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Proofpoint Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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  • "No 401k match yet, however it's on the agenda for next year" (in 20 reviews)

  • "No 401K match in the benefits offering" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great company and people"

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

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

    Pros

    Very inclusive culture
    Very welcoming environment for new starters
    Everyone is willing to support, no matter the question

    Cons

    There are no negative comments to write


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really interesting work, always trying new things. Great people to work with and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Wish our office was in Denver, but the commute isn't so bad.

  3. "Best Management I ever worked under"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Valley City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Valley City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Proofpoint full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are an employee focused company. I was treated extremely well. Proofpoint had some of the best management and recruiters I have ever worked under.

    Cons

    I worked with the accounting team for one product, and that lady was the meanest person I have ever worked with.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and fun events in some cases.

    Cons

    Company needs to spend on its employees. My coworkers were always saying how bad it is for 401k, securing equipment and good monitors, and needing a well stocked kitchen with a variety of drinks and juices. The company doesn't care about healthy snack options for it's employees. These were concerns of my coworkers and I saw it when I was there.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great Product but Company has Management/ Sexism Issues"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proofpoint has great products, good pay and excellent stock. Most employees are collaborative and solutions oriented. Flexible work schedules and freedom to work from home.

    Cons

    Sexism, abusive behavior and incompetence are tolerated - especially in employees who were with the company pre-IPO. There is a lot of in-fighting and agendas in upper management that is not addressed or resolved.
    No 401K matching.
    Company is very no frills with spending and office environment.

    Advice to Management

    Do not coddle abusive employees because they have been with the company for a long time. Provide better training and team-building for management and clear out toxic employees.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good Products, Poorly Run Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Proofpoint has a good story and good stock rewards because the stock price is high.

    Cons

    How you are treated/environment depends on which group you work in and which location. There is a lot of sexism and fear, which causes people to not always work well in supporting co-workers.

    Environment can be very political and territorial. There are a lot of agendas and bad behavior in upper/middle management.

    For group events, employees have to pay for everything. There's not even a small budget allowed for going away parties or to celebrate promotions.

    Almost half the company has not had a 1 year anniversary. You’re either a lifer or you don’t last very long.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to learn to spend money wisely to grow the organization and put in some real processes to fix the way they do things. Executives only have a 5K signing limit before it has to be microscopically reviewed by finance and the CFO, even though those executives have million dollar budgets to run their departments.

    Learn to trust your people, especially executives. If you don't trust them to do right by the company, why did you hire them?

    CEO tries to do the right things, but he doesn't have the right experience and mindset to turn the company around. They are very proud that he's been there since the beginning of the company. Few CEOs have the experience and vision to continue to grow the company over 15+ years.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Stock keeps people...lots of turnover....all will bail when stock dives"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Located in beautiful sunny California

    Cons

    CEO and CEO don't get it. People leaving at an alarming rate. No one making money.

    Advice to Management

    Quit watering down territories....no one making their numbers. Management is leaving....sinking ship.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top tech, market leader, strong R&D/M&A, healthy stock growth, good people

    Cons

    Immature processes, too much growth over the last 24 months, sales turnover way too high, quotas very difficult to obtain, bleeding top talent. Coming from someone that understands change, growth, etc. --these issues are beyond the norm, and are actually very alarming.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people. Seems that every one-off or exception, from staffing to sales comp, still ends up with Senior HR or the CFO - not the Director, not the RVP. Trust your Leaders to make decisions for their business unit, and then hold them accountable. NEED TO FIX NOW: pay industry standard, retain top talent (compensate fairly for internal moves as well - quit low-balling folks that want a promotion -- BIG issue here), allow salespeople to make money outside the top 20% (realistic quotas). Our idea of a growth plan = simply hire more people & split the same pie into more pieces, individual attainment be damned. Let’s be thoughtful about this. We have entire TEAMS where no one made quota.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Order Management / Entry"

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    Former Employee - Order Management Specialist in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Order Management Specialist in Draper, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers and team members

    Cons

    Most stifling work environment I have ever experienced
    Employees treated as disposable
    Management hates innovation and change
    Culture of abuse and mistreatment from management

    Advice to Management

    The only way to make the Draper order team better is to completely replace management with people who treat employees with respect and kindness.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Support"

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    Current Employee - Support
    Current Employee - Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay has been good. Stocks are solid and continue to rise.

    Cons

    No accountability
    No culture
    No support from executives
    duct tape solutions
    No growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Spend a bit of money on your employees to help with their growth. The company does not invest in employees, nor does it invest in culture for employees. I've never seen such a cheap company that lies to get quality in the door but does not deliver on their promise.
    Great work life balance for some employees, which is due to the lack of interesting work.


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