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SafeNet Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
92 Reviews
3.1
92 Reviews
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Prakash Panjwani
9 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed sales environment, good work life balance (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The senior management treats employees like blue collared workers (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    The right issues at the right time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Open, relaxed management and culture. Good internal communication. Clear business goals and market focus.

    Cons

    No negatives to note at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Very pleasant and exciting work environment, very few rules and procedures to follow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Belcamp, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Belcamp, MD

    I worked at SafeNet as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very open atmosphere, no problem at all communicating with all levels of employees. Most employees are friendly and are willing to entertain any questions you may have. Great place for someone who wants to work in a global, yet small business and be exposed all areas, especially if employed in the IT department. The company handled change of the CEO very well.

    Cons

    Most employees have little to no clue what the products are that we sell. Lack of structure and discipline, which may work for some employees but I prefer more oversight and direction. Not many opportunities for promotion or moving around within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more policies and make sure employees stick by them. With little oversight and lack of enforcing rules, employees may take advantage of the situation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    How is it working for Safenet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at SafeNet

    Pros

    There really isn't a whole lot of positive to say about the company. If you are into taking half day of lunch breaks you would enjoy working here.

    Cons

    The management seems to have no clue about the product or the competition. We have had three CEO's in three years and it seems to be a rotating door policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the competition and see what the employees want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E-Commerce Analyst in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - E-Commerce Analyst in Belcamp, MD

    I worked at SafeNet full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating....

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

    I have been working at SafeNet full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    We have a lot of untapped potential

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

    I have been working at SafeNet full-time (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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Belcamp, MD

    I worked at SafeNet full-time (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A top-heavy company with values in the wrong place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CIS in Belcamp, MD
    Current Employee - CIS in Belcamp, MD

    I have been working at SafeNet full-time (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    New Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NONE in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - NONE in Belcamp, MD

    I worked at SafeNet full-time (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

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