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Updated July 26, 2017
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
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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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    • Senior Management
    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. "G&A"

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

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

    Pros

    many friendly and professional coworkers

    Cons

    High workload with many deliverables

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Odious contract, crummy PTO policy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    They pay you in money. Benefits were decent.

    Cons

    The Fortinet employment contract contained a lot of paragraphs that were designed to squash Fortinet's competition in the labor market and in the
    marketplace of ideas. Also, the contract was designed to ensure that Fortinet prevailed in any disagreement or misunderstanding. The intellectual property assignment was over-broad. The anti-poaching paragraphs could easily work to the employee's disadvantage. The mandatory arbitration agreement was immoral. The subtext of the contract was that you were not respected. The effect of the contract was that you were dispirited from day one.

    Don't sign the employment contract without asking a lawyer to go over it with you. Demand changes and see how badly they want you.

    If you are a contractor/consultant, do not under any circumstances accept the Master Services Agreement as-is: oh my god. Fortinet could put you out of business quickly!

    Fortinet was one of those companies that lumps together sick leave and vacation as PTO, and as I recall, you had to have a few years of service before you got more than 15 days. So if you had a prolonged illness, that would deplete your vacation days, and if you took a long vacation, you had better hope you didn't get sick.

    While I was at Fortinet, I saw evidence of the clubby executive atmosphere that other reviews mentioned.

    Some Fortinet products are terrible. I was expected to use one of those products in the course of my employment, even though it wasn't really fit for purpose. Now you know.

    Fortinet did not seem to have strong design thinkers or user advocates in a position to influence the culture, and their products were worse for it.

    There was little opportunity for a technical person to advance.

    The internal IT systems were not very reliable. Fortunately, one could avoid most contact with the IT systems except for when your passwords expired(!); then it was necessary to spend 10-15 minutes changing your password in more than one place. There did not seem to be any global source control system. Rather, sources were shared with archive files. Internal websites were rife with spelling/grammar errors, which underscored the fact that there was little emphasis on or pride in quality in the whole organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop squandering the goodwill of your customers and employees.


  4. "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


  5. "Technical Writer"

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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

    Fewer meetings, a lot of work

    Cons

    Less organized, too many uncertainties


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The worst I have ever worked for the past 15 + years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    Do your homework. Look at the tenure of employment. Free
    dried/old bagels on Fridays. And Free teas but the water
    containers/pips are all rusted out (not safe to drink from).

    Cons

    -The company has no internal directory (No Org chart) so it's difficult to find contacts.
    -Stingy upper management, they have employees to put more time so management
      can save a few.
    -Cheap Chinese Management. For example, company HQ all-hands lunches are frozen prepared food
       & need to use microwave to defrost it. Long wait line at microwave ... And it
      tastes really old and crappy.
    -Teams are driven to meet unrealistic scheduled. It is a total sweat shop
     and hustle environment.
    -!!! Long wait time to use bathroom !!!
    -HQ QA/FortiLab/Engineering labs are very dis-organized; Additionally labs A/C does not work
      many times, and they have high-paid Engineers/Managers/Directors to carry & dump
      the water bucket from A/C to bathrooms every day 2-3 times daily. Instead
      of spending some money to fix the A/C.
    -Many Engineers in R&D are nice but don't understand English well.
    -Marketing directors are non-technical and have slave shop mentality.
    -Fortinet used to have multiple different teams for Security, Facility, shipping, and
     receiving, procurement department but now is all ONE department with skelton crew.
    -Medical/dental is Cigna, no good Doctor is in the network list. Cigna
      don't pay for dental implant.
    -Constant construction with heavy machinary on the floor while everyone is working and employees have
     to endure the noise, dust ..
    -FTNT Manage by fear!
    -No proper training for the employees.
    -High turnout, too many firing/lay offs at all level. Most frequent layoffs
      are at Marketing (too many), Sales (a lot), HR (very frequent), facility (only
      2 left, contractors changes all the time), MFG, PM and Engineering.
    -Long hours, including weekends and late at nights, company will shut
      the light at 7PM (to save money) but employess are suppose to work in the dark.
    -Engineering team get FREE dinner everynight but no other department in
      the company get free dinners.
    -Micro-managers at all level.
    -Too many more to list.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on your employees, not buying another surrending property.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Company with very good learning curve"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Technical Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Support is ignored. Company is too focused on Sales Team

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all organizations


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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