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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated April 19, 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 39 reviews)

  • Managers try to enforce a work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Upper management not connected to employees, which creates a gap (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start or to come back to."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leading technologies. Hard to sell newer technologies in public sector, but financials love it. Emerging product has all the focus by upper management.

    Cons

    High management turnover, just unfortunately not at the very top. Strong micro-management environment from the CEO down. Some low level deal discounts have to be approved a hemisphere away by the president of the company. This is not efficient.
    New school customers do not love us like the company things they do, however. Younger potential customers love PAN, Fortinet, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Empower, trust, and then pay your managers to fully run thier territories. Managers, fight for industry level wages for your employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company with stable growth

    Cons

    Salary not up to par with industry

    Advice to Management

    Proactively increase the salary of employees to industry level to avoid employees leaving


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stable job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability
    Company understands need for flexibility

    Cons

    Advancement for some jobs may require relocation
    Salary / compensation may not be competitive


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  5. "Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Check Point Software has very strong offering in the Network Security space. They offer the most robust Firewall appliances in the market and is well know for delivering a high quality of performance.

    Cons

    There was a phase of growth within my department where hiring was very questionable. The department should have grown at the right pace and with the right people. Pay is not competitive compared to other established Silicon Valley Companies.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management should check in on their other managers who only look out for themselves. The company should start offering a more competitive salary to be able to attract and hire the right people which will also lead to less turn over.


  6. "Great place for new college graduates, but not a place to stay at"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Proactive hiring style (you will hear back within 2 days of the onsite interview with a "yes, we want you" or "no, we don't want you").

    -Gives people with no experience a chance. A lot of companies are putting out insane professional experience requirements for entry level positions.

    -Typical benefits

    -Catered lunch system

    Cons

    -Pay tends to be low and caps early on and all compensation adjustments have to be approved by the IL head quarters

    -System of overtime requiring "pre-approval." Usually this just means you work 8 hours a day and go home (which is nice), but sometimes managers introduce crunch deadlines and squeeze uncompensated overtime.

    -Career advancement in the CA office for developers is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Get used to high turnover. Inexperienced people will join and as soon as they learn how things work and get a job offer somewhere else they will leave.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "With great power comes great responsibility!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture, not micromanaged, or being babysat by upper management unless you are not doing your job.
    - Amazing work/life balance. The best I have been a part of in my experience.
    - The ability to see how things work internally, and feel comfortable enough to suggest new ideas or an approach to better things.
    - Management does listen, beyond that is /dev/null.

    Cons

    - Training for the various products is severely lacking. The expectation to know all products offered without proper training is difficult.
    - Management of accounts and tech support can be lackluster, it's a "who you know" game in order to get proper escalation and support most times.
    - Yearly targets are solely based your numbers, not the scope of reality of the accounts. So, if you have a REALLY good year you have to meet, or exceed that number.
    - Career opportunities internally are lacking, more opportunities are presented from customers.
    - Change is S-L-O-W.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the field. Not only the customers, but the account/engineering folks who are engaging with customers on a daily basis.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great people in a micromanaged company with few chances for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like many others, the people at Check Point are what keeps you here. The place is full of bright, committed, passionate folks. Traveling to Israel is a perk. It's also nice that they provide free lunches, though it often feels like they only do that to keep you in the office more.

    Cons

    Check Point has a tendency to wear people down. The whole company is micromanaged by the CEO and/or President. Virtually every decision has to approved by one of them. This creates gridlock and high frustration for people who are well-qualified and experienced with independent and/or team-based projects. The Marketing department, in particular, is problematic. Middle managers aren't given the authority to do their jobs, and are at the mercy of ever-changing proclamations from on high that seemingly have nothing to do with solving the problems on hand. Salaries are average to low, and performance reviews and associated bonuses are rewarded on a bell curve, so that an entire team can't be rewarded for a job well-done. Some team member always has to be the scapegoat, which doesn't foster great morale. The C-Level team has several members that verge on or actually are abusive to employees, with verbal rants and public put-downs way more common than average. HR's hands have been tied in addressing that due to the micromanagement from above, and several senior-level people that should have been fired long ago are still there, with valuable mid- or lower-level employees being negatively affected to the point of serious mental distress and/or leaving the company. Opportunities for advancement don't come up often, and instead of promoting from the inside they tend to look outside first. There is a culture of mediocrity, so that truly groundbreaking ideas are often swept away or committee-edited to the point of conservative boringness. Work-life balance doesn't exist. Long hours and weekend work is a given, not to mention round-the-clock international calls.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate, delegate, delegate. Have trust in your employees' abilities to do their job well, they are solid and they care deeply about the company. Reward those who perform well. Get rid of the bell curve. Give out more stock.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Your standard big box software company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Solid mentorship for more entry level employees
    Flexible and understanding work hours

    Cons

    Company considers themselves an Israeli company first and foremost. American employees are treated very well, but the management practices and lay-off routine made me feel as if the US-based engineering teams are simply thought of as a stepping stone to export products to back to the Israeli HQ.

    This was made clear by the constant downsizing in the Bay Area office.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more transparent with the employees. If you want to treat a certain division as a "think tank," that's fine. I do, however, expect management to give more than a contrived reason for massive layoffs.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Check Point Field Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company and vast product line

    Cons

    No Training
    Sink or swim scenario
    Unrealistic targets


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Very little management support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, market leader in the enterprise space

    Cons

    poor treatment of employees, lack of care for employees, lousy tools, horriffic business decisions, products that don't live up to customer expectations, failed opportunities to capitalize on emerging markets, commission plans based on outdated models.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap with your employees, get them good equipment like laptops and other tools to do their job. Get demonstration equipment in the field. Stop making decisions for product based on cost and make them based on satisfying the customer. Check Point is rated as the most profitable data security company and while that is a good statistic, that profit comes at the cost of market growth.



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