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
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    technical writer 3

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer III  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, learning, and company growth.

    Cons

    Stress, challenging, fast paced environment with ever changing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great place for short term experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great product.
    Lots to learn at the beginning.
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking behind other companies.
    Culture is very unique.
    Lack of leadership and roadmap.
    No career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication and career development for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    software development

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    flexible work hour
    free dinner if you work after 7pm

    Cons

    Lack of direction and no clear requirement.
    No on job training. This company does not provide any technical training.
    No formal development process. Still run like a start up company.
    Lack of diversity. More then 3/4 of the employees are Chinese and Mandarin is the most common language used in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor Management, poor career growth

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Free Dinner if you work one hour of unpaid overtime. Dinner costs around $10, so you are essentially working an extra hour for minimum wage.

    Great place if you speak Mandarin, or if you know how to play politics.

    People who get hired into their roles are generally qualified. Unfortunately, those who get promoted are usually not.

    Cons

    Poor decision making from management - everything from technical decisions, to team building, to communication across and within teams. People design their own modules without regard for how it inter-operates with others.

    Occasionally, team leads and/or managers "design" architecture even though they are unqualified, and do not ask for input from people under them.

    No accountability for management; they can make many mistakes, leave work early, get to work late.

    If you drive there, expect to park outside and get your car bombarded by crow droppings. Almost forces you to leave work early. Indoor parking is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold management more accountable. Value career development and input from employees.

    Hire university grads from quality universities. Many of the current employees are university graduates from China or BCIT (local community college) graduates who are not well-rounded and too narrow in their thinking.

    Needs a better process for promotion. Bad managers promote more bad managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Chinese-based management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fortinet

    Pros

    Fortinet can introduce to market many new technologies and products to meet current trends and requirements in network security.

    Cons

    -Change policies quickly
    -Product has too much security features but not good and unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to commit long-term policies and good-quality product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer I  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer I in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fortigate has full series production in lot of area

    Cons

    management has some problem but improving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fortinet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay for real developers.
    Can learn a lot.
    Fast paced.

    Cons

    Need to promote new employees. Give the new employees more opportinities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improvement benefit to attract more good people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    ok place to work in the right group

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    ok place to work if you are in the right team. There are diverse teams working on different areas. Some of those are interesting and the manages are good to work with. Others, the work is dull and the managers can be difficult.

    Cons

    There are teams where the work is dull and the managers can be difficult. This is particular true in some product lines.

  10.  

    Good coop experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior QA Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior QA Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Fortinet as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Nice and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    - Manager is strict on work hours, e.g. has to come in before 9 (which is rare in North America)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great company

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    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, lots of emerging technologies.

    Cons

    High expectations for a company that only has one Gartner Magic Quadrant product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing tools, need to invest in these.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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