Palo Alto Networks

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Palo Alto Networks Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Palo Alto Networks is an awesome company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I work part-time, remotely - a perfect gig for a busy but ambitious college student.

    Cons

    Lack of corporate culture and liveliness in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Full of extremely intelligent engineers with a very friendly and relaxed management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Threat Research in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Security Threat Research in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best people in the field, from all over the industry. If you have a question about a concept, most likely someone in the company is extremely experienced in that field.
    Very small teams allowed for collaborative work and a very open environment, despite cubicles.
    Extensive resources offered for projects.
    Despite being a larger company, still a very start-up like feeling.
    Upper Management almost don't seem like managers and you can tell they are experienced.
    As an intern met the VPs and other senior management at a BBQ at the CEO's house.

    Cons

    One of first batch of interns, were hired/managed under temp agency that does temp work for Palo Alto Networks (Adecco).
    Despite mostly startup feel, there were definitely some very corporate things: MITM all outgoing connections (couldn't use public key logins while on the network) and some other quirks that were just more thorns in the side.
    Older Engineers. Most of the engineers were older/with families, and the few younger engineers seemed to be eager to hangout with co-workers their own age.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Too far away

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free snacks, free coffee, okay hours

    Cons

    REALLY bad cafeteria food, really far out in the South Bay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Small enough that you can make a difference, but large and stable enough that you aren't the only one making a difference.

    Cons

    Poor cafeteria. No matching 401k. No sleep room or ball pit!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managers are very friendly/easy to talk to, so no advice needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get Me Out of Here

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

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great products and pretty good compensation

    Cons

    Chaotic marketing - management does not like to hear new ideas, they're happy with twenty something minions.
    Trying to operate like Google or a big company without the right resources/talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    very good company to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    very nice management team
    flexible working time
    work for projects you interested

    Cons

    no match 401k
    lunch is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is lower to competitors like fireeye

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic company with the right secret sauce in their product.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very strong product portfolio, lots of growth and opportunities. Workforce is small enough that you usually interface with one or two people in each team to get things done. Company lets you move very quickly and get a lot done.

    Cons

    Benefits are a little weak, not a lot of formal training and base salary is a bit under market rate. Stock options can be lucrative, especially given the growth trajectory of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue driving forward with project strategy and continue to solve real-world security issues. Benefits could be improved to be more competitive with other industry players. Focus on employee retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Changing Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Palo Alto Firewalls are truly revolutionary and it was great to see the "wow" factor when customers got it!

    Cons

    territories have gotten smaller and quotas continue to increase. Increased Forecast visibility to the tune of weekly forecast and commit calls, yes you will have to commit each week to the weekly closed revenue as well as pipeline you're building on a weekly basis. It's a numbers machine and management does a great job to manage SalesForce on a daily basis. If you like weekly forecast/commit calls and the stress of your number over your head then Palo is a great fit for you. If you like running your own business with hands off management then Palo's not a good fit for you. As I said, small territories and big numbers.....High Stress environment!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-visit company culture, engage your employees, ask for feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A fun company to work for

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

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    open, collaborative, no dress code. Benefits are competitive. You can communicate with many teams to get the job done. Many chances for upward mobility.

    Cons

    The work can be hectic times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be a great opportunity for right people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fast pace of growth brings lots of opportunities. Many things you create from scratch. Relatively big company with start-up feeling. Very dynamic environment. Could be a great opportunity for personal growth for some.

    Cons

    Sometimes it might be challenging to conduct your project when you have to interact with multiple departments. Project management needs improvement. Working from home sometimes OK but not common.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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