Check Point Software Technologies

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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
175 Reviews
3.5
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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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. 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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    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 an 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
  2.  

    Working at the International support center is awesome!!!

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    Current Employee - Escalation Support Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Escalation Support Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting and great place to work.
    Management is always open minded and flexible.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than used in the market. Some employees leave sooner than required by contract in order to meet the desired salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work in.

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Great people, salary, benefits, free lunch, great location

    Cons

    no Car, not payment for car.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales engineer

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    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
  6.  

    What an amazing place to make an impact!

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of camaraderie and support for each other here. People step in to help you out. The work itself is incredibly interesting and constantly changing. So if you like an environment of new and exciting areas to work on, it's great here. The marketing organization is really rejuvenated since we brought on a new CMO. The work environment is great - lots of group outings, always free lunch, breakfasts on Fridays. You also get to work with some of the brightest and smartest people.

    Cons

    The company has a culture that strives for excellence so you often have to iterate on the work till you get to that level. The HQ is in Israel so sometimes the hour difference calls for early morning or late night calls. It's a very value driven company for any expense which creates many processes when it involves spending with external vendors. If you don't watch it, you are bound to gain the Check Point 10 pounds!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen a bit more to the ideas. Be ready to try some things even if you aren't guaranteed that they will work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Just started and already have learned so much. I love the work atmoshpehere

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    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    For working here for only three months, I have learned more in my current position than any previous job I've held before. I have the best supervisor and with the addition of the new CMO, the marketing department has really whipped up into shape. The people that work here could not be nicer and it has been an absolute pleasure working for Check Point.

    Cons

    Food, food and more food. They love to feed you here!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work if the pros matter to you and the cons don't

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people, good work/life balance. Free Lunch (of "there is no such thing" fame). Great location a walking distance from a central train station. There are opportunities to grow if you're proactive about finding them and keep nudging the powers that be.

    Cons

    General consensus seems to be that compensation is subpar compared to alternatives. Large and diverse company - so much like a box of chocolates, when you take a position you never know what you're going to get, and what you get may not be to your liking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poised for greatness!

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love working with the great people. Check Point has this startup feel, but the financial security of a big company. I'm always learning new things, and we have some freedom to suggest new technologies. There is always something going on that I haven't felt my work mundane after 7+ years here. I feel that I'm really making a difference for the company and this is important for me. Employees are rewarded for good performance every year with bonuses, salary increases, and even RSU! Some say that this company is cheap, but for the company to send all their employees and significant others across the globe to Mexico for a 3 days excursion has got to speak for itself. And, this is not the first time. Plus, team outings, breakfast on Fridays, and the free waiter.com lunches every day is a great plus!

    Cons

    There are some challenges working with Israel (our headquarter), due to time differences and some language barriers, but this is expected. The company forces you to think out of the box because you don't have an unlimited amount of funding for your projects, so you have to really find the best solution to get what you need. Because we have been without a leader for a while, there have been some turnovers in the company, but our new CMO is aggressively working to hire new talents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our new CMO, Marie Hattar, is awesome! She brings in a lot of energy, passion, and purpose. This is what the company is missing for a long time now, someone to really lead the Marketing front here in San Carlos, and bring in the Israeli component to make it one company, one voice. I'm really, really excited that Marie is here! She has already made a tremendous effect in the company culture and how we look at things in the short period of time she is here. She is so open and honest about what is going on, and so approachable! A real people-person. We are very lucky to have her and I'm looking forward to only greatness for the company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Most say "free lunch." More importantly. is it's a challenging career opportunity for those determined to succeed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong company / Industry leader.
    Co-workers are great.
    There is a strong team atmosphere.
    Social activities - team specific, whole office, as well as company-wide events.
    Generous stock purchase program.
    Stability in an unstable field.
    Opportunity for growth, provided you are willing to invest the time and effort to make your "dreams" happen.
    Travel opportunities, even for those that are not in "top" positions.
    There are not many companies were a Vice President knows you personally. I've had pleasant conversations with senior management, on a number of occasions, many of which were non-work related.

    Cons

    I have read more than enough cons. I will leave pointing these types of things out to the other folks. There is nothing that a weekend and/or a holiday away from the office can't cure. The pros far out-weigh any con I could mention here. There is always room to improve as a company, just as there is always room for me to improve as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. I know that there is an overall vision for the future of Check Point and I look forward to continue to work towards that goal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, grow and develop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, many opportunities, may chances to travel, good balance between working and living

    Cons

    Becoming a very large organization with many people and no longer the family it used to be.
    slow bureaucracy and politics sometime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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