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Commtouch Software Reviews

Updated January 10, 2015
Updated January 10, 2015
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    One of the great places, with hard working fun people around

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Systems Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director Systems Operations in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Commtouch Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    always tries to be at cutting edge for technology. Great people to work with. interesting and powerful products

    Cons

    Some issues with inter offices communications that needs to be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Now CYREN, acquired several companies to destroy them all. Stay away.

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    Current Employee - Developer in Israel, TX
    Current Employee - Developer in Israel, TX

    I have been working at Commtouch Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    With so many people leaving there is little chance to be fired
    In Israel - food and offices are nice. Conditions are good and it is the global center.

    Cons

    Other sites get no conditions or hope for the future of their products as development is moving to Israel
    No chance for promotion
    Unprofessional employees in management and as thought leaders
    Low pay
    Options mean nothing with stock being so low
    No hope for the company to survive a few more years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to low level employees - your middle management is sick. Office politics took over the good of the company. You have no hope unless you stop falling for it. Replace your CTO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awful company that does not keep their promises, they have re-branded and their new name is CYREN.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in McLean, VA

    I worked at Commtouch Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the employees were generally nice but a lot of outdated policies and practices. Free coffee and some snacks.

    Cons

    Their current business model has been stagnant and they were hoping the new services would be a success and unfortunately it wasn't. Management went through so many changes, none which were positive. The writing on the wall was when the most experienced and successful sales person left the company and was not shy about telling everybody that the new service was not going to be well received my the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your product in order to compete with your competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Employee in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Commtouch Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    unluckily none anymore. what a pity

    Cons

    The company became mess after the new management took over and simply destroyed all the existing core of business. Bought 2 companies without any due serious diligence and got stuck - 2 turkeys don't make one eagle.... $1.5 mil loss per quarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like valuable assets to the company not like toys. This will boomerang on you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Terrible place to work - don't work here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Commtouch Software full-time

    Pros

    -There are no pros; this place is insane. All they do is acquire companies and then let all of the people go. Not a small percentage - they decimate the staff. They products aren't that good either - if you look at the 3rd party tests, the products do worse than the majority of the competition.

    Cons

    -Unless you're Israeli, you will never get a fair shake at Commtouch. The Israelis will frequently speak Hebrew in front of you and during meetings, leaving the rest of the room out of the joke. This happens in the US offices, not just in the Israeli one. And they don't clarify what they were talking about.
    -Don't believe what HR tells you during the recruiting process; they will say whatever they need to in order to get you in the door. And expect them to low-ball you on salary--like $20 or $30K below market expecting you to negotiate.
    -The CEO's executive assistant quit after only 4 weeks on the job...he's unreasonable and walks around after 5pm checking to see who is still in the office. He belittles people who don't agree with him, and yells at people openly during meetings. Like, really yells - not a raised voice. On top of that, everyone is forced to endure a "happy hour" which isn't all that happy - no one wants to be in the office at 6pm on a friday. You are expected to attend and like it.
    -The benefits are bad and expensive. Since the most of the company's staff is not in the US, the healthcare plan is really, really bad. Not a good choice of doctors, and the out of pocket costs are 2X what I've seen at other companies. The 401K is a joke too, and don't expect any matching. They won't point this out during the hiring process--instead you'll be surprised when your paycheck is so low due to healthcare costs.
    -They did not give out cost of living increases last year - don't think they will this year either, especially since a bunch of people were just laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great high-tech technology company with state-of-the-art products

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jupiter, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jupiter, FL

    I worked at Commtouch Software

    Pros

    Great people, great technology, great work environment across the streat from the Florida beach. This is the place to work if you are a technology professional!

    Cons

    If you are a smoker, this is a No-smoking environment. Expect to work hard because there is so much work to do, and no place to hide. If you are a marginal employee, look elseware because you will not be tolerated here. But competant employees will thrive and advance their carreers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Don't sell the company!

    Recommends
  8.  

    I had a very bad experience working at CYREN (formally Commtouch), due organizational instability, and staff changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commtouch Software full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    people, benefits, technology, offices location, and people again

    Cons

    company values, vision and organizational instability, leadership staff changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commtouch Software

    Pros

    good work environment and co-workers

    Cons

    had good potential but not anymore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Detection Analyst in Netanya (Israel)
    Former Employee - Detection Analyst in Netanya (Israel)

    I worked at Commtouch Software

    Pros

    Employees are all friendly, tough but good work.

    Cons

    None, the office doesn't have any cool facilities like a gym or anything.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Schnelles Feedback Quick feedback

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commtouch Software

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    mittelgroße Firma mit flacher Hierarchie

    mid sized company with flat hierarchy

    Cons

    stelle dein Team ein und feuere es

    hire and fire your team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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