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Fortinet Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • s a work hard/play hard culture that offers a nice work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • This is a company with lots of opportunity to learn a lot in R&D (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance is totally unto you (in 6 reviews)

  • The company culture is probably not what you at expecting for a high tech company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technology and vision

    Cons

    Need to be careful of getting to big to quickly


  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Sunrise, FL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Sunrise, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rsu's for all employees, still a fairly small and flexible company, hands on

    Cons

    No clear growth paths and HR doesn't make it any easier. No real coaching from some managers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible Company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best technology, best people, great enviornment

    Cons

    No marketing budgets, not much info out there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Company with very good learning curve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation
    Good learning curve
    Good work-life balance
    (*Depends on the Team Manager)

    Cons

    Some teams function like start-ups without any order.
    No facilities like gym and food in cafeteria.

    Advice to Management

    - More facilities has to be provided for employees like cafeteria food and gym since the company is growing and there are around 1000 employees in the campus.
    - Mail rooms should be managed better - anyone can pick a box just by just saying any name.
    - Ergonomic assessment should be considered while an employee is initially assigned a desk.
    - Acquired companies should be guided better to align with the company to perform effectively.
    - Cultural festivals could be celebrated in office instead of Bingo and Lucky draw for every occasion.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A leading network security company, but not a particularly exciting place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Legal in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Legal in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a company that is continuing to grow in the network security space with a focus on intellectual property development.

    Cons

    The company places huge emphasis on the sales organization and next would come engineering. However, I feel that the support organization (i.e., marketing, finance, IT, HR, legal) is often shortchanged and overlooked by management.

    Advice to Management

    While a growing stock price helps to keep employees on board for a period of time, it doesn't necessarily foster long term loyalty. Fortinet has been cash flow positive for quite some time now, but it really doesn't spend much money on its employees. In order to attract the most dynamic talent, you need to work on some of your incentives.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Major Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Major Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, great benefits, decent compensation plan but on target earnings are not very achievable. Good supporting sales tools and competitive data.

    Cons

    Management lacks realistic sales expectations. Reorganization happens every quarter. MSP business model for targeted accounts lacks architecture to support sales for all product sets. Processes and procedures are outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations on accounts and set sales people up for success.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "BDR"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Plano, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    They pay well, there is advancement opportunity, a flexible work schedule, and plenty of certification training opportunities. They are conveniently located next to Bush and the Dallas North Tollway. The Inside Sales folks are very helpful, professional, encouraging, and helpful.

    Cons

    They need a bigger kitchen. There's a lot of construction nearby. It's planned for the next year according to the NTTA. They have some Millennials there, and this is their first or second job.T

    Advice to Management

    You need an onsite Manager or Supervisor to oversee the Plano Business Development Department.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Caveat Emptor"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be successful if you comfortable working in a Chinese management style company. Typical salary and benefits for industry and Bay Area.

    Cons

    Cheap/frugal on expenses. If you are an acquired company, expect your tenure to last 12 -18 months max, especially if you are a manager or above. Limited internal promotion movement. Lots of senior management turnover.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Leader in Cyber Security, Excellent Company!"

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    Current Employee - Major Account Manager III in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager III in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Sales culture
    Amazing technology
    Company in Growth mode
    Great benefits including RSUs

    Cons

    Typical growing pains of a $1B company, Making the right changes for long term success

    Advice to Management

    It is clear management listens and takes into consideration what is working/not working in the field. Continue to collaborate and listen as a team.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Where the Mediocre Get Ahead & Excellence is Avoided"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fortinet has some very good products. The pay is in the mid to upper levels, and the benefits were excellent. The new HQ looks nice and is pleasant to work in.

    Cons

    There's a huge problem with both cronyism AND nepotism, where many of the people hired are neither qualified nor capable. There's everything from previous models to reality show contestants to shoe salespeople handed responsibility for things they know nothing about.

    The qualified senior managers last about 6-9 months and then leave. Most cite the CEO's difficult nature and lack of business sense as the reason.

    Many senior executives who do stay with the company are there, because of their expert ability to flatter and say yes to the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a qualified CEO who understands people and process - understanding technology simply isn't enough.


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