PGP
3.3 of 5 21 reviews
www.pgp.com Menlo Park, CA

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PGP – Menlo Park – “Entrance to the PGP Corporation headquarter…”

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PGP President & CEO Enrique Salem

Enrique Salem

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at PGP full-time

ProsCutting edge technology and smart people.

ConsGrowing pains of a startup.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

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Every one was passionate for the cause

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsGreat work like balance.
Great team, every one of us were motivated on the cause to provide privacy for all.

ConsCompany growth slowed and has been more towards flat line in 2009/2010.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible Working Environment and high turnover

Software Test Engineer (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at PGP full-time for more than a year

ProsShort commute and save gas

ConsManager and upper management lying too much.

Advice to Senior ManagementLose focus and high rate of turnover

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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well-regarded by their customers, seemed internally disorganized in several areas

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at PGP full-time for less than a year

ProsA technology leader among the encryption vendors
Definitely useful product
Quite a number of smart people working there
Provided daily free lunch

ConsLots of the engineers had the mentality of hoarding information, only giving it out when asked. Not a lot of information sharing going on.
Some engineering groups seemed fairly dysfunctional--younger developers with lots of attitude and disrespectful behavior to management, some people with no clue about how to do their jobs, management direction often lacking or inadequate because the manager was too busy spending time trying to satisfy their own management to really deal well with their own employees.
When I started there I was given a Windows 7 laptop and the IT staff said "here it is. It's against our policy to support it, so you're on your own as far as getting things fixed (printer setups, networking, etc.)" Ultimately they decided that wasn't a viable policy, but that's just unacceptable behavior in any other company I've worked at.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to how much middle management is required to do, to allow them to deal effectively with their own employees!
Insist on a culture of openness, rather than the culture I saw of information hiding, silos, etc. It's an encryption company, but should be open at least within the company itself!

(I was a 2007 employee, but the rating doesn't go back that far.)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a bad place to be

Manager (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsEnvironment was fairly stress free for being a Valley software company.

ConsLimited career advancement opportunities. Engineering management can be a little unprofessional at times.

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Lots of opportunity

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsSmall company, you know everyone
Lots of opportunity to create your own future

ConsVery conservative financially and technically

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more agile in the market.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Don't it always seem to go - you don't know what you got till it's gone.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at PGP

ProsBright, dedicated people with a sense of passion and purpose. Team-oriented company that worked hard to build great products and support its customers and employees.

ConsAs with all high-growth companies, it was stressfull at times.

Advice to Senior ManagementSorry it had to end. It will be difficult to find another organization like PGP.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of talented people and a great place to learn a lot.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at PGP

ProsPeople who bring their A game and work hard are recognized and rewarded. There's a level of commitment and intensity that make it more than just a job for most people. Company was small enough to still be somewhat nimble, but large enough to have recognized value of instituting scale-appropriate processes.

ConsInconsistent management team quality that has difficulty focusing and saying no leads to schedule thrash and some missed opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementPick fewer things to focus on and do those to the high level of quality the team is capable of delivering.

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Very political

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at PGP

ProsIf you genuinely care about encryption, this is the group of people to work with. Engineers and others are genuinely passionate about encryption and many employees have been with the company for a long time.

ConsThe amount of politics at a company this size is incredible. I don't expect much to change given the acquisition by Symantec.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart acting like the company you want to be instead of just talking about it. Make the difficult choices to implement change instead of just hoping it will happen overnight.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Moderately Interesting Place to work

QA Engineer (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at PGP

ProsChallenging environment for developers and management

ConsExtremely competitive and extremely political.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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