Fortinet Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
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Pros
  • there is room to learn a lot and explore your role in depth (in 6 reviews)

  • free dinner if you work after 7pm (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • no bonus, raise or extra benefits other than RSUs (in 6 reviews)

  • no work/life balance especially if you are married and have other responsibilities (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Company with no human values

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, stocks, Chinese communist culture

    Cons

    No open meetings, Master-Slave culture, None of the Software process are followed, No cafeteria, unsafe employment, lot of people get fired.

    Advice to Management

    This is USA and NOT CHINA, join this company if you dont have any other options


  2. Helpful (3)

    Strangest Place I've Ever Worked

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

    I worked at Fortinet (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable products Many smart & dedicated employees

    Cons

    Fortinet has more than 3000 employees & yet is run like a small family business. Ken Xie is a smart guy but is extraordinarily paranoid after a poor experience w/ Netscreen. He has access to all company email, & for example, prohibits a central directory. Good luck finding anyone. The churn in the past 18 months has been extremely high at the C level, with people leaving or being forced out for what appear to be whimsical reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Start delegating. Stop micromanaging. Possibly start practicing mature management practice.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Culture going down hill fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people that work hard. Stock is doing good

    Cons

    The culture is being reined by a top management. It is a sweat shop. Expect to work many hours. Employees are not respected.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people who work hard.and get the job done. Most people aren't happy. Get a clue.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    recieving

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    the pay is good to do a job without breaking sweat..

    Cons

    i had a very difficult time communicating with my supervisor & the person that was training me their english was very poor therefore it made me have a very difficult time to do my job, i was terminated unexpectedly ..smh

    Advice to Management

    you work in america not china so learn how to speak english


  6. Helpful (7)

    Tough culture

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  7. Helpful (11)

    Company has no direction

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    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 Management

    Improve


  9. Helpful (4)

    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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good technology but management is bad

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (9)

    Interesting job gone sour

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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