Check Point Software Technologies

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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
177 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    A company enjoying 20 years of constant success and growth. Now on the verge of breaking into new security markets.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    - You get to work with some of the best minds in the IT security industry.
    - You get to work with Check Point's core firewall products which are considered leaders and visionary by third party assessors.
    - The company is small enough (c3000 emp.) for individuals to have their ideas listened to and when appropriate acted on.
    - Hardwork is recognised and commended.
    - A lot of money is invested into R&D over marketing (unlike some competitors...), this leads to the near constant release of new industry shaping products, such as the new Capsule offering.

    Cons

    - Despite Check Point security solutions being installed in 100% of Fortune and Global 100 companies, it is a relatively unknown company on the global corporate landscape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more on marketing and let everyone know who we are and what we do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people in a micromanaged company with few chances for advancement

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    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Train and Leave

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    • 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    kind of overhead in the regular day work

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Place nearby train station, subsidized lunch, bread, vegetables and cheese in the fridge
    stable work and salary on time.

    Cons

    Low salary, no real salary discussions, salary usually raise 1%, degrading treatment by the management, when something goes wrong, you get to the head. high management level (VP and up) do not count the low level management and the regular workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company brings in more and more money each year, but personal thought is that it is poor because it has to percolate down below the level of the employee that feel despicable attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Working at the International support center is awesome!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    working here is fun and nice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    chalanging tasks, nice environment, great people

    Cons

    bad paycheck, not good bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start pay for good people, they are leaving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Check Point Field Sales

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    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 an 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

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