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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated May 9, 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)

Cons
  • Low salary relative to the IT market (in 24 reviews)

  • No structure within the department and no guidance by upper management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "revolving door"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product with some caveats - passionate development team.Difficult to make a good salary here ($200k+) for experienced sales professionals but great for young guns looking to get a start in the security world. Expect to make around $150k annum. Good Health plan.

    Cons

    Unfortunately this company does not have it's customers best interests at heart. The internal push is to get new customers and upsell to existing regardless of fit. Difficult to build long term loyalty with this approach.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees reports on customer concerns and act on them. A long row to hie (18 months?) but ultimately will build a better brand.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Team Lead"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They buy you lunch, and every five years or so give you a week's paid vacation somewhere nice.

    Cons

    Technically almost clueless. Flagrant violations of Brooks Law lead to frequent death marches. Management is also morally impaired. I had an accident and got 30K from the insurance, which was less than what the accident costs me, Check Point wanted to keep 27K to pay for the medical expenses its health coverage had to pay. I had to spend thousand in lawyers to negotiate the figure down to 9K, which they took, regardless. That is after I paid thousand in health insurance premiums. Yes, there is a federal law that allows them to do that. That happened after the CEO can't stop boasting that Check Point has 3 billions cash in the bank, when he speaks. Every time a customer hired an outside penetration tester to test the defenses Check Point provides it failed embarrassingly. The company has no technical standards so anything goes. Cryptic code, too many languages, no uniformity. Not good.

    Advice to Management

    Get a heart.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Secure but crazy"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Secure, stable company, free lunch

    Cons

    Tough environment, borderline abusive, you will go crazy if you stay too long.

    Advice to Management

    Get executives out of day to day operations, you are successful in spite of yourselves.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to break in, but move on quickly"

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Web Producer in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Willing to train people in the basics of the Security industry.

    Cons

    Low starting salaries, micro management from the CEO in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees make decisions free of interference from Gil.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Meh Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, 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

    Free lunch up to 8.5$

    Cons

    very cheap company in terms of salary

    Advice to Management

    invest more in employees


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great technology, poor business model"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Superior Technology (Cybersecurity)
    - Industry Leader
    - Competitive Earning Potential
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Poor organizational structure
    - Weak management
    - Insufficient training programs for new hires
    - Virtually non-existent corporate "go-to-market" strategy
    - Inability to adapt to an ever increasing competitive landscape
    - Expensive solutions


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Territory Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology
    Good benefits
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    No leadership
    Nonexistent marketing
    Management out of touch with market

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and build a vision


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Bad experience ..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Catered lunches, open office and cubicles, snacks and free coffee and water, great product

    Cons

    Definitely would say that check point software doesn't treat their employees well. no freedom and ability to move up. employees don't seem too happy there

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees better! employees don't seem too happy there


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Their TAC is definitely a sweatshop."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tier III Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Tier III Technical Advisor in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can handle the stress this will get someone with the training but little to know actual experience in the IT Security field.

    Free training, free Check Point certification for their products

    Cons

    Be aware that you will be working doing help desk support in what is basically a call center. With all being a call center implies. US TAC management doesn't like to hear it called as such, but when the employees are reviewed on call times, resolution, number of calls, and customer satisfaction surveys, it's a call center. Anything less that a 10 out of a 10 scale on the customer satisfaction surveys is considered unacceptable to management, since their bonuses are based on the surveys and the other aforementioned metrics. And only a select few hear even get any bonuses at all.

    Promotions can happen often, due to the turnover, but don't expect a raise. Promotions are usually lateral and decent raises are only given once a year and only to half of their employees. Raises are done on a ranking system just like being in a graduating class in high school or college. Your raise is based on where you rank with your peers, not with the quality of your work. Even if you've been getting A- on your work, but you're in the lower 50 percent the raises get lower and lower until you get to the bottom and those people get no raises.

    Pay is about a third or more less that industry standard. They know that once you get the experience and certs from them, you'll be able to leave getting a job for double the money or more.

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't do any good, because they wouldnt listen to advice and they don't care.

    Advice to potential employees: Get the free training and certifications through them, about a year's worth of experience and then get out. There's a reason employee's there call it " Check Point Academy", The only place to get good training and experience with Check Point products is to work for them because there are no 3rd party training companies or outside publishers printing training manuals or books on how to pass Check Point certifications. Check Point knows this and knows that when their employees eventually leave, they'll make a lot more money.


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