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Updated March 11, 2019
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
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  • "What is the work-life balance at Fortinet like" (in 11 reviews)

  • "No cons when compared to my old companies" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Awesome company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People oriented company!
    Great Place to Work!

    Cons

    Many caveats but nothing major.


  2. "Lots of goodness"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    Great technology, Great culture, offer a real opportunity to make good money and have a long successful run if you work hard

    Cons

    There aren't any major cons, it seems the executive leadership is investing in all the right places to position everyone for success

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on a culture of meritocracy and the outstanding success will continue.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "If this is the start, the future is bright will be the best!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Renewal Inside Sales Representative in Sunrise, FL
    Current Employee - Renewal Inside Sales Representative in Sunrise, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since day one, i'd received plenty of information and tools to success in the company, winch if you are a fresh man here, believe me is truly appreciate, so the care about your success here!!

    Cons

    Some of the trainers must balance they presentation according to the audience during the On Boarding training

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing this great Job in LATAM !!!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Good place to learn technical skills.

    Cons

    Nobody at Fortinet understands how to manage teams. Nobody seems to have heard of the word "Agile" or "Scrum". And if they have, they have incorrect bastardized interpretation of what those words mean.

    At large companies like Google, you have 4 product managers on one product, each overseeing a specific portion and making sure it's perfect. At Fortinet, you have one manger managing 4 products, and they have absolutely no idea what's going on within each team. They have engineers who can't speak English promoted into management positions, and their idea of management is to randomly assign tasks to their team members and some sort of vague release date.

    No timelines, no sprints for developers, no week for QA to review, and no time planned to fix bugs. Nothing. Just a random date for their developers to throw some garbage code together, call it a product, maybe one day for QA to skim through, and ship it out to customers full of bugs.

    Oh, and lots of unqualified workers who get hired in because they're friends with someone already on the team. Fortinet actually turns down qualified candidates in favor of family and friends of existing workers.

    Advice to Management

    Cull your existing management team and hire people who actually know how to run teams. Stop promoting engineers to management, they have no idea what customers want and expect in a product, and they aren't capable of thinking outside the box.


  5. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Nothing so far that I can think of.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great Opportunity as a stepping stone, but move away within a year or two."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great product where you can learn a lot of security features in one sweep.
    * Overtime pay
    * Lots of training provided gradually.
    * Get to learn other products and hone your skill

    Cons

    * Management keeps insisting this is a technical job but when it comes to goals, they also say its 70% customer service oriented.
    * Be prepared to be thrown into unkown territories without training to support their supplemental product.
    * They set a schedule and expect you be on time but at the same time they do not feel like honoring the schedule they set and expect you to work through the break.
    * You will have to fight for your on-call pay and they will nickel and dime you.
    * If you have to travel for training, the per diem is stupidly low, tough I have been told they increased it but it is still low compared to others in same area and field.
    * If you are an H1B hire, know your rights and be prepared to fight. Over the years things I seen:
    -- threatening to fire for discussing salaries,
    -- making you work customer service line since the CS department is short staffed, this was true for H1B hires while I was there.
    -- hiring you for a level 2 position but keeping you at level 1 because they are short staffed, unless you threaten to quit or bring a notice to move.
    -- Mentioning unlimited PTO during hiring but its actually 2 weeks only for first year and 3 going forward.
    -- Threatening to not give good recommendation as a way to keep you in line or build a constructive dismissal case.
    -- Discussing things one-on-one that are clearly illegal (firing for discussing salary, poor references, working you overtime without pay etc.) but never willing to out it down in writing.
    * They wont promote you internally if working TAC as they are severely short staffed , increased offers or internal positions magically open up when you provide notice.
    * If you are a citizen, be prepared to be on-call most of the time to work federal cases for peanuts.
    * The TAC office managers will ask you to take for the team without mentioning authorized to stay overtime as a sly way to get out of paying overtime since it was not authorized.
    * Basically you have to say "Lets see what the labor board has to say about this counting as overtime" to get them to pony up.
    * You will be grossly underpaid if you do not know your worth. Once set, it will be hard to get upto market value unless you move or quit.

    Advice to Management

    * Treat your staff better. Your product is good, but people are leaving the managers not the company.
    * Invest in good documentation team.
    * Stick with your rules and do not bend them to suite you to squeeze out every penny from salary.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot of new technology

    Cons

    Companies hiring policy is a mess. HR cannot keep up with demand and most people are overworked. Fortinet looks for unicorns who don't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Have realistic expectations

  8. "Forti-Family a GREAT place to work"

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    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager II in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager II in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complete professionalism from everybody involved in the new hire process. Great job/life balance, great atmosphere to be around.

    Cons

    I only regret not starting here earlier.

    Advice to Management

    Do not change, you have great, loyal employees that re happy to be at Fortinet.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Culture & Overworked Employees"

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

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

    Pros

    **Ignore some of the more positive ratings - the company asks employees in many locations to review in their first few months prior to really understanding the bad culture
    -Good benefits & dog friendly

    Cons

    -Low salary
    -No work life balance at all
    -No "perks" around the office
    -Lacks diversity, especially in engineering
    -CEO and CTO have say in areas of the company that they know nothing about

    Advice to Management

    The culture at HQ is especially bad because the co-founders (CEO and CTO) are there. Don't let them interfere with marketing, HR, PR and so on - they are "engineers" at best and are hurting the company. Invite new people to the table. Start diversity programs.


  10. "System Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    - Great new hire training
    - The people are very welcoming and feel like a team!

    Cons

    I have no complaints so far!