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Proofpoint Reviews

Updated February 13, 2019
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  • "Small 401K match (but offset by a good Employee Stock Purchase Plan, merit-based salary increases and impact awards)" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I love working here"

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    Current Employee - SRE in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - SRE in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working at Proofpoint. Any job after a few years has its dull points, but overall I've done tons of work for the company on a variety of weird and slightly futuristic software platforms, and overall it's possibly been (by far) the most entertaining job I've had out of the last couple. Additionally, they really don't sweat the small stuff, minor unimportant things that other employers like to create big fusses over just don't happen here. It's one of the best paying employers in the local job market.

    Cons

    It takes a lot of work to be a useful employee in the beginning, in part due to a lack of documentation. The politics are very infrequent but objectionable (when it occurs).


  2. "Good company, but a bit stodgy"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a culture of working hard to please customers, and it's great to work for a company thats focused on solving real world problems.

    The stock benefits are very generous and include both RSUs grants/bonuses, and a good ESPP plan that makes you feel like you are succeeding with the company financially.

    The work/life balance is very good.

    Cons

    The company seems very financially oriented in the way it makes decisions. Many decisions are pushed out of manager and even VP hands all the way to the CFO to make basic purchase decisions. Budgets are planned for annually, but getting funds for any individual team need can be unnecessarily bureaucratic.

    The company offers a very limited 401(k) match, its the smallest I've ever seen in a competitive technology company.

    The company has recently decided to stop hiring remote employees so there is a particular workplace worldview there that may rub some people the wrong way.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out an effective way to empower your teams to get more directly involved with their budget. Right now annual planning feels like interfacing with jello.

  3. "Great Benefits and People"

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    Former Employee - Order Entry Specialist in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Order Entry Specialist in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the over all atmosphere. The people were great and the benefits amazing!

    Cons

    Place was WAY too quite and uptight. The amount of ours they expected you to work at end of quarter were ridiculous. Worked from 8am Friday to 2 am Saturday. Then was expected to be back to work Saturday by 10. Because of how the days fell none of it counted as overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so uptight, let a little more fun and interaction happen. Try being honest instead of two faced with the people who work directly under you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    I worked at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal company with innovative solutions, career advancement opportunities and team.

    Cons

    There are aren't many cons to Proofpoint

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Enterprise Sales"

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

    Pros

    Great product that is continually evolving

    Cons

    Weak selling motion. Engineering focused culture.


  6. "People-centric employer with a people-centric customer approach takes care of everyone"

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused on investing in customer experience, R&D, employee training and development
    Super collaborative, people-centric! No silos or bunker mentality between teams
    The spirit of a startup company while operating as a mature industry leader

    Cons

    Training for some complex job roles isn't as easy while teams and organizations continue to adapt/streamline

    Advice to Management

    Continue to simplify employee onboarding procedures


  7. Helpful (2)

    "meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company's products are one of the best out there in terms of industry standards.

    Cons

    Internally it's a mess. I think almost 3/4 of the company is filled with people less than 2 years at the company and the company is growing but also losing people fast. we're crowded and we're supposed to move. Management is a mixed bag with people who don't have the proper skills to lead. They manage product or tactical timelines but have no idea how to lead. Leadership team is not engaging and there's been some movements as well. ego and knowledge hoarders get in the way of deadlines. We're constantly asked for referrals and I think recruiting and HR is quite silly. They don't even know their own company products which is bizarre. Company culture is weird. a lot of people coming over from past colleagues from other competitors so not much of change.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, but room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    The technology is cutting edge and best in its industry. Proofpoint has really figured out how to integrate well with the companies it acquires. For the most part, the company is staffed with very talented people.

    Cons

    Some of the sales managers are first time managers who have been promoted from their previous sales role. These managers are first time managers with no experience managing other people and end up micromanaging their employees to death. There have been some really good sales folks that have left due to micromanagers above them which is a shame.

    Advice to Management

    If the company is going to promote these sales folks into management positions with no prior management experience, they really need to ensure that these new managers have proper training and quit micromanaging their employees.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Commercial Sales is a second-class citizen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * tech is good
    * laid back atmosphere
    * free soda, nuts, goldfish
    * ESPP program

    Cons

    * All the good reviews are from product, engineering.....SALES is a tough go here. NO team out of 20 Commercial/Inside Sales teams in CA or UT will hit quota in 2018 - that is just ridiculous.
    * Resources & opportunity are very limited among the 180+ person Inside Sales org - the company simply views this org as a way to keep the lights on. This is a Fortune 500 focused organization.
    * Plenty of great talent has walked out the door because there simply isn't a way to make their full OTE.
    * No training for sales leaders, new or promoted - literally none whatsoever
    * You've let great leaders/reps walk because no one can fix the issues

    Advice to Management

    * Yes, you have 90% of your revenue in the bag without a dime of new business each quarter - but for goodness sake, let sales folks make money.
    * invest in your people - just give it a try.
    * Promotions are viewed as a pay cut. The running joke is to quit, go somewhere else for a while - and then get re-hired again if you want even a shot at your market value


  10. "Great company with a good work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Proofpoint full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Interesting problem space with lots of room to innovate and improve
    Good work environment
    You get to work on something that keeps people and organizations safe!

    Cons

    Not much I can think of!