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Barracuda Networks Campbell Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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Barracuda Networks President and CEO William Jenkins
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Pros
  • Other pros include: free lunch, bar and gym located at HQ (in 28 reviews)

  • You can enjoy work life balance (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Other than low pay everything else is great (in 16 reviews)

  • Around a dozen women work in the Ann Arbor office, out of a total staff of 200ish (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Customer Account Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Account Representative in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Account Representative in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved it! They had 15 products and chance with calling someone they are going to need at least one of those products plus I believed in the product!

    Cons

    They worked some people to hard!

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good people, nice environment, free food, no politics

    Cons

    sales driven, low salary, not good work

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Get your experience and run."

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    Former Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3 free lunches a week(Quality not great on some days)
    Free beer, coffee, and soda
    Casual dress
    Do not need a college degree

    Cons

    Low pay
    Constant micromanagement
    Inflated quotas
    High turnover
    Cliques, gossip, and brown-nosers.


  4. "Independent self starters a plus"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Drone in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Drone in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work schedules can be flexible
    The company likes a good idea and isn't afraid of change
    You can create your own path to success
    Some free lunches, activities, good co-workers

    Cons

    Not a lot of holidays or vacation
    Some departments in the company required to work holidays

    Advice to Management

    Some departments in the company have a lot of turnover and management challenges


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Territory Manager"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free beer at HQ.
    Partial 401K match, though very little.
    good group of coworkers.

    Cons

    Management is tasked with micromanaging. Every single activity is logged and there are huge monitors above the octagon, showing your stats to everyone in the company. Since other folks have elaborated on the octagon, read their reviews as it's 100% true. 30 calls a day and 2 hours of talk time are required. Since two hours isn't that much, you are better off keeping your calls short which leads to lesser quality. Management prefers quantity over quality. If you hit your quota but don't make 30 calls a day, you will eventually hear from the VP of Sales.

    The pay is very very low. If you have zero to little tech experience and you want to get a foot in the door, use Barracuda and move on as quickly as possible. Similar jobs in the valley will pay you double. The sales quotas are artificially high. If you are at 80% of your number, the company reaches its internal goals and the employee makes less money but Barracuda still wins.

    The employee moral is terrible. The turnover is insane. The people that stay, at least 40-50% of the sales team want to leave. Lots of employees can't leave because they have crappy resumes with only Barracuda being their technical experience. Most employees will tell you the good people get out asap.

    Quotas are not realistic. The company goal is for their sales employees to reach 80% of their quota. The company wins and the employee loses. Roughly 10% of the sales reps hit their quota. Sometimes it's lower. Management doesn't care and don't bother asking for attainable quotas. If they say you will make 50K a year in commissions, the realistic number is between 35-40K.

    Management doesn't care about the employees and some of the mid level managers will admit this to you, after a beer or two. The only thing that matters is the bottom line, since Barracuda is public. The company scrapes by with underpaid and mediocre talent.

    Look elsewhere for employment, unless you want a tech sales job and can't get one elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and end the employee misery. Be nice to all of your employees. Learn how to lead.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Content Intelligence Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Content Intelligence Analyst in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Content Intelligence Analyst in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Getting into the door for cyber security.

    Cons

    No growth, there is no advancements for career.

    Advice to Management

    Have more career advancements


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Inside Sales"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A good place to learn security and storage solutions.

    Cons

    Only a good place to start working if you haven't been in tech sales. Barracuda will hire anyone that's willing to start a sales gig at $15 / hour. Just remember that your raises, no matter how far you go or succeed, will be based on your starting salary. In other words, learn and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that are suited for the position. You need leaders not "yes men". Articulate to your employees why changes are being made to ease the office banter. Focus on keeping talent and stop being the "college". If you spend all the money on training people why not spend it to keep them around?

