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Verisign Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.5 191 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos

D. James Bidzos

(51 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Procurement Specialist II (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsWork environment was very friendly and dress was fairly casual.
    Benefits were great and full time employees received stock options.

    ConsA 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Systems Engineer III (Current Employee) Dulles, VA

    ProsA 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.

    ConsYou'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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Engineer IV (Current Employee) Dulles, VA

    ProsGood work, benefits and people around

    ConsTop heavy. Zero career growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce top heavy structure. Bring in young and new blood with varied experience. Make it less bureaucratic.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nepotism at its worst

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsBenefits were above the norm.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementAssign 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    EIT - Business Analyst (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsLatest technologies and very friendly learning atmosphere. People do get promoted and they do get recognition . There are very reasonable people out there . Much better than bigger companies . ESPP , Bonus etc has always been great . Better than industry average . In my opinion very fair company

    ConsMay be the managers or senior manager or directors need not not be that hands on . Not sure about it

    Advice to Senior Managementthey are doing fine

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I'd advise to steer clear of this place

    Information Technology Professional (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe compensation and benefits are very good.

    ConsThe company is going through a transitional phase after selling the Authentication business to Symantec. They have decided to move all remaining jobs to Dulles, Virginia, regardless of whether they can find qualified people to fill them. Management also plans to support the remaining company with a fraction of the support staff, so many remaining people will be wearing multiple hats and have very broad responsibilities. There is also an issue with people being promoted to positions they are not qualified for, simply because they are in the right location.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour actions this year have seriously damaged employee faith in upper management. If you are planning for the company to go forward, and not just getting positioned to sell the remaining parts, you have serious work to do gain any employee trust back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid place to be, generally smart and nice people, controllable hours

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dulles, VA

    ProsCompany has a unique niche so is not going out of business soon
    Great benefits you expect from a valley company although this location is in DC
    New CEO is smart, respectful, and knows the business
    Rumored to be moving Mtn View HQ to Reston which is nice place to live with great schools

    ConsUnclear strategy. They have sold most everything off they've bought in the pastr several years but there is no obvious strategy for them to deploy the cash they're sitting on

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what you want to be when you grow up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    VeriSign was a fun place

    Director Project Management (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsTalented colleagues; good work life balance; good compensation and benefits; excellent bonuses and stock purchase, things are always slightly crazy

    ConsMid-Management can be out of touch with their employees/teams; the grape-vine is normally light years ahead of official communications; often tight deadlines and unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more management training; involve EEs more in what is going on; be more honest with what is really happening

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall pretty good -- but some frustrations

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat work / life balance.
    Overall package is quite good - on both salary and benefits
    Felt that it was very meritocratic - the more you did, the more they entrusted with you.

    ConsLack of investment in new products
    More concerned about margins than advancing the company / products
    With large number of divestitures, employees really got lost in the process, and focus was lost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what you want to do with the company. Is it a growth company, or a utility? Understand that 'people first' isn't always about compensation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of opportunity if you are proactive

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsIt's a very execution oriented environment so if you are self-motivated and can get things done with little to no oversight, you will do very well. If you are someone who needs clear structure and guidance, it might not be the place for you.
    Most of the people are outstanding - very smart and driven.
    If you are willing to work hard and not take no for an answer, you can create a ton of opportunity for yourself

    ConsMost departments are not focused on process or best practice, its an environment where you get things done by figuring it out on your own, often without any guidance from management.
    The company grew so quickly that the infrastructure is not well designed in terms of process or procedures.
    There is often very little focus on work/life balance. People regularly work really long hours and it's more of an unspoken expectation than a one-off situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on developing a long term strategy that you can stick to, and then figure out how to best communicate that to the entire organization in a way that everyone understands and can get engaged with. More transparency into the reasons for decisions and employee input into structuring changes would be ideal.

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