputes. A protocol is in place to identify the complaint and forward it to the right management.

                                                                                                The world is filled with people engaging with others. Some of us fall short of our expectations. Yet, we are all human. Sadly, communication is a trait we are losing as Americans. When we fight to keep the doors of personal interaction open, miraculous things happen.

                                                                                                Proud Heartlander

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                                                                                                “Ana Molinari
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                                                                                                DON’T EVER USE THIS COMPANY! They are frauds!
                                                                                                (Name Withheld) sold me the system telling me how bad my previous company was. What a liar. He told me I wouldn’t pay a fee for the machine, I would not pay monthly payment, I would pay Credit, Debit, the same price and nothing was true. They charged me whatever they wanted for monthly payments; for credit and debit they charged me for everything. I’ve been in business for 40 years and I’ve never been lied to so blatantly. I called the company at least 24 times and they refused to call me back or do anything about my payments. Ridiulous service. It costed me more than my previous company. Terrible service.”

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                                                                                                  Ana Molinari

                                                                                                  Don’t EVER use this company! They are frauds! [edited: name removed] sold me the system telling me how bad my previous company was. What a liar. He told me I wouldn’t pay a fee for the machine, I would not pay monthly payment, I would pay Credit, Debit, the same price and nothing was true. They charged me whatever they wanted for monthly payments; for credit and debit they charged me for everything. I’ve been in business for 40 years and I’ve never been lied to so blatantly. I called the company at least 24 times and they refused to call me back or do anything about my payments. Ridiulous service. It costed me more than my previous company. Terrible service.

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                                                                                                    Phil Boissel

                                                                                                    I have been a sales rep for Heartland for 8 years. When a merchant calls they get a live person answer. That person stays with merchant until problem is solved.If merchant is still unhappy we have a special customer advocate group that customer can ask for.
                                                                                                    Merchants do not have to sign a 3 year contract. All you have to do is ask. The contract guarantees the markup rate for three years. It is actually in the customers best interest.
                                                                                                    As far as the above complaint, the merchant statement shows the V/MC FOR EACH sale. I suggest you look at a few statements to see the transparency level.
                                                                                                    Feel free to call me @ 256-749-0799.

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                                                                                                      R Beyer

                                                                                                      I like Heartland now, but getting set up was an enormous hassle. They programmed my machine incorrectly the first time and the auto settlement did not work. It was only after I learned about overdraft charges on my account that I was aware of this.

                                                                                                      Heartland also uses a check payment processor called Cross Check and I would avoid them like the plague. They could not get my system set up at all (something to do with Comcast phone lines, yet I had a check reader system prior to trying Cross Check that worked just fine). I had to return their useless check reader and they charged me return shipping! I complained and they refused to refund me. Not good.

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                                                                                                        Hamed

                                                                                                        I have been extremely unhappy with Heartland Customer Support. The Credit Card machine stopped working and it took them 5 days to send someone to fix it… I Lost so much customers and will find a better company soon…

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                                                                                                          Howard Nathan

                                                                                                          Hamed, your note, being very brief, also seems strange- heartland can and will send out repair- replacement terminals, ,and merchants can get a terminal next day, overnight when necessary. Was this your terminal? Having just brought a terminal within an hour to a restaurant in Cooperstown NY on the 4th of July….
                                                                                                          Heartland has the technology and ability to build files and update terminals anytime day or night, and rarely leaves a merchant down, or unable to process cards for very long… I find your comment seems unlikely, if not untrue. What is the real story?

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                                                                                                            K. Cleary

                                                                                                            Hamed, I work for Heartland Payment Systems and I’m very rarely without a loaner terminal for down terminals. Moreover, Heartland could have put you on Heartland Connect which turns your computer into a virtual terminal as a band-aid until a repair/replacement could get to you.

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                                                                                                              vu quang

                                                                                                              For some reason I think that you and Howard Nathan works for Heartland. Yes Heartland, can turn you computer to a virtual terminal, but for a cost. I think there is a $100 fee for doing that. Heartland is great about making promises but can hardly live up to them.We have been trying to get set up with Heartland for about two months now, and have gone through three reps (that are not longer withe the company). They make up their prices as they go and have yet to follow through and any commitments made.We have gone as far as ordering cards and then all of as sudden “your existing terminals can be used, you need to buy new ones”. DO NOT TRUST WHAT YOU HEAR FROM HEARTLAND!!!

