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  • Benefits are excellent, good work/life balance with a growing customer base (in 23 reviews)

  • Free lunch is going away this fall, though (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Cool tech, friendly people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Cybersecurity is a fascinating topic, and is full of interesting drama
    -company is at the bleeding edge of the battle, and is very successful at it
    -the tech is comprehensive, yet constantly evolving (just like the threat landscape)
    -people are really friendly, on-boarding process is thoughtful and well organized

    Cons

    -Lots of aquisitions from last year are not yet fully integrated, although it appears progress is being made
    -industry is crowded... Or ripe for consoldation, depending on your perspective


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Weak management. Lots of talent."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FireEye full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice. Good worker bees. Relaxed environment. There are some smart people here. IT equipment is new and plentiful.

    Cons

    Horrible management. They have good workers but there is no hint of strategy in this place. Relaxed environment came at a cost of lack of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul all the way to the top. It needs to be bought out and run by different people. How many years now without profit? It's a waste of the talent there.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Once a powerhouse, now a shadow of its former self"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FireEye full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Still have a sizable market share in security.
    2. Sandbox tech works very well.
    3. There are still a bunch of extremely smart people in Engineering and research.
    4. Catered lunch four days a week.
    5. Unlimited vacation (good if you are taking interviews to get out of this place).

    Cons

    1. Network engineering is headed by a spineless idiot who knows nothing.
    2. There is too much ego clash among managers in the company. Everyone is busy pushing their own stuff instead of looking out for the greater good.
    3. No clear path forward for employees to grow. Promotion is arbitrary and usually used as a pacifying measure.
    4. Way too many bad hires made in the past few years in the name of growth.
    5. Pay well below market rates.
    6. Lack of vision from upper management and product managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hard decisions need to be taken. Bad people need to be let go of and new talent need to be hired. Pay engineers well, because unless you do that, you will fritter out in this hyper competitive market.


  4. "SrSoftware Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interview Process was fast and recruiters were friendly

    Cons

    Process took long time and lot of delay involved.


  5. Helpful (27)

    "Most "good" reviews here are coerced - free stuff from HR for a positive review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FireEye full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are pockets of good things happening here. The former Mandiant consulting business. The PX stuff from nPulse. Pay is decent comparatively.

    Cons

    It's a mess. There's huge problems with upper leadership and lots of little fiefdoms within engineering, with many of the wrong people in leadership positions who cannot or will not address these top-down problems. I wouldn't recommend coming here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real top-level management who know how to run a larger company. Fix the organizational disaster that is engineering.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, little disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great office culture, good time-off policies. Decent stock options.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Its improving everyday. New policies and processes are introduced frequently. Promotions and salary increments are sparse.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Work Experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FireEye full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Technology
    People are approachable easily and discuss openly about the problems and the solutions
    good work-life balance

    Cons

    bad food/snacks
    Salaray hikes are not upto Bay Area standards
    perks and promotions are a rarity

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great growing company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FireEye full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growing company, pay is good, stock has upside.
    People are very supportive and bright. Like someone said you can network for the rest of your career.
    Exciting technology, keeps your skills up to date.
    Free food and snacks

    Cons

    No 401k match currently, hopefully that will change.
    Open cubes mean less privacy


  9. "Top notch technology and talented staff in a high growth market!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FireEye full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, dynamic growth, and tremendous opportunities for personal long term career goals. Very talented staff with experience and skills to make it happen. Strong management team, with open communication style to keep everyone on the same page. A balance of hard work and play as a team.

    Cons

    A fast growing company is always a challenge for enough time in the day and the resources required to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the things you are doing and do more of it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. SW QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FireEye full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. The technology that we work on is awesome. You get to learn a lot and the team is very hard working and always on their toes.
    2. Free lunch everyday and breakfast on some days of the week.
    3. Release parties, hackathon and lot of fun activities.

    Cons

    1. The on-boarding process can be improved.

    Advice to Management

    1. WFH on one day of the week should be introduced.

    FireEye Response

    Aug 12, 2014 – Talent Acquisition Representative

    We appreciate your review and we are happy to hear you are enjoying the fun activities that we are putting on. Remember to participate in our employee referral program, as we are always looking for... More