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Proofpoint Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
70 Reviews
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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.  

    Riding the security train

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

    I have been working at Proofpoint

    Pros

    The people I work with are the best. Of all the places I have been, this ranks in the very top for quality of people and products. Makes it fun to come to work.

    Cons

    Some of the financial 'hoops' in place are frustrating. So much process and control over the smallest aspects get in the way of solving problems in a timely fashion. It is being addressed but is embedded in the culture pretty deep. Would have given 5 stars for compensation and benefits but oddly, Proofpoint does not match 401k $$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Senior management is very accessible and down to earth. Mid management is doing a great job. Really like the direction the company is headed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous, G&A in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous, G&A in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Proofpoint

    Pros

    The management team knows what their doing and has done a good job building shareholder value. Nice co-workers and team spirit. Decent location for commuting purposes.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. More top-down communication from the executive management regarding company initiatives would be nice. Not much focus on career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR should put more of a focus on building programs around manager training as well as perform regular compensation studies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Enterprise Account Manager in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Middle Enterprise Account Manager in Draper, UT

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Hard, but no macro-management. Great pay and awesome benefits...5K referral bonus (unheard-of), great colleagues. Amazing culture and very helpful management.

    Cons

    Still growing and fast so there is always some hiccups, but better Road map than so many big brand names.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward...and taking care of your people as you are!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Proofpoint is a great company with a ton of upside and limited downside risk. Leadership is doing great at capturing the market opportunity and the future looks very bright!

    Cons

    There really are not any major negatives to the company. If you're looking for a Google-esque type benefits package, Proofpoint is not that type of company. The company is run fiscally very smart and spend is always a focus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing and adapting well. Something new happens regularly that inspires excitement

    Cons

    Some of the management is poorly trained and ends up micromanaging excessively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on better pay, to retain talent, and adding more management training throughout the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast growing, great culture, customer focused

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding leadership that is honest and customer focused. Terrific culture with a very open and honest culture. Serves all markets, especially major corps.

    Cons

    Growing so fast it is hard to keep up. Requires dedication and hard work. Yoou need to be personally organized and responsive to customer and company demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in developing new products, increase marketing spend and never lose the customer focus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Proofpoint as a contractor (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Been a great place for me to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great experience. Very well-run company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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