Verisign Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
201 Reviews
3.5
201 Reviews
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
D. James Bidzos
57 Ratings

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Pros
  • Flexibility of working hours which helps with work-life balance, compensation and very talented employees (in 19 reviews)

  • Some of the pros are good benefits, stability, co-workers, comparable salaries (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The senior management is dominantly white males, although there are lots of minorities as the work bees (in 9 reviews)

  • Very Unstable management, they sold many of their business units recently (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    I'd advise to steer clear of this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The company is going through a transitional phase after selling the Authentication business to Symantec. They have decided to move all remaining jobs to Dulles, Virginia, regardless of whether they can find qualified people to fill them. Management also plans to support the remaining company with a fraction of the support staff, so many remaining people will be wearing multiple hats and have very broad responsibilities. There is also an issue with people being promoted to positions they are not qualified for, simply because they are in the right location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your actions this year have seriously damaged employee faith in upper management. If you are planning for the company to go forward, and not just getting positioned to sell the remaining parts, you have serious work to do gain any employee trust back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible, Amatuer management. esp. in finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Good Pay and time off, and benefits - that's it.

    Cons

    Slow to change, no direction, and no team meetings from manager. You are on your own in this company... Unprofessional overall but they do pay well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to business school!

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

    Avoid unless you absolutely need a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    The company is not going away anytime soon so you have a job for a while.
    Excellent location.
    Good benefits at a low cost to employees.
    Engineers who do the actual coding are good to work with.

    Cons

    Micro management and no ability for a person to make a decision on their own. Resulting in a slow project time and bottle neck from management.
    Too many layers making it more people to keep in the loop which again dis-empowers you from making a decision as well as slowing things down.
    Not a collaborative culture. Favors throwing things over the wall to each other. Product lifecycles reflect this as well.
    Technology is old.
    Managers routinely check up on employees to make sure they are working their hours and tracking of time is done in a digital timesheet.
    Engineering management ties their own teams hands to do the right thing for the customer.
    Lack of processes and the ones that are in place just done make sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more dramatic changes and the mid management level. They are killing what you are trying to build.
    Rethink how you develop and bring a product to market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid, reducing divisions and headcount

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Name recognition is very strong

    Cons

    Clueless Management. Verisign is moving away from customer support towards a Web 2.0 based solutions. This encourages minimal staff, sales, and support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your web based migration for sales and support should work, and will reduce costs significantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    DON"T JOIN THIS REALLY BAD COMPANY - THE MGT> is very amateur.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/aa in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - N/aa in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    THe pay is excellent and benefits other than that I don't see it as a place that supports employee growth and development

    Cons

    Lack of vision and leadership in certain depts. Amateur style of management. No support of growth. Poor communication flow of ideas and information across a small company. People hide information. Like is their own company:) Some managers are dead weights - no vision - and they make things more complex sometimes than they are.. Don't join this company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at personal relationships and how each dept. individually is meeting its goals..

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Verisign Santa Cruz - a nasty sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    paycheck, 401(k), compensation benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Non-responsive and clueless management, excessive visa abuse, limited career opportunities, disrespectful communication amongst and between co-workers and management, depressing employee morale, inadequate recognition for jobs well done - unless you are a member of a power clique. In summary, a totally dismal place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to the expectations laid out in the RAPID values statement issued to all employees and posted throughout the workplace. If you are going to talk the talk then actually follow through with it. Anything else is a mockery and an insult. Many co-workers with extensive industry experience feel this is the worst place they have ever worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Practice what you preach

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director Operations in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    I truly can not think of a good reason.

    Cons

    Lacks integrity, respect, and accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - VeriSign Company Values (RAPID):

    * Respect - Employees are not treated with respect by management per policy
    * Accountability - Unjust treatment by management are not disciplined or held accountable for their actions
    * Passion - Employees who bring passion to their jobs are not well received
    * Integrity - Not ethical or consistent in actions when provided
    * Drive - Plays to win at the employee expense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lot of politics for test engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Verisign full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    no learning new things
    onsite for short term period

    Cons

    no encourage from leads and managers
    lot of politics across all the teams
    small place to work with more politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont do politics among team members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company but horrid managers in IDC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Verisign full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Policies
    Work Life Balance
    Best RSUs & ESPP program I have seen till date
    Competitive Salary if you negotiate well during joining

    Cons

    Horrid managers at India Development Center with no work. Reston teams are not like that. They are very professional and appreciative if you work well.
    Show work even when there is no work which is quite frustrating.
    Make interns slog like anything; make them work on all Weekends, without fail, with no extra compensation for that. Top of that, interns have to address manager as Sir.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay some attention to your employees which also includes interns, software engineers and leads and not just managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I experienced a constantly ever-changing environment with many obstacles and challenges.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    When you meet positive co-workers that are truly nice people.

    Cons

    Negative reinforcement given to employees rather than positive. A fear-based management style in some groups. Not allowing vacation when needed. Walking on eggshells with some managers. Unhealthy work environment that could be abusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A positive working environment where management shows that they care about their employees in the short term and long term is much more productive than any monetary award.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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