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Proofpoint Overview

Sunnyvale, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (PFPT)
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Proofpoint is a leading cybersecurity company that protects organizations’ biggest risks and greatest assets: their people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based threat, information and user protection solutions, we help organizations around the world mitigate their ... Read more

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Proofpoint – Why Work For Us?

If you’re passionate about speed, innovation, and customer success, Proofpoint may be just the place for you. We protect people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. It’s a critical responsibility. And we’re looking for the best people in the business to help us:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform
  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture
  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel
  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

A Proven Suite of Solutions

Our solutions stop 99% of attachment-based attacks. And every day, we detect and block advanced threats and compliance risks in more than 1 Billion emails, more than 21 million mobile apps, and hundreds of thousands of social-media accounts.

We also help customers share large files securely and protect sensitive information as it’s sent, stored, and archived.

Cloud Enabled Speed and Innovation

Our solutions are built on an advanced cloud platform that blends speed and innovation. They deploy, adapt and update faster than on-premises tools to keep you ahead of the latest threats. For example, a 360,000-user organization recently deployed our solutions in just 48 hours.

Far-Reaching Intelligence and Visibility

No other cybersecurity vendor has a global intelligence platform that spans email, social and mobile.

Each day, we protect customers from advanced threats found in more than 1 billion emails, hundreds of millions of

social media posts and, across more than 260 million malware samples

This data-informed intelligence gives you critical visibility to understand the context and scale of an attack—and the actionable insight you need to resolve it quickly and effectively.


Our people consist of the best and brightest talent in the industry; who have come together and are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. 

Our Team

As a team, we earn the trust of our customers every day. Through our actions, and tackling problems head on, you will work in an environment which thrives on innovation and creative solutions. We welcome multiple perspectives and push boundaries. Our employees make it happen and we work together to create amazing winning results.

Employee Programs

Proofpoint provides employees in all locations comprehensive and competitive programs. Through health, financial, and balance programs, we see programs as an important part of your total compensation package. We understand they have a direct and positive impact on you both you and your family. Our programs are global with localization to the market.

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!

Proofpoint believes in investing in our interns. Interns work alongside of and partner with experienced professionals on projects that will move the business forward. Our former interns’ contributions have been included in actual Proofpoint products that have gone to market! We hold numerous workshops for our interns, including: why your personal brand is important, how to write that awesome resume, interview preparation, negotiating an offer – and other impactful workshops that benefit emerging talent. 

Our internship program offers great experience to students looking to launch their careers in the expanding world of technology. We go above and beyond for our interns! In addition to relevant project-based work, we go off site for fun events and host Lunch & Learns with industry professionals.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits to the program is that you will create long lasting connections. As students, your focus is on “what” you know. But “who” you know can also be beneficial for you throughout your professional career. During your Proofpoint internship, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize and network with other interns, managers, and mentors! Whether you run into our leaders in the halls or interface with them during our weekly summer executive lunches, you’ll have access to our executives and business leaders. Our summer program concludes with a Summer Showcase in which all local employees are invited, and the Summer Interns demonstrate their creative work and innovative projects that they worked on over the summer.

By the time you finish your internship, you will have gained real-world experience in tech and also created those important long lasting relationships. 

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    I love working at Proofpoint. Any job after a few years has its dull points, but overall I've done tons of work for the company on a variety of weird and slightly futuristic software platforms, and overall it's possibly been (by far) the most entertaining job I've had out of the last couple. Additionally, they really don't sweat the small stuff, minor unimportant things that other employers like to create big fusses over just don't happen here. It's one of the best paying employers in the local job market.


    It takes a lot of work to be a useful employee in the beginning, in part due to a lack of documentation. The politics are very infrequent but objectionable (when it occurs).

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Proofpoint Photos

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Proofpoint photo of: Our interns had a great time taking a pizza break between finals and work at their May Intern Lunch!
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Proofpoint Interviews



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    Performance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Proofpoint (Sunnyvale, CA) in October 2017.


    30 minute phone interview with hiring manager. Followed by an in person interview with 3 managers and potential co-worker. No feedback regarding job even after 1 week. I eventually realized no offer would be forthcoming.

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Proofpoint Awards & Accolades

  • Readers Trust Award - Best Email Security Solution, SC Magazine, 2014
  • Best Security Product for Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection featuring Predictive Defense, Best of TechEd, 2014
  • Best Security Product for Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection, Best of TechEd, 2013
  • Proofpoint positioned in the Leaders Qudrant, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2013
  • Magic Quadrant(Leader - Secure Email Gateways), Gartner, 2015
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