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Fortinet Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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Fortinet President, CEO, and Director Ken Xie
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours and adequate work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • This is a company with lots of opportunity to learn a lot in R&D (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Some department, like PM team, gets no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Stingy upper management, they have employees to put more time so management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fortinet full-time

    Pros

    The people are so good to communicate with each other, even high level of mangement is very good in technical side, free dinner. No strict rigid and less office political conflict.

    Cons

    Poor managements, lack of communication in the team, the benefit are just so so, technical implementations are not so good, still do stuff like start up. No potential to become a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Feels so bad if you previously work for some very big companies, there seems to be no big benefits.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Technical engineer position to be avoided"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    30 days of vacation, stocks, technology as itself.

    Cons

    There are so many of them, mostly caused by the wrong management decisions and attitude. No possibility to grow and express yourself. Becoming more and more stressful. Quantity is over the quality, they will only ask you for numbers. For delivering them, you will only get a good word and one "thank you". At the beginning, it was OK, you could learn and improve yourself. After that, no way; no time to study new technologies, no time for longer testing and reproducing issues. Rules are changing, load of work is increasing but compensation for it is not coming. Around half of the L2 engineers left this year, L1 is becoming the same. If you are just working and listening to them, you might have a chance to be promoted. Otherwise, forget about it and start looking for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your engineers and hear their feedback. It's not all about few people close to the management. Actually, there is no hope as they won't change anything anyway.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Culture with an OK Product"

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

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

    Pros

    The overall platform is a good fit for small and medium businesses.

    Cons

    Culture, abusive management, rampant sexism. HR non-responsive to complaints. Worst company I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look in the mirror and take a step back. Change your business practices.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Vice President"

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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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Beware - if your an acquistion"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fortinet's cost-effective firewalls and large sales quotas

    Cons

    If you being acquired by Fortinet, get out before your acquired. Fortinet doesn't keep a fraction of the prior companies employees. Don't think there's options to transfer internally either, as HR will come cutting even if moved into other groups.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the lying, and treat your people with respect.

  8. Helpful (22)

    "Don't come to work at Fortinet"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was founded by and is still run by an engineer, so the products are leading edge. If that was all you needed to have long term success we'd be in great shape. Unfortunately....

    Cons

    CEO and his close advisers, i.e. yes men, don't have a clue how to run a large organization. The company has outgrown them. I've been with the company for several years and made it through the most recent layoffs, but I won't be staying here for long. Upper management refuses to listen to competent industry experts. That's why you've seen two CMO's leave in a matter of 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Replace Ken immediately or sell the company, otherwise Fortinet is going to fail. There's a reason that Palo Alto is beating us with inferior technology...Ken Xie, CEO.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Dont fall for it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really aren't any. Very fragmented and confused management. Never sure where they are headed. Very much the knee jerk effect

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Just had a layoff. Fired a guy who was in the middle of cancer treatments. Who would want to work for these guys. I couldn't believe it. But they got away with it because they had a downsizing. They knew he was sick.

    Advice to Management

    Get your stuff together. Act like an American forward moving company.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Not Good"

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

    Pros

    It's a job and they are hiring. The reason they hire is there is a lot of employee turnover.

    Cons

    Was slow in paying commissions. Lack of customer support.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing like the company is located in China.


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