SonicWALL Reviews

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  • Good company for work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  • Everything is about the UTM/firewall (in 3 reviews)

  • Very unprofessional work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good but needs improvement

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

    I worked at SonicWALL full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, talented people, good culture

    Cons

    Handwork is not appreciated. Lot of politics

    Advice to Management

    Review the employee salaries and adjust according to the market


  2. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at SonicWALL

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly people - Work was diverse

    Cons

    - Used to provide lunch, not anymore


  3. While the company is small, there was a lot of politic going on. Bad for the company

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

    I worked at SonicWALL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a small company so you know everyone.

    Cons

    Even though it's a small company, there was a lot of politic. I noticed CIO person who was over 60 and yet tried to let go employees because he felt insecure about his own. Really bad when a senior person would do something like that.

    Advice to Management

    The company had about 500 employees so it's too small to have a CIO. He might have been gone after the company was acquired by a private equity firm last year.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a great company...nothing special now.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at SonicWALL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many colleagues are good people and good at their job. Decent work/life balance. A good place to work for beginner.

    Cons

    Senior management needs to be more competent, especially in Marketing and Engineering. Lack of professionalism, strategic and organizational changes are executed slowly and ineffectively No career growth

    Advice to Management

    Overall senior management needs to be more competent Increase positive communication and recognition of employees View people based on their contribution, not on how much they talk


  6. Has potential, but short term thinking hurts this company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at SonicWALL

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people there trying their best to do their jobs. Most are professional and there are a few very talented folks there. Director level and below are a great group of people doing the best that they can with limited resources.

    Cons

    Definitely a wall of separation from exec mgmt and the rest of the employees, not really open to suggestions, even though it is repeated often that they are in communications to employees. Emphasis on competition between organizations, not encouraging cooperation & collaboration. Very top heavy at VP level for that size company. Strategy seems very short term focus...lots of "fire drills"

    Advice to Management

    Streamline upper management and create clearer lines of businesses. Encourage more cooperation and less competition.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Sonicwall is a perfect example of sales and marketing people designing products instead of engineers.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at SonicWALL

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Lunches, Free Dinners all designed to turn you into a fat employee too bloated to drive home.

    Cons

    The products they make are terrible. After working there for over 2 years, I still was befuddled with how difficult it was to set up basic features on firewalls than on a Linux based firewall. The amount of internal politics was completely insane given the small size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Develop more technologies in house. Stop going shopping for terrible technologies ( CDP ? ) at the expense of not researching new innovations in house. There are smart people there , so give them the opportunity to explore new technologies. Don't just give lip service in regards to career development. Sonicwall, NEVER allows you to move into new projects. Your only option for advancement is to quit. The same goes for real raises. People are so pigeon holed with no possibility of developing their skills that almost everyone ( minus H1B visa indentured servants ) complains about wanting to go somewhere else.



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