Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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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. Great company to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A good school where you can learn a lot about product development, software engineering and enterprise customers.
    Many possibilities to change positions within the company.

    Cons

    It seems the company is getting a bit less innovative than it was when it first launched in 1994.
    Today some of the company's innovation is done by acquiring other companies.
     Salaries are relatively low.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better benefits to employees so that you will be able to attract top talent engineers. Don't settle on mediocre engineers and don't be afraid to let them go.

  2. Excellent place to start as a student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with driven and creative people. Flexible hours and a good location.

    Cons

    Benefits can be improved, lots of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring the startup culture back.

  3. HR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very challenging, you can really influence, great and smart people

    Cons

    Recreation philosophy can be improved

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  5. Can only go up from here.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible. nice people. good location. free lunch daily.

    Cons

    Upper management is distrusting. Marketing team never allowed to do their jobs well. Micro-managed to the core. High frustration amongst employees. Constant road-blocks from upper management. No essence of company culture in San Carlos headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Reward your employees.

  6. Great place to learn and leave

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies

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

    Pros

    Gives exposure to high end customers and technologies.

    Mid-level employees are great and fun people.

    Builds tough skin.

    Has loophole expense policy that lets you take expensive taxi rides but forces you to sleep in a terrible hotel fifty miles away from the city you are visiting.

    Rarely fire people based on their incompetence.

    Cons

    Salary will never be as good as their competitors. You can go work at Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, or FireEye and they will pay you at least 20% more.

    Management does not listen at all. Once you are recognized as being good at your job, you will be worked until you start to lose your hair.

    Purchasing takes more than one year.

    Product management is a joke and a laughing stock in the rest of the company. There is no real vision. They are only concerned with squeezing every last dollar to make the stock go higher.

    US headquarters feels like a place that only exists because it has to. It lacks energy, team building and is like a graveyard.

    Only gives RSUs every two years even if you are a top performer.

    In summary, Check Point makes it very difficult to enjoy your work. People who have stayed more than three years are not ones who want to strive for excellence and achieve. They just do the daily grind to hit their numbers so they can get paid. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to work on great software, in security, or any other modern technology platform then skip Check Point.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and build you team in the US.
    Improve the product quality instead of saying that the metrics only show bugs increased a small amount. Treat people with respect instead of yelling at them.
    CEO should go out and talk to the employees directly because he probably has no idea what is actually happening and is never present in the US offices unless passing through.

  7. Game of team

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    • 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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Got to visit Tel-Aviv

    Cons

    When you play the game of team when you loose, your team is fired (not you though).

    Advice to Management

    Work more play the game of throne less.

  8. Interesting & Challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    excellent product
    product leadership
    fast decision-making
    flexible work environment

    Cons

    salary is a little lower than industry average

  9. 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 Management

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Big name, safe place, but cheap

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

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

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

    Pros

    Big stable company. No mass layoffs. Great name on your resume. Conveniently situated near railway station. Chances to work on the latest security technologies.
    Various products and teams, many opportunities inside the R&D.
    Professional courses and lectures on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average. As a result, high staff turnover.
    Occasionally, development process and business decisions absurdly affected by internal politics.
    No car leasing. In many ways, gives the feeling of a cheap company: cramped offices, mediocre take away meals is the only lunch option, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, they are the greatest asset!

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