Websense Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Too many decisions made solely on cost cutting

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Websense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None- everything at the time was being done to reduce costs, to check off items on someone's check list, and to try to hit a moving standard that wasn't clearly communicated.

    Cons

    Lots of stress, followed later by the Vista buyout that moved Websense to Tx. Many people were forced out, followed later by the sale to Raytheon after many more Vista imposed cuts. Little/no consistency as Vista continued to cut costs and not foster the things needed for a healthy workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, stop being fanatically cost focused, provide consistency, uniformity. Allow things to settle down. Promote from within instead of bringing people in from the outside.


  2. Helpful (7)

    A sinking ship - even worse than before the move- do not apply

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Websense full-time

    Pros

    The people - a ton of bright worker bees trying to figure things out.

    Cons

    Leadership. A president that is never in the office. A CMO with no marketing background. No communication, no career guidance no bonus structure. If you ignore this and apply, you will be sold a bill of goods. There is no culture to speak of. Right now leadership is polishing their resumes for Raytheon or other opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management fails to realize that this is not a transactional business. It's a longer sales cycle and there's not a magical switch that will turn on pipeline or revenue. you have to let the sales cycle play out. Quit telling employees that there's 'open-door policies.' Talent is being wasted there.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good tech, Hard to know what would happen with the company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of innovative security research was being done when I worked there. Good culture inside the labs.

    Cons

    Old news now, but the company was trying to sell itself, leading to an uncomfortable feeling of uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, probably made sense to sell the company.


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  5. Not too corporate and not too start-up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many larger corporations focus on growth through acquisition. They expand both product and talent by acquiring fast moving, smaller companies. Websense knows exactly what they are. Many of the employees, from leadership to individual contributors, are well seasoned and savvy. It has the feel of a smaller company but with the confidence that comes from being in business for over 20 years. And let's be honest, security is hot. Pay is fair, not the top for the area. Interview process can go as fast or as slow as you let it.

    Cons

    None yet. However it does appear that more could be spent in marketing. The technology is awesome. Let's get the word out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with each other and focused on strategic plans.


  6. Senior Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Websense full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional colleagues and challenging work

    Cons

    Resources often stretched thin to meet the goals

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people! Really great to work with such talented colleagues.


  7. Sr. Sales operation analyst

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

    I have been working at Websense full-time

    Pros

    Great team, great peers. Great life work balance.

    Cons

    Pay scale is about average. Documentation process is a little behind.


  8. Helpful (1)

    ok place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Websense full-time

    Pros

    great work colleagues with drive

    Cons

    constant change from senior mangment


  9. Technical Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Websense (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product, great people to work with

    Cons

    Moved HQ to Austin,tx, hard to get promotions


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Websense (More than a year)

    Pros

    Left alone for the most part

    Cons

    Massive turnover. Check LinkedIn or number of openings on website Much gossip and politics with "rules" applied very unevenly Cutting costs in all depts

    Advice to Management

    Apply "rules" evenly as it's way to obvious that you don't. Manage with integrity


  11. Helpful (1)

    Worked in the administration

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administration in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administration in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    Managers were secretive and indecisive

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with the staff



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