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                                                                                                                Phillip.boissel

                                                                                                                Call me. If you are really a Heartland customer, which I doubt. A backup virtual terminal has no cost attaced.

                                                                                                                I have been here 8 years and will not be leaving. If you are a merchant I will expect a call. I think you are a 3rd tier processor. If not call me. 256-749-0799

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                                                                                                                  Charlie Odorizzi

                                                                                                                  I have both used a loaner card swiper, and used the Mobuyle system on the computer. My previous processor required me to MAIL in my swiper if something went wrong! Maybe the Omaha branch of Heartland is the best one in the company. I do not know. What I do know is the local service is phenomenal!

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                                                                                                                    Leesa Towles

                                                                                                                    I have been a customer for over 7 yrs and will not be much longer! I have had some minor issues with HP and after asking for a rep to come out I have been told they do not have a rep to do that they will assist you over the phone, but not face to face. I am shocked in today’s world that any company dealing with a business’s money would not want to keep a business association with a customer. Pinching pennies is one thing but to take it to the limit of saying its not cost effective to drive 70 miles to sit down face to face with me to discuss some issues.That is ridiculous! I must say that Kerry Sutherland was helpful to try to get someone to come out, but that person evidently refused to come out. But if I was a new customer, they would be beating my door down. Well, I will be finishing my contract and moving on.

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                                                                                                                      Howard Nathan

                                                                                                                      Leesa, I find it hard to believe that no one is willing to come see you, where are you located, and what type of problem or issue are you having, please let me know, Thank you!

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                                                                                                                        Jessica

                                                                                                                        Unfortunately I’ve had nothing but problems with Heartland. Ever since I’ve started not only have they charged me the wrong location tax, they have messed up my 401k payments and shorted money in my paychecks on more than one occasion. Their customer service department tosses us around from one person to the next and our rep never solves problems. I just want to get a correct paycheck for the hard work I’m putting in I at least deserve that. If you’re considering Heartland, run …and fast.

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                                                                                                                          Eileen Chlebana

                                                                                                                          I am sorry to say that I have nothing but problems since I have signed up with Heartland. I owned a Nurit 8000 and was told it could be programmed with no problem. After switching Merchant Accounts and trying to program the machine with Heartland they told me they didn’t work with this machine…my problems with this company are too numerous to list. The latest problem: instead of being charged the monthly fee for one wireless machine, I have been charged for three machines and I have spent the last two days on the phone with tech trying to figure out why my wireless is not working…tech person was very helpful and said she would have switch the machine out in a minute but the supervisors said that my warranty was up and wouldn’t do it. If Heartland were to reimburse me for all the time I have spent on the phone trouble shooting I could take a nice vacation to the South of France!

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                                                                                                                            Mark

                                                                                                                            We switched to HPS several years ago after getting ripped off by the local bank on our merchant services for years. We had three locations, three terminals and three bills that always looked completely different and discount rates that were completely different. At one location we seemed to always be charged mid or non-qualified rates on the transactions. It was frustrating and no explanation was given. Our HPS rep was very upfront explaining the rates charged. I still personally believe that the amount charged is excessive, and Congress should have limited the amount any transaction can be charged, but that is another issue. We have been satisfied with our HPS service, but recently have had problems with the terminals not being compatible with our T1 phone service. If any of you have issues with dropped connections, be aware that different terminals are apparently made for businesses using phone service from cable or internet rather than traditional land lines. We will ultimately have to purchase new terminals to prevent occasional problems. Service is generally been very good, although we have had few problems other than the one mentioned.Mark

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                                                                                                                              Jessica Steves

                                                                                                                              I love love love what you are up to. I’ve been working as a Territory Manager at Heartland for 5 years now. I’ve never liked working for a company more than Heartland. I’ll be working here until I’m dead!

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                                                                                                                                Barry Morofsky

                                                                                                                                Hi Jessica,
                                                                                                                                I love your passion. I also worked as a Account Executive for many years in B2B sales and loved the job. Unfortunately, they went out of business due to the current lending enviornment, as it was a mortgage company. Anyway, I have set up an initial phone interview with a manger for a relationship manager position. Any tips you can give me?? Also, is it mostly cold calling to begin with, or do they help you with marketing, and other tools?? I spoke to another card processing company a long while back, and all they talked about was my commission and how much I could make. I am more interested in working for a real company as an employee, that can feel good about himself everyday when I look in the mirror. I just assume the money will be there, as I am a professional.

