Verisign Reviews in Dulles, VA

Updated May 9, 2014
Updated May 9, 2014
194 Reviews

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194 Reviews
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility of working hours which helps with work-life balance, compensation and very talented employees (in 19 reviews)

  • Some of the pros are good benefits, stability, co-workers, comparable salaries (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The senior management is dominantly white males, although there are lots of minorities as the work bees (in 9 reviews)

  • Very Unstable management, they sold many of their business units recently (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive Experience

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    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Verisign full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Average all around, no issues.

    Cons

    Average all around, no issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    21st century company running like a 1950s behemoth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Operationally pretty sound. That's important, but that's about it.

    Cons

    Culture and morale is quite poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer politics, more creativity.

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

    Great place to work. Interesting technology, smart people, excellent compensation and good work/life balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Overall, a great place to work. Interesting technology, a bunch of smart people, excellent compensation and benefits, and good work/life balance. The company also seems to care about its people.

    Cons

    Poor communication within teams and across organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has been too much turnover at the senior management level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Good benefits package, salary, location

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams and management to employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Great Place to Learn, a Hard Place to Grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and compensation. (Pay, stock options, benefits)
    Incredibly talented and knowledgeable colleagues
    Leader in their field, world class products & systems

    Cons

    Constant churn in Senior management
    Opportunities for career advancement are incredibly limited for anyone below Sr. Manager level
    "The Grapevine" is a faster and more reliable source of information than management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage "front line" employees directly; there's a significant disconnect in middle management
    Be consistent with approaches to internal change and new initiativies

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging, rewarding work, however long-term vision not completely clear

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Positive interaction with senior management and autonomy to set priorities and goals. The environment is hard-working but there is an acceptable work-life balance.

    Cons

    A drawback is some uncertainty regarding the longer term vision and development of the company. With the sale of the security business, the growth strategy is not clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice for management would include improved communication to help build employee confidence for the future. It would also involve better accountability against goals, targets, and efforts.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Among the best benefits in the industry. Top-range salaries. Flex-time to provide a great work/life balance. They provide the best tools so I can do my best. Many managers came up through the ranks as technical engineers.

    Cons

    Some managers are out-of-sync with the company. It's a high pressure environment ensuring that we continue to meet our SLAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to put our customers first and increase our investment in people (employees). Renew the focus on innovation to add new growth business lines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very cool job working with some awesome people, but terrible management

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    A company populated with some of the most technical people you'll ever meet. The pay in years 1-3 is competitive. You will have the chance to work on systems critical to the entire Internet, or, write the software that runs on them.

    Cons

    You'd better negotiate a high pay rate when you first join because that's pretty much what you'll earn your entire time at VeriSign. It doesn't matter if you're on your 10th year, you'll be luck to ever get a promotion, and "raises" barely meet cost of living for the area while your counterparts at other local companies often receive double cost of living raises. You will eventually need to leave just to keep up with your peers.

    The non-senior management employees who have been around for 10+ years, and know they're never going to do better no matter how hard they work, and that new guys are being hired on at higher rates than they are getting, have mostly given up, and this hurts moral as people resent picking up their slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to manage your most technical people with "career managers" who are not at all technical, and are only placed in the position due to their administrative abilities. Your sysadmins, your coders, your data center engineers, etc... these people need managers who can speak to what their people are actually working on, not what time of day they arrived at the office or when they're scheduled to take vacation. Your employees crave direction, and forward looking plans, not reactionary panic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are looking for good work, good pay and nice work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer IV  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Good work, benefits and people around

    Cons

    Top heavy. Zero career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce top heavy structure. Bring in young and new blood with varied experience. Make it less bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid place to be, generally smart and nice people, controllable hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Company has a unique niche so is not going out of business soon
    Great benefits you expect from a valley company although this location is in DC
    New CEO is smart, respectful, and knows the business
    Rumored to be moving Mtn View HQ to Reston which is nice place to live with great schools

    Cons

    Unclear strategy. They have sold most everything off they've bought in the pastr several years but there is no obvious strategy for them to deploy the cash they're sitting on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want to be when you grow up

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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