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  1.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PGP full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and smart people.

    Cons

    Growing pains of a startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

  2.  

    nIGHTMARE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PGP full-time

    Pros

    Not a lot, They'll treat you right ot et you in the door, but there's a reason it's revolving

    Cons

    Hell on earth. Saftey violations, food safety violations, general atmosphere of toxic hate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Every one was passionate for the cause

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at PGP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible Working Environment and high turnover

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at PGP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Short commute and save gas

    Cons

    Manager and upper management lying too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose focus and high rate of turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at PGP full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay 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.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not a bad place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at PGP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  8.  

    Lots of opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at PGP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very conservative financially and technically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile in the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at PGP

    Pros

    Bright, 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry it had to end. It will be difficult to find another organization like PGP.

    Recommends
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at PGP

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  11.  

    Very political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at PGP

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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