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Palo Alto Networks Reviews

Updated February 19, 2018
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Palo Alto Networks President & CEO Mark D. McLaughlin
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Pros
  • Pros include that it's a fast growing company with a great product (in 15 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
  • Management talks about a work life balance but that is not possible with the expectations set (in 16 reviews)

  • If anything, the company is growing at an incredible pace - So it keeps you on your toes (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company to work for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Field Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company, culture and leadership. From the very first day, I have met amazing and positive team members who are ready to help and support you at any given opportunity. The energy amongst this fast growing team is contagious. I'm happy to be a part of the Palo Alto Networks team.

    Cons

    I can't think of any at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work of empowering your employees with the abundant training and tools that are easily accessible to them.


  2. "Palo Alto Networks Rocks!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Palo Alto Networks provides an opportunity to compete in security sales like no other. You almost always have an opportunity to win an engagement with your customers.

    Cons

    the Channel Partners are quite deficient in Palo Alto Networks skill sets and do not provided the lift that the channel is supposed to.

    Palo Alto Networks isn't for everyone. When you work for a company like Palo Alto Networks, there are no slow days. Every day is jam packed with work to do.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate, continue to lead the security industry

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Culture is Pro-Male Bromance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make your job with your own innovation, and grow professionally.

    Cons

    No women or minorities in leadership roles, I feel like women are discounted for promotions and management on a regular basis. The company should seriously consider remote work from home due to the insane commute....a deterrent for great workers and staff. Upper mgmt seems to let their 'buddies wth but not a policy across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Implement strong women in management, create a more family friendly atmosphere by allowing flex time and remote work from home.


  4. "Global Systems Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great executive management which is always engaged with clients.

    Cons

    Culture is not "work hard play hard". Even playing is serious...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Room to mature"

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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

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    Energetic team. Product development is alway looking to innovate and be disruptive. Great products. Engaged executive team.

    Cons

    Have to be part of the clique to fit in otherwise get ready to feel like an outsider and be treated that way.

    Company in my observation is very alcohol centric for social events. How much you drink and how you may feel the next morning is talked about at every social event. Felt like if you didn't drink you would be treated as an outsider.

    Again, my observation, but the meetings I was in there were to sexual innuendos made even by management. Completely unacceptable to me.

    Processes are very immature. For example trying to get temporary auth codes for legit reasons can take days sometimes leaving a customer without support or subscriptions active. All the time as an account manager I had to babysit the process with no influence taking all the heat from the customer, partner, and my management for not getting it resolved sooner. This happens regularly.

    Comp plan decelerators exist and how to calculate comp is overly complex. Appears direction is to comp reps less.

    Advice to Management

    Company is not a startup anymore. Focus on maturing core processes and functions. Look at culture for openness and maturity.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palo Alto Networks full-time

    Pros

    - aggressive mindset to solve customer problems
    - any engineering work directly translates to product that can enhance the business - so no work is pointless

    Cons

    - toxic work environment in some teams - micromanagement and lack of trust
    - see lots of silos - showing signs of bigger company management weaknesses
    - engineering leadership setting timelines instead of product management makes it hard to always do the right thing in building products
    - FTO policy is a joke - it's almost always looked down as a favor being done to employee to allow time off

    Advice to Management

    - trust your engineers
    - focus more on encouraging team work and adopt a culture where engineers are not stressed on artificial deadlines. This leads to unsatisfied engineers who'll just leave
    - be empathetic to build a talented team thats invested in company vision.


  7. "Senior Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 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

    I get to learn from some very smart people. The environment is fast-moving and fun. The growth opportunities are endless.

    Cons

    It's quite a commute from most places to Santa Clara HQ.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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

    - Extremely challenging, fast paced
    - If you are good at what you do, you will be rewarded and praised
    - Salary evaluation / bonuses regularly
    - Surrounded by amazing, hard working people who give 100% everyday
    - Strong, knowledgeable leaders
    - Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    - Little work/life balance
    - Definitely not for everyone - sink or swim environment, very little training/on boarding time


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Some really great folks, but the culture is changing..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New HQ
    Some of the original team are still working there
    Fast growth & fast paced

    Cons

    Growing bureaucracy
    No checks and balances between Product Management and Engineering now that Engineering reports to Product Management
    No diversity at the top level

    Advice to Management

    Add some diversity to the management team. Don't let the bureaucrats run the company. Pay attention to the people actually doing the work.


  10. "Sales Manager"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, self-aware, mission focused, customer centric, and oozing with passion.

    Cons

    Typical rapid growth company issues for people who can't handle change every 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! It's working.


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