Verisign Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
198 Reviews
3.5
198 Reviews
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
D. James Bidzos
55 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very Good Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Verisign has stable revenue income. It is the market leader in domain name registry. The salary and benefits are very good compared to similar IT companies. The ESPP program is excellent. Here is Verisign, you have good chance to grow and the company encourages career mobility as well.

    Cons

    The recruiting process seems broken somehow. There are lots of good candidates on the market but the ones brought to us are not impressing. The company relies heavily on referral.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Great Place to Learn, a Hard Place to Grow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and compensation. (Pay, stock options, benefits)
    Incredibly talented and knowledgeable colleagues
    Leader in their field, world class products & systems

    Cons

    Constant churn in Senior management
    Opportunities for career advancement are incredibly limited for anyone below Sr. Manager level
    "The Grapevine" is a faster and more reliable source of information than management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage "front line" employees directly; there's a significant disconnect in middle management
    Be consistent with approaches to internal change and new initiativies

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    always changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

    Challenging, rewarding work, however long-term vision not completely clear

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Positive interaction with senior management and autonomy to set priorities and goals. The environment is hard-working but there is an acceptable work-life balance.

    Cons

    A drawback is some uncertainty regarding the longer term vision and development of the company. With the sale of the security business, the growth strategy is not clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice for management would include improved communication to help build employee confidence for the future. It would also involve better accountability against goals, targets, and efforts.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Among the best benefits in the industry. Top-range salaries. Flex-time to provide a great work/life balance. They provide the best tools so I can do my best. Many managers came up through the ranks as technical engineers.

    Cons

    Some managers are out-of-sync with the company. It's a high pressure environment ensuring that we continue to meet our SLAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to put our customers first and increase our investment in people (employees). Renew the focus on innovation to add new growth business lines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very cool job working with some awesome people, but terrible management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    A company populated with some of the most technical people you'll ever meet. The pay in years 1-3 is competitive. You will have the chance to work on systems critical to the entire Internet, or, write the software that runs on them.

    Cons

    You'd better negotiate a high pay rate when you first join because that's pretty much what you'll earn your entire time at VeriSign. It doesn't matter if you're on your 10th year, you'll be luck to ever get a promotion, and "raises" barely meet cost of living for the area while your counterparts at other local companies often receive double cost of living raises. You will eventually need to leave just to keep up with your peers.

    The non-senior management employees who have been around for 10+ years, and know they're never going to do better no matter how hard they work, and that new guys are being hired on at higher rates than they are getting, have mostly given up, and this hurts moral as people resent picking up their slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to manage your most technical people with "career managers" who are not at all technical, and are only placed in the position due to their administrative abilities. Your sysadmins, your coders, your data center engineers, etc... these people need managers who can speak to what their people are actually working on, not what time of day they arrived at the office or when they're scheduled to take vacation. Your employees crave direction, and forward looking plans, not reactionary panic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are looking for good work, good pay and nice work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer IV  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Verisign

    Pros

    Good work, benefits and people around

    Cons

    Top heavy. Zero career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce top heavy structure. Bring in young and new blood with varied experience. Make it less bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism at its worst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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