CipherCloud Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Pravin Kothari
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Pros
  • I joined the company because of great technology (in 4 reviews)

  • I like the team spirit, work culture and encouragement from seniors If any employee wants to try something new (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • They have no concept of work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • HR policies,especially leave policy has to be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    100+ employees were laid-off recently

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer QA in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer QA in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at CipherCloud full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You can learn great technologies and have knowledge on Cloud domain, technologies and security

    Cons

    - Products are good but poor quality
    - Management is disaster
    - Laid-off 100+ employees recently
    - Run away from this company and don't join this company until unless you have any other option

    Advice to Management

    Have a better vision and plan how to run this company


  2. Helpful (2)

    Business Development Representative (BDR)

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

    I worked at CipherCloud

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

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say at all.

    Cons

    The company is sinking slowly but surely. Very bad management starting from the founder/CEO. The company seems to have little to no direction. I left a few months ago because I saw the writing on the wall. They just went through a round of lay-offs where they have released 20-30 people worldwide. The product still needs some work. Bad company with little to no brand recognition combined with a poor performing product is a recipe for disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Close shop and find a job that makes you happy.


  3. Will Not Recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at CipherCloud full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good Technology and Products are the only positives that make CipherCloud good. The roadmap also has interesting work for engineering team.

    Cons

    The group I belong to has the most important product. Our new plan has no clear direction. There are no leaders in the new plan run by some developers. The work environment and culture is unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    I and other developers want our leaders running this development effort not other developers with no clear process.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Missed opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CipherCloud full-time

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

    Pros

    -Get to work with some great people and make good friends
    -Nice view from 11th floor in downtown San Jose

    Cons

    -Extremely political culture that starts at the top. CEO sets a bad tone with his direct staff and it trickles down.
    -Buggy product that doesn't work nearly as well as claimed.
    -Company treats customers and partners as hostile adversaries. Hence there is an unhappy customer base and the largest partner is working on their own product and invested in a CipherCloud competitor.
    -Horrible morale exacerbated by a recent huge layoff. They brought in a well-respected SVP of HR to reduce attrition (which is ridiculously high) and help change the culture. She quit after 6 months due to frustration at being ignored.
    -Sales team spends more time on golf course and LinkedIn than selling due to lousy product and the fact they've been without a Head of Sales for about 6 months. Red flag.
    -No one can articulate a single coherent strategy for the company. Hence, there is none.
    -No equity upside. IPO won't happen.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone knows what needs to be done. Start at the top.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A sinking ship !!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at CipherCloud full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Almost nil,i'm wondering why i joined this place and i'm not sure what the hell is going behind the scenes.

    Cons

    The top management is a complete disaster.They often play with employees career for their fault.They can fire you and they will do it in a nasty way.Why the hell they were hiring resources if they don't want them ? That too being a small product based company.
    Stay away from this company OR Be ready to let them play with your career.

    Advice to Management

    Please sell this company to some one who knows how to run a Software firm


  7. Great Learning Experience

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

    I have been working at CipherCloud

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

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot. No hard and fast hierarchy. Everyone is reachable.

    Cons

    Customer engagement should be improved.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Product Owner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at CipherCloud full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a good company for a startup with growth opportunities

    Cons

    Nor very organized, due to which many employees were laid off


  9. Helpful (2)

    Stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Architect in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at CipherCloud full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nothing really positive about this place. I really feel ashamed to even join this place.

    Cons

    This is a terrible place to work and horrible management. CEO is not fit to run a software company. It is even accidental that this company survived so far. I dont think the CEO knows anything about building a team and developing quality products.

    Poor employee satisfaction, poor quality product. Company is in process of closure. Investors stay away for this company. You are bound to lose your money.

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from software and this is not suitable for you.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Employee is an use and throw asset to the company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at CipherCloud

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

    Pros

    The market space they are in is an emerging one, even though the company is emerging its very unlikely u will rise with them or will be thrown out .

    Cons

    Layoffs is very prominent , if the quarterly revenues are down expect a down sizing. During layoffs they don't discriminate on factors pertaining to your experience , designation or your package . They will kick you off with a vague reasons.

    CEO and the senior management keeps on boasting the entire year , with healthy customer list and lavish parties but will kick you out if there is a fall , because they couldn't manage their own business. The management seems to make wrong predictions and try to cover it up with another wrong prediction and work on it , till its too late.

    The JD before recruiting is as if they were recruiting you for Mars Space mission , but once you get in its more like working in as a ground crew with no actual relevant work , rarely in some teams good work is happening .

    Office is small , with over crowded workplaces , and no proper cube for employees. The canteen is small and often crowded .

    Only Join this company when its been enlisted in NASCOM or at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen to advice . Stop playing with employees future to save your own skin just because you couldn't make proper decisions.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Sinking Ship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at CipherCloud full-time

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

    Pros

    There are no pros other than hours are reasonable (as they should be) because the business is sinking

    Cons

    Everything is wrong with the company: products, revenue, business, management team, etc. You could not even make things up even if you wanted to.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new management team because you failed at it



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