Fortinet

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Fortinet Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
85 Reviews
3.2
85 Reviews
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
Ken Xie
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 training, no communication about plans (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Company is good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Words only go so far

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The good and the bad. No uglies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A family company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love working here.

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

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. No overhead when coding (No daily routings, but we do have weekly meetings). I can focus on development.

    Cons

    No complains so far. Really enjoying it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the good work. :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    10+ years experiences in this company. start with junior security analyst now senior security analyst

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

    I have been working at Fortinet

    Pros

    one of the top players in UTM security markets and still fast growing. Fair pay anyway.

    Cons

    growing speed slowdown and outpaced by competitors like PAN

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    A lot of friend, lots of emerging technologies. is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management

    Cons

    High expectations for a company. Week on team work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication skill

  9.  

    technical writer 3

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, learning, and company growth.

    Cons

    Stress, challenging, fast paced environment with ever changing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place for short term experience

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

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    software development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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