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Fortinet Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Pros
  • s a work hard/play hard culture that offers a nice work/life balance (in 10 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    • 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. "Staffing Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Staffing Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Staffing Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fortinet as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Industry leading IT Security solutions.

    Cons

    Can be micro managed at the CEO level

    Advice to Management

    Delegate responsibility


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Caveat Emptor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Where the Mediocre Get Ahead & Excellence is Avoided"

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It is a good company"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Easy but unstable"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, vacation, morale, easy work and stocks

    Cons

    Not sure how long until you're laid off

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Industry leading technology - great potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very good. Respect for work/life balance is driven from the top down. The organization is flat, moves quickly and lacks bureaucracy which makes it very easy to move initiatives forward and get results. The leadership has an open door policy which is truly open. Ken and Michael Xie are some of the best technologists in their field but truly humble and grounded. Industry-leading technology and and focus on innovation across the company, consistent growth and the company has an excellent long-term opportunity.

    Cons

    The company gets a bad rap for marketing which sometimes is more than it deserves. Yes, it has it challenges and it is primarily a technology driven company but marketing change is a constant in the SV - Check Point, Proofpoint and others recently had CMOs stay less than a year.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and drive the company values broadly across the organization. Focus on culture and management empowerment. Implement consistent manager ratings and evaluations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Growing company, a lot of opportunities you can grow and you can learn. Flexible working env

    Cons

    Better be more initiative to get more chance to grow


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A fun place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    R&D managers and directors are all hands-on people and technically skilled. They don't waste their time in endless meetings.
    As an engineer who enjoy technologies, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Not much team and fun activities

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with your hiring process. Friend hiring friend is not a problem if the friend (new hire) knows what he's doing, is motivated and willing to learn. Hiring friend simply because he's a friend introduces unfair treatment in the team


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