SafeNet Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
80 Reviews
3.0
80 Reviews
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Prakash Panjwani
4 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed sales environment, good work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • work environment is good and culture also,with extra activity (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No onsite opportunity for engineering people (in 4 reviews)

  • The senior management treats employees like blue collared workers (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Belcamp, MD

    I worked at SafeNet full-time

    Pros

    - People are generally pretty nice to work with
    - Knowledge base is pretty good given the somewhat niche products that are produced here
    - Direct managers seems genuinely interested in well-being of their employees

    Cons

    - Big company, lots of resistance to change (with regard to new technologies)
    - Salaries seem to be on the low side for the tech industry
    - Senior management seems to be very disconnected from the rest of the employees, probably due to all the mergers & acquisitions that are happening all the time
    - They just got bought by another big company, it is possible there are some big changes changes coming

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Toxic Environment

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    Former Employee - E-Commerce Analyst  in  Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - E-Commerce Analyst in Belcamp, MD

    I worked at SafeNet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    from 2004-2008: They mostly left me alone to do my work. Salaries were low compared to competition. Decent benefits early on: profit sharing, stock options. The most senior marketing people were very nice.

    Cons

    Office politics. Very cliquish. Very High School. If you weren't part of the "cool people" group, you were nothing. Mostly dead end jobs. No way to move around vertically or horizontally. Only the sales people had good futures in the company. Lower tier managers were bullies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have changed since I left so can't give much advice. Just focus more on your employees' needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SafeNet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working for a global company that is respected in the security industry. The culture is nice.

    Cons

    Too top-heavy. No career path if you are not in sales or marketing. If you are not working all of the time, you will not be considered for any promotion and/or advancement. The pay is not aligned with the DC/VA/MD corridor. Basically, you get your experience here, and then move onto another company for improved compensation.

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

    We have a lot of untapped potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SafeNet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very talented workforce and plenty to learn for those willing to put in the work. Flexible work hours depending on your position and great company events.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better it is way too easy for another company to come by and take good talent away. No budget for real hands on training that could enhance career growth in our chosen field. Management appears to mean well but the impression we get is their hands are tied behind their back to improve work life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember its the employees that make the company.

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

    A top-heavy company with values in the wrong place

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    Current Employee - CIS  in  Belcamp, MD
    Current Employee - CIS in Belcamp, MD

    I have been working at SafeNet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of certificate and 2-factor authentication experience. Fairly relaxed management. Friendly team. Great culture. Parties on holidays and great Halloween fun. Lots of room to move to new positions within departments.

    Cons

    Applications team is treated with higher priority/respect that Infrastructure (Help desk, Networking, Systems Administration). Infrastructure team is understaffed while applications continues to grow and flourish. Leadership tends to put priorities in the wrong place. Company is extremely top-heavy. Took away option for 100% health care coverage in 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from your managers instead of making unilateral decisions. Focus on your understaffed departments. IT always suffers from budgetary issues but it can be overcome by making sound fiscal decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Better than average place to work, great holiday parties, everyone seemed to complain about management.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Belcamp, MD

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, alright pay, great work-life balance, ability for regular promotions, great holiday parties. The community feeling at SafeNet was fantastic.

    Cons

    There was very little budget for training the people who seemed to need it most, some of the leadership was questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, work as a team.

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

    New Leadership

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    Former Employee - NONE  in  Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - NONE in Belcamp, MD

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

    Pros

    Not that many pros I can think of

    Cons

    New leadership team is needed, they need to replace the CIO. Pay sucks as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace senior management. Make pay equivalent to the market rate

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

    Incompetent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belcamp, MD

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

    Pros

    - People who worked in engineering, Sales, and Marketing were good to work with – for the exception of some managers.
    - Medical benefits were good.
    - Company events were fun (Good opportunity to get to know the people who are running the company to the ground).
    - Sales and Marketing are the only two areas where employees are treated like gold.

    Cons

    - The CIO enjoyed surrounding herself with snake-oil salesman managers that fed her false promises and bad information.
    - The young, inexperienced, and unprofessional IT staff acted as if the world revolved around them.
    - IT best practices = knowing how to use Google.
    - No management support for IT security.
    - Wasted money on expensive, high-end, and advanced systems, but no real knowledge or experience with the basic fundamentals IT. If the kids in IT wanted a new toy to play with, the CIO would pay for it and let them play.
    - Educational and training benefits that the company claims it offers should be considered false advertising. It was "never in the budget".
    - HR ignored complaints from employees.
    - HR staff simply sat around and did nothing all day.
    - No process for company acquisition. If your company gets bought by SafeNet, start looking for another job.
    - Directors and VPs play too many political games amongst each other while regular employees do all the real work.
    - Regular employees often get blamed for bad decisions made by management.
    - Managers care about their own personal gains and do not care about their employees or the future of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The departure of the old CEO was a good first step for the company to get back on track, but I fear that it may be too little too late.
    - Auditing the IT environment may help, but it would probably be in the company’s best interest to fire the CIO and consider outsourcing IT services to a company that provides real qualified and talented support staff at a fraction of the cost.
    - Outsource HR to start rebuilding trust with employees.
    - Fund R&D team and focus on what the company used to do best – develop effective and quality security and encryption solutions for government and commercial business.
    - Slim down management company-wide and hire more regular employees to help save money, produce more positive productivity, and more revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great products but terrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great technologies and the ability to learn new things

    Cons

    VP level of management (with only a very few exceptions) is generally incompetent and looking out only for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the Director and Senior Manager level of staff and replace at least 75% of the VPs as soon as possible.
    Also, pay the 401K matching every year - failure to do that is incredibly demotivating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good People; International Exposure; Great Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SafeNet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity with hard work to rise and learn.

    Cons

    Company needs to improve how it develops products internally. At its size, it should be more effective in this area than it has been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think bigger.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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