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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
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  • Flexibility of working hours which helps with work-life balance, compensation and very talented employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Great culture, great benefits by todays standard, well compensated (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • India senior management don't have the desired skill-set to manage people (in 9 reviews)

  • Very little growth opportunities (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Awesome place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Verisign full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome, kind, generous people and flexible hours if needed.

    Cons

    A few employees think they are better than others & will turn their nose up at you.


  2. Positive Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Verisign full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Average all around, no issues.

    Cons

    Average all around, no issues.


  3. Helpful (1)

    21st century company running like a 1950s behemoth

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

    I worked at Verisign full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Culture and morale is quite poor.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer politics, more creativity.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Review

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, salary, location

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams and management to employees


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Verisign

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work, benefits and people around

    Cons

    Top heavy. Zero career growth

    Advice to Management

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



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