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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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  • Free Lunch (of "there is no such thing" fame) (in 32 reviews)

  • Managers try to enforce a work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Run as fast as you can from sales job"

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

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    its in a good industry

    Cons

    Marketing and Sales Management are horrible.
    Cheap.
    Heavy handed company attitude.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "OMG - It's True!"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong brand/market awareness and reputation for firewall products. Loyal customer base that continues to buy products and renew maintenance contracts. There is some decent technology, and stable products, but...

    Cons

    Success/strength is limited to firewall business and a somewhat loyal customer base. Extremely difficult working environment with substantial turn over. Everybody is micro-managed at every step, which makes breaking away difficult. People are not empowered, and it is very difficult to bring new ideas to the table. The working environment is perhaps the biggest issue at Check Point that inhibits their success.

    Although the technology is sound and stable, it is not cutting edge. They have not been able to see much success in new areas of security technology. Hardware-based model is not adapting to current market trends.

    Advice to Management

    No pint as they would not take any suggestions or advice -- "they know better".


  3. Helpful (9)

    "STAY AWAY"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is OK. Benefits are good. Very few opportunities for growth. Since the company HQ is in Tel Aviv, you get to (or have to) fly out there at least once.

    Cons

    Worst culture you can imagine with very few upsides, no potential for any real growth, and frequent employee turnover... many new employees run away in the first 6 months. From a Silicon Valley culture perspective, Check Point is a "wannabe." With HQ half-way around the world and a very different culture in Israel, it makes Check Point a strange and extremely unproductive mash-up of dictatorship and socialism.

    Advice to Management

    Top to bottom re-org. CEO needs to step-down and take a board seat. The CEO is also the founding engineer for Check Point 20+ years ago and is not fit to run a publicly traded company of its size. Having a company "President" in place to make all key decisions is not a viable solution.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Where careers go to start or to die - pick your poison."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A free, medium-grade lunch (keep it under $8.00, you stubborn fella!!!) and really nice co-workers. You do learn a lot when you have access to brilliant minds and internal information. The massages are nice.

    Cons

    Metrics. If you are measured on your 24 hour closure rate for tickets and every customer says "keep the case open for a couple of days so we can monitor," well, there goes your 24 hour closure rate. Metrics are not used as a means to monitor customer activity and satisfaction, or to reward a good employee for a job well done - metrics are used as a tool to deny bonuses and raises and promotions.

    You are always treated like a juvenile, always needing supervision and grooming.

    I personally have a problem with the alcohol. We have a beer keg in the office and many have mini fridges under their desks with more. I understand that sometimes work, especially at Check Point, can get to you, but this can't be OSHA compliant. Maybe one day when someone gets killed leaving work there will be a policy change.

    Advice to Management

    Management? My previous manager was an assistant manager at McDonald's before coming to Check Point. My Group Manager graduated from community college. I don't think there is anyone at Check Point in a management position who has a full undergraduate degree in the computer sciences below the Director level, and maybe most of them don't as well. But Gil does, and he'll tell you so. He'll go on national cable TV and tell the investor world "Our customers don't know what they want." Smooth move ex-lax.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Big Problems in Marketing - Stay Away."

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great, free lunch, but it's low quality, opportunities to do a ton of work and build a portfolio.

    Cons

    1. Micro management from Israel.
    2. They expect a lot from marketing, yet never approve anything we want to do, therefore handcuffing us (understatement)
    3. Incompetent and inexperienced people are hired and kept in the organization, even when there are obvious problems with them (includes management).
    4. Very high turnover, due to people becoming so frustrated with horrible processes.
    5. High stress levels, toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Some suggestions for the management (especially executive level) at Check Point:

    First, process is everything. When the executive management has to approve an email or a landing page before it goes live, that’s a serious problem. If marketing is given an approved budget, but then has to obtain permission on every single initiative they wish to push through, that’s not just a problem, it is a violent roadblock. Nothing of any substance will happen when people are not free to use their talents and aren’t given the resources to do good inside the company.

    Second, hiring more layers of management before the serious process issues are remedied is a huge tactical error and will ultimately backfire. This is organizational development 101. Any McKinsey or Bain consultant worth their salt will tell you the same thing, for good reason.

    Lastly, if you don’t provide a supportive environment and incentivize your employees in ways they need, you will continue to bleed out people every 9-12 months. Turnover will get even worse. Eventually, your reputation will be so bad that nobody will apply to any open position you post, unless they are desperate.(which is already happening, I’m told)

    My recommendation for job seekers: If you are a high-performer, who is talented, ambitious, is creative and produces great work on a consistent basis, look elsewhere. Unfortunately, Check Point is an environment where you will constantly be shut down, criticized and questioned about every single thing that comes out of your mouth, usually for no apparent reason. There is healthy debate, then there is abusive, confrontational hostility. Take a guess at which one Check Point is.

    There are literally thousands of companies in the Silicon Valley, many of which who would welcome big thinkers, visionaries, high-performance people who love what they do. Go to those companies, enjoy your job and stay away from Check Point.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mid-level Management is great, but not empowered. All decisions still come from Tel Aviv.

    Cons

    The Senior Management team in Israel is totally disconnected from the way that IT does business in the US. The Channel program is broken, field marketing budget is non-existent, and Tech Support for customers is terrible. The VP of Sales in the US still operates like it's 1992.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Stay out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Most people want to quit, it says it all

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the market is changing


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Glad to be out of there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good product line, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Politics, lots of politics and micro management from Israel HQ.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Borderline abusive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer free lunch to everyone. Good place for the following 1) young people getting started 2) People who live in San Carlos 3) people who are unemployed or in the twilight of their career who can't find another job

    Cons

    Culture starts from the top. And this executive team continues to let history repeat itself by not providing their employees with any trust to execute on their jobs.They micromanage the entire company and squelch almost any idea that is not their own. There is a revolving door in the San Carlos marketing department. They can't hold on to good people because they realize they can leave the company and get more money, promotions and more respect working for another company.

    Advice to Management

    Not that these stubborn executive team will take any advice because they know best but here is some advice anyways 1) Stop yelling 2) Trust employees to do what you hired them to do and don't get in their way. Let them soar and let them make mistakes 3) Say thank you every once in a while.


  11. "Worst Job I Ever Had!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Endpoint Security Support in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Endpoint Security Support in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GREAT Co-workers
    Benefits are amazing
    Great environment to learn
    Possible Travel

    Cons

    Hostile Management
    Very High Stress
    Expect to work 10 Hours a day minimum
    Most people want to quit for about the first 4 months in support
    Every job located in Dallas is classified as a lateral move

    Advice to Management

    Keep closer eye on middle management. Most of the time they are sugar-coating everything they tell you.



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