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Proofpoint Overview

Sunnyvale, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
2002
Company - Public (PFPT)
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
At Proofpoint, we give organizations the power to do three critical things:

- First we protect people from the advanced attacks that target them via email, mobile apps, and social media
- Secondly we protect the information people create from ... Read more

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    Join our team and help us develop, market and deliver innovative cloud-based cybersecurity solutions.

  • Our employees donated >$1,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank during our Pi Day raffle! With an exec match of $314, we've collected $3,500, that will be donated to support local children in need!

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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.

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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.

 

 

JOIN THE PROOFPOINT TEAM

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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. 


Proofpoint Reviews

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    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast, fast growth, 30%+ per year
    Management team has taken the company from zero to 5th largest security company in the world.
    Opportunities to get your hands dirty in all sorts of things
    good work life balance (in most departments).
    Above average comp
    Company takes very good care of it's people.
    Products actually work, and work better than the competitors.
    Company has cleared out a lot of deadwood management.

    Cons

    Some departments better than others
    No 401k match
    Large-company experience and politics are creeping in, some favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Just go faster. This is the time to take market share and build something legendary. There are some weak departments, you know where they are...fix them. Give people the mentoring and training to enhance their career. Prioritize projects better - peanut-butter spreading resources across projects isn't the way to go.

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Proofpoint Interviews

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    Site Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
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    Application

    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Proofpoint (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    Processs was straight forward phone call with screener, HR, then on site. Met with HR person seemed like interview was already over as she didn't like my resume and made very clear. Continued on with interview one of the folks mentioned I might want to rethink my decision to want to work there... Left interview feeling positive though about the process but then never heard back...

    Interview Questions

    • Basic Linux troubleshooting, architecture, security type questions, lots of tell us stories or what you've done previously type questioma   Answer Question
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Proofpoint Awards & Accolades

  • Magic Quadrant (Leader - Secure Email Gateways), Gartner, 2015
  • 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
  • Magic Quadrant (Leader - Secure Email Gateways), Gartner, 2014
  • Best Security Product for Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection, Best of TechEd, 2013
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