Websense Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Websense CEO John McCormack
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Pros
  • There is a great workplace culture, and a great work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Some really great people working in the marketing department initially, but they all left in the course of the year of the half I worked there (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management needs to be changed (in 8 reviews)

  • Executive management is out of touch with the lower ranks (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Things are getting better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Websense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    3 weeks of vacation, 8 sick days a year. Bagels on Friday. Raytheon buy out seems to be helping as there are a lot of job openings now. Dental and vision are ok.

    Cons

    Health care with 4k deductible then insurance kicks in covering 80%. Total out of pocket is 8k. We are told this will be changing. Hopefully it will as there used to be only a 3k total out of pocket.

    Advice to Management

    Change the health insurance to attract top tallent. Many people have left or did not accept a job offer because of health insurance.


  2. "New but growing Intern program"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, lots of great people, and company is moving in a positive direction. It was their first year with a full-fledged intern program and I was really please with how everything went.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons that I can find


  3. Good company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, smart people and good culture overall

    Cons

    Company should provide better benefits


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Ok company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers, always had a good time with the people. My manager was really nice and would do anything to assist his employees.

    Cons

    The amount of work I had to do was way more than my salary covered. In addition, I worked an early morning shift and normally, it was swamped with calls that had been on hold for HOURS. Most clients were livid


  6. Helpful (2)

    QA Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Websense full-time

    Pros

    Nice location, close to freeway

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Everyone is an asset.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Websense full-time

    Pros

    Under Raytheon umbrella , that is their only hope.

    Cons

    The company has flat revenue growth from quite sometime. They created margin by offering terrible health insurance. Recently they are moving jobs from Beijing to USA which will affect bottom line. don't expect any bonus this year. Salary is below industry standards. Sold by 2 owners in last few years. Technology is outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with dignity and respect.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Websense Lacks Tenured Sales Engineers

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are in sales and do not need a sales engineer to help you, then Websense is the place for you. They are terrific at losing their top talent. The Leadership team accelerates at allowing Senior Engineers to exit the company at a furious rate. This is the company for you when you want to be the engineer, salesman and customer support specialist.

    Cons

    Headed up by J-Mac, the leadership team focuses on increasing their personal wealth at the expense of the Sales organization. This company has filled itself with "C" players that will hide under the Raytheon umbrella. There is no loyalty to the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please cash out and move on. Allow someone that is hungry to succeed and take over the sales organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    see payment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Websense (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    free work environmrnt and good management

    Cons

    payment is below everage, i think

    Advice to Management

    Offer better payment


  10. Helpful (1)

    Inside sales engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy hiring process, friendly staff

    Cons

    Hiring took 2 months when i was told it would take 2 weeks


  11. Helpful (3)

    Terrible place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices in a convenient Arboretum area location, lots of windows, covered garage parking, free coffee and bagels on Friday. - I have been here 8 months and I have yet to even hear a mention of company "values".

    Cons

    I joined Websense almost 8 months ago through what I later learned was their standard “HiPo” hiring model. This hiring model seeks out “High-Potential” (HiPo) candidates such as recent college graduates that have strong intellectual and technical potential but lack professional experience. In exchange for this professional experience they offer below market compensation and work you like a rented animal while permeating a "you should be grateful to be here" atmosphere. I overheard one of the Support Directors laughing off a recent employee’s decision to quit out of frustration as “this is Austin, back-filling is easy”. I am planning to stay a few more months so that I have a solid year on my resume and then I will leave as well. I am new to the workforce, but it seems like the percentage of disgruntled people at Websense is extremely high. Other advice: - Be mindful of what job grade you enter the company with as there are virtually no options to grow your career once you are on board. Whatever job you are hired into is the same one you will inevitably quit from X years later. Moving between business teams is virtually unheard of. - Terrible insurance benefits. Hopefully that will change now that we have been bought by Raytheon, but the current plans have insanely high deductibles and poor coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the products. It should not be so painful to perform a simple product upgrade for a customer.



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