Proofpoint
3.5 of 5 53 reviews
www.proofpoint.com Sunnyvale, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Proofpoint Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.5 53 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Proofpoint CEO and Director Gary L. Steele

Gary L. Steele

(47 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good people, promising technology that is doing well in the marketplace"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Some great people to work with as well"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Middle management style is subpar or non-existent"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Due to moving out of a start up phase there are some obvious growing pains but its been worth it, and its getting MUCH better"
    in 2 reviews
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Great company experiencing some growing pains

Engineering (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Penny wise, and pound foolish

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Bean and paperwork counters rule here

Consultant (Current Employee)

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

ProsWith acquisition of Sendmail, future product is promising.

ConsTotal 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 Senior ManagementSTREAMLINE 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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World class company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsInnovative thinking, top leadership, vision, a culture of winning, strong customer orientation

ConsNot always easy to do business with, very rigid finance and legal organization that lacks flexibility

Advice to Senior ManagementRelax corporate policies in legal and finance, survey recent customers to find out how negotiating experience compares to competitors

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked at Proofpoint

ProsLocation is convenient at Sunnyvale

ConsPoor benefit compare to other company

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Senior Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Proofpoint full-time for more than a year

ProsOn the cover the story sounds good

ConsProducts don't stand up to the hype. Sales is run by Finance. Leadership is inexperienced. It was impossible to book a deal without going back to the customer 10 times.

Advice to Senior ManagementSince most have left the few still there should move on as well. Clean out the entire HR dept. Try to have some fun for once.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Extremely positive engineering experience

Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Proofpoint as an intern for less than a year

Pros-There are some really really senior engineers there that have very deep knowledge of their products.
-Engineering space is welcoming and comfortable
-Intern experience was great - many development seminars were held
-Tech talks

Cons-Sunnyvale can be a bit dull and is quite congested
-Slight impression that higher level management seems to be making their way out one by one

Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful not to sacrifice company culture in expansion

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for

Product Manager (Former Employee)
Draper, UT

I worked at Proofpoint full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat company, great people! Proofpoint is full of people that are great to work with. The Utah office especially.

ConsBig company, too much red tape. I didn't appreciate the amount of red tape I had to go through to get things done.

Advice to Senior ManagementLess top down, more transparency

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Experience marred by middle management and HR

Intern (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

Pros-Fast growing company
-Available resources are growing
-Ability to work with autonomy

Cons-Professional development is minimal for interns
-HR is very unprofessional
-Intern program needs refining
-Middle management style is subpar or non-existent
-Communication issues

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Potential ruined by lousy middle management and HR.

Operations Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe technology is interesting. The frequency of outages gives one ample opportunities to learn new troubleshooting skills.

ConsBeing stuck working for incompetent managers is an all to common problem. HR is beyond worthless and have no clue what is going on.

Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp the corporate travel policies and put some effort into building out an effective HR department. Operations management needs to go.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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