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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
D. James Bidzos
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Pros
  • Flexibility of working hours which helps with work-life balance, compensation and very talented employees (in 23 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  

    Not the Verisign

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job, not a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Verisign full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share vision of organization, hire more diverse leaders

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

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

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    You'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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism at its worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Benefits were above the norm.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Assign 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Meh!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay Vs low growth potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve 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

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    They are not doing well.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Layoffs, 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burnout

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Compensation 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.

    Cons

    Burnout. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Settle 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Compensation 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    What senior management? The CEO and CFO are temporary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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