Websense
2.6 of 5 156 reviews
www.websense.com San Diego, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Websense Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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2.6 156 reviews

                             

21% Approve of the CEO

Websense CEO John McCormack

John McCormack

(43 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great people below executive management with strong work ethic"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Another benefit is the Work/Life balance"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some of the key decision makers or senior management have no business sense"
    in 8 reviews
  • "People are afraid to share their opinions to executive management"
    in 6 reviews
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    Streamlining well on track

    Security Labs (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsStreamlining from reorganization to increase EBITDA puts the company's financials in a better light and enables the company to execute strategy in a 'leaner' and faster mode, hopefully.
    Great place to develop a career if one could align with the overall organizations goals.
    Innovation to some degree that demonstrates thought leadership within the Infosec space.

    ConsRecent acquisition from a private equity firm has incited unrest among employees with uncertainties in multiple levels.
    Hard to project job stability even for the next year.
    Compensation could be a little more competitive considering what a hot space the company is in right now.
    Balanced work - personal life has the potential to breed complacency and I believe this is something the reorganization is trying to fix (former is fine, latter should be avoided)

    Advice to Senior ManagementTechnology execution has to happen on a faster pace to keep up with the industry and plethora of cropping startups.
    Stop cutting corners on compensation for expensive professionals before they leave and the company becomes irrelevant in the industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Would not work for this company

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsLocation. San Diego and that is going away.

    ConsManagement. Our CEO has no idea on how to run this type of business.

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

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    Bad management without a vision

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsI can't find any anymore.

    ConsOut of touch management that doesn't listen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn our business.

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

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    Horrible place to work at

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsI can't think of any. The worst management team ever.

    ConsThis CEO is clueless. No idea what to do with this business.

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

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    Horrible management

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsUsed to be a great company

    ConsSenior management needs to be changed. Including the CEO

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying to all of us

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

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    A good place to work until major changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat camaraderie and a fast paced environment where there is a lot to learn.

    ConsMid-level managers brow beating employees. Executive management is out of touch with the lower ranks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

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    So So

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslove the location and people

    ConsNo review, no goals, no direction

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing people, too bad they are all gone

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSpent many years of my life helping to take Websense from a one-trick pony to a multi-product, globally dispersed solutions provider. Met countless people along the way that made this mid-sized software company a wonderful place to work at.

    Technology Websense is focused on is very sexy, it speaks directly to what concerns many IT departments around the world. Although some of my friends complained to me that my company blocked them for updating their facebook while at work, I knew that what we were doing was helping protect those same companies from a lot of bad people in the world.

    ConsUnfortunately in the course of a few months post acquisition, it became clear that company management was not interested in the people as so much to maximize profits at any cost. I agree that something needed to be done to get Websense to phase 3, but neglecting the people who invested so much into that transition from that one-trick pony was sad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot much advice I can give, the new owners of the company want what they want. I just hope you've at least fought the good fight when it comes to the needs of the employees.

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

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    Was great until purchased by Vista Equity

    Senior Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsNone right now if you are at corporate

    ConsSD office being moved to Texas

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet real

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

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    Great place to work

    Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Pros3 weeks paid vacation +1 week sick + great health insurance

    ConsStopped caring about employees once it became private

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont move to Texas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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