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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Pause and do your homework"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hot field currently and most products are top of their class

    Cons

    Pay is low in relation to competition. Management is scattered as they don't have a true sales hierarchy like most established companies do. No verticals, just now focusing one team on the Enterprise space and territories seem to be put together with no real logic or consistency.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front and don't pass the buck so much. Pay more so you don't such a young sales force that while competent, at times can lack a maturity that is needed in larger accounts. Get the Channel more focused on more than 1-2 partners per region.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Bother"

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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

    Pros

    Great solution portfolio; smart colleagues, industry expertise, and employees willing to work as a team despite the Cons.

    Cons

    Low morale; no work/life balance, abnormally high turnover of employees, and EXTREME micromanagement by the CEO. The CEO makes every decision and approves EVERY penny spent which makes for very long approval cycles causing costs to rise due to rush charges for delays. It is a very bureaucratic and prolong process. Employees are not valued, empowered, trusted, or respected; I observed toxic situations. Employees cannot make informed decisions; budgets are woefully below industry standards; headcount is extremely scarce and when possible, you can only hire straight out of college. Employees’ time in the office is monitored in Israel. Employees must use a tool to request and log the hours they need to spend outside of the office for any reason. These logs are tracked and reviewed by the CEO. There is talk of wanting to make cultural changes, but I don’t see that happening without a change at the very top level. Not a fun or inspiring place to work.

    Advice to Management

    The Board of Directors should consider an in-depth review of the CEO’s performance, company moral and the cause of high employee turnover. Interview employees anonymously to get to the truth as to why the company is not performing at the optimum level given that the cybersecurity industry is very hot right now. I believe that a changing of the top guard is long overdue. Check Point has not been a start-up for a LONG time; stop running it like it is still one; it is getting in the way of great progress!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't bother"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product with more than 20 years of global presence ...

    Cons

    Bad management and "boiler room" style of training ...

    Advice to Management

    Grow the business properly ...


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good for a paycheck."

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

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck until you find something better.

    Cons

    Management is horrible; watch your back.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting culture, terrible management"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Going to Israel for training is interesting and fun.

    Cons

    Everything is run out of Israel and there is no management decision making capability in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Empower management to do their jobs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Outdated, cheap and amateur"

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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

    Known for commercializing the firewall more than 20 years ago.

    Cons

    The company sheepishly clings to what the CEO/founder knew more than two decades ago. While the list of specific cons is long (from operations to marketing to human resources to customer service) you need only to look at their high rate of turnover to see where the company’s priorities are (average tenure is less than a year). The world is full of too many well-meaning, forward-looking, modern employers to spend your valuable talents here.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve beyond a CEO-only decision-making process based on the out-of-style strategy of fear, ignorance and shame.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Mobility team is a continual disaster"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong growth in cybersecurity market as a whole, great F1000 customer base
    Pretty good travel and expense policy for sales people (average)
    Local sales leadership is very strong, get it, takes good care to keep good people around

    Cons

    1.) If you are considering a role on the mobile security team, run....run very fast. CP is one of the only players poised to crush the emerging mobile threat market yet continues to fumble the ball. Leadership in Israel has mismatched expectations with what the market will bear/produce and the product is full of empty promises- development is slow and new releases are few and far between. Sales reps will not hit unrealistic quotas and they decelerate payments, plan on making just your base salary and traveling like a dog. In the end the lion share of the commissions are impossible to earn.

    Advice to Management

    FIX YOUR LOGO and accelerate your brand.
    Read the industry analyst reports (Gartner, Forrester, etc) on the Mobile Threat and take them to heart.
    Deliver on the features you promise.
    You do not have a people problem, stop burning through quality mobile sales people because you are not seeing growth, rather understand the reality of the market and right size your expectations. Go execute against that.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Run as fast as you can from sales job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "OMG - It's True!"

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    • Senior Management
    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".


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