Verisign Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and benefits from the day one starts

    Cons

    Culture of mistrust within and between departments

    Advice to Management

    Address the trust issue

  2. Employee 2006 - 2010

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verisign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Career advancements and opportunities; excellent salary/benefits and work environment;

    Cons

    Executive management needs a reboot

  3. Being an intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Verisign as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good internship projects, specially research projects which are directly under CTO.
    Great mentors, but sometimes they are not very approachable.
    If you are smart enough to approach right people, you will learn great skills from top researcher.
    You get overview of what entire company does and the naming industry.
    Great campus and facilities.

    Cons

    You wont have a tech company like feel as most of the people are laid back.
    Not much of work allocated to you until you ask for it.
    A lot of oldies, this company needs some young blood with new ideas.
    Compensation is not good, specially if you are an out of state student.
    Don't expect any follow up job offer at end of your internship.

    Advice to Management

    Hire young people or former interns and not just interns.

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  5. Hired to become part of the skeleton crew during divestment, what more can I say?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verisign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They paid well but had a difficult time getting me setup on payroll for some reason - asked me to wait just over a month for my first pay.

    Cons

    I was hired to help shutdown the subsidiary, morale sucked.

  6. Great Company, Poor Management

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work life balance. Great facilities (company sponsored cafeteria, onsite free gym/classes, flu shots, free breakfast, good coffee, underground parking). Mac based company.

    Cons

    Leadership. Upper management comes up with a direction and we all match towards. Very little strategy to whether that idea is something consumers want, very little discovery to whether the market will adopt an 'engineering' focused strategy. Surprised when Sales can't sell it. Legal teams can't support it. Finance teams can't price it. Upper management surprised when it has to be revised, surprised when customers can't understand it ... hey, but it was a cool engineering idea. When you put engineers in charge, you'll get engineered ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside of the box. Put more focus on products than on cafeteria rebuilds. Make products that are efficient and solve our consumers needs. Don't allow engineers to drive this company.

  7. Some very good, some very bad experiences

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, and when you are productive and committed to your job, you will find that you are reasonably recognized for this, provided that you do not end up with an incompetent and insecure manager. The other good news is that those managers typically do not last too long. Great customers.

    Cons

    Management appointed without experience or qualifications. Male sexist attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    When the management and the VP set the tone by being sexist, giving advice will not necessarily help. Management can also tell the staff not to communicate some things to the ELT so there is a lack of transparency which should be fixed.

  8. Global Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Global Account Executive in Reston, VA

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work environment, high regarded company and benefits

    Cons

    Consist changes to ROE for sales team. Consist changes to territory structure. High turn over for management

    Advice to Management

    End the favoritism, and get some structure to your ROE.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits, good salary...but that's about it.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The base salary is competitive. They lead in what they do-the office is nice-new facility, gym, Starbucks, etc. The comp plan is good too.

    Cons

    Highly political
    Lots of favoritism
    Different rules for different people

  10. Helpful (1)

    Company is going down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    What we do is actually important and makes a difference in the world, it's not just some blog site or social junk.

    Cons

    Company is no longer a technology company, it is a finance company trying to keep the tech alive at the lowest possible cost. I wouldn't be surprised if they were trying to get bought out.

    Advice to Management

    The cost cutting is eventually going to come back to bite you. This is not something you should be playing catch up with.

  11. Smart folks at the lower levels, not so much as you go up the chain.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people who do the work are mostly smart folks and the work day is mostly 8 hours or just over. There is little stress and deadlines are fungible if there are good reasons.

    Cons

    The organization is extremely vertical and management is very political. This leads to lots of turf wars and an inability to quickly get to a solution. This is kind of a double-edged sword: there is no accountability. When you make a mistake, that is kind of nice. When a coworker or manager is clearly not doing anything useful, though, it is the opposite. Finally, the growth opportunities for the business are questionable.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs more vision and fewer managers.

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