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Barracuda Networks Died with the Resignation of Dean Drako"

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a requirement to list at least 5 words in this section, however, I really only had one pro: Free lunch and coffee

    Cons

    Back in 2011 when I started my career at Barracuda Networks (5 years), there were happy employees, who didn't just work together, but were almost like family. There were trips to the Mountain Winery for concerts, tickets to sharks games, drinks, food and potlucks on holidays, Dean Drako (previous CEO) would have a monthly lunch meeting with new Barracuda employees to get acquainted, annual sales kick-off's were about motivating employees to work hard for the new year, and show appreciation of hard work in the prior year. I have seen Barracuda go through so many changes over the years, and since Dean Drako left, it has been a downward spiral. Barracuda is known to hire young men and women who crave for a career in the tech industry, and will work hard for a minimal wage, only to realize in a year or two that you can only move horizontally not vertically. The few that became successful were mostly those who had a relationship with executives/management prior to their careers at Barracuda. The lower management positions are a nothing but a joke. Barracuda mostly only considers current employees from basic sales roles who typically have little or no managerial experience. One of the employees hired for a managerial position chews tobacco every minute of the day, and recently did a sales announcement in front of the entire inside sales team with a dip hanging out of his mouth. There is no organized compensation plan for veterans at Barracuda, they do not give raises after a year, 5 years, 10 years. Instead, raises are typically only given when asked for, and are typically only with commission rather than your base salary. Just like 99% of the reviews posted here about Barracuda Networks, I have to again state, your base salary is not comparable to similar positions in the tech industry. Rather than incentivize their employees, Barracuda would rather spend their earnings on a large UFC cage built in the middle of the sales floor to be used for nothing but distracting announcements regarding negligible "spiffs", five-thousand dollar coffee machines, over ten 50'' screen TVs displayed in the "cuda-lounge" area that probably costed 10k+ to build ( employees don't really hang out here though), thousands of dollars spent monthly on lunches provided Monday-Wednesay, which gave half the company extreme food poisoning about 6 months ago, etc., etc.....the list goes on. All of the money spent on the above could have been spent on providing employees raises and incentives to stay at Barracuda and advance in their career. Barracuda's business model is no longer to simplify IT, it is to gain as much revenue for executives provided by its over-worked employees and a product that sells itself. I do not blame the short-lived employees, the veterans and executives that left Barracuda. Many, many talented people have come and gone at Barracuda. At one point I counted 8 employees leaving in one week. There is a high turnover rate, no incentives, low pay and poor management, so in other words, if you are looking at Barracuda for your next career, my advice is to look elsewhere for career opportunities. Don't waste your time and skills working for Barracuda.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Went from Barracuda Networks to "Me Too Networks""

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    Former Employee - Sales in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people working there are amazing lots of high energy and all around great people. I suppose the beer and liquor during work hours is pro, right ?

    Cons

    The company was once innovative and an amazing place to be... then the whole IPO happened where only the founders stood to benefit. The board and specifically the CMO are the one who really control things which sucks when you're not an exec and left to wonder what other company you will be ripping off to sell to upset to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget your roots , specifically the core values. Drinking booze at work was fun for a while but it caused a lot of problems for many people , unless of course you were in sales and rubbing elbows with other VPs.....


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Renewals Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Renewals Representative in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Renewals Representative in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comprehensive training, helpful co-workers, opportunity for growth in a rapidly evolving field, fun atmosphere, commission (including accelerators) for those who work hard enough to cash in on it, employees are held accountable (ie, you get what you put in).

    Cons

    SKO was turned into "Launch 2016" this year, which was essentially 2-days of intense training (instead of a kick-off at a fun location). Parking lot can get full after 9 AM, but new lot has pretty much addressed that issue. Food no longer served all 5 days; only 3 days a week now (with food trucks the last 2 days a week), but it's better than nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for holding people accountable. It's refreshing to find an environment where workers are rewarded based on merit, aside from favoritism. Keep rewarding those who put in the hours and the effort, keep firing those who fall asleep during training and stroll in 45 minutes late every day.


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