Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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  1. Facilities team

    • 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

    Good place for job experience.

    Cons

    Company budget is very bad.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great place to learn and leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Can only go up from here.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    security 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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    disconnect between field and development/management

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work life schedule

    Cons

    They do not pay the highest salaries but make up for it in other areas


  9. Expectations wildly exceeded

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    A wellness program would be a superb addition. (i.e. subsidized gym membership or other incentives to maintain healthy lifestyle).


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great people in a micromanaged company with few chances for advancement

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    • 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Sweat Shop

    • 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

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

    Pros

    leaving for another job with better pay

    Cons

    getting job in the first place

    Advice to Management

    What comes around goes around



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