Kaspersky Lab Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Kaspersky Lab CEO and Director Eugene Kaspersky
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is great and the compensation and benefits are competitive (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people with intellectual approach and positive attitude to work (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There're no business processes at all (in 3 reviews)

  • A lot of org transformation last 3 years that brings neverending changes of organizational structure, managers and areas of responsibility (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Not flashy but solid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Woburn, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Management is top notch and very supportive
    Good benefits- we got fitbits for a healthy initiative program
    Good technology - gartner magic quadrant
    Pay is good

    This is a white collar job with a blue collar environment. There are no flashy perks associated with some of the other tech companies just a solid product and solid people. Everyone is really helpful there is not a lot of push-back when it comes to writing business.

    Cons

    It would be great to have the option to work from home .


  2. Long-term opportunities

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

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

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

    Pros

    In my time at Kaspersky, I've had significant opportunities for training, expanded responsibilities, and advancement. Company environment is corporate, but still casual and offers a good work/life balance. While it's an organic and often changing business environment, if you are committed and focused, you can go as far as your talents take you. Compensation and benefits are some of the best in the market.

    Cons

    I've noticed a theme of frustration working with Russian colleagues. This requires an understanding of Russian culture and the fact that we are one of many local offices working for a very large corporation. The tail can't wag the dog. However, patience and attenuation to a different corporate culture is an important part of career success here.

    Advice to Management

    Stay nimble in a changing business environment. Consider extending some of the cultural training classes that are presented globally to include more US employees.


  3. Not Bad

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

    I worked at Kaspersky Lab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was a nice small startup culture earlier.

    Cons

    Now its very corporate and budget-worried.

    Kaspersky Lab Response

    Jun 25, 2015Head of HR NA (VP)

    Hi!
    Thank you for your appreciation of our culture.
    We're trying to keep it.

    Alena Reva
    VP HR North America


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  5. "Disposable"

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great Benefits, opportunity to work from home, great culture, very casual.

    Cons

    HQ has absolutely no clue how to run our region (They are based off Russia)
    cutting people constantly, you never know when your last day will be.
    They shut down ideas because we are "Stupid Americans".
    They want to run things without any input from employees.
    Under paid employees.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key, especially if they are cutting your headcount.
    My manager had me write down my goals with the intention to let me go 3 days later without knowledge of this (Due to "head count")....completely wrong.

    Kaspersky Lab Response

    Jun 25, 2015Head of HR NA (VP)

    Hi!

    I'm glad you appreciated our benefits and our culture that let everyone to be himself in the company.
    I'm sorry that your experience of communication with people from another culture
    ... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Kaspersky Lab (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits package, one of the best

    Cons

    extremely poor management, some are bullies

    Kaspersky Lab Response

    Jun 25, 2015Head of HR NA (VP)

    Hi!

    While I'm glad you appreciated our benefits package, I'm sorry you're disappointed with your work experience. I completely agree that professional management is very important for creating
    ... More


  7. Helpful (9)

    Too many layers of management. No one is happy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Woburn, MA

    I worked at Kaspersky Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    2+ years ago this place was fun! A lot has changed.

    Cons

    In 2 years, we had FOUR director of sales cycle in. It's time to take a step back and see what you're doing wrong as a company.
    This place has turned in to a true boys club - taking rewards away from the person who won it and giving it to your favorite guy is not acceptable. "Boys only" lunches started by a manager on the sales team.
    Watch out if you ask for vacation time - same manager will give you a guilt trip (even months after you get back)
    Getting penalized for hitting your number with a bad territory is likely. They don't want to see anyone hit their number.
    Taking away accelerators and thinking that motivates us? Telling us calculators will be issued that day, yet 7 weeks later no one has a clue on when they will be finished.
    A lot of talking out of both ends.
    No career path.
    Do not work here!

    Advice to Management

    You are all hopeless and won't listen anyway. What's the point?


  8. Helpful (5)

    Good place to work but not for career development.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Woburn, MA

    I worked at Kaspersky Lab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An exciting place to work if you like computers, their networks and the challenges they face around security. The products are very good and the company invests seriously in them. The R&D teams are true experts in the field. It is a relaxed work atmosphere with a diverse and mostly young workforce. Benefits are excellent and compensation is good.

    Cons

    Very little attention is paid to career development and succession planning. At times it feels like only if you are a Russian you have a chance for a promotion to a global position.The HQ control on the local offices can be asphyxiating for innovation and productivity. Questioning authority is not welcome.

    Advice to Management

    Make a serious, systemic effort to develop a culture that values all talent, not just security expertise and creates accountability around core values. Put attention to employee career development.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Growing pains

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good products
    -Strong researchers and security threat discoveries, leading to a strong reputation in the security industry
    -Competitive salary for top performers
    -Good internal advancement opportunities

    Cons

    -Lack of unified decision-making process at the senior exec level
    -Lots of recent turnover means lots of new goal-posts being set
    -Struggling to produce products in key segments
    -Struggling in large enterprise sales


  10. Helpful (4)

    Losing Steam

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Woburn, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -good product
    -quarterly commission accelerators
    -excellent benefits and 401k

    Cons

    -inconsistent sales approach that has had an identity crisis for the past few years
    -Russia HQ is hurting NA business
    -product generally only aligns with small business/mid-range SMB accounts, no legitimacy with larger/enterprise level accounts
    -no promotion/growth path
    -management has high expectations for growth but provides little to no coaching or support to help reps be successful

    Advice to Management

    -reassess the sales and marketing strategy (KSV should be the major focus for the company in 2015)
    -too much reliance marketing/channel


  11. Helpful (2)

    Lots of opportunity, just be prepared to fight for it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Woburn, MA

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

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

    Pros

    The work and industry are both incredibly interesting and constantly evolving. The organization places a significant amount of investment in R&D and is constantly publishing research on the largest cybercrime operations in the world. There are some brilliant minds working for the company with lots of exciting things to work on. The work-life balance is great and the compensation and benefits are competitive. The company offers flexible work arrangements and a global organization means you'll be working with team members around the globe.

    Cons

    Be prepared for organizational politics - with a Russian twist. The organizational structure is poorly defined below the top levels of management and communication is sparse. The engineering department is slow to make decisions and resistant to feedback on issues and product direction.

    Advice to Management

    Define and communicate your strategy more effectively. It's great to define the goal, but it most certain to fail if the strategy is not defined and communicated to the people in charge with meeting that goal.



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