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Fortinet Reviews

Updated March 15, 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)

  • I am currently working with Fortinet and I have worked with other network security companies in the past (in 13 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 (2)

    "Worn out and on way out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology and vision are excellent. The company is financially stable and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    My experience is that cronyism and favoritism are key to your success here just like being in the right clique in high school. Working hard, making your number, and going the extra mile to help the team make its number does not seem to be a good reason to be treated well. In addition, I'm fielding increased customer complaints due to support and quality issues so be prepared to front-end those as well as dealing with the moving quota targets as described by other reviews. The compensation and benefits are great if you're one of the "lucky" ones but you can be starved to death if you're not. In addition, it is my opinion that the latest sales compensation plan changes are not to my benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the achievers based on objective performance metrics. Set goals and account assignments at the beginning of a quarter, not half way through and then give closing deals to your "buddies." Employees that poach accounts and sales credit and managers that let them should be terminated. Establish a fair, objective, and clear splits policy based on sales close contribution and be inflexible in enforcing it. Establish how accounts with subsidiaries are to be handled clearly, enforce splits evenly and assign quota appropriately.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Caveat Emptor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Where the Mediocre Get Ahead & Excellence is Avoided"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great product, No loyalty to their employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fortinet has a lot of good things going for it. It's products are some of the best in class, and the engineering team has done a phenomenal job creating products that position Fortinet in a great spot on the Gartner Magic Quadrant. The company offers employees a good work/life balance, great benefits and unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    Alot of unpredictable change. Fortinet does not understand what it means to be loyal to their hard working employees. If the direction of the wind changes, they may decide to lay off for fire individuals. There is no sense of stability. It is a technology company that wants the sales success, but often times doesn't allow enough time in a sales cycle to have that success come to fruition before firing individuals. Marketing also gets a bad rap. And it should. The marketing team is an outstanding group of very talented and hard working people, but their resources are often limited or tapped out. Fortinet does not appear to look at marketing as an essential function in company success. They just assume the product will sell its self.

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with your teams. Don't just be a yes man/woman and commit unattainable numbers or information to top brass in order to save your own butt. Truly identify the challenges your lower level employees are facing, and do something about it so everyone succeeds.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid this place and their products."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Presales Senior Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Presales Senior Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hardware. Innovative software features.

    Cons

    Poor marketing. Bad middle management. Ineffective software QA. Time consuming TAC process. They want to be a Fortune 100 partner but they aren't mature enough to be there. The company has no internal directory so it's difficult to find contacts. They do this to "protect" their employers from poachers; I guess the CEO hasn't heard of LinkedIn.

    Advice to Management

    Don't setup new employees with existing customer bad architecture problems and expect the new employee to guide the problem to a solution when the former seasoned employees couldn't get the job done themselves. That's known as a setup.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Leave once you get better salary elsewhere"

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

    Pros

    Good salary offered with benefits when you accept offer from them. That's all.

    Cons

    Not sure where to start
    1. One of the most poor management ever worked before. Very poor vision about future plans. Some teams develop product in trial and error manner. Some of the team management, absolutely have no sense of responsibility and just are interested in blaming employees for poor decision taken by them(management).
    2. As mentioned in some other reviews, Employees are indeed treated as disposable tools. You are not appreciated for good work, but for sure will be humiliated for a small mistake. Yes, you heard right, HUMILIATED. Dictatorship is at peak in this company, with absolutely no value to employees.
    3. Management will consider the best performer as the star of the team. Others opinion is absolutely ignored.
    4. Your performance review meetings are Joke. Your positive attributes will be ridiculed and you would end up loosing self confidence and motivation to excel in your job.
    5. Sometimes, you are threatened to be fired from job for very petty reasons
    Absolute no job security. No motivation from management.
    work/life balance is totally unto you.
    Career opportunities, compensations won't matter when culture is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    We don't work under you, we work with you to make things better. So, start respecting your employees


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Director of Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Hampstead, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Hampstead, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong products, Gartner group rating and industry growth

    Cons

    Too many appliance based solutions in an industry that is moving in a different direction. Very poor senior management with little to no direction or communication. Insufficient channel partners/programs to scale to desire goals.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Culture of uncertainly and fear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    - fast growing
    - hot market
    - actively hiring

    Cons

    - lack of hierarchy drives employees to fight each other for responsibilities
    - managements lack of concern for employee well being
    - pervasive lack of trust across organization. breeding fear and solo mentality

    Advice to Management

    - building people is as important as building products.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hard Worker in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Hard Worker in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company that has alot of potential to grow adn become a leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Does not feel like the CEO and managment value employees. No real perks, no fun, and no raises. You will have to leave to get the money you deserve. Seems like they refuse to hire from within.....even if we have earned it, you can forget about it.

    Advice to Management

    Catch up to the Bay Area enviroment. In office perks and fun seems like a small thing, but to the people in the trenches doing the work day in and day out........it means alot and shows you care about them being happy!


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They provided the resources for us to do our job, and then let us do it.

    Cons

    They unceremoniously and abruptly terminated the entire group.



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