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Verisign Reviews in San Jose, CA

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3.1 42 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos

D. James Bidzos

(2 ratings)

53% 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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    VeriSign was one of the best companies I've worked for with extremely intelligent people!

    Executive Assistant to CAO (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good working environment, but the leadership is constant changing.

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCoworkers are willing to help and in good team spirits.

    ConsThe business model changes constantly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication to help employee understand the decision making.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Corporate Communications Specialist (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGained 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Software Engineer III (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsVery 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

    ConsSometimes people had to work over-time during release times

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency on the company direction

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    always changing

    Vice President (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsSignificant role in delivering trust, safety, and security to the internet. Good pay package, especially the stock.

    ConsOverly cautious on the legal side. Hard to balance the two business units

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the courage to make the tough personnel decisions, especially at the top

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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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    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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