IronPort Systems Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    If you are good this is the place for you

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at IronPort Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse culture where people from all around the world come to work together. If you like to get things done then this is the place for you, some areas like support or QA are probably under appreciated and have weaker managers but most people are pretty nice and willing to help others learn.

    Cons

    You are expected to pick understand things quickly and learn on the job, if you can not perform within a quarter you will be replaced, although now that we are part of Cisco that might change. Cisco has also brought more red tape to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop importing Cisco red tape that is not helping us.


  2. overall good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at IronPort Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good environment, pay is fair

    Cons

    too many layers, takes time to get through approval or decision making


  3. Decent company

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

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, I enjoyed my time here and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a relatively stable but engaging workplace.

    Cons

    Nothing too serious, I guess I would just try to have a little more transparency in the company to make workers feel comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. Not good

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Miami, WV
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Miami, WV

    I worked at IronPort Systems part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not good environment for employees.

    Cons

    Politics , no salary hike . Just boring.

    Advice to Management

    Be reasonable


  6. Great culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - IT in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at IronPort Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great working culture and belief in what we are doing is making a difference. People are generally pretty sharp but there are some folks in middle management that are very disappointing.

    Cons

    Some areas are still way understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    They really need to re-evaluate some of the middle managers.


  7. Hard hat area!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at IronPort Systems

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IronPort retains a ridiculous number of of bright people, providing a largely idiot-free workplace populated with people who aren't interested in stepping on others' fingers as they climb the corporate ladder. It is, by far, the most collegial atmosphere I've ever worked in.

    Cons

    Engineering seems to reorganize randomly; it's better than it was only about half the time. Reorg decisions are made at the highest levels, and apparently don't take lower-level managers opinions into consideration. Additionally, the CEO has become more and more absorbed by Cisco; it's apparent he's losing touch with his roots. I suspect he's getting pressure to integrate more, but bringing the best Cisco management into IronPort is lowering the average IQ of both companies.

    Advice to Management

    You've hired some of the brightest people in the Bay Area; let folks do their jobs and stop shuffling their cubes around to suit this weeks' concept of order. Cisco would do well to leave IronPort on its own. It's still nimble, and doesn't need the extra baggage.


  8. ironport is a good innovative company, but we'll see what happens when cisco really gobbles us

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SE in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - SE in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at IronPort Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people to work w/, good company culture

    Cons

    seems to promote people of Caucasian decent, and if you aren't white, you are left behind

    Advice to Management

    be clearer about future w/ cisco


  9. Helpful (1)

    Now just another Cisco Bussiness Unit

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    With ironport you have a great deal to look back to. A brilliant history. That was the reason i joined this bussiness unit out of my grad school.

    Cons

    Past is past, now this segment functions like just another cisco BU. I joined this unit in 2011 out of my grad school because i wanted to be a part of it (though it had been gobbled up by cisco till then) and frankly i have been disappointed. There is not enough work for people like us and no features are rolling out. The entire development cycle has become so process oriented that you loose interest in the way things progress. Also, instead of focusing on work, people are more interested in office politics Any one gets in these days and there are not enough talented people around. Frankly speaking sometimes i feel disheartened when i see people taking so many tea breaks and just chatting there time at work. But the biggest problem is meetings...!!! Seems like that is all what is done here. There are atleast 2-3 hours of meetings every alternate day and people discuss all crappy stuff there. I myself do not even see the point in most of these meetings but then if you frankly tell this to the management you end up in soup. It pains me to think that CISCO such a giant in networking has come to this and has brought all the acquisition`s which function inside it to the same rut. I have decided to quit this BU and move to a start up where i can atleast do some meaningful work.

    Advice to Management

    Immediate manager`s should pay attention to their staff and not fall prey to the office politics. There should be lesser meetings and more emphasis on getting work done...!!


  10. IronPort Systems has been a fantastic place to work with great people and great talent!

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

    I have been working at IronPort Systems

    Pros

    The best talent in the industry and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Increasing bureaucratic processes post Cisco acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on what made us successful in the first place!


  11. Great place to work, excellent people and a great ride!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager

    I worked at IronPort Systems

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We had a real dynamic, innovative and experienced team. Full of sales professionals that showed respect and allowed each other to grow within teams. The technical team were highly competant and would work all hours to try and win deals

    Cons

    Only downside is small but impacted heavily. Certain individuals caused a great team to break up.

    Advice to Management

    If you have great talent, DON'T let them go!!!



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