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Fortinet Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
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Pros
  • This is a company with lots of opportunity to learn a lot in R&D (in 9 reviews)

  • s a work hard/play hard culture that offers a nice work/life balance (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. Helpful (3)

    "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do your homework. Look at the tenure of employment

    Cons

    Too many to list. But, they only want to do it their way. God Bless the Brothers!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on Truckin


  2. Helpful (26)

    "The Emperor Has No Clothes!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    *Solid technology. The main products sell quite well (they need to dump the 35+ other products)
    *Rank and file employees are quite nice. (You will share a common bond with them over the poor working culture)
    *They promote from within and hire jr level leaders from the outside giving people a shot at roles they wouldn't get at bigger companies (this is because sr. level people aren't willing to deal with the negatives discussed below and they end up leaving) However, this ultimately is a negative for everyone else because the "first time in role" leaders tend to be inept.

    Cons

    The Cons mentioned on Glassdoor are 100% accurate, not just complaints from fired employees. What it comes down to is, there are 2 classes of employees - those in Ken and Michael's inner circle, and everyone else. To be on the inside you kind of have to sell your soul by not questioning Ken or Michael and just doing what you're told. For this loyalty you are rewarded with salary, stock and bonuses. Everyone else, not so much.

    Ken and Michael are the very definition of micro-mangers and will not acknowledge when they are wrong. Instead, they hold others accountable for the outcomes of what were clearly poor decisions (the constant realignment, creation and subsequent layoff-off of sales verticals foe example). Because of Ken's obsession with micro-managing irrelevant tasks and his lack of trust in nearly everyone, he has completely failed to deal with the big picture - Palo Alto's marketing and sales machine.

    In summary, even though the company is successful the culture here is bad, unethical and in some cases possibly illegal. If Ken and Micheal like you, you can get away with anything - harassment, hostile working conditions, even clearly discriminatory hiring practices. All known and permitted by the CEO and CTO. They will fire anyone who complains (more appropriately described as those who question their decisions). There is a reason 2 CMOs resigned after 6 months on the job. A new head of sales left after 3 months and the VP of HR quit all within the last few months.

    Advice to Management

    Ken, Fortinet is successful in spite of you, not because of you. Sadly this is a topic openly discussed behind your back, even among the Exec team. With all due respect for what you have created, you need to consider stepping down as CEO. Fortinet has grown beyond your abilities and your reaction of griping tighter is only making things worse.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Sr Sales Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Products, they pay well and you can make money

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Extremely poor leadership. Culture is terrible, couldn't care less about their people. A lot of infighting and mistrust.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to your people


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Lack of career growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -good product
    -very hard working employees

    Cons

    -lack of career growth
    -all hiring decisions go through the CEO
    -G&A departments suffering from lack of headcount
    -no company culture
    -no work /life balance


  6. Helpful (22)

    "AVOID FORTINET"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, I guess working at Fortinet is better than being raped in prison but not by very much. Location is good since I live in Sunnyvale.

    Cons

    Engineering management is really incompetent and has no respect for people.
    No PTO. No bonus, Almost every project is a failure, so managers line up scapegoats early.

    Advice to Management

    No hope for this management. I suggest you sell the company and get out of the way of people that want to work.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Fortinet's growth has stunted!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a great deal about the channel, sales, network security space. Have met some really smart folks along the way.

    Cons

    Awful, awful communication between management and their employees, teams, partners, etc. Pay is no longer competitive with industry. Fortigates can only carry this company for so long.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. Hope the stocks plummet and Fortinet gets bought out (one can hope).


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Wifi QA engineer - nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stocks keep increasing
    Good location & parking

    Cons

    - Chinese communist culture, you will be monitored and micro managed all the time
    - How many bugs did you file before you leave office , is all that matters
    - Your in and out timings including break times are monitored most of the time
    - Team members are asked to leave for unknown reasons, people keep joining and leaving the company within 2-3 months
    - No software release process nor QA process are followed
    - People with visa status are threatened by their managers
    - Totally was a night mare for me working here

    Please not this review is for Sunnyvale wifi team

    Advice to Management

    Nicely run Chinese family business inside USA.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "It costs money to work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    If you are a professional service engineer it costs you money to work with fortinet. When you travel to service their clients, fortinet makes the employee pay up front the money for all travel costs, which is on the low end 1000.00 for a 5 day trip. They eventually remburse you, week later. But when you are traveling every 2 weeks( one week on, one week off) it gets very costly. I guess they assume their employees dont have families or other bills to pay. If you turn down travel due to money its an issue. Salary doesnt put a dent in the costs they expect you to come out of pocket for travel. I just get home and am working all week remotely, then have to leave to travel again.

    Advice to Management

    Travel expenses should be paid by fortinet up front. Its not fair to expect employees to come out of pocket for that money when they are doing a job that makes fortinet money. Employees would stay longer and be more loyal if this issue was fixed. It would make fortinet an enjoyable company to work for. It shouldnt be a stressful one.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Culture going down hill fast"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people that work hard.
    Stock is doing good

    Cons

    The culture is being reined by a top management.
    It is a sweat shop. Expect to work many hours.
    Employees are not respected.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people who work hard.and get the job done. Most people aren't happy. Get a clue.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Tough culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible timings, decent base pay, company has wide range of products

    Cons

    long hours, chinese domination especially in engineering, no tuition reimbursement, no perks, depressing environment to work in, if you are chinese or can speak chinese you will be everyone's favorite and can grow within the company

    Advice to Management

    replace current employees in R&D, at the very least managers with qualified professionals who can communicate well within the team. This is America, not China!


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