Check Point Software
3.0 of 5 129 reviews
www.checkpoint.com Tel Aviv, Israel 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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Check Point Software Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed

Gil Shwed

(90 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Account Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Check Point Software full-time for less than a year

ProsOpportunity to learn about security software.
Great technology company.
Good benefits.

ConsManagement constantly berates you to the point you are unable to focus on job. Focus is on the negative; not what you're doing well.
Insufficient training - not what was promised.
Complete work overload.
Competition has aggressive marketing / Check Point completely misses the mark in this area.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor Micro managed

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Check Point Software

Prosgood free lunch that you can eat

Consthey are really cheap not paid a lot

Advice to Senior Managementlet people think for themselves

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Easy to cruise by without doing much work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Check Point Software

ProsInteresting business model (SaaS) and some cool people on the BA team.

ConsTypical of big organizations, cons include inefficient org. structure and lack of passion for company vision amongst employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better/more exciting company culture. You need new, young/fresh ideas, so figure out how to attract that talent.

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Be careful of this place

Diamond Services Engineer (Current Employee)
Irving, TX

I have been working at Check Point Software as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFree lunch, great co-workers and some travel

ConsLow pay, no leadership, no clear objectives. Diamond Engineers are basically paid to deal with customer complaints while Check Point charges the customer a huge amount of money.

You are told to be on call 24/7 for your clients. Is it your vacation? Too bad, take a call at 3am.

You will not be given any encouragement, told that you're never doing enough to please customer who will never be happy.

It took me 6 months just to figure out what I was supposed to be doing, another 6 months to realize I wasn't doing properly the whole while I was not gettting any feedback from my supervisor. After the the first year I decided to look for a new job. Left Check Point and it was the best decision of my career.

If you like long hours, no feedback from your managers and never satisfied customers Check Point is the place for you!

Advice to Senior ManagementNo amount of advice would improve things there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Products; however don't have a good sales operations!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Check Point Software

ProsCheck Point is a market leader in the network security world!

ConsVery low! Sales operation needs more direction

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worse management I have ever worked with

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at Check Point Software full-time for more than a year

ProsFree lunch, good medical, casual attire

ConsThe policy changes on daily basis, never in writing. You are micro-managed to death with your 'worthiness' based on numbers that don't reflect the things most employers desire. Management constantly berates you to the point you are unable to focus on job. Constantly dealing with management. Insufficient training - not what is promised. 70% of the employees constantly job hunting due to being miserable.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive sufficient training to be able to effectively deal with customers. Daily and weekly stats are not necessary - limit it. Management needs to make more effort to not berate to the point you dread going to work. Realize the high stress involved with the job and reduce "sweat shop" mentality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to gain experience, but the upper management is very heavy handed.

Professional Services (Current Employee)
Irving, TX

I have been working at Check Point Software

ProsGreat opportunities to learn IT Security inside and out if you stay for 2+ years
An environment with relaxed dress code and a few perks like paid for lunch up to 8 dollars from a choice of 4-5 restaurants every day.

ConsPoor entry level salary
understaffed in every department makes for a very heavy workload
Managers for the Technical support department are not technical whatsoever which makes them incompetent at properly delegating responsibilities.
Their decisions are strictly on meaningless metrics and parameters. For example, how many tickets have been closed per worker on average... How often tickets are closed, length of time tickets have been open.
Extremely stressful demands from technical customers and non-technical managers.
This company is all about trial by fire. The strong survive. Training is very poor and the tools provided are minimal. It's very much a cooperative effort with colleagues and a lot of patience that gets you through the endless and demanding phone calls which are very technical and complicated in nature.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire technical managers that can properly discern and delegate responsibilities to maximize efficiency.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Driven to always do whatever the customer wanted, with no regard for personnel

Diamond Engineer (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Check Point Software

ProsAwesome way to start learning about security with incredible benefits package.
At least one trip to israel to see the head office, great experience all around.
The diamond team specifically teaches you multiple facets of business and handling the security needs of some of the largest companies in the world.

ConsThe support team is essentially the lowest man on the totem pole as far as checkpoint is concerned they continually throw everything down on the support team and very little consideration from upper management is given in regards to feedback, direction, or compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your support network, these are thr guys that fix contact busting problems and get next to zero recognition for what they do. Then most of the best achievers walk out because other companies will pay over 50% more and actually care about their support team.

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the closer you are to Gil, the worse your experience gets

Marketing (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Check Point Software

ProsLike the government: steady, safe, reliable employment.
Free Lunch
Weekends are truly off--and Fridays are quiet due to Israel being out. you do always pay for it by feeling behind on Monday. I think the Israelis think we don't actually work 5 whole days.
you can get paid fairly--but you must negotiate heavily for it. I had to walk away from the job offer 3 times before getting what I wanted.
I had an incredible manager there, but that person is now gone. If you are shielded from all the difficulties with Israel it can be a safe steady mostly 9-5 job.

ConsThis is not a marketing driven company by any stretch. Every quarter you will spend half your time justifying your entire existence to Gil personally, who won't bother to actually hear your entire power point presentation through before cutting you off at the middle of slide 1 to harangue you about his theories of marketing. Since you can't spend more than $25k on ANY ONE PO, you are essentially justifying every spend you make to every single banner ad purchase. It's also tremendously convoluted, the purchasing organization is set up like the Soviet government, with instructions to obfuscate and reject purchase orders because they don't like the way the justification is worded. I have an MBA from a top program and more than a decade of experience in my field, and justifying my marketing strategy to a low level clerk (who would then explain it to Gil's cousin, who would then explain it to him and screw it up in the process causing it to be rejected), just grew too exhausting to put up with.

Advice to Senior ManagementGil, Israelis may make the world's best consumer security products, but you don't know jack about marketing, especially in the consumer space. You need to learn to manage risk and to listen to the people you hire. You support a culture of incivility that ensures you will only have the weakest teams long term who lack motivation to truly excel. Maybe this works in Israel but it doesn't work in Silicon Valley. Maybe what you do in marketing works in the enterprise space but in consumer you have much to learn...well there's a reason Symantec and AVG ate your lunch, as well as all your other meals in this area.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Incompetents who are sure they are right

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Check Point Software

ProsThere were interesting challenges and good people in the group.

ConsExtreme micromanagement, ignorance of the software development process, no willingness to listen, didn't learn from their mistakes, did not value US employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't go international. You don't understand the world outside Israel.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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