Websense Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
161 Reviews
2.7
161 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a great workplace culture, and a great work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, good product, every one working to the same objective (in 12 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was once a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Websense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits were second to none, the culture was amazing and the people were fantastic. This was a great place to work, even though the pay was not the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Lost the small company culture, since the acquisition by Vista Equity Partners, everyone is on edge and nobody knows when they will be the next to go. Management is more concerned with saving themselves at the expense of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regardless of the future of the company, the people are the most important asset, treat employees as you want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    was ok for a while

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Websense

    Pros

    gave me good experience, had a fun sales culture for a little while before Didier came on board, stock purchase plan worked well for a while

    Cons

    became very micro, pay was below market unless you came from Blue Coat,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hopefully a lot of it has been flushed out since the acquisition and future relocation

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away - Slash & burn philosophy by Vista Equity Partners

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Researcher  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Security Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Websense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Frankly, there is nothing other than having a paycheck while looking for a better job. Having a good laugh at Vista Equity, the way they run this business to the ground - 1 Billion dollars investment - Good luck with that!

    Cons

    Moral is at all time low. Very negative and sad place to work at.
    Most of talented personal has left and are working for competitors.

    Even those that are still temporary around do not care any more - including first line management and senior management.

    Customer Service is at an all time low. Executive management has lost its credibility. Constant lie

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My best honest advice to management is to start buying compactors Stocks. We all know that this is not a sustaining model to run a long tern security software company!

    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would not work for this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Websense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location. San Diego and that is going away.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Streamlining well on track

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Labs  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Security Labs in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Websense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Streamlining 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.

    Cons

    Recent 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 ManagementAdvice

    Technology 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work until major changes

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Websense

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big bucket of unknowns

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Websense full-time

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with and great location (not for long).

    Cons

    Falling behind in the security industry. Good people leaving and very low morale going on with all the changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Websense full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Stopped caring about employees once it became private

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont move to Texas

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad management without a vision

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Websense full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can't find any anymore.

    Cons

    Out of touch management that doesn't listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn our business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Websense

    Pros

    Team I worked with was supportive. People are all around nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company

    Recommends

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