Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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Pros
  • Free Lunch (of "there is no such thing" fame) (in 18 reviews)

  • I love working with the great people (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management should concentrate with appropriate training for all new employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Low salary, no real salary discussions, salary usually raise 1%, degrading treatment by the management, when something goes wrong, you get to the head (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Glad to be out of there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good product line, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Politics, lots of politics and micro management from Israel HQ.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Borderline abusive

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They offer free lunch to everyone. Good place for the following 1) young people getting started 2) People who live in San Carlos 3) people who are unemployed or in the twilight of their career who can't find another job

    Cons

    Culture starts from the top. And this executive team continues to let history repeat itself by not providing their employees with any trust to execute on their jobs.They micromanage the entire company and squelch almost any idea that is not their own. There is a revolving door in the San Carlos marketing department. They can't hold on to good people because they realize they can leave the company and get more money, promotions and more respect working for another company.

    Advice to Management

    Not that these stubborn executive team will take any advice because they know best but here is some advice anyways 1) Stop yelling 2) Trust employees to do what you hired them to do and don't get in their way. Let them soar and let them make mistakes 3) Say thank you every once in a while.


  3. Worst Job I Ever Had!

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    Former Employee - Endpoint Security Support in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Endpoint Security Support in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    GREAT Co-workers Benefits are amazing Great environment to learn Possible Travel

    Cons

    Hostile Management Very High Stress Expect to work 10 Hours a day minimum Most people want to quit for about the first 4 months in support Every job located in Dallas is classified as a lateral move

    Advice to Management

    Keep closer eye on middle management. Most of the time they are sugar-coating everything they tell you.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    OMG - It is all true

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Not many to speak of.

    Cons

    Totally micromanaged, constant turnover, difficult working environments, not interested in any new ideas, stuck in the past, only interested in the "deliverable", not it's purpose or what the outcome will be. They expect you to always be working day and night. The US is just an outpost, the world revolves around Israel. Super cheap organization from every aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Total management revamp is needed. The market is changing and management's current strategies will miss the transitions and get passed by. The only reason FEYE, Fortinet and PAN are succeeding is because of checkpoint's on missteps.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Can only go up from here.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible. nice people. good location. free lunch daily.

    Cons

    Upper management is distrusting. Marketing team never allowed to do their jobs well. Micro-managed to the core. High frustration amongst employees. Constant road-blocks from upper management. No essence of company culture in San Carlos headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Reward your employees.


  7. Sweat Shop

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    leaving for another job with better pay

    Cons

    getting job in the first place

    Advice to Management

    What comes around goes around


  8. Helpful (4)

    Train and Leave

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    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food. Regular happy hours. Great training in various products.

    Cons

    Micro management on every level, picture the TPS report scene from Office Space. Managers who have sold their souls to the devil. Survey results are king and may not matter when it comes to review time. Do not expect a raise, do not stay long enough for it to matter.

    Advice to Management

    None. They couldn't possibly care less about what employees think.


  9. Working Here... is not what they said it would be.

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    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Regardless of the cons, it did grow my career, although there wasn't much growth internally to be had. - Free lunch. and/or getting to expense basically every time you eat out for lunch. - Free alcohol..? - Exposure to different technologies. - Free certifications (unlimited attempts). - For little to no experience, decent starting pay. - Hard to lose your job. You really have to try to lose your job..

    Cons

    - Purely a numbers game when it comes to achievements and stats. - An extremely loud beeping sign that never goes away. - Office is extremely loud. Lots of yelling. - Extreme pressure to the point the of considering quitting almost weekly. - Work/Life balance is... okay, but they have little concern for you it seems like most of the time. - Every 'promotion' is considered a parallel move, so compensation is rarely given out, except for annual review time, and even then some people still do not get raises! - Annual review stats are heavily and clearly skewed so they do not have to give raises. Managers even say this. - It takes them months to actually complete anything like transitions, raises, new computers, etc. - Very few managers have your back. - You basically have to tell them you are quitting before they act like they care about your concerns. - Little to no hands on experience, even with training. - Limited career options, although they claim otherwise. - Compared to other employers, low compensation with slow financial growth. Bonuses are a joke, if they happen. - The entire company is on the decline. They are stable for now, but wait a few more years. - Their support teams get less skilled, because everyone with a brain leaves. - Support team grows smaller and smaller, making work load unmanageable. - If you're not in Israel, your resources to development in general knowledge is harder to obtain and limited.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what they are doing wrong, yet they chose not to change it. I've spoken to various managers about my issues and we are given excuses or simply no answer at all about our concerns. They have been like this for years and I do NOT see them changing anytime in the near future. Without replacing most of the management, there is no fixing this, as it is wasted breath.


  10. Sales Candidates Beware

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The technology is great. Benefits are good. Security Engineers were well received by clients.

    Cons

    On-boarding consists of 40 hours of pre-recorded webinars -- hardly sufficient for the breadth of job requirements. Very little sales support and encouragement from sales management. I stumbled for months because there was no real-world coaching; no substantial introduction to resources and internal systems; no quote development training; no CRM training - how to input data the Check Point way; an Account Base that changed dramatically after (3) months; rotating Sales Engineers. Customers had better relationships with Channel Partners than with Check Point. direct because of the rotating cast of Account Managers. Senior executives have no real understanding of the competitive landscape. Low Pay.

    Advice to Management

    Sales Managers should support team members; they will throw their team members under the bus very quickly in order to save their own skin. My experience: they only manage upward. Ego-driven environment needs to go. On-boarding plan should include an assigned mentor. Significant dollars for Marketing are needed -- there is virtualy none, and the competitive landscape has gotten greater over the years. Ask the field sales people what's working / what's not -- and listen!


  11. Micromanage

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch up to $8.50 everyday.

    Cons

    Micomanagement especially coming from the Israel headquarters. Definitely working cultural clash with Israel.



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