Palo Alto Networks

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Palo Alto Networks Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
33 Reviews
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Palo Alto Networks President & CEO Mark D. McLaughlin
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  1.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Changing Company

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    • 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 an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be a great opportunity for right people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 an 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
  6. 2 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 an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fun, Innovative company to work at that is Friendly, Professional and Collaborative.

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

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

    Pros

    The People, people, people. The lack of politics and b.s. at PAN is awesome. Sure, I'm sure there is some, but if you do your job (of which you are empowered to do) this company will take care of you. That is rare in the Silicon Valley these days.

    Cons

    Nothing significant. Flexible schedules, casual dress, free snacks, great location are huge benefits. Free 49er game parking!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!!! WE are killing it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really making a difference!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Professional Service Engineer

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

    Pros

    Excellent learning, both from extensive training, and with all my peers.
    The whole Company has a excellent vibe, I haven't met a unhappy employee yet.
    Growing business with truly good opportunities there for you to take.
    Your Manager, Team Leader, and Director will listen to you, this really matters.
    True Value added to the network security industry. I feel like I'm really making a difference and really helping them build a solid product.

    Cons

    Some work/life needs could be improved.
    More solid processes could be already in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening and helping the common goal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PAN

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks

    Pros

    Good money, good benefits, nice people

    Cons

    getting political, processes are getting convoluted

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uninformed middle management hinders customers and employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the product and so do the customers.

    The non-manager employees are smart and easy to engage with.

    Good IPO of course but that is over.

    Definitely will learn from your job and work experience.

    Cons

    Middle management that is horrible to work for or with.

    Lack of understanding with some customers and the way they do business.

    Overly focused and driven by sales. Multiple times I had customers tell me that "Palo Alto is arrogant and while they have one of the best products now that will not always be the case".

    Believe customers will leave when market catches up.

    Spends ridiculous amount of money on events titled "training" or "SKO" then requires employees (non-managers) to share rooms. This is counter intuitive and speaks to management decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that actually care about the product and the people (customers and employees). Right now your tech sets you apart but won't last forever (hp, dell, checkpoint, juniper, Cisco etc.).

    Really change the market like amazon, zappos, American Express. Have the better product and people\service.

    Promote and hire management that has experience the area they are managing. Don't stick a federal person on commercial or commercial on federal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Plano Tx office has gone way downhill - NOT the cool fun lucrutive start-up environment anymore.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    The product is phenomenal and is the best in the marketplace for sure! The health benefits are fantastic. Free snacks. I can only speak for the sales side - didn't do much on the technical side.

    Cons

    The sales management needs major improvements. One can still make money there in inside sales, just not as much as a year or two years ago because upper management changed all that. Be prepared to defend your every detail of every sale!!! There is no direction there so be prepared to just jump in and sink or swim. Make sure you fully understand the job before you take it - don't be afraid to ask specific questions before you commit. If you start at an entry level position and want to move "up" to inside sales, don't expect much help. But - if you are very assertive and work diligently and take action - you should move up, especially since so much of the good talent left. Good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the people sell your solution - it is not selling itself. The more money the sales people are making the better for PANW!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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