Verisign Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
203 Reviews
3.6
203 Reviews
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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 21 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.  

    Not a bad place to work

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

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Good benefits -- 401K, fitness reimbursement, lactation program, reasonable amount of paid holidays.

    Cons

    There aren't any really big cons to working here. The pay isn't at the top of the market, but it is not at the bottom of the market either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid unless you absolutely need a job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    The company is not going away anytime soon so you have a job for a while.
    Excellent location.
    Good benefits at a low cost to employees.
    Engineers who do the actual coding are good to work with.

    Cons

    Micro management and no ability for a person to make a decision on their own. Resulting in a slow project time and bottle neck from management.
    Too many layers making it more people to keep in the loop which again dis-empowers you from making a decision as well as slowing things down.
    Not a collaborative culture. Favors throwing things over the wall to each other. Product lifecycles reflect this as well.
    Technology is old.
    Managers routinely check up on employees to make sure they are working their hours and tracking of time is done in a digital timesheet.
    Engineering management ties their own teams hands to do the right thing for the customer.
    Lack of processes and the ones that are in place just done make sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more dramatic changes and the mid management level. They are killing what you are trying to build.
    Rethink how you develop and bring a product to market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    Verisign is a leader in it's space so name recognition definitely help us sell
    Great products in the space that I sold in - they were the best in their class
    Great sales support
    Excellent package of benefits from day 1
    They paid well for managers - but reps were paid less that comparable roles in other companies

    Cons

    Too many aquisitions left employees confused about our focus
    Upper management didn't seem to know direction to take company
    Not much encouragement to grow within the company and get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick and direction to move the company in and focus on that

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Mgt needs some direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    They are not doing well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burnout

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money good but little else to recommend

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No doing well

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is nothing exciting about VeriSign.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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