Fortinet Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
78 Reviews
2.8
78 Reviews
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
Ken Xie
41 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can learn a lot here and the work is very interesting, at least in my position (in 5 reviews)

  • you can have free dinner if you work later (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No bonus, manager will not appreciate your work (in 5 reviews)

  • No training, no communication about plans (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Has Potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at Fortinet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Exceptional product and easy to sell once you are in the door. Sales Engineers are great group and helpful.

    Cons

    Lacks marketing and thus difficult to get in the door with customers. Team communications could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve marketing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fortinet

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The security technology is great, and it is a good learning environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Fortinet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was a great company to go public with.

    Cons

    Did not invest enough into the IT structure to help their employees enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the Tools the employees need to do their jobs more efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    not too bad, just no money

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    not too bad, just no money. you can learn a lot here.

    Cons

    no money. no managers. no bonus. But very lots of works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology in a well paying company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Fortinet

    Pros

    You learn a lot technically
    Very diverse and intelligent customer base
    Great products
    Non-executive employees are helpful and nice

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    No appreciation from execs for the long hours and hard work of employees
    Upper Management is very cheap - the smallest items are questioned on expense reports. There is very little money for employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people make your products, value them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    a learning experience.learned alot about whats important in life

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    the technology. the people. the stock.

    Cons

    the fear factor. lack of recognition for a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower middle managment

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company is good.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    Good Security company. Most of the stuff to learn.

    Cons

    Role is not clear, some time job is really low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define clear responcibility and give bonus to employ.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Words only go so far

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Fortinet

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The good and the bad. No uglies.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Lot of progress seen in teams, so a sense of optimism exists.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Hard to get resources. Lower management style is stifling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is for managers and not necessarily senior management.
    It is better to see the performance of an employee rather than see if he/she reads a newspaper or works from home sometimes. Sick days should be included so people dont come to work with illnesses making the rest of the team sick.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A family company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President of Product Management  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Fortinet

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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