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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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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 (1)

    "My Time as a Technical Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Advisor in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Advisor in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn things and create amazing connections between people at this company.
    You will be able to work as a team and have a close relationship with your colleagues.
    The growing potential within the company is immense and the rewards exist provided you stick around.
    Management will push you and keep your best interests in mind, it is never a numbers war and when it comes to job security, people will stick up for you.
    Paid lunches and amazing company paid outings.

    Cons

    The work load is high and you will have to deal with an abundance of stress and pressure.
    The training process is long and you will still come out of your first training scared to death of the customer (for only 2 weeks or so).
    The difficulty of moving up from some positions vary and sometimes you will get drowned out if you don't speak up many times.
    Certification tests are difficult and have some outdated information.

    Advice to Management

    There is no place like Check Point because it always felt like home. I always felt needed and appreciated when it came to the office. However I think it might be time to update the CCSE. Just an opinion.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Firewall Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firewall Support (TAC) in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Firewall Support (TAC) in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a ton
    Free Check Point Certs
    Opportunities to specialize in a product team
    Will take candidates who don't have any real world experience

    Cons

    The pay is honestly not very competitive for the level of work that you will be doing.
    Very strict on work load.
    Call center environment, not able to take breaks when you want to.

    Advice to Management

    Management is a mix of those few who are on your side and understand the amount of stress that the job brings. Then there are a few that have been around for longer and they only care about hitting their call stats.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Professional Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Gain new knowledge about firewalls and how Check Point prevents threats to networks
    - You can take Certification exams for free
    - You get free lunches
    - Managers do Happy Hour once a week (Managers buy food for everyone)
    - Entry Level positions available every 3-6 months

    Cons

    - Low starting compensation
    - Sometimes overworked and underpaid
    - Some of the managers think they are always right when they are wrong
    - A lot of new changes are taking place at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so discerning to your workers. Be nice and treat them like you would want to be treated. Put yourselves in your co-worker's shoes for once.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lead Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Check Point family, the team is amazing. The best professionals I've ever worked with. Good products.
    Opportunities to travel around the world.

    Cons

    Managers in Israel want to know everything and make all decisions. All new hires must be approved by Gil (CEO).

    Advice to Management

    Check Point is grown up already. Stop leading it like a start-up.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "revolving door"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Inside sales rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - South Central Account Executive in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - South Central Account Executive in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    culture, coworkers, compensation payout, enviroment

    Cons

    lack of structure, constant change to processes, employee turnover


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Security Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mature pure-play security company with industry leading state-of-the-art solutions across the entire security spectrum. Focus on providing extremely well performing unified products with a strong emphasis on channel partners for resale and services add-ons. Excellent entrepreneurial culture and team orientation. Tons of learning experiences and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Have not seen any in my time here. Really happy to be contributing my time and energy to our goals and missions. Seems to be a strong feeling that we are positively impacting our customers at a very high and important level. I like being part of that kind of momentum.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Stay exclusively security focused, continuously upgrade existing products, introduce new technology offerings as appropriate and maintain the solid customer support.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. Helpful (9)

    "STAY AWAY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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