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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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  • Managers try to enforce a work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Free Lunch (of "there is no such thing" fame) (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Coworkers
    Great learning Environment
    Great Products

    Cons

    Little Marketing
    Not the highest salaries

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Security Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Technologies , some of the best engineers

    Cons

    The leadership is still living in the 80's when they were a great company and did not have to invest in marketing and also the command and follow leadership needs to change in order to remain competitive .....

    Advice to Management

    You hire talent but your local and international leadership limits the talent with the company wide command and follow leadership style......Please change that

  3. "Went from quality support to focus on the bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Support Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Started out as a great support center with very knowledgeable support engineers and great product. Focus was on technical support. All of the security engineers were experienced and knew their stuff

    Cons

    The management was mediocre. Started to focus on the bottom line. Brought in call center managers who focused on cutting back talk time and escalating calls vs solving them. Started a tiered evaluation process to filter out highly paid (experienced) engineers and brought in lower paid, straight out of school entry level staff. Obviously support suffered. Also, rolled out software with full knowledge that it was "buggy". This increased support calls. No wonder stock price fell by $100 (at the time).

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the point when Check Point started. Quality products with quality staff. Focus on taking care of the customers, training the staff and hiring leaders not managers. It's not all about the numbers.


  4. "Unreasonable expectations!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Base salary is very competitive. The technology is really good and it does set itself apart in several areas. They send you to Tel Aviv for new hire training which is a cool trip.

    Cons

    The marketing of their product is terrible. Unreasonable sales targets with very limited technical support. Competitors have saturated the market in smaller cities. Management encourages shady tactics to win deals.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great products, poor culture"

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    Current Employee - Field Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Field Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid technology. Respected name and customer loyalty for legacy firewall products. North America TAC/support managers are professional and care about customers.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. Global HQs does everything, and not well. Local/regional mgrs have no ability to effect change. KPIs, KPIs, KPIs. No one wants to hear feedback or suggestions, even on behalf of customers. Systems are complex and training is cursory. Very poor communication. Mgmt forecasts way too high, and then everyone pays the price with threats of being fired. You will fight for every penny of commissions. Don't plan to ever make OTE. The competition is light years ahead on marketing and partner enablement. CEO in Israel has to approve every local marketing campaign worldwide.

    Advice to Management

    Global: Keep building great products, but invest in marketing to get the word out. Let regional mgmt assign accounts, or give the people in Israel a map. Fix system issues and data inaccuracies. You're a global organization with 4000+ employees! Time to let go of the wheel on some things. US: Treat your people like humans. Constant threats to fire everyone, "Greeting" a rep during QBR by immediately hammering on KPIs, then basically yelling, "Next!" is not the way to build loyalty or improve things. Fix inside sales and sales support, so your reps CAN be in the field selling. Stop padding forecasts and then flogging your team when you miss your number. All: Read up on how to build a successful company culture.


  6. "Check Point CSM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with a leading company in the industry

    Cons

    Marketing would help improve success


  7. "Channel Services Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great direct management and local team support

    Cons

    Executive Management team out of touch, constant changes and turn over

  8. "Great company and product, local team sufferring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome product in the cybersecurity industry, pretty flexible with PTO and accommodating with family issues

    Cons

    Not a very organized on-boarding or training process, makes it very difficult to feel you know enough to succeed.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "I should have known better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good engineering on hardware based products. Great engineering on management tools. Smart support and field staff- most are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Sales management cheats staff who leave company out of commission payments. They also use tactics like hiring (as temps) relatives of decision makers to win deals. Management tolerates harassment of employees. Field staff is paid about 30% then industry norms- most leave when they discover this. Headquarters buildings in US and Israel are dumps.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to senior management- you’d be wise to ask questions of your VP’s and Directors as to how they win deals. Set a standard for behavior and enforce it- drunken binges at sales meetings aren’t appropriate anymore. Spend some money on marketing too.


  10. "It has so much potential to be a better company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great and smart group of people work here
    -Their products are truly good

    Cons

    -Lack of communication, especially between teams based in Tel Aviv and San Carlos
    -Lots of micromanaging
    -More time spent on execution, less on strategy


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