Fortinet Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
Ken Xie
11 Ratings

Pros
  • there is room to learn a lot and explore your role in depth (in 6 reviews)

  • free dinner if you work after 7pm (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • no bonus, raise or extra benefits other than RSUs (in 6 reviews)

  • no work/life balance especially if you are married and have other responsibilities (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    No career development, pour management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Willing to pay employees above average. Easy and flexible working environment Job security Will hire just about anyone

    Cons

    minimal to no raises no career development on individuals no bonuses employees mainly asian ethnicity little to no communication in management

    Advice to Management

    start hiring people who are educated and can do their job without asking the most simple questions that can be found online start communicating with team and motivate and help people develop a career


  2. Helpful (8)

    Cannot grow quickly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job stability is good if one is ready to work for long for less pay and additional benefit if you are from china.

    Cons

    Too much work without any proper understanding or requirements, quick fixing of work all the time, Chinese dominance, not many opportunities for growth unless you are of chinese descent, and pay is not great for the amount of work one does.


  3. Helpful (2)

    they will be a smaller player if they don't move fast

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    stable, positive cash flow. still good product.

    Cons

    The company is on down hill. lost direction.

    Advice to Management

    find some real good architecture.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Strict and result-oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The good thing is that the company is profitable. Everyone works hard and the result shows. Also management held meetings to let everyone know how business is going.

    Cons

    Biggest problem for me was that I felt out of place since I'm not Chinese. Everyone worked hard, but it was hard to tell whether they really liked being there.

    Advice to Management

    Make the company a more desirable place to work.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Bad place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent starting salary, but they do not pay bonuses.

    Cons

    Very cheap. They will not spend money where needed to grow the business or to keep employees happy. It is a family run company with Ken and Michael Xi calling all of the shots.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves if you want to grow the business. Seriously.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Words only go so far

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Doing my job was up to me and I pretty much did my own thing. I had 3 managers in the year and half I was there.

    Cons

    Promises of great wealth with IPO soon to happen, that was in 2005, and just now in 2009 they filed for IPO. They tried and take anything they have to pay for and reverse engineer it and build it themselves. No understanding of how to the day to day operations are to run at a company. When asked Ken one time about a calendaring system he said an employee could walk over to his cube and look on his white board, and others should do the same. yeah that works well.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your product and stop utilizing engineers time to reverse engineer other systems. Better use of company time resources.


  8. Helpful (5)

    A family company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President of Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fortinet catches a good timing in introducing gateway based antivirus solution and introducing unified threat management system. It is good to work for Xie's brothers for one year and then you should consider to leave.

    Cons

    The management, especially, Ken Xie and Michael Xie would promise you lots of things when you are just hired, but finally nothing can be realized. This is a family company and lots of friends and family members of the Ken Xie, Michael Xie and Chairman David Tsang are key employees of this company.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Ken and hire a new CEO just like Netscreen did, then this company will be successful.


  9. Weird mngmt culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wide (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wide (Indonesia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology, company vision. Company and finance are strong and well positioned for future growth. Co-workers are very good, and in essence willing to help, but mngmt is issue, (see below)

    Cons

    Mngmt in EMEA/INTL is very French, and has no real focus. Lots of na kroon politics and unwillingness to interoperate between regions and teams.

    Advice to Management

    Get some synergy between to WW regions rather than the hard split between US and Intl


  10. Okay for short term.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Average work pressure. As developer, no crunch time. (But QA's do) - Very stable job security. Layoffs rarely happen. - Reasonable salary/benefit.

    Cons

    - Hiring managers usually have very very high expectation during interview. - Development process is nightmare. - Product management has problems. - A large percentage of employees are Chinese. While being Chinese is not really problem, it does take a hit in corporate culture. A lot of them don't have very good English skill. They're not confident to have a chat in English. And many others simply don't like to talk in English. So the Chinese tends to stay in their own groups. If you don't speak Chinese, you will find it rather challenging to get to know people.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Boring Job, Bad Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job Security, Not Much Pressure

    Cons

    Boring Job (Very Boring Job), Awful Culture



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