Check Point Software Technologies

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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
187 Reviews
3.7
187 Reviews
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is great - lots of group outings, always free lunch, breakfasts on Fridays (in 18 reviews)

  • I love working with the great people (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is extremely cheap in their hiring practices (in 11 reviews)

  • Low salary, no real salary discussions, salary usually raise 1%, degrading treatment by the management, when something goes wrong, you get to the head (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Expectations wildly exceeded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are high quality and very collaborative. It is a pleasure to work with every single colleague both in US and overseas. The products are superb and so there's a lot to be proud of. I was surprised by how many people know and respect Check Point. I thought I was coming to a little known small place, but everyone I've talked to was impressed. I did not expect it but there's a high level of prestige that came with joining Check Point.

    Other Pro's: Food. Food. Food. Every day, 5 days a week, Check Point brings in lunch from waiters.com, and the company pays for each employees' lunch. Employees can order from an online portal that offers 30 different restaurants through out the week -- rotating among high quality local places. You will eat like a King or Queen here.

    There is also a refrigerator full of great food for before and after lunch including both goodies as well as healthy things like cheese, fruits and snacks. It has been said that everyone gains 15 pounds their first year here. I have not gained an ounce, but I have eaten better than ever. As long as one is careful, they can enjoy a variety and quantify of amazing foods without gaining.

    The environment is flexible. I was told by some old timers and even HR party liners that there was no flexibility at Check Point, but it turns out there's realistically just as much as any other big company. As long as people are working hard, delivering results, and managing to their MBOs, the leadership team is very supportive of work/life balance. This is very valuable and will help attract top talent. People can start and leave at various hours throughout the day to meet their personal and family commitments.

    Cons

    Health Benefits are competitive but some elements of dental coverage are not as robust as they could be compared to alternatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A wellness program would be a superb addition. (i.e. subsidized gym membership or other incentives to maintain healthy lifestyle).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work life schedule

    Cons

    They do not pay the highest salaries but make up for it in other areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great people in a micromanaged company with few chances for advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Like many others, the people at Check Point are what keeps you here. The place is full of bright, committed, passionate folks. Traveling to Israel is a perk. It's also nice that they provide free lunches, though it often feels like they only do that to keep you in the office more.

    Cons

    Check Point has a tendency to wear people down. The whole company is micromanaged by the CEO and/or President. Virtually every decision has to approved by one of them. This creates gridlock and high frustration for people who are well-qualified and experienced with independent and/or team-based projects. The Marketing department, in particular, is problematic. Middle managers aren't given the authority to do their jobs, and are at the mercy of ever-changing proclamations from on high that seemingly have nothing to do with solving the problems on hand. Salaries are average to low, and performance reviews and associated bonuses are rewarded on a bell curve, so that an entire team can't be rewarded for a job well-done. Some team member always has to be the scapegoat, which doesn't foster great morale. The C-Level team has several members that verge on or actually are abusive to employees, with verbal rants and public put-downs way more common than average. HR's hands have been tied in addressing that due to the micromanagement from above, and several senior-level people that should have been fired long ago are still there, with valuable mid- or lower-level employees being negatively affected to the point of serious mental distress and/or leaving the company. Opportunities for advancement don't come up often, and instead of promoting from the inside they tend to look outside first. There is a culture of mediocrity, so that truly groundbreaking ideas are often swept away or committee-edited to the point of conservative boringness. Work-life balance doesn't exist. Long hours and weekend work is a given, not to mention round-the-clock international calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate, delegate, delegate. Have trust in your employees' abilities to do their job well, they are solid and they care deeply about the company. Reward those who perform well. Get rid of the bell curve. Give out more stock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sweat Shop

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

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    leaving for another job with better pay

    Cons

    getting job in the first place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What comes around goes around

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

    The work environment is at the same time very relaxed, intensely challenging, with great support from the team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Diamond Services Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Diamond Services Engineer in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working in a high-level customer support position allows exposure to the whole range of Check Point products. The customer base is Fortune 100 and 500 companies who have the funding to have the best products and support available. The support team at Check Point is very collaborative and supportive, with constant cross training. The depth and breadth of expertise is amazing. Managers have their own accounts and provide great leadership by example. Mobility within the company is well supported.

    Check Point has well-stocked break areas--fruit, yogurt, cereal and good coffee every day. Lunch is paid for and delivered every day, not just the occasional pizza.

    Cons

    The prospect of working with mission critical support of major enterprises can be daunting. However when the amount of support from fellow employees and management is figured in, it is hard to call this a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Check Point the way it is. The culture is not traditional and makes it fun to be at work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Train and Leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food. Regular happy hours. Great training in various products.

    Cons

    Micro management on every level, picture the TPS report scene from Office Space. Managers who have sold their souls to the devil. Survey results are king and may not matter when it comes to review time. Do not expect a raise, do not stay long enough for it to matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They couldn't possibly care less about what employees think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your standard big box software company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Solid mentorship for more entry level employees
    Flexible and understanding work hours

    Cons

    Company considers themselves an Israeli company first and foremost. American employees are treated very well, but the management practices and lay-off routine made me feel as if the US-based engineering teams are simply thought of as a stepping stone to export products to back to the Israeli HQ.

    This was made clear by the constant downsizing in the Bay Area office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more transparent with the employees. If you want to treat a certain division as a "think tank," that's fine. I do, however, expect management to give more than a contrived reason for massive layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to information, tools to do your job.

    Cons

    None they provide exactly what is promised. This is a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bridge the gap from Israel to US as well as development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Check Point Field Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company and vast product line

    Cons

    No Training
    Sink or swim scenario
    Unrealistic targets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Their TAC is definitely a sweatshop.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tier III Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Tier III Technical Advisor in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you can handle the stress this will get someone with the training but little to know actual experience in the IT Security field.

    Free training, free Check Point certification for their products

    Cons

    Be aware that you will be working doing help desk support in what is basically a call center. With all being a call center implies. US TAC management doesn't like to hear it called as such, but when the employees are reviewed on call times, resolution, number of calls, and customer satisfaction surveys, it's a call center. Anything less that a 10 out of a 10 scale on the customer satisfaction surveys is considered unacceptable to management, since their bonuses are based on the surveys and the other aforementioned metrics. And only a select few hear even get any bonuses at all.

    Promotions can happen often, due to the turnover, but don't expect a raise. Promotions are usually lateral and decent raises are only given once a year and only to half of their employees. Raises are done on a ranking system just like being in a graduating class in high school or college. Your raise is based on where you rank with your peers, not with the quality of your work. Even if you've been getting A- on your work, but you're in the lower 50 percent the raises get lower and lower until you get to the bottom and those people get no raises.

    Pay is about a third or more less that industry standard. They know that once you get the experience and certs from them, you'll be able to leave getting a job for double the money or more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't do any good, because they wouldnt listen to advice and they don't care.

    Advice to potential employees: Get the free training and certifications through them, about a year's worth of experience and then get out. There's a reason employee's there call it " Check Point Academy", The only place to get good training and experience with Check Point products is to work for them because there are no 3rd party training companies or outside publishers printing training manuals or books on how to pass Check Point certifications. Check Point knows this and knows that when their employees eventually leave, they'll make a lot more money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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