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Fortinet Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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Pros
  • I literally started experience the perfect work-life balance and I am sure it stays this way (in 15 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)

  • The company culture is probably not what you at expecting for a high tech company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Account Manager"

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


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Major Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, great benefits, decent compensation plan but on target earnings are not very achievable. Good supporting sales tools and competitive data.

    Cons

    Management lacks realistic sales expectations. Reorganization happens every quarter. MSP business model for targeted accounts lacks architecture to support sales for all product sets. Processes and procedures are outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations on accounts and set sales people up for success.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "BDR"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Plano, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    They pay well, there is advancement opportunity, a flexible work schedule, and plenty of certification training opportunities. They are conveniently located next to Bush and the Dallas North Tollway. The Inside Sales folks are very helpful, professional, encouraging, and helpful.

    Cons

    They need a bigger kitchen. There's a lot of construction nearby. It's planned for the next year according to the NTTA. They have some Millennials there, and this is their first or second job.T

    Advice to Management

    You need an onsite Manager or Supervisor to oversee the Plano Business Development Department.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worn out and on way out"

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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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Caveat Emptor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Leader in Cyber Security, Excellent Company!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager III in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager III in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Sales culture
    Amazing technology
    Company in Growth mode
    Great benefits including RSUs

    Cons

    Typical growing pains of a $1B company, Making the right changes for long term success

    Advice to Management

    It is clear management listens and takes into consideration what is working/not working in the field. Continue to collaborate and listen as a team.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Where the Mediocre Get Ahead & Excellence is Avoided"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It is a good company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people are good company s good

    Cons

    cool and full of energy


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