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                                                                                                                                  Jessica steves

                                                                                                                                  It sounds like you’re on the right track. My only suggestion is to be your true authentic self. If you don’t mind me asking, what area do you live in and who is your prescreen interview with?

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                                                                                                                                    John Williams

                                                                                                                                    Barry,

                                                                                                                                    Heartland is absolutely the company to work for if you to want work for an organization that lines up with your own personal values.

                                                                                                                                    Good luck on your interview and hopefully your new career with us at Heartland.

                                                                                                                                    -John

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                                                                                                                                      Mike Reid

                                                                                                                                      Well written, unvarnished, an objective review of our company. Yeah….we’re something pretty special, lol. I’ve been with HPS for about (3.5) years now having been in the industry and with the “competition” for 13.5 years. So, I’ve been around a bit, and I’ve seen a bit – both inside and outside of this company. There is no perfect company in the industry. Every company will have this or that problem…giving merchants something to complain about, but I will say this….we’re about the closest to “perfection” this industry has to offer. Why? Because we try harder, and we actually CARE about our reputation in putting top flight services on the street. Same in the payroll industry since concepts like “provide a fair-deal”, “fully disclosed payment solutions” and “advocacy for business owners” are just as non existent there.

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                                                                                                                                        Debbie Johnson

                                                                                                                                        I too am a Heartland Relationship Manager. I think another important note to all of the business owners out there is we, the representatives for Heartland, are all employees of the company. This in comparison to a majority of the ISO’s who represent other merchant service providers and are contractors. Why is this important to you and your business? Because before a prospective employee is offered employment with Heartland, we were subject to a thorough background check. This is not the case with the ISO “contractors” for other processors. In a world of identity theft and account fraud, I know that if I am a business owner giving out all of my banking, social security/Fed ID numbers, and other confidential information… I sure would feel better knowing that someone has verified the representative I am working with has had someone check them out.Also, we have representatives located in every major city and many small cities and towns of the country, offering personalized services and products based on your businesses needs. Besides credit card processing, we also offer the best Gift/Loyalty marketing program through our Chockstone division (we handle Subway, Dominoes, Fandango, Ticketmaster and thousands of other businesses)… we bring the big company technology and programs to the locally owned businesses AND provide local marketing support by advocating our merchants throughout the community. Customer Service is here in the United States and regionalized by teams, meaning that when you call our customer service (available 24/7), your call is answered within 7 seconds and you get to talk to a live person!! Even more important, you will not be transferred around having to explain your situation over and over again.I am in Central Texas and my drive and passion is to help as many business owners as I can possibly reach out to – the credit card processing business is currently an unregulated industry. You simply HAVE to know who you are working with, exactly how much you are paying, what you are paying for, and why you are paying it. Go to MerchantBillofRights.com and find out if you are being treated fairly by your current processor.

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                                                                                                                                          Colleen

                                                                                                                                          I am a Heartland Rep. Heartland does not charge any PCI compliance fees. Where are you located Marty? I will be happy to direct you to a Heartland Representative in your area.

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                                                                                                                                            Marty

                                                                                                                                            Does any one know if Heartland is or will be charging PCI fees?

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                                                                                                                                              Natalie

                                                                                                                                              Heartland does not currently charge PCI fees. I don’t think they will be in the future.

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                                                                                                                                                Steve Thomas

                                                                                                                                                No direct PCI Compliance fees to the merchant from Heartland at this time. Have not heard if there will be any in the future.

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                                                                                                                                                  Lisa

                                                                                                                                                  Marty,
                                                                                                                                                  Heartland does not charge a PCI fee.

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                                                                                                                                                    Pete Galletta

                                                                                                                                                    Heartland does not charge PCI Fees,

                                                                                                                                                    As a Heartland
                                                                                                                                                    Merchant you enjoy our E3Secure technology at no cost to you. This is the most seure processing platform available in the industry. If you are paying monthly and or annual PCI fees you might want to speak to Heartland and eliminate them.

