Check Point Software Technologies

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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
187 Reviews
3.6
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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Pros
  • The work environment is great - lots of group outings, always free lunch, breakfasts on Fridays (in 18 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Upper management is extremely cheap in their hiring practices (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.  

    Great people in a micromanaged company with few chances for advancement

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    Like many others, the people at Check Point are what keeps you here. The place is full of bright, committed, passionate folks. Traveling to Israel is a perk. It's also nice that they provide free lunches, though it often feels like they only do that to keep you in the office more.

    Cons

    Check Point has a tendency to wear people down. The whole company is micromanaged by the CEO and/or President. Virtually every decision has to approved by one of them. This creates gridlock and high frustration for people who are well-qualified and experienced with independent and/or team-based projects. The Marketing department, in particular, is problematic. Middle managers aren't given the authority to do their jobs, and are at the mercy of ever-changing proclamations from on high that seemingly have nothing to do with solving the problems on hand. Salaries are average to low, and performance reviews and associated bonuses are rewarded on a bell curve, so that an entire team can't be rewarded for a job well-done. Some team member always has to be the scapegoat, which doesn't foster great morale. The C-Level team has several members that verge on or actually are abusive to employees, with verbal rants and public put-downs way more common than average. HR's hands have been tied in addressing that due to the micromanagement from above, and several senior-level people that should have been fired long ago are still there, with valuable mid- or lower-level employees being negatively affected to the point of serious mental distress and/or leaving the company. Opportunities for advancement don't come up often, and instead of promoting from the inside they tend to look outside first. There is a culture of mediocrity, so that truly groundbreaking ideas are often swept away or committee-edited to the point of conservative boringness. Work-life balance doesn't exist. Long hours and weekend work is a given, not to mention round-the-clock international calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate, delegate, delegate. Have trust in your employees' abilities to do their job well, they are solid and they care deeply about the company. Reward those who perform well. Get rid of the bell curve. Give out more stock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your standard big box software company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Solid mentorship for more entry level employees
    Flexible and understanding work hours

    Cons

    Company considers themselves an Israeli company first and foremost. American employees are treated very well, but the management practices and lay-off routine made me feel as if the US-based engineering teams are simply thought of as a stepping stone to export products to back to the Israeli HQ.

    This was made clear by the constant downsizing in the Bay Area office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more transparent with the employees. If you want to treat a certain division as a "think tank," that's fine. I do, however, expect management to give more than a contrived reason for massive layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Check Point Field Sales

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable company and vast product line

    Cons

    No Training
    Sink or swim scenario
    Unrealistic targets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Benefits, Good leadership, challenging Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The foundation for this company is amazing. They are innovative and a solid leader in security. Great benefits

    Cons

    Yearly true up on compensation/commissions and moving target on sales quotas makes this challenging from a sales perspective. No deal registration is constant recurring gripe from partner community. Marketing efforts are weak for a global company that is a leader in this industry. Pay structure for SE's makes it hard to hire in competitive landscape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Switch to a quarterly bonus model and it may help sales retention. Give to get:Marketing advice. Increase OTE threshold for the right SE talent>it will yield dividends

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Varied experience ... they began pushing some of the Endpoint items to Canada and the overall experience changed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good people
    Some managers are strong and fair
    Good firewall products
    Overall, until the Canada outsourcing, the environment was good. It is still good, but could be better. They offer lunch for everyone which manages to save some money. Insurance is awesome.

    Cons

    Some people were difficult to work with
    Endpoint team was being outsourced to Canada office
    The endpoint piece is strong from the encryption side, but the anti-malware is not as good as it could be. Also, upon purchasing Liquid Machines, it was no longer offered as a product for sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should take care to be more cognoscente of the contributions of the tech support staff. In some cases,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very little management support

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, market leader in the enterprise space

    Cons

    poor treatment of employees, lack of care for employees, lousy tools, horriffic business decisions, products that don't live up to customer expectations, failed opportunities to capitalize on emerging markets, commission plans based on outdated models.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so cheap with your employees, get them good equipment like laptops and other tools to do their job. Get demonstration equipment in the field. Stop making decisions for product based on cost and make them based on satisfying the customer. Check Point is rated as the most profitable data security company and while that is a good statistic, that profit comes at the cost of market growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Past worker - its OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    There was the free food.

    Cons

    There were the long hours.

  9.  

    Good learning experience; not so good salary or management style

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience.
    Options for lateral moves.

    Cons

    Below market salary.
    CEO and Israeli teams think they know it best, and the Americans are just good at following.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you think you can do it better, do it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, low pay

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    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and get experience in the security field. Free lunch, company events, and a trip to Israel.

    Cons

    Low pay for the work/stress. Other companies will offer you double what you are making at Check Point after you've been there for a year, and Check Point doesn't care enough to meet even half way to match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover kills the support experience. After leaving the company and needing to call in for one thing or another as customer, it is painfully obvious that the engineers are undertrained and inexperienced. Usually it is faster to figure it out on your own if you know even a little bit about the product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    Industry leading products, security focused, good quality of life with no micro management. Strong presense in fortune 100. Good team mentality on a local level.

    Cons

    Pay below industry standard. Pay structure prevents commission until following fiscal year. Closing a deal does not necessarily mean you'll be paid, othere sales teams can "steal" deals without your knowing or authority. HQ in Israel disconnected from rest of company. Very little spent on marketing products vs competition. No perks or club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase spending on marketing new products. Pay commesurate to industry based on role and promotions. With $1.5B in bank, create sales incentive trip.

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