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Verisign Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014
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3.5 191 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos

D. James Bidzos

(51 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Not the Verisign

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat benefit
    the company takes care of its people
    great place to retire

    ConsThe company’s culture has changed a lot after all the divestitures a few years ago. Not too much growth. It has the typical culture of Northern Virginia government contractors: slow, conservative and highly bureaucratic. The senior management is dominantly white males, although there are lots of minorities as the work bees.
    The company does take care of its employees. Great benefit, as long as you can get used to the slow pace.

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    It's a job, not a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsUnique business, nice facilities/location, its a job, stock is doing well

    ConsLeadership team lacks diversity, very political and uncommunicative organization, unclear future of where business is going, inflexible work environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare vision of organization, hire more diverse leaders

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A very cool job working with some awesome people, but terrible management

    Systems Engineer III (Current Employee) Dulles, VA

    ProsA company populated with some of the most technical people you'll ever meet. The pay in years 1-3 is competitive. You will have the chance to work on systems critical to the entire Internet, or, write the software that runs on them.

    ConsYou'd better negotiate a high pay rate when you first join because that's pretty much what you'll earn your entire time at VeriSign. It doesn't matter if you're on your 10th year, you'll be luck to ever get a promotion, and "raises" barely meet cost of living for the area while your counterparts at other local companies often receive double cost of living raises. You will eventually need to leave just to keep up with your peers.

    The non-senior management employees who have been around for 10+ years, and know they're never going to do better no matter how hard they work, and that new guys are being hired on at higher rates than they are getting, have mostly given up, and this hurts moral as people resent picking up their slack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to manage your most technical people with "career managers" who are not at all technical, and are only placed in the position due to their administrative abilities. Your sysadmins, your coders, your data center engineers, etc... these people need managers who can speak to what their people are actually working on, not what time of day they arrived at the office or when they're scheduled to take vacation. Your employees crave direction, and forward looking plans, not reactionary panic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nepotism at its worst

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsBenefits were above the norm.

    ConsIf you were a (typically male) friend of a Sr. executive- VeriSign was a great place to work. You really didn't even need a job description to get your VP title and privileges. But for everyone else- it was next to impossible to get noticed, promoted, etc. There were more VP's running around who a) had no direct reports and b) had no job description but c) were protected by an Executive. Very disruptive to moral and to those who worked hard and did not get noticed. Additionally come annual performance time- managers were given a "funded pool" and could divide up bonus and stock payouts based on favoritism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAssign specific roles and responsibilities commensurate with job title. Make bonus payouts by team not individual and leave manager to make sure everyone on team is playing to level of rest of team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Meh!

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsGreat benefit package. Everything else is a take it or leave it sort of situation. Can't say that I thought it was all that great.

    ConsYou are nothing but a cog in a huge machine. Failure is rewarded, and there's no real reason to excel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease take innovation more seriously. Take stake in your employees and their ideas. Stop being so outright stuffy. Verisign is basically the "Office Space" in real life.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay Vs low growth potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dulles, VA

    ProsGood pay and benefits package, industry brand, decent work life balance for engineering teams, relatively stable job situation now after major divestitures

    Conspolitically charged culture, low appreciation and no reward for going beyond regular duties, stale ideation with a large % of long-timers

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove recognition for good work, promote and reward exceptional performance to improve meritocracy, introduce 360 degree reviews to truly implement people first culture and deter autocratic managers

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    They are not doing well.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGenerally, very high quality people so there is less wear and tear with toxic personalities. Fun activities for the different work groups.

    ConsLayoffs, weak management at the top. The products are interesting, but they aren't always able to be competitive. There are lots of legacy products that are showing their age.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFund innovative ideas. Take care who you lay off so you don't dump the meat with the fat. Still need a strong CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Burnout

    Director (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCompensation is good, you are always busy, and you are not discouraged from taking on interesting responsibilities if you see an opportunity. If you are in the right department and a favorite, you can do really well.

    ConsBurnout. The amount of work done by a very small number is exhausting and people are wrung dry. Also there is a lot of favoritism. People are promoted to VP with no or few direct reports, while other people who do a great job, have large teams, and get consistently high reviews are not promoted. There is very little chance for professional development in many departments, particularly engineering.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSettle down, pick a strategy, and stick with it for at least a couple of years. It's been hard with all the change in management, but it's also strange to spend months completely reorganizing the company and planning a new strategy only to completely change everything less than a year later.

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    Avoid it

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThey are a leader in online security so brand recognition is there.

    ConsAs a consultant, you are treated poorly overall and talked down to. There are alot of inept managers who are only concerned with themselves and how good they look to upper management. They don't have any training on how to be a good manager. New ideas are dismissed and there is too much favoritism being played out. There are very limited career opportunities available and no help in getting an advice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid the inept managers and cancerous employees who are killing moral for the overall team. Get clear on which direction the company needs to go next.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If your only purpose is to earn money then this is the place for you.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Savannah, GA

    ProsCompensation is very generous for aggressive, politically active employees. Generous for well connected or those that did a good job of negotiating when they came in. But if you depend on the good will of the management for generous compensation you will be disappointed.

    ConsThe disrespect shown for employees, the promotion of politically connected employees that are unqualified for the positions and the utter last of accountability for mistakes and poor job performance for politically connected employees. The lack of communication with management and low morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat senior management? The CEO and CFO are temporary.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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