Verisign Reviews in Mountain View, CA

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3.6
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Mgt needs some direction

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    flexible work hours with independence, compensation is high, strong brand name, market recognized the contribution form the company and the products. mark m is ashining light.

    Cons

    no career development, lack of feeling a belonging to a team and changes after changes on the direction of the company. restructure after restructure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick with a plan, ANY plan and execute. develop talent while bringing in experience to lead at the top. there are many capable people at VerSign, but there is also a need for sr. management to lead and develop.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    They are not doing well.

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

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Generally, very high quality people so there is less wear and tear with toxic personalities. Fun activities for the different work groups.

    Cons

    Layoffs, weak management at the top. The products are interesting, but they aren't always able to be competitive. There are lots of legacy products that are showing their age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fund innovative ideas. Take care who you lay off so you don't dump the meat with the fat. Still need a strong CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burnout

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Compensation is good, you are always busy, and you are not discouraged from taking on interesting responsibilities if you see an opportunity. If you are in the right department and a favorite, you can do really well.

    Cons

    Burnout. The amount of work done by a very small number is exhausting and people are wrung dry. Also there is a lot of favoritism. People are promoted to VP with no or few direct reports, while other people who do a great job, have large teams, and get consistently high reviews are not promoted. There is very little chance for professional development in many departments, particularly engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Settle down, pick a strategy, and stick with it for at least a couple of years. It's been hard with all the change in management, but it's also strange to spend months completely reorganizing the company and planning a new strategy only to completely change everything less than a year later.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money good but little else to recommend

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Compensation is excellent at VeriSign and career advancement/promotions are acheivable. There have been some great employees over the years but unfortunately most are gone. I also liked that I was always busy and challenged there.

    Cons

    Compensation goes only so far. The workload is overwhelming, management does not support employees, the CEO and CFO are both "acting", and no clear vision is there for the employees to work towards. The politics here are too much and they get in the way of real innovation and culture. Not to mention the inappropriate relationships that I have witnessed over the years that were clearly supported or ignored by Sr. Management. (Some of this has actually been rectified). There is zero management training and mentoring. Never really know what our goal was as a company-communication was either too complicated on this or completely non-existant.

     Finally, too many VP's....this title means nothing apparently at this company because people who are just politically connected or threaten to leave get this title more than those who truly work for it, earn it, and are QUALIFIED for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the culture and vision of this company before all of the good people leave to find jobs some place else. Stop throwing money at people to keep them and provide an environment where your employees actually want to be a part of the the company success alongside management and peers.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    No doing well

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Security software is hot. Free pastries and fruit, and there is usually good training available. People are usually great because they screen applicants carefully before hiring them.

    Cons

    Having trouble deciding on what products to develop. RSA has pulled ahead. Layoffs were never announced to the press.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more focus and to decide if they are still looking for a CEO to replace Jim Bidzos, who is an interim CEO.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is nothing exciting about VeriSign.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Probably that there are some talented people at VeriSign and that the pay is competitive with the marketplace.

    Cons

    The company while I worked there was more of a rollup of various smaller companies. These groups all referred to themselves by their previous pre-purchase name. VeriSign had a hard time integrating the companies and developing a strategy for the combining all these units together. Then they decided to divest the companies purchased and that created almost two entirely separate units in the company, those being divested and those not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck. I think the company should be sold to a larger security company.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid it

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    They are a leader in online security so brand recognition is there.

    Cons

    As a consultant, you are treated poorly overall and talked down to. There are alot of inept managers who are only concerned with themselves and how good they look to upper management. They don't have any training on how to be a good manager. New ideas are dismissed and there is too much favoritism being played out. There are very limited career opportunities available and no help in getting an advice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid the inept managers and cancerous employees who are killing moral for the overall team. Get clear on which direction the company needs to go next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    DON"T JOIN THIS REALLY BAD COMPANY - THE MGT> is very amateur.

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    Current Employee - N/aa  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - N/aa in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    THe pay is excellent and benefits other than that I don't see it as a place that supports employee growth and development

    Cons

    Lack of vision and leadership in certain depts. Amateur style of management. No support of growth. Poor communication flow of ideas and information across a small company. People hide information. Like is their own company:) Some managers are dead weights - no vision - and they make things more complex sometimes than they are.. Don't join this company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at personal relationships and how each dept. individually is meeting its goals..

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Just a Job

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

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    There is a work/life balance. I never feel pressured to work long hours. It's a great place to work if you want a balance between work and life outside of work. You can do your job, then go home. Managers understand we have lives outside of work.

    Cons

    It's not a very exciting place to work. It feels like just a job sometimes, especially when there's very little local, let alone global team-building efforts relative to my previous employers. It feels like we're on our own islands. Not much visibility into what's happening in the other departments and country offices. Groups don't socialize across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to build a VeriSign employee community. Have company-wide activities where employees can meet and interact more often.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Verisign Santa Cruz - a nasty sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    paycheck, 401(k), compensation benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Non-responsive and clueless management, excessive visa abuse, limited career opportunities, disrespectful communication amongst and between co-workers and management, depressing employee morale, inadequate recognition for jobs well done - unless you are a member of a power clique. In summary, a totally dismal place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to the expectations laid out in the RAPID values statement issued to all employees and posted throughout the workplace. If you are going to talk the talk then actually follow through with it. Anything else is a mockery and an insult. Many co-workers with extensive industry experience feel this is the worst place they have ever worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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