Fortinet Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Tough culture

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible timings, decent base pay, company has wide range of products

    Cons

    long hours, chinese domination especially in engineering, no tuition reimbursement, no perks, depressing environment to work in, if you are chinese or can speak chinese you will be everyone's favorite and can grow within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace current employees in R&D, at the very least managers with qualified professionals who can communicate well within the team. This is America, not China!

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

    Company has no direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fortinet has a big beautiful new headquarters they love to show off that opened earlier this year. As an employee though, don't plan to park there because there isn't any parking. This company is profitable but it's only a matter of time before that stops.

    Cons

    Fortinet is run by the brothers Xie and if them wants to do something (regardless if it is right or wrong for the company) that's what they do--differing opinions are not offered by the spineless exec team. Products and programs are always pushed out the door before they are ready, look at v5.0 of the software as it was released to coincide with a conference. There is no marketing support yet sales is told to go out and sell-sell-sell. Salaries are low and your raise will be 3% even though the company is growing at more than 30%. Stock options are pretty much worthless as well. yes, the stock is up $10 a share over the last year, but while the entire market is growing to new heights over the past four years, FTNT has been pretty-much flat.

    The executive team is spineless to Ken and Michael Xie. It seems none of them will offer a differing opinion and just do whatever is commanded of them to get the attention onto another VP. Fortinet's goal is to be a billion dollar company and if one of the VPs can convince Ken their idea will 'grow the business' then look out because the direction will completely change. There is no support from HR or operations for employees.

    Do yourself a favor and move on to the next company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing looks promising, salaries are not matching with the industry.

    Cons

    Depressing environment to work for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve

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  5. I haven't had worse work experience for the last ten years

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer I in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer I in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Salary payments are mostly punctual.
    - RSUs.
    - They provide you four walls and a roof so you don't get wet or cold while working.

    Cons

    - No paid sick leave.
    - No meal vouchers.
    - No trainings provided, even when it is provided mostly not from trainers who are able to teach you something, not possible to grow and gain expertise in a specific field, too broad topics.
    - Payment is only average for the workload and stress that you have to handle.
    - Low level management has no prior management experience, thus incompetent in their jobs, as well as at their attitude towards their subordinates.
    - Every employee is under pressure, and stressed, not even possible to have a regular conversation with your colleagues.
    - No team work, no SME to help you, you are on your own most of the time.
    - No motivation, no benefits.
    - Instead of learning networking or network security you have to deal with firmware glitches more than anything.
    - Sales are growing but support team is not growing at same pace, people are leaving, new ones are coming, thus team growing rate remains unchanged and leaves you with ever increasing load.
    - It is definitely not an American corporate company, do not come here with such expectations.
    - Very strict working hours up to second.
    - Human resources is located in France, which is totally unaware of anything unless you need to be hired or fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope higher managers can realize the importance of being able to manage people first and hire lower management appropriate for the job. Instead of thinking about people as disposable assets, give them enough training, encourage experience sharing, make them stay so that the quality of the TAC would increase. Work is also not only about making money, think of better ways to improve employee satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Bad business ethics

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    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Fortinet

    Pros

    Unfortunately nothing positive to say. They're shoveling their own graves.

    Cons

    Fortinet never pays their vendors on time. Vendors have to constantly badger them for payment. 3 - 4 months late payments on average. Total chaos in AP department. Many vendors have ceased to grant NET terms of any kind. Fortinet do not even have a company credit card to pay vendors in advance. Not a good sign of company finances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your finances. Hard to imagine that you have a healthy business when your buyers cannot order product to to vendors not granting terms, and you not able to pay upfront. How can a company your size not have your finances in order and so much chaos? Wonder if you even pay your employees on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Poor Management, poor career growth

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Dinner if you work one hour of unpaid overtime. Dinner costs around $10, so you are essentially working an extra hour for minimum wage.

    Great place if you speak Mandarin, or if you know how to play politics.

    People who get hired into their roles are generally qualified. Unfortunately, those who get promoted are usually not.

    Cons

    Poor decision making from management - everything from technical decisions, to team building, to communication across and within teams. People design their own modules without regard for how it inter-operates with others.

    Occasionally, team leads and/or managers "design" architecture even though they are unqualified, and do not ask for input from people under them.

    No accountability for management; they can make many mistakes, leave work early, get to work late.

    If you drive there, expect to park outside and get your car bombarded by crow droppings. Almost forces you to leave work early. Indoor parking is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold management more accountable. Value career development and input from employees.

    Hire university grads from quality universities. Many of the current employees are university graduates from China or BCIT (local community college) graduates who are not well-rounded and too narrow in their thinking.

    Needs a better process for promotion. Bad managers promote more bad managers.

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

    Good technology but management is bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    Stocks flying high. Good pay

    Cons

    Management spend all of their time doing technical work, no one cares about your growth
    => no management. You are on your own.

    Good for experienced not good for starters

    Pay is above average but completely no bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seperate the management into 2 paths: technical and managerial. Make responsibilities more clear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful

    Interesting job gone sour

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    If you're a QA, PM or in sales, it's a great place to work. You have wide-ranging authority and very little responsibility. There is also need to be qualified or know anything about what you're doing. You can tell developers what to do, transcending the management structure, even if it makes no sense.

    Cons

    If you're a developer, it's a bad place to be. You get no respect. Nobody is interested in using your technical expertise. If you insist on good design or sensible decisions, you are not a team player. You spend half your time mired in the almighty process, and the other half doing QA's job for them (see above).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the process. Start hiring people who know what they're doing. Stop building tools of repression for any half-baked dictator who wants them. Start communicating substantive information on quarterly conference calls (acquisitions, lawsuits etc.) we shouldn't have to hear about these things from the media.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Une entreprise qui dénigre ses employés A company which denigrates its employees

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    Former Employee - Fortiguard
    Former Employee - Fortiguard

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (more than 5 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Le domaine d'expertise (sécurité réseau) est intéressant.

    The field of expertise (network security) is interesting.

    Cons

    - Valeurs humaines sont en grande partie négligées

    - Salaire faible et mauvaises conditions de travail (illégales selon le pays dans lequel se trouvent les bureaux)

    - Ressources humaines et management déplorables

    - Human values are largely overlooked
    - Poor salary and work conditions (illegal depending on which country the offices are)
    - Deplorable HR and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respectez vos employés ; sans eux vous n'êtes rien.

    Respect your employees, without them you are nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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