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Verisign Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
210 Reviews
3.5
210 Reviews
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Awesome place to work.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Dulles, VA

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Personal review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great products to work on.

    Cons

    It's not Google or some other place.

  8.  

    Decent and stable company with good pay.

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    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Stability.
    Good work life balance.
    Good pay in the area for a software product company.

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunities. Mostly lateral movements.
    People just go around in circles within the different groups in the company since there are not much opportunities within the company. Also not much product company based opportunities within the Reston, VA area, hence people don't leave Verisign but feel "stuck" in their careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More aggressive investment needed to fuel growth. Company needs to take more risks. The legal team seems to run the company. Once it goes into the legal "black hole", nothing comes out of it and just delays everything and dampens the enthusiasm to try new things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A nice, reliable place to work.

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    Current Employee - Management in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Management in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits and compensation. A nice facility in Reston, VA. There is a genuine sense of community at Verisign. Most folks are risk averse and focused on steady progress toward goals. Business model is stable, if a little stagnant. Jobs are reliable. Office culture is supportive. Work-life balance is important to my supervisor, and most folks go to a training or conference once a year.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for promotion. Verisign is a large company, and there are more than a few mandatory training classes meant only to indemnify the company for insurance purposes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun Company, Good People

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    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
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    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

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