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Verisign Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
211 Reviews
3.6
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility of working hours which helps with work-life balance, compensation and very talented employees (in 23 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.  

    Fun Company, Good People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PR Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - PR Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, doing great stuff.

    Cons

    Company overextending in the area of acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer III in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer III in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits by todays standard, well compensated.

    Cons

    Vision and implementation was always sort of scattered.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some very good, some very bad experiences

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salary, and when you are productive and committed to your job, you will find that you are reasonably recognized for this, provided that you do not end up with an incompetent and insecure manager. The other good news is that those managers typically do not last too long. Great customers.

    Cons

    Management appointed without experience or qualifications. Male sexist attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the management and the VP set the tone by being sexist, giving advice will not necessarily help. Management can also tell the staff not to communicate some things to the ELT so there is a lack of transparency which should be fixed.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    VeriSign was one of the best companies I've worked for with extremely intelligent people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to CAO in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to CAO in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Variety of work and projects, which added diversity to my work day.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, downsized and sold large portion of company to Symantec, Inc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide transparency to employees on decisions that will impact their careers and longevity with the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good working environment, but the leadership is constant changing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are willing to help and in good team spirits.

    Cons

    The business model changes constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication to help employee understand the decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company...now not so much

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    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Specialist in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Gained very valuable work experience. Worked with great people who I built lifelong friendships and networking resources with. Company was surrounded by other fabulous bay area companies.

    Cons

    Terrible management decisions. Not a lot of room for personal growth. Very secretive management style. Not open to cutting edge PR strategies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company to work for. Lots of opportunities to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Very good company to work for.
    Lots of benefits (ESPP, company match for 401K, medical/dental/vision plans)
    Great vacation policy (close to 4 weeks)
    Lot of opportunities to grow professionally
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes people had to work over-time during release times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency on the company direction

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    always changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Significant role in delivering trust, safety, and security to the internet. Good pay package, especially the stock.

    Cons

    Overly cautious on the legal side. Hard to balance the two business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to make the tough personnel decisions, especially at the top

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall VeriSign was a great company to work for and they treat their employees great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist II in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Work environment was very friendly and dress was fairly casual.
    Benefits were great and full time employees received stock options.

    Cons

    A lot of changes with the sale of the SSL business to Symantec; resulted in the Company headquarters moving to Dulles, VA and most employees in California being laid off

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism at its worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Benefits were above the norm.

    Cons

    If you were a (typically male) friend of a Sr. executive- VeriSign was a great place to work. You really didn't even need a job description to get your VP title and privileges. But for everyone else- it was next to impossible to get noticed, promoted, etc. There were more VP's running around who a) had no direct reports and b) had no job description but c) were protected by an Executive. Very disruptive to moral and to those who worked hard and did not get noticed. Additionally come annual performance time- managers were given a "funded pool" and could divide up bonus and stock payouts based on favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign specific roles and responsibilities commensurate with job title. Make bonus payouts by team not individual and leave manager to make sure everyone on team is playing to level of rest of team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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