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Check Point Software Technologies Reviews

Updated October 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 (1)

    "Network Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Calm,nice, not ambitious people .

    Cons

    Not much potential for growth. Very modest compensation.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Better than most"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with

    Cons

    Management keeps moving plans and quotas. Not fair quotas. And there is favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a plan for more than a year.


  4. Helpful (13)

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

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Advanced Diamond Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and people

    Cons

    People company. About who you know.


  6. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, Career Opportunities, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Work/Life Balance, Lack of appreciation


  7. "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Check Point Software Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great products and technology. Learning opportunity

    Cons

    Compensation benefits are tight, more competitive with market will be better

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mobility team is a continual disaster"

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    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.


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