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Palo Alto Networks Reviews

Updated August 13, 2018
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Palo Alto Networks Chief Executive Officer Nikesh Arora
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Pros
  • "Company is growing fast, new phenomenal campus" (in 16 reviews)

  • "The working environment makes you feel welcomed and I couldn't be happier to be working for such a great company" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be a challenge" (in 22 reviews)

  • "There is absolutely no work life balance" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Quite simply an amazing place to work..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Plenty of opportunities to apply skillsets, and learn new ones as the company evolves its portfolio and reach.
    - Outstanding alignment across the leadership team on mission, vision, and strategy.
    - Clarity of purpose and focus at a molecular level....avoiding needless distractions.
    - Business enabling functions are there to help. If they don't have an answer for you right then and there, they will get one quickly.
    - True passion across functions to do the right thing for talent. Our Human Resources partner has been brilliant, helping the team develop comprehensive talent strategies to achieve our goals.

    Cons

    - As the company grows and scales, the willingness to abandon the old ways which may have worked in the past but won't work in the future, will be critical.
    - Working smarter and not harder, and finding balance, will become more important as the company scales.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on the mission, clients, employees and partners!


  2. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good direction from management.
    Ability to contribute individually and as part of a team.
    No micro management.

    Cons

    The 401K is very inadequate, though they make up for some of it with stock options.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.
    Please review the 401K.

  3. "Absolutely love working here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work here is fast paced, engaging, and interesting. It feels good knowing you're working on products that people are using.
    - Lot's of growth opportunity
    - Management does a good job in showing appreciation to it's employee with monthly events to help de-stress and unwind. Management seems very driven to create a manageable work-life balance.
    - Competitive pay, good benefits, and unlimited PTO with work from home options when applicable
    - New HQ campus is awesome; lots of snacks in each floor's kitchen/breakroom, and a good cafeteria.
    - Company does a good job of keeping employees in the loop about the goings-on of the company.

    Cons

    - Because the company is fast paced, work can feel very demanding at times. Unfortunately, this is just the nature of working in cybersecurity, and not so much the fault of the company. If you're looking for a place to coast by, this isn't it.
    - 401k matching could be better

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Overall, it feels like employees feel like they're being listened to, and in a large and growing company, that means a lot.


  4. "Sales Ops- Good work experience but pay and benefits are horrible"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Lots to learn and good opportunity to build your resume
    - Next-gen firewall offerings are second to none
    -Depending on the team, good level of autonomy and empowerment
    - Sometimes able to work from home
    - Sales Ops VP is a nice guy
    - 2 year look-back on ESPP
    - Free snacks
    - Stock has been doing well if you have been around for a few years
    - New CEO seems promising but needs to show his impact

    Cons

    - Base salary is well below the market average
    - 401k match is inadequate
    - Senior sales Ops management is getting more and more out of touch with the folks on the frontlines
    - Too much reactive and not a whole lot of proactive
    - Medical out of pocket premium for family coverage is too high
    - The most impactful folks within sales ops have left
    - RSU pool is drying up
    - Not much room to develop your career

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the growth but take care of your people; your most loyal will leave in this hot job market if the focus is not put back on the people on the frontlines and not just lining the pockets of senior leaders


  5. "They have been the best company that I have ever worked for."

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great C level management, great upper management and my team manager is exceptional.

    Cons

    No Cons what so ever


  6. "Qa engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    Still very hungey to come up with new products

    Cons

    Work pressure is little bit more

    Advice to Management

    Please help employees to gave work life balance


  7. "cloud solution QA engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of new stuffs to learn, company is expanding and going into a good state, I'm feeling energetic and exciting to work and grow in this environment.

    Cons

    doesn't have free food and good 401k match.

  8. "Sr Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fast pace , great learning opportunity

    Cons

    If you can not work fast and cant think innovation then dont look in to this company


  9. "Empowerment and Pace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    Empowerment - I feel empowered to suggest changes in our work environment, our policies and procedures. Regardless of my job title, I know that I would be supported in my efforts to grow and advance our organization. It's a truly unique feeling.
    Support - I've never worked at an organization so supportive. The colleagues here really want to help one another, and the offers of help aren't fake. It does introduce another problem, because it means you have support to do more things, and you have to prioritize your time effectively.
    Pace and Meaning - I love the impact that I can make at this organization. I feel connected and compelled with our mission statement, and I love the fast-paced environment because it keeps me on my toes.
    Colleagues - I work with some truly incredible people who are incredibly smart. You will find true mentors here, who will be eager to help assist and help you progress your professional development.
    Ego - it's truly a low ego environment, which is incredible for me. I love that we move with humility, and that lets the best solutions bubble to the top.

    Cons

    Pace - it's a good and bad thing. The reality is that our pace is significant because of the industry we are in. Cyber is something that changes overnight, and we have to be prepared for that. It means you work hard, but you have real impact. I will say the pace has NOT impacted my work/life balance, but I do have to set boundaries for my priorities and commit to those boundaries.
    Change - the organization is shifting to advance our mission, and that can be stressful. It's necessary change, but it's uncomfortable at times.
    Change x 2 - in order to be more effective, we have to move quickly, which means that we might invest in a project that we ultimately decide to move aggressively in a new direction. It's something you have to be okay with.

    Advice to Management

    take all employee concerns seriously
    leverage more training around managing fast paced organizations, shifting priorities, and work/life balance and integration regularly
    continue empowering employees


  10. "Technical support engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    - nice work environment
    - very good team

    Cons

    - heavy call volume
    - needs hiring


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