Verisign Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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 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. Work heaven ... is there such a thing?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    My time at VeriSign was short lived but a standard that I use to compare all other organizations to now. The team I worked with was fun, friendly, and exceptionally smart. There was hands on training, and support no matter where you looked. The team had a strong and clear process, knew how to tackle new big asks/projects and trusted each member to do their part. There was no micro-managing, no lack of trust, and a great deal of empathy and understanding for your life outside of work. The benefits selection was great, with full Medical, Dental & Vision options as well as 401k, employee perks etc.. Learning new skills and understanding more about the team/company was encouraged. Over all the best company I have worked for in years.

    Cons

    Sad to say that the review and raise system is a bit unfair. Ranking your employees against each other within a team tends to pit them against each other and if one employee is ranked #1 then that deducts the raise amount that can be given to other teammates. It seems hardly fair considering each team mate pitched in and doesn't always work the same projects/aspects of the teams needs. Reviews should be based on expected performance vs actual performance, not a comparison against other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work! But maybe start seeing your employees as individual contributors not a ranking from best to worst as that is the feeling the reviews tend to give.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Being an intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Verisign as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good internship projects, specially research projects which are directly under CTO.
    Great mentors, but sometimes they are not very approachable.
    If you are smart enough to approach right people, you will learn great skills from top researcher.
    You get overview of what entire company does and the naming industry.
    Great campus and facilities.

    Cons

    You wont have a tech company like feel as most of the people are laid back.
    Not much of work allocated to you until you ask for it.
    A lot of oldies, this company needs some young blood with new ideas.
    Compensation is not good, specially if you are an out of state student.
    Don't expect any follow up job offer at end of your internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young people or former interns and not just interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Average Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    work/life balance
    salary and total comp package

    Cons

    constantly changing
    lacking career opportunities and advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Hired to become part of the skeleton crew during divestment, what more can I say?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verisign

    Pros

    They paid well but had a difficult time getting me setup on payroll for some reason - asked me to wait just over a month for my first pay.

    Cons

    I was hired to help shutdown the subsidiary, morale sucked.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. Best company ever

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Work-life balance is very good

    Cons

    No cons. I love this company.

  7. Good company and benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verisign (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This has been a good company for years. They are a market leader and have competitive compensation! They hire great people and I loved working with my colleagues.

    Cons

    Closing deals internally take a few extra steps, but good enough compared to others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Looks like an IT company but is really a utility with a monopoly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous IT in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous IT in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Verisign full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is good.
    Diverse workforce at the bottom where real work gets done.
    HQ facility is top-notch.
    Barring unforeseen disaster this company isn't going anywhere.
    Work-life balance is great.
    If you play the game right you will learn useful skills.
    If you're lucky or make the right friends you can rise through the ranks.

    Cons

    Middle management is very bad. Cliquish is an inadequate word for how insular it is.
    Execs at the top basically lucked into the goose that laid the golden egg back in the '90s and have squandered shareholder value since then. 10 years of massive nonsensical acquisitions during the late 90s-early 00s only to do a 180 and sell it all off for pennies on the dollar as the market tanked in 2008-2010. Execs still made millions of course and think they are infallible.
    Only one real product left (DNS)
    Since divesting almost every product other than DNS resources have been wasted trying to come up with new directions without any success.
    Company is now run by the CFO and the squeezing has started in earnest. The negative consequences will start showing up in the next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept the situation. You can't innovate because you serve too many masters. Trying to grow the stock price via spending reductions to reach unrealistic operating margin goals will kill the goose in the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Good at what they do, but not innovative

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I worked at Verisign full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Verisign is very good at what they have always done, the domain name registry and the dns. Work is challenging, pay packages are competitive, and benefits are attractive. They have a nice cafeteria and an onsite gym facility. Stable revenue model. Once a year trip to a technical conference. Internal company symposiums.

    Cons

    They are having trouble finding new growth areas. The upper management is primarily white and most of them have grown up the ranks. There isn't any technical leadership in the upper management. The once rock stars have left the company to Silicon Valley and those that are left are waiting to retire or so it seemed. The average age of employees is high compared to industry standard and that could deter younger generation from joining the company. The company needs fresh ideas and younger tech leaders in the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do best but recruit some fresh talent. The company is not diverse enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Strong company, once they figured out what they wanted to be

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    Former Employee - Vice President BD in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President BD in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    High margins, good pay. solid team

    Cons

    insular and political environment. Cliqueish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great Company, Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verisign (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Work life balance. Great facilities (company sponsored cafeteria, onsite free gym/classes, flu shots, free breakfast, good coffee, underground parking). Mac based company.

    Cons

    Leadership. Upper management comes up with a direction and we all match towards. Very little strategy to whether that idea is something consumers want, very little discovery to whether the market will adopt an 'engineering' focused strategy. Surprised when Sales can't sell it. Legal teams can't support it. Finance teams can't price it. Upper management surprised when it has to be revised, surprised when customers can't understand it ... hey, but it was a cool engineering idea. When you put engineers in charge, you'll get engineered ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside of the box. Put more focus on products than on cafeteria rebuilds. Make products that are efficient and solve our consumers needs. Don't allow engineers to drive this company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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