Barracuda Networks Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Barracuda Networks President and CEO William Jenkins
William Jenkins
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Pros
  • Only pro was the free lunches and beer they handed out on the regular (in 15 reviews)

  • Barracuda's work environment can't be beat in terms of fun (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales, engineering and support have very high turnover (in 7 reviews)

  • They will try and tell you that all the little perks make up for the ridiculously way low pay (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work and build a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Barracuda Networks offers a great environment for IT Sales to build and hone their skills. With easy to use solutions, and a great marketing team and branding, there is never a "cold call". As Barracuda continues to grow, management takes very good care of the candidates that work hard and continue to show success. There are great internal resources to help coach new people as well as the freedom for them to use their own skills and personalize their style.

    Cons

    Barracuda is a fast paced company and looks to build self-motivated and hungry sales reps. This would not be a good company if you want to be invisible and just coast through life.


  2. Great place to Start

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Taylor, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Taylor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training everywhere. Everyone is helpful. Great place for college students, entry level applicants and for experienced. Depending on where you are at, raises are acceptable.

    Cons

    Benefits are sub-par. Sometimes hard to move up.


  3. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I really Love the company atmosphere. Everyone is laid back

    Cons

    The pay is some what low base on the job


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  5. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time

    Pros

    Each role in the company can make a huge impact! The culture is work hard and play hard. Senior management is very approachable.

    Cons

    No major cons. Parking is a bit of an issue - but you can always park down the street

    Advice to Management

    it is important to stay approachable as the company grows.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Big issues.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is all you need to know. Great people (excluding some of the managers). Open environment (can talk to anyone pretty much anytime).

    Cons

    Terrible pay! Leadership making bad decisions on what to spend money on rather than rewarding hard working employees. This company is a big-time money maker (not to mention publicly traded) putting a ton of funds into heavy marketing/office amenities (30k coffee machine/150k mini gym/50k full bar). Amenities are great! Until you don't see squat reflected in your paycheck as well. From first hand experience working with multiple departments from entry-level to the top performing sales associates wages are very off par for a top performing silicon valley security company. I had multiple colleagues give me the same feedback. Terrible parking. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have any advice for new management except to get individuals with better decision making in terms of retaining your employees and spending money.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Products is good / Competitive.

    Cons

    Work Enviroment is not good. Shortermism(Not Strategy).


  8. Helpful (8)

    Think "Short-Term"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    During my first week at Barracuda, a former employee told me to “treat Barracuda like grad school”. Though it felt more like high school than grad school, he was right. You get thrown into the mix and you either sink or swim. It’s a great learning experience if you make the best of it, and you make a lot of friends along the way. Problem is, the products are garbage and management has no idea what they’re doing. What’s worse is all the praise goes to the outside sales force when the true talent is in the inside sales team. Turnover is high for both teams mainly due to disorganization and realization that they can make more money elsewhere. If you’re new to the industry and you’re looking for the experience, then Barracuda is just the place for you. You get the experience you need and then you move on. Barracuda is notorious for their high turnover and they do very little about it, which is probably how they make their money (especially since the stock isn’t doing so hot). If you’ve been in the game for a while, you might want to look elsewhere, although if you just want to leverage your role at Barracuda to another employee, that works too. Working at Barracuda is like dating a new girl. When you first meet her and get to know her, she’s amazing and all you want to do is spend time together. You party and attend lots of fun events and everything seems right. But as you both settle down and get more comfortable, the facade of perfection wears away. Her expectations are way too high (no less than 10-hour work days), she starts monitoring your every move (making you clock in/out of your phone to monitor how much time you spend at your desk), and she gives very little in return (paid 20% less than the market). Eventually you realize how unhappy you are and dump her. It was a learning experience, and you had some good times. Now you know what not to look for. To sum it all up, get what you need and then leave.

    Cons

    1. Disorganized sales cycle. 2. impossible to get in touch with Product Management. A lot of time is spent training the sales team to make every customer a "Barracuda Shop", but not enough resources are available to make the products actually work. 3. There is no real career path.

    Advice to Management

    People come and go at any company, but at Barracuda it's significantly higher. If you're reporting such great numbers, either put it in the employees, or put it in the product so that they don't have to deal with so many post-sales support issues and get 10 returns in the beginning of the month.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Technical Support

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People. lunch, you get to learn a lot

    Cons

    Pay is below market rate, minco management at times


  10. Helpful (4)

    Get in, get the experience, get out!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The co-workers are the hardest part of leaving Barracuda. Everyone is really nice who works here and has a real family feel about it. Sales kickoff and other events are a blast, amazing a company with declining revenue still spends millions on events for their employees to go party and slack on work. Free lunches are a nice bonus, but like many others, id would have rather gotten a raise. Ability to interact with the CEO is great as well.

    Cons

    LOTS. Salaries are well below valley average. Ego's are rampant here. Barracuda has this ability to make you think you should be appreciative to even have a job there. Lots of internal politics. "YES" men/women thrive here. The more butt you can kiss, the further you will go. This is especially true for those with no experience at all. Calling all baristas and bartenders - Barracuda is hiring for Management and Director positions (no experience necessary). This could be your first job and you can still find yourself in a management position if you kiss the right butt and know how to take credit for others work as your own. As I said this place has a lot of issues. Thinking you can create culture by adding a gym, UFC ring, full scale sports bar (*cough* waste of money *cough*) is just as big a joke as the pay scale here. The management team here have all attended the university of micro-managing and will make sure they use those degrees to their full extent. The review below about not being able to hide at Barracuda is laughable. If you want a job with sub-par pay, benefits and a lot of free booze, this is the perfect hiding spot. Just make sure you agree with everything the inexperienced senior management team has to say and you'll find a nice cozy hiding spot for a long time. There's a ton of people currently doing this today (until they find the better opportunity, with better pay).

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to these reviews. Everything people say here is consistent, so obviously there's some validity to them. Pay attention to talent, not just brown-nosers. If people are talented with years of experience pay them. Dont try to keep every nickel to yourselves, the most senior people have enough money. Greed breeds evil. It might be time to really think about the future of this company, you owe it to the employees and especially wall street.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Sales Operations

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork in some areas of the company

    Cons

    Promotion based on inappropriate relationships



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