NIKSUN Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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NIKSUN Chairman and CEO Dr. Parag Pruthi
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Pros
  • NIKSUN deals with cutting edge technology making it an interesting place to work with lots to do (in 10 reviews)

  • Employees are regularly involved with cutting edge technology and the daily challenges that necessarily arise (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management have got too cozy and they play all sort of games (in 8 reviews)

  • partners are leaving and sales department has a horrifying turnover rate (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Rumors

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A colleague told me to check out all of the negative posts on this site and I had to post regarding commission payments, or the lack of. It is frankly absurd to say that NIKSUN doesn’t pay its sales people. Let me reiterate, it is absurd to say NIKSUN doesn’t pay its sales people that, actually sell. Salespeople seek out jobs where they stand to gain financially; if there is no money to be made, salespeople will find better opportunities. I have been very successful with NIKSUN and expect to continue to be successful, because I sell.

    Cons

    The company has gone through a restructuring recently and that always has an effect on morale and leads to general uncertainty; uncertainty leads to rumors, and there are plenty being shared among the workforce. No matter the validity of the rumors, they are a negative…either they are true and more changes are to come, or they are gossip and a waste of time and energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find other sales people that will help the current sales force make more money, rather than complaining about their inability to sell. Quell the rumors by being slightly more transparent; meaning management can tell the company that there are no more changes on the horizon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Not bad...

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and management who are quite "down to earth." People here encourage you to be yourself and constantly improve both personally and within the company. As a developer I've being learning new things, they try to work with the latest technologies.

    Cons

    Producing great technology requires Overtime and intense work at times. Not sure of how much growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time finding your superstars and let them shine! Don't put more obstacles in their way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIKSUN

    Pros

    Lots of research and development work

    Cons

    Family oriented. Pool HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees more updated on what's going on.

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  5. Family oriented

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN

    Pros

    Always surrounded by brilliant people who push you to gain their respect
    Company cares about and pushes its employees to produce the best product in our industry
    NIKSUN emphasizes getting work done, not what time of day it needs to be done.
    As said many times, we consider ourselves a family

    Cons

    Having the best product in industry and being a smaller group requires 50-60 hour work weeks
    Benefits could be better: floating holidays, 401k matching, better medical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the marketing budget or be more diligent about hiring good marketing people; having the best product doesn’t mean much if you can’t get the message out. Consider regular reviews of benefits and investing more in your #1 asset (employees)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Niksun Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture. Branded very well.

    Cons

    Needs a little more of a marketing engine. Should be aligned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reps should be supported with more of marketing engine

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Model of a Dysfunctional Organization which leads directly to the CEO because of MICRO management.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Products are well engineered, colleagues are nice and try to be helpful when their hands are not tied. Product can be used to provide better visibility and fast root cause analysis for incidents, though it is a passive product and does not actively sit in line to prevent security breaches.

    Cons

    I have not seen a company which has been so against trying to do business. Sales operations is there to prevent sales collaboration and sales. The CRM does not help the sales reps gain knowledge as the senior management is so distrusting of the sales organization and doesn't allow for user control or sharing of information, however the management uses CRM as a micro management performance gauge. Marketing is nowhere in sight as the belief that their product is so good that all they need to do is to get it in front of a customer, which in the security industry, we go by reputation and referrals which NIKSUN doesn't have except in the Banking/telecom industry. Very little channel support as there is no structured channel program. Health benefits are minimal and everything seems to be done on the cheap. Information is not shared because of a distrust of everyone: Paranoia breeds from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many good companies are ruined by the CEO, who is a technologist and doesn't know when to get out of the way of growth. Everything is reactive based upon the CEO's decision and needs to change. Grow through proper planning not through emotional threats. Trust your sales management and sales reps to be creative and grow the business. Hire a CMO who knows how to market and allocate a budget, so they can do so. Hire a Channel leader who can design your sales channel for you. Most of all enable your employees versus trying to tie their hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Avoid at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Their product is functional. They are able to sell it and it works after patching. Their base salaries are within bottom end of market place for same or similar positions.

    Cons

    The leader of the company rules every decision. Positions, Markets, Compensation and approach to business changes as the mood of the corner office changes. Half hearted attempts to remodel the company continue to fail. Company works to determine how NOT to pay bonus, commissions to their sales force instead of rewarding for a job well done. Demotivating work place to be sure. It is a toxic work environment and kept that way purposefully. There is no 401K match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't believe there is hope for this company unless leadership at the very top changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Rewarding Work Experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The security domain itself is very enticing and NIKSUN being a start product in this sphere makes working for the company quite a rewarding experience. We work on very cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Better Health Benefits are needed. Team training and team building events are very few and far between. Employees need to feel more comfortable using game room without fear of backlash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to stop penalizing the many for the fault of the few. Don't stereo type an entire department off the actions of one. Perception is not what's actually going on so don't treat it like it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Cutting Edge Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NIKSUN as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Scope to learn and work on the vast and cutting edge technology on Network and Information security. Scope to deal with modern hardware and different security tools. Cool to interact with customers from all over the world.

    Cons

    More training is needed on the latest hardware and implementations of NIKSUN on these hardware. Training should be provided periodically. Can't understand the criteria for getting a bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the training department to provide more training to NIKSUN employees other than just sales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Leaders...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    You'll do interesting work with really smart people. You will be part of creating great products and learn a lot during your time with the company.

    Cons

    NIKSUN is not a Silicon Valley startup, and while the company seems to have a great future ahead, it's not a fast-growth place where you're going to get catered meals, massages, and toys to play with every day. This shouldn't be a problem, but since the company deals with cutting edge technology, people are reminded of all the perks and opportunities that abound in the industry.
    As an engineer you will work “in the trenches” and will have a difficult time getting promoted and work-life balance can be non-existent for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within. Continue your efforts to improve employee relations: events, the game room, celebratory events (employee baby shower) remind us that we are a family; continue to implement these programs/ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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