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193 Reviews

3.5
193 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 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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  1.  

    VeriSign was one of the best companies I've worked for with extremely intelligent people!

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to CAO  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to CAO in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Variety of work and projects, which added diversity to my work day.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, downsized and sold large portion of company to Symantec, Inc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide transparency to employees on decisions that will impact their careers and longevity with the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good working environment, but the leadership is constant changing.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Coworkers are willing to help and in good team spirits.

    Cons

    The business model changes constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication to help employee understand the decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company...now not so much

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    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Specialist  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Communications Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Gained very valuable work experience. Worked with great people who I built lifelong friendships and networking resources with. Company was surrounded by other fabulous bay area companies.

    Cons

    Terrible management decisions. Not a lot of room for personal growth. Very secretive management style. Not open to cutting edge PR strategies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA

    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
  6.  

    always changing

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Mountain View, CA

    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
  7.  

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

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    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist II  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist II in Mountain View, CA

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism at its worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    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
  9.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - EIT - Business Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - EIT - Business Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Latest 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they are doing fine

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    I'd advise to steer clear of this place

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity if you are proactive

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    It'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

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    No opinion of CEO

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