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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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Pros
  • Free Lunch (of "there is no such thing" fame) (in 40 reviews)

  • Managers try to enforce a work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and the environment seems committed to your success.

    Cons

    The stress of various positions can be strong for certain people.


  2. "Security Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good technology, nice tools, good information.

    Cons

    There are many travels and awful technical support.

    Advice to Management

    Review the technical support and put in mind the life of their employees.

  3. "Network Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Calm,nice, not ambitious people .

    Cons

    Not much potential for growth. Very modest compensation.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Talented, hard-working colleagues; Delusional, self-absorbed executives"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The marketing team at Check Point includes some of the smartest, most talented, hard-working people I've ever known. I learned a ton from my colleagues' past experiences and from our collective experience at Check Point. The fringe benefits are kinda neat: Paid lunches (up to $8.50, which is like $2,000 a year so...), the healthcare benefits are great, and the salary, bonus, and RSU programs are reasonably competitive - but don't expect to become a zillionare by any means.

    Cons

    So some of that experience was good, but mostly it was learning from bad processes, bad management, and failed strategies from the top. The CEO fancies himself a savvy marketing leader when, in fact, he's really just a developer who couldn't market his way out of a paper bag. The CEO should be leading company strategy, not reviewing email copy and holding up $50 purchase orders. (Literally. Everything you've read here about that is 100%, absolute truth.) I understand there's a new CMO. I wish that person luck because in the 18-months I was there we went through two CMOs. The last one quit when she realized it would be impossible for her to move forward with a positive, different, and innovative marketing strategy to reinvigorate the brand. Hey, if Gil's happy running Check Point like a back-office start up and not the global cybersecurity giant it could be, let him do it. Just think hard about whether or not you want to be part of the former or the latter before you sign your offer. So let's talk about career growth: There isn't any. Whatever role you're hired to do (if you're even allowed to DO it once you're on board) will be as far as you go. In Marketing there are no senior roles, no opportunity for advancement, no professional training, no career growth, no nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Demote Gil. No, seriously - demote him. Check Point needs fresh leadership that brings in fresh ideas and a world view that's not centered around the fame and hometown glory of Tel Aviv. (read: Nobody knows who you are outside of Israel. Your brand is getting TROUNCED.) ... and I suspect market share and quarterly results will reflect that sad reality in the coming year or so.


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, Career Opportunities, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Work/Life Balance, Lack of appreciation


  6. Helpful (11)

    "WORK HERE IF YOU DARE"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch up to $8.50
    Free snacks
    Weekends off
    Some travel--SKO, regionals etc.
    Good entry to the technology corporate world

    Cons

    Well....where do I start? If you want to be degraded and disrespected and feel like you have no value, join the inside sales team. Most of the field you are countered part with will see you as their admin and expect you to do all their net new work and when they don't meet their numbers, the blame is on you. (Luckily I had a few good field reps.) There is absolutely no structure what so ever, if you have a question on something you will get a "I don't know" and then be forced to find the answer yourself. Training program for new hires?....totally unorganized and irrelevant to the role. No moral or work ethic, people come and go as they please or while they are there, it's not work. No motivation from the team to grow and promote or even do better in your current role.

    When it comes to pay, you get paid less than what other companies offer. Not to mention there's no way to track how you get paid commission and what you are getting paid on. Everything is a mess and there's no clear answer on anything. When you ask, people will say "welcome to Check Point" how sad of an excuse. On top of that, when the new year starts you'd expect to have your numbers/goals. Not here. Expect to see that in June and then still be expected to reach that above and beyond 100%. As far as a prospecting tool.....didn't have one. Was told to google and LinkedIn prospects. What a joke. A prime example of how cheap this company is.

    No one is ever on the same page and this company is a hot mess. Surprised people have lasted longer than a few months here. As if I didn't give you enough reasons to not work here.....One of the team "leads" is not only uneducated but also is not able to be trusted. Prime example of where you can go by kissing butt so if that's your style go for it!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap. Have things set and ready when the year starts or lower your expectations. Get it together.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Strategic Account Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Easy to on board and set process. Executives and management very engaged

    Cons

    Once in Self Starter need to learn a lot on your own.

    Advice to Management

    A mentor might be a great objective or option for new employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Founder still with the firm and very productive.

    He has a unique style different than any other founder in the field at the level CHKP competes

    Cons

    The firm is at the stage where it is preparing for the next round of growth to double the size of the company.

    This will probably require additional breadth of executive management and some delegation of authority to be able to act with speed against the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to maintain leadership in the field.

    This will require further refining of a long-term strategy to counter some of the fiercer competitors.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not GREAT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Threat Prevention Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Threat Prevention Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture of people, Fun atmosphere, Growth options

    Cons

    My way of the high-way attitude, Good old boys club (NE Sales team has no females!),

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your team members or you will loose GREAT people


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovation, best in class , market leader

    Cons

    Work life balance , compensation perceived as not so competitive

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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