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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated January 20, 2018
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Check Point Software Technologies Chairman and CEO Gil Shwed
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  • Technology is decent Free lunch to keep employees in the office (in 44 reviews)

  • Managers try to enforce a work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Sharp decline"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid technology, steady YoY great, a cash cow in the cyber world

    Cons

    Don’t value their staff, huge staff turnover, poor morale , moving targets

    Advice to Management

    You can’t rely on the past. Recognise the value of people to the business before it’s too late


  2. "It's Okay"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Check Point Software Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable, good compensation for employees who shine
    Good central location.

    Cons

    High variance in quality of managers, your mileage may vary.
    Can't work remotely which makes work/life complicated.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus of better onboarding the hordes of juniors, especially in terms of equipment and development environment.

  3. "Something Better Change!!"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Sales in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy
    Great technology
    Good people (away from hq!!)

    Cons

    Crap pay
    Stupid targets
    CEO is a plutocratic, autocratic control freak
    Serious Micro Management and control issues
    Penalise over achievers
    No visible strategic objectives
    Zero marketing of any meaningful nature
    Absurd cost controls - a lot a contradiction, penny pinching in the wrong areas or in the wrong way.

    Advice to Management

    Smell the coffee! PAN and FNET are eating the CP breakfast, lunch and dinner and also making overtures to loved ones.......unless there is some realistic appreciation and focus on what the company could, should and needs to achieve nothing will change. Also a complete change at the top would work. If Gil were to go (and i mean be 100% removed from operational responsibility of any kind), only then could it be seen if there is an appetite for positive change and progress. I really enjoy what Check Point has to offer and am delivering successfully into my customer base, but the complete lack of strategy, intransigent Senior Management and crap rewards even for overachieving cannot be sustained.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Metrics Metrics"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Technology in the space

    Cons

    below market pay
    impossible goals
    micro management
    marketing budgets very small

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees- the competition is chipping away marketshare


  5. "Good enough to work for"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Minsk (Belarus)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Minsk (Belarus)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of security aspects, deep Windows internals, experienced and talented technology leaders.

    Cons

    Can't say much against the Check Point. IMO they should pay little more attention to bug fixing and refactoring than to new featured development.


  6. "Sales"

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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

    Flexible, they feed you a lot

    Cons

    No growth potential. Upper management doesn’t know you as individual


  7. "Terrible pay, and hard to progress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    I was lucky to work with a great team of people that I enjoyed seeing every day.
    I got to travel and kept a work-life balance.
    Some perks, like the employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) in Israel; central office location; holiday gifts.

    Cons

    - Bad communication between departments
    - Most people get little to no training
    - Managers' hands are tied - lots of bureaucracy in terms of hiring and firing, and budget allocation.
    - The whole company is micromanaged by the top 2-3 execs
    - Pay is notoriously low and incentives are a joke
    - Marketing is suppressed and discouraged, if and when it exists
    - Sales teams are given ridiculous, increasingly-unachievable targets YoY, and Business Analysis cannot or will not explain the reasoning behind the commission structure.
    - Tasks change frequently, and if you're not adaptable/able to let the inconsistencies go over your head, it'll drive you crazy.
    - High staff turnover
    - Very cultural-specific mentality - if you want something, you have to make yourself heard, push for it, and make a fuss.
    - When raises are given (to people in the sales team), they are insultingly low.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff more, let people think for themselves and grow in their roles. Don't just make them into robots that spit out the numbers you're looking for.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "DO NOT JOIN if you value your self worthiness!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing especially if it's a sales or marketing role.

    Cons

    Where do I start? They are coming thick and fast in my head. Let's see, how about lousy (read: below market compensation) for ALL roles? The HR has a mandate from the Tel Aviv HQ to hire ONLY sales reps and presales engineers with less than 9 years working experience to keep costs down. In a hyper-growth industry like cyber-security, any sales organization worth its salt would want to grab the best in the market and pay accordingly yet we have Check Point Software treating its sales staff little better than cheap chattel. In the words of one of my ex-colleagues " In his former company (OR****), sales are KINGS! In check point, sales are worse off than SLAVES. Superlatives yes but very true.

    Advice to Management

    Resign en masse and get sold to a worthy company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Chaos...just...Chaos"

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

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

    Pros

    I actually had a few months where I made enough to pay ALL of my bills. And another pro is I'm gone, and no longer have to stare at my laptop, swearing about all the confusion and super old people.

    Cons

    It's just a mess. No training. Very transient. No marketing. I mentioned the name of the company to an innovator, and he says, the old, firewall company? And then, proceeds to rave about PAN.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue and stop bringing in managers that are rejected from the renowned companies! Get some regular product training for everyone! Stop staring at salesforce and empower your sales team! (Why am I even writing this? Israel does not care.)


  10. "Software developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pleasant atmosphere in the company

    Cons

    maybe not a very good salary


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