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Palo Alto Networks Reviews

Updated October 22, 2018
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Palo Alto Networks Chief Executive Officer Nikesh Arora
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15 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Company is growing fast, new phenomenal campus" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Great work/life balance, smart people, great product" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be a challenge" (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Amazing place to build a career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, opportunity for growth and a true collaboration.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication

  3. "Account Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work and good people

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Once great now becoming Cisco"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Firewall best in industry
    Senior Management is top notch (McLaughlin, Bonvanie, Anderson, Zuk)
    Great Marketing
    Customers LOVE the product

    Cons

    Mediocre acquisition history (Cyvera, Light Sabre)
    Now a big company with big company problems
    Sales compensation isn't great anymore
    Mediocre middle management

    Advice to Management

    Make Better acquisitions
    Keep the culture
    Acquire cloud companies
    move into IoT security..it will be huge


  5. "Web Admin"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks part-time

    Pros

    Flexible
    Can work from home(my department is 24hr).
    Free cold/hot drinks and snack

    Cons

    There rarely is an inside tranfer of jobs


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Crony Alto Notworks"

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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

    I have been working at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    Nice facilities
    Most people are pretty nice
    Leader in the next-gen firewall industry

    Cons

    Lots of management, very little leadership
    Company culture destroyed years ago by influx of self-serving executives and their cronies
    Silicon Valley bro culture at its finest
    Diversity and inclusion...uh, no
    Benefits & RSUs

    Advice to Management

    Drain the swamp


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    Pay, okay health benefits, culture

    Cons

    401k match is not so good

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Started out great"

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

    Pros

    startup so it was fun

    Cons

    went downhill as it became corporate


  9. "Premium Support Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premium Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Premium Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with experienced colleagues.
    Amazing support from management.
    Reward good performers every quarter which keeps engineers motivated.
    Great visibility across the company as the customers are high profile.

    Cons

    Workload scale is in between from medium to high but that shows great growth of the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "More like Palo Alto Menworks"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *fast paced
    *great product
    *frequent cross collaboration
    *work-life balance

    Cons

    *no advancement, especially for women and people of color
    *career opportunities and growth go to the "boys club" and "cronies, if you are not part of either, forget trying to get ahead
    *D&I is all hype, lip service and run by all the wrong people, it's clear this effort is only to "check the boxes"
    *HR cannot be trusted, they have failed in so many ways and too often, some of the management and people partners need to go
    *too many friends working for friends here, this practice gets in the way of good decision making and judgement, bad for business
    *don't you dare report bad behavior, concerns or give your bosses feedback, there will be retribution and you will be made to be the "problem"

    Advice to Management

    *company has lost many talented, hard working, culture fit people, because of the cons listed above
    *get the weeds out of the garden
    *walk the walk, hold people accountable, especially people managers, sr. leadership and most importantly, the executive team
    *when employees come to you, for guidance, support or to raise an issue, listen and take the initiative to make a change for the better. choosing to ignore the problem does not solve anything and managers who conduct themselves this way should not be in management handling people or in some cases, running a whole organization
    *nikesh and liane, fix the plumbing, we are counting on you!


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