Check Point Software Technologies

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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
170 Reviews

3.4
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is great - lots of group outings, always free lunch, breakfasts on Fridays (in 17 reviews)

  • I love working with the great people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is extremely cheap in their hiring practices (in 11 reviews)

  • No work life balance what so ever (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales Candidates Beware

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Micromanage

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Check Point Sucks

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The stock offerings were real and not options so same day sales of vested stock increased my net take home by a significant margin. Those golden handcuffs are the only reason the work there.

    Cons

    The organization is run in Israel. They don't listen to american input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your Senior staff before you lose them all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work, really.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + free lunch if you like waiter.com
    + great view of local regional airport
    + feeling of safety and security behind TSA-certified security apparatus

    Cons

    - Your hours in the office are tracked, even though you are an exempt employee
    - Culture is cheap, prepare to get screwed on travel, bonuses, and stock
    - Many new employees get desktop computers (who does that these days?)
    - High attrition in marketing and sales
    - Marketing is poorly managed, under invested and way behind the times
    - Employees are not empowered to do anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more trust and empower your employees.
    Look at market rates for salary and stock compensation packages.
    Address the root causes of high attrition rate.
    Stop the excessive micro management by upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    horrible...do not work here!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    free lunch, good stable company.

    Cons

    low compensation, management inexperience and don't care what you think. Will only used you and overworked you. you will be scorned at and be humiliated in front of ppl if you don't listen or make mistake. No structure whats so ever. Extreme micromanage. Do not work here!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have better hierarchy. and let employee do their work and learn to treat employees with some respect and dignity, and not used them for only getting sales etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Technology, exposure to exciting projects.

    Cons

    Senior Management (CEO & VPs) Yell, scream, humiliate, abuse employees on a regular basis. When family member was diagnosed with life threatening Illness and I needed a half day to be at the hospital, No to bring personal problems to the office. 1 half day of PTO.
    The problem starts at the top and goes down from their. Employees are humiliated on a regular basis in front of peers and the people they manage. The next moment it happens to he person standing next to you.
    The saying at Check Point is that they don't fire you but the make you wish they had.
    The less contact you have with Management the saver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking anti-synoptic drugs. learn how to treat others as humans and not objects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It is nice to have checkpoint in your resume - working there is not such a treat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Tel Aviv (Israel)

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    A Place to start for unexperinced Hi-Tech workers

    Cons

    Very low salary
    Not many growth oppertunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to Keep your workers happy and satisfied

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Worst Place I Have Ever worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Co-Workers are awesome
    Free Lunch

    Cons

    Abusive and dishonest Management
    Everything is a lateral move
    If you point out something that can be done better, even when asked, suddenly YOU are the problem
    Lack of hiring when head count gets low
    No understanding of family needs
    Schedule changes with little or no notice
    Must be willing to quit to talk about a pay raise
    If you turn down another job in the company, they can still force you to take it
    Going to HR about an issue with management is risky at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit lying and abusing your people because you made a mistake. Don't ignore obvious issues with your people being burnt out or overloaded. When someone comes to you saying they need help don't look at them without understanding and say "Everyone else seems to be doing fine, why can't you handle it". That is because everyone is scared if they speak up you'll abuse them until they quit. If you would stop and listen to them maybe you would get something done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start or finish your Security career - Otherwise, RUN

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Named Account Manager
    Former Employee - Named Account Manager

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    Leading firewall products and growing some.

    Cons

    Horrible management. No communication, arrogant to North American Sales VP who is clueless and shows no interest in changing. Managers and company in North America shows little ability to deal with corporate in Israel. But most of all, have a attitude that customer will always buy from them no mater if support is poor, or customer problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think, listen and communicate honestly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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