WatchGuard Technologies Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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WatchGuard Technologies Chief Executive Officer Prakash Panjwani
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Pros
  • Excellent place to learn networking, intrusion prevention, firewalling, etc (in 3 reviews)

  • Good luck finding better work life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Entire company suffers when the sales team doesn't meet their goals (in 3 reviews)

  • Seems the company keeps losing market share, or at the very least not growing enough (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Loved this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Benefits go up every year, when I was there they started cutting a lot of the things I loved about them - bring your kids to work day and the holiday themed stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees continue to have fun. It was good for business and morale.


  2. Helpful (1)

    DRAMA drama and more drama

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay Fun monthly events Benefits are pretty good Very little micro management

    Cons

    You don't really get spoken to on a daily basis unless your a big wig Departments do not communicate with each other People just "do their job" and don't know why they are doing it Managers are very dramatic, talk about employees behind their back Managers tend to run to HR instead of talking to their employees People get fired without reason sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Stop running to HR and TALK to your employees. Stop standing up in employee meetings and wondering why all of your employees go to the competition, when the answer is right under your nose, the drama needs to stop. Pay more attention to support, yes sales gets the customers in, but support keeps them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Looking to sell WatchGuard

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of good people trying to do the right thing.

    Cons

    You are just a number and can be replaced at anytime. Looking to sell the company so the bottom line is more profits.

    Advice to Management

    People are looking around for better job since their future is uncertain.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Bus Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies

    Pros

    Great benefits, casual dress, ability to work from home half time

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about this company ...they are awesome to work for


  6. Helpful (2)

    Seatle Based Internet Security Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, fair pay and benefits, good technology and decent marketing

    Cons

    Lacking in true sales DNA to get to the next level, They spend money but are not super aggressive or risk takers to seize the market,. They play it safe

    Advice to Management

    Be Bold, Take Risks. Challenge the competition, not on price but on technolgy and support.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Challenging to keep a positive attitude sometimes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employee base is made up of a lot of wonderful people who work really hard to do the right thing. The main reason why most people say that they stay at WatchGuard is due to their co-workers. When you find such a wonderful group of people, it's hard to leave them behind.

    Cons

    Unfortunately management can't seem to make the right decisions at the right time for the right reasons to be successful. Consistently making decisions that are short sighted and not for the right reasons. No tenured benefits or employee centric programs that help develop long term employees. No growth potential due to lack of corporate growth.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out who your customer is and why they want your products. Create long term product plans and roadmaps before making decisions about products and subscription offerings. Too much time is spent on products or programs that aren't used by the wider audience and that takes resources away from building a strong and stable product line.


  8. Great place to get your start!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Since I’ve come on board I have had the opportunity to really advance in my career. WatchGuard is a good place to get your start when often other companies only want senior level people and refuse to offer on the job training and entry level positions. Friendly team environment. Management is personable and down to earth/ approachable. The new interim CEO is well received. Great location.

    Cons

    Not much inter-department socializing, very few corporate sponsored events. Compensation lower than competitors in some depts.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management has been erratic in the past (penny wise pound foolish) which resulted in some negative feelings, but great changes have been made. Very recently we have more recognition of achievement by key contributors which is appreciated. More realistic expectations of growth.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Lackluster Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive network security appliances and software. Solid partner program. Reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    A rudderless ship, despite departmental restructuring, upper and mid level management changes, and some rather poor and confusing attempts to change the marketing message. Despite good benefits, pay in some positions is not as competitive as it could be, and training is of any sort in any role is either lacking or non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Throw in the towel, and just sell the company. You'll have some victories here and there, but ultimately you'll never, ever make up for all of the bad decisions that have been made over the years. Relevance is no longer a viable goal.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A fast improving company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. The company seems to listen and is improving

    Cons

    Still awaiting a full-time CEO. Having an interim CEO since May starts to impact on the ability of the company to lay out a strategic vision


  11. WatchOut WatchGuard

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    hardly anything to rave about

    Cons

    Working as a Tech Rep will shorten your life, beware badly managed on your own with little training work and more work, take more..

    Advice to Management

    You need to invest in after sales support



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