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                                                                                                                                                      Michael Monroe

                                                                                                                                                      Quick update and also a correction to my earlier message as in all the frustration of being told by the Heartland service it was my mistake a batch went missing when I connected, like I’ve always done. It was them guiding me through the process and even after being told the problem was on their end, I overlooked mentioning an email I received about four weeks ago from a Heartland rep named Stephen Thomas that read about my situation here and offered to do what he could to help. I can only hope he is successful in getting to the bottom of this since it seems I am being ignored by everyone else at Heartland except for his contact back twards the end of July. I would have thought that someone from Heartland would have at least contacted me directly by now. but nothing as of today. I’m going to look up the phone number to call at their corporate office and hope that someone there won’t give me the brush off and actually help me rather then now blame me for a mistake on their end.

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                                                                                                                                                        Natalie

                                                                                                                                                        HI Michael,

                                                                                                                                                        I am an employee as well of Heartland Payment Systems. Your scenario is very strange. Were you able to finally get some assistance? If not, maybe I can try and help you get to the right person?

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                                                                                                                                                          Tech Support

                                                                                                                                                          Hello,
                                                                                                                                                          Just FYI that when in BAM (batch authorization mode) you are not connected to any line, which means you are not connected to your credit card processor, which means you are not connected to any issuing banks. All you are doing is taking down data via your terminal. It’s when your terminal is finally connected to a line that your machine will start to dial out to get approvals, which by then the card holders are long gone. This is the risk of BAM, but one that some merchant risk depending on their business. I doubt that the missing funds were due to Heartland and that they offered to pay half. What most likely happened is you had lots of declines, but again the card holders are long gone so that’s the risk you take.

                                                                                                                                                          Hope this helps clear up why you were missing money on BAM. This would be the case with Heartland or any Credit Card Processor.

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                                                                                                                                                            EJ-Heartlander for Life

                                                                                                                                                            Great review. I’m a Relationship Manager with Heartland Payment Systems and i love what i do. Nothing like working for a Full Disclosure company!!! I mean seriously, what other company’s going to sit down with the business owner & tell them what we’re making???? Good luck finding that in this Murky industry. I love educating the business owners as well on what their current “rate” really is and the difference in Tiered vs Interchange Plus. I also get a kick out of the big smile on their face when i enter their place of business. I’m called a Relationship Manager for a reason and am always there whether it be in person, via Cell, Txt, E-Mail etc. 1 other fantastic plus is that i have a way to alleviate the business owners headaches when it comes to sales reps coming in and wasting the business owners valuable time vying for their business. I have in my hand the “truth Serum”.

                                                                                                                                                            A great percentage of sales personnel in the C. Card Industry are uneducated at what they do and go through no background check prior to hire. They simply want a quick sale and to move on…..meaning, you won’t see them again because they made their commission and have no interest in you or your business. I’m a real employee, not some 1099 Independant Sales Consultant. I have a vested interest in you & your business because i want you to succeed.

                                                                                                                                                            We’re such a transparent company that some business owners ask “What’s the catch?” or say “It’s too good to be true!” It’s not!!!! We are who we say we are and you get exactly what i/we say you will. I make it a point to contact all new customers to my book of business not only once a month (minimum) but most importantly as soon as they receive their 1st Statement with us. This is when i prove it! Isn’t it awesome knowing there are good people and good companies still out there? Sadly, they’re few and far between in this industry. Feel free to contact me anytime and i greatly appreciated this article and all your comments. We think highly of each and every business owner out there. Best of luck everyone and kind regards, ejanitz@hotmail.com

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                                                                                                                                                              michael monroe

                                                                                                                                                              Hi John
                                                                                                                                                              I tried to e-mail you back about he Heartland problem I am having but it won’t go through. In answer to you question I was in BAM mode when I was on the road. And I will get the make of my machine. It has been over a month since the money was lost and I still have not had any contact from Heartland. My sales person has washed his hands of it all.
                                                                                                                                                              Thank you for your time.
                                                                                                                                                              Michael Monroe

                                                                                                                                                              monroestudioi@yahoo.com

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                                                                                                                                                                Sergio Torres

                                                                                                                                                                I have an issue right now where HPS has withdrawn money from my account without letting me know; so they claim is AMEX’s fault but I don’t deal with AMEX I am dealing with HPS so come on please! they have to be more responsible about it! And provide more accurate information as to why they did that!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                  John

                                                                                                                                                                  I work for Heartland Payment Systems in sales. Reviews like this are what keep me going out the door each day with renewed energy. It feels good to know that I work for one of the “Good Guys”!!

