Proofpoint Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
61 Reviews
3.5
61 Reviews
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Proofpoint CEO Gary L. Steele
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, promising technology that is doing well in the marketplace (in 4 reviews)

  • Some great people to work with as well (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management style is subpar or non-existent (in 3 reviews)

  • Many good people have left recently and I may do the same soon (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, disorganized on the back end, silo'd departments in a lot of cases

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    Current Employee - Senior Linux Systems Administrator  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Linux Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice, the pay is good, and everyone is usually pretty helpful. There's some politics in play but less than a lot of places. Executives are great and know what they're doing.

    Cons

    There isn't a ton of collaboration between teams.
    Work life balance suffers if you want to get anything done
    Ops->Engineering and vice versa feels pretty silo'd
    If you have to travel, no corporate card, even if it's internationally and in the thousands out of pocket

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate cards for travel so employees aren't spending thousands out of pocket to get paid back next month

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Been a great place for me to grow

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Good mix of people and talent. I work a pretty standard 40 hour week, giving me time to balance out my life on nights and weekends. Developers are treated with great hardware to work on

    Cons

    There's been a bit of a brain drain recently, but I can see this being a temporary issue. Lack of cross product communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience. Very well-run company.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Channel & International Marketing  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Channel & International Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Proofpoint full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Leadership communicates well. Great team of director-level talent.

    Cons

    As company has succeeded and grown the culture has changed from scrappy startup to established market leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, and keep the team motivated by maintaining great exec - employee communications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Proofpoint as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, medical and stock options

    Cons

    Working hours are long and very intense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cracking the whip is not a strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Proofpoint

    Pros

    Great technology. There is no better product on the market.

    Cons

    All focus on "leads" and "deals" from marketing and sales. Little focus on brand and lacking in good sales culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Public company, upstart mantality

    Current Employee - Data Center
    Current Employee - Data Center

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    flexability to do what you want

    Cons

    little direction, the structure of the company needs revamping

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more structure, collaboration. ditch the locker room mantality

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work - wrong direction?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great products. The progress Proofpoint has made over the years is impressive. The stock and valuation are in good shape.

    Cons

    The vacation policy is not that great. You can take vacation any time but you use it or lose it. There is no set amount of days. As far as personal growth goes, I don't feel like I have grown much technically because of the limits to the technology we are using and the rate of change Proofpoint is taking (slow). Many good people have left recently and I may do the same soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come to terms with the fact that what I work on is a managed service and not SAAS and we are hitting a brick wall with our technology and need to adapt and change the product from the core to make it "hostable" which it currently is very challenging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company experiencing some growing pains

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    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented and high caliber engineers, unlimited vacation policy, new product extensions, interesting technologies/challenges, flexibility in work hours/location, continual positive growth & great market opportunity

    Cons

    Devops is somewhat broken, resource constraints in engineering more so than at other companies I have worked for, highly sales driven culture

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

    Penny wise, and pound foolish

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great and smart individual contributors. The occasional company celebrations held were usually done in style and a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Upper management were out of touch with what was actually happening, and the impact of their cost saving decisions. A lot of time and energy was wasted due to making foolish decisions on capital investments. There was a lot of overcommitting to customers, entirely overriding policies that had been carefully designed to keep an engagement successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time talking to the people in the trenches and put more focus on a proper work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bean and paperwork counters rule here

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Proofpoint as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    With acquisition of Sendmail, future product is promising.

    Cons

    Total focus is on short term tasks, engulfed in triplicate paperwork--hours go in 3 different places, mandatory survey emails to customers on a near-daily iteration. Travel requirements take no consideration of traveling employee--3 hops to get anywhere, lasting all day, just to save $50. Contractor payments are almost constantly overdue, and require many levels of red tape approvals. Accounts Payable are non-responsive to payment queries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STREAMLINE paperwork. Allow employees to make direct flights, even if it is slightly more expensive--the savings in employee stress is well worth it. Enforce prompt invoice payments. Improve Accounts Payable (and everyone's) responsiveness to queries. Proofpoint is a small-mid-sized business, but with more red tape, paperwork, and office politics than a huge enterprise. I've worked for huge enterprises, so I know something about this. It should not take months to get a contract written. It should not take months to pay a bill. Managers should not withhold projects from a good worker for personal reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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