Check Point Software Technologies

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Updated June 26, 2015
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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Pros
  • Free Lunch (of "there is no such thing" fame) (in 18 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management should concentrate with appropriate training for all new employees (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. Nice for while

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

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere.
    Interesting role.
    Very good for career development

    Cons

    Poor cooperation between the development groups
    Very high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your employees from more than 2 years


  2. IL: 2-3-years for learning & then - RUN!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of people are nice and technically good - you can try to learn from them, if you and they will have time.
    The 10bis meals are nice to have, but a lot of much smaller companies have it as a standard already.
    Summer "nannies" for workers' children.
    Small bonuses there and here, as the most of IT companies have.
    Company support (at least, it seems so) for different interests / hobbies sections.

    Cons

    Salaries are comparatively low (even with RSUs) and not worth all the minuses, described below. The more you work there, the less possibilities you have to advance in a career or money.
    Sweat factory. More "results" & reports, even stupid and abstract - is the key to success.
    All the given bonuses seem to be a tribute to tradition, then some kind of prize for achievements. Sometimes good luck or good speech knowledge can give you much higher salary, than for a guy who knows more / works harder as twice as you.
    HR is completely "robotic" and works on basis of standards from like 70-80s of the previous century; they have absolutely no influence on inner personnel processes, needs etc (ok, except of very small things).
    The more responsibility you try to take, the more resistance you'll have.
    Easy going to enforce you to work additional hours on a global salary, even if it violates the labour laws.
    Incompetent people are hardly fired.
    No company "atmosphere".

    Advice to Management

    The stocks price and the name - is it all about it?
    Any look to the future?
    Any look from top to low?
    A big part of expenses for the "loyalty" is used absolutely ineffective.
    I could continue, but it's hardly believed the management will have at least a thought to read something except for "Great Check Point Victories" reports.
    And the competitors are closer and closer. And much more dynamic.


  3. Good Technology but very poor management

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

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Market leader. Great team. Good branding and technology

    Cons

    No delegation at all. Completely IL centric. Heavy processes that slow down the normal business.

    Advice to Management

    You have great people on board. Trust them and delegate.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Entry Level QA Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Entry Level QA Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

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

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

    Pros

    You get almost everything, from food to gym.
    The people at your level will usually be nice.

    Cons

    This is like a human factory, could not care less about there employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    With great power comes great responsibility!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Sales Engineer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - Great culture, not micromanaged, or being babysat by upper management unless you are not doing your job.
    - Amazing work/life balance. The best I have been a part of in my experience.
    - The ability to see how things work internally, and feel comfortable enough to suggest new ideas or an approach to better things.
    - Management does listen, beyond that is /dev/null.

    Cons

    - Training for the various products is severely lacking. The expectation to know all products offered without proper training is difficult.
    - Management of accounts and tech support can be lackluster, it's a "who you know" game in order to get proper escalation and support most times.
    - Yearly targets are solely based your numbers, not the scope of reality of the accounts. So, if you have a REALLY good year you have to meet, or exceed that number.
    - Career opportunities internally are lacking, more opportunities are presented from customers.
    - Change is S-L-O-W.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the field. Not only the customers, but the account/engineering folks who are engaging with customers on a daily basis.


  7. Helpful (1)

    OMG - It is all true

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

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    Not many to speak of.

    Cons

    Totally micromanaged, constant turnover, difficult working environments, not interested in any new ideas, stuck in the past, only interested in the "deliverable", not it's purpose or what the outcome will be. They expect you to always be working day and night. The US is just an outpost, the world revolves around Israel. Super cheap organization from every aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Total management revamp is needed. The market is changing and management's current strategies will miss the transitions and get passed by. The only reason FEYE, Fortinet and PAN are succeeding is because of checkpoint's on missteps.


  8. Senior qa engineer

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

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies

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

    Pros

    Established company, good products and nice stability

    Cons

    Head office is in IL, so not much carieer growth

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    Needs some work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great employees, Best security products on the market, and great benifits

    Cons

    No Marketing, sub-par inside sales with no calling experience, crazy product licensing that are extremely confusing to partners/customers and C level management that do not realize that they're loosing market share because of this.

    Advice to Management

    No advice will ever be taken because Amnon knows best


  10. Impressions after several years as a Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are really good and committed then you get nice bonuses, RSU.
    If you are good, got managerial skills and you stay there long enough (4 years in average) - you will get promoted. (the company is always growing)
    ESPP.
    You won't get fired when the entire industry is cutting jobs.
    Nice company events (team/group/area/company events)
    For every additional $1 billion in sales, the entire company is sent to a 1 week vacation in Cancun.
    A good health insurance plan.
    A better than average pension plan.
    3 weeks summer-camp for kids during August.

    Cons

    Big company - you are a very small gear wheel in the entire company.
    Unless you are a tech-lead or an architect (or a junior engineer), you won't find too many interesting software development tasks or challenges, nor will you be able to do interesting software designs.
    Some managers are quite tough and see you as just another set of working hands.
    Project timeframes are rarely estimated correctly - when deadline is near everyone is working into late night to meet deadlines.
    If you do not live in Tel-aviv or near a train station, getting to work can be a pain in the buttocks.


  11. Temporary Work

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Stable company, which doesn't fire people
    - Good as temp job for students and grads to gain experience

    Cons

    - Hard work, low pay. They count every shekel they spent on you. A good employee = a cheap employee. You have just do your job and don't think too much (because it's too expensive).
    - No career opportunities.
    - Difficult to move to another team.
    - Boring monotonous work with the only challenge to work as fast as you can.
    - No training (presentations on CP products and teams are not training).



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