Check Point Software Technologies

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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
192 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    Check Point Software Review

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and the managers/ heads of department are easy to talk to. Get some experience talking to employees from all over the country on the phone.

    Cons

    As a part-time intern, it was highly preferred that I come in at least 4 days a week to do small tasks. With the long (costly) commute, small pay, and short number of hours I would work per day, it was not worth it to come in that often. Lots of time spent at the printer making copies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe hire another intern to split the shifts (to avoid everday commutes) since it's only part-time work. Give interns more work to do so that they can gain more experience.

  2.  

    Organization par excellence!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    All aspects of working here are great. It was a privilege being associated with Check Point.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any aspect.

  3.  

    security engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies

    Pros

    great group of people to work with. Good benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    disconnect between field and development/management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    everything is controlled to Sr Executive team, no one else has authority to do anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Expectations wildly exceeded

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    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great people in a micromanaged company with few chances for advancement

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    • 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
  8.  

    Sweat Shop

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Train and Leave

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your standard big box software company

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    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

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