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                                                                                                                                                                    Keith

                                                                                                                                                                    John – How long does it typically take to get merchant accounts set up with HPS? We have two small companies and two websites with some, but minimal, in house retail sales. We mostly sell/provide services.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Michael Monroe

                                                                                                                                                                      Dear John,
                                                                                                                                                                      I have been with Heartland for many years. 10 days ago I did a fair amount of sales at an art show. I batched all my sales out, Then tried to settle it, Something I have done hundreds of times, but for some reason it didn’t work. I contacted Heartland for help. After 10-15 minutes of help Heartland tells me all of the sales were lost somewhere in there system. They admitt it was on there end and now want to pay half of the money I am due. Can you point me to anyone for help.
                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you,
                                                                                                                                                                      Michael Monroe

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                                                                                                                                                                        Scott

                                                                                                                                                                        John,

                                                                                                                                                                        Were you in Batch Authorization Processing mode at your show? or were you wireless, phone line? What type of terminal?

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                                                                                                                                                                          Barbara Segal

                                                                                                                                                                          Michael,

                                                                                                                                                                          I am a small business and in the processing of changing credit card companies. I have been approached from Heartland and another company called Moneris. I now have Landmark Solutions. Between the 3 of them not sure who to believe. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Barbara. lillianfarms@msn.com

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                                                                                                                                                                            kelly

                                                                                                                                                                            Hi John- do you still work for Heartland in sales? I am interviewing with them next week in the San Francisco Bay Area- do you have any tips?
                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks in advance-
                                                                                                                                                                            Kelly

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                                                                                                                                                                              Brad Davis

                                                                                                                                                                              Heartland also has numerous endorsements (100’s+) from large and regional associations like the National Restaurant Association. A top notch company to be sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                michael monroe

                                                                                                                                                                                Dear Brad,
                                                                                                                                                                                I only wish I were one of the large regional associations., I might actually get a return phone call from Heartland about lost money in there system, I think 35 days of missing money and dozens of unanswered phone calls is not what I expected from them. I only hope I am wrong and they really help me with the missing money or at least call me back even though I am not a big company.
                                                                                                                                                                                Sincerly.
                                                                                                                                                                                Michael Monroe

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Charlene

                                                                                                                                                                                  HI Michael,

                                                                                                                                                                                  Call into their princeton office, I am sure you will find someone to assist you. They are very dedicated to serving their merchants. I speak from experience as I am one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Belinda

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have also experienced a problem with call backs. We’re a small business trying to get our website up and running. Recently, after about five calls we received a call back, with a promise to call the next day with an answer. It didn’t happen until a week later with a message on the answering machine left after hours. We had signed a contract to cover a new shopping cart that we had launched and it has taken them almost a year to tell us that the sales rep was no longer with the company, but they left his phone and email up and running with no one manning them. They also decided that the contract was no longer valid. We were told that we would be contacted by a new rep., who never called, hence all of the unreturned phone calls from me. They finally decided to leave a message on our answering maching telling us that they would not support our product and to call if we had questions, which I, of course, did. No return phone call to date.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      juli bloxham

                                                                                                                                                                                      Michael, you probably have a wrong number your calling into. the help desk answers calls with in 5-8 seconds, it doesn’t just ring & ring. Once your on with a help desk person, they address your problem and begin to resolve it. That number is 888-963-3600.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Kasie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                        This is great, and I’m spreading the word!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          C. Fabrizzio

                                                                                                                                                                                          Our company found better a processing system, with much better benefits for us as a small business, and our new Merchant Services processor has funding in 2 hours after batch closing. Heartland has been 2-3 days for funding. In this economy, we needed better cash flow management, and I found it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Tim

                                                                                                                                                                                            Heartland Provides next day funding! It is hard to believe that there is funding within 2 hours after batch closing due to the fed. closes at 5 pm. If this is the case even after the fed is closed im sure you are paying for it in some way, shape, or form

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                                                                                                                                                                                              K. Cleary

                                                                                                                                                                                              Heartland has since improved it’s funding time and with a brand new bank relationship with Wells Fargo, this will improve further.

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