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Proofpoint Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, great culture, lots of room to expand career (in 12 reviews)

  • Good work life balance with unlimited PTO (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No 401K match is really the only hole in the benefits offering (in 13 reviews)

  • The company has its growing pains due to the rapid expansion (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Interesting and innovative company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is above average in Silicon Valley
    Lots of growth potential

    Cons

    Dated offices
    Company has lots of growing pains

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the shareholder value and continuing to invest in people


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Nearly 5 Stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Leading technology that works. Fantastic Sales Engineering organization. Great teams. Employee Stock Purchase Program.

    Cons

    Zero 401(k) contribution match. No continued stock grants.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding a 401(k) match to employee benefits. Even a 50% match of the first 3% is better than a 0.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company, Good Compensation, Perks Need Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proofpoint makes it a focus to hire great people. This makes for a fun, engaging, and professional environment that drives success.The company is in high growth mode which makes for some exciting innovations and acquisitions. No PTO accrual makes one feel more like an adult - as long as the work is getting done no one bothers you.The products are widely considered the best in the market. They are required at most companies, so the sales conversations are easier to have. Easy to buy in to what Proofpoint is doing. New Senior Management is really making a difference and pushing new initiatives.

    Cons

    Communication is hard in a high growth company. Changes happen often and are sometime unexplained. There seems, at times, to be a disconnect between the executive leadership and the front line as far as priorities and goals. No 401K match is really the only hole in the benefits offering. The incentive budgets are meager or non-existent but getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your people with added benefits and perks. Implement some more "Silicon Valley" tech trends like incentives, branded swag, etc. This makes everyone feel more a part of the brand.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    They have the best products in their market

    Cons

    Lack of genuine interest for employees. Low pay, too many verticals. Management turnover is frequent

    Advice to Management

    Better pay to retain employees. Better culture to show management and corporate actually value employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "business developement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    decent staffed breakroom, has ping pong table, nice building, Made good money while i was there

    Cons

    They don't promote top performers, they consistently raised quota, split territory, and would not give raises. Super cheap, Terrible Managment. Not a great place to make a career. I would not reccomend

    Advice to Management

    Treat your top performers better and make reasonable quotas


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work. Fantastic product!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic product! a little more pricy, but definitely top of it's industry. CEO is a great leader. Work environment is great as well.

    Cons

    Harder to keep their better employees around. Need to pay a little bit more. No 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    Work on those cons, and it would be the best place to work at.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Team Lead and L2 Senior Technical Support Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - L2 Support Team Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - L2 Support Team Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere for a while

    Cons

    Swap is considered a resource to be used to exhaustion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technology > People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    -Good exposure
    -Currently a market leader in their Core product
    -Great client list
    -Focused on executing yesterday

    Cons

    -Arrogant and myopic management -- could care less what their people think or what suggestions they might have for the business despite being on the front lines with customers
    -If the e-mail security space has a disruption or the labor force tightens more -- they could be in trouble. They already have astronomical turnover in their sales teams, even compared to Silicon Valley standards here
    -All about maxing each quarter so the execs can cash their oversized stock option grants
    -They think anyone can sell enterprise technology and treat and pay employees accordingly
    -People and culture are still important in the big data / AI world that we live in -- they have a people model opposite of modern technology companies
    -At some point, they will sell the company and cash out. Right now, they love the ego boost of increasing market share
    -HR, Legal, Finance will find every way possible to nickel & dime and place roadblocks in front of sales teams --- I speculate they do this so some deals roll over naturally each quarter
    -Selling non-core product is a bit of witchcraft as the market is still very nascent and the technology while leading the way is still clunky and hard to sell. Regardless management wants non-core technologies to sell as easily, at the same price points and faster sales cycles -- this is just fiction at the time of this review, which leads to massive sales turnover
    -Building a bad reputation for those that want real career growth, to have hard work valued, involvement in the business, and a little patience for a bad quarter or the time it takes to build a real pipeline
    -"Unlimited vacation" is just a scam to not pay you for those potentially unused days on your way out

    Advice to Management

    Management has been successful in growing the company and market share. There are a number of future scenarios -- including technology disruption and labor force tightening (especially with sales teams) that present exigent threats to their business model


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Some Pros, but attrition is becoming a state of emergency."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In a good market. Technology works. Good work life balance with unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    Attrition and lack of leadership has become a very serious problem on the marketing department. Zero team spirit, enthusiasm, or devotion to the team. In the past year eight people have left or been asked to leave the marketing team. These employees were at all levels : VP, Sr. Director, Director, Manager. There is no VP of Marketing to guide the team. The marketing directors that the team has are afraid to make decisions or can't make decisions because the company executive team loves to micromanage. The company lacks organization, communication, and creativity. During my time on the marketing team, employees were unhappy, overworked, and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. It negatively affects all parts of the business. Hire a quality CMO not a diva. Don't be so cheap with pay.


  11. "Decent enough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Pros

    Good place to work right now

    Cons

    Uncertainty with some changes now



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