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Proofpoint Reviews

Updated December 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 21 reviews)

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  1. "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!


  2. "A Good Company Innovating On Its Strengths"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a whole the engineering team is making a lot of moves to upgrade the stack and methodologies, which provides a lot of opportunity for new thought and experimentation. Freedom to make decisions and innovate is, personally, the best benefit here.

    That being said: A generous vacation policy (no formal cap), ESPP, 401k match, and good insurance all round out the benefits and make working at this stable company very nice.

    Cons

    Parts of the company feel like 1980s Big Waterfall: By the high speed software-as-a-service world we now live in it can be quite jarring how long it can take for some teams to even provide basic feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Release the purse strings a bit! Open up some more training budget to help educate, and reward, engineers by allowing more people to go to conferences.

  3. "Dynamic company solving the biggest security problems"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never a dull day - the work is varied, challenging, interesting and highly relevant. The opportunities to innovate, learn and grow are tremendous. Great, smart people - high-performing company.

    Cons

    Some decision-making is too centralized. We punch below our weight in terms of brand awareness. GTM and Product teams (matrix org) aren't always in sync.

    Advice to Management

    Connect the planning dots more: the bigger the numbers, the more disciplined we need to be. (I would say "hire well and fast", but you already know that!)


  4. "Mid Market Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Sales in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Product but very competetive

    Cons

    Management constantly changes, and doesn't have a concise clear direction

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers, and support the sales teams.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Products Leading the Way to Market Transition"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products - Portfolio is top notch, best in class. Coming together to deliver a true platform for security

    Vision - People Centric Security is a game change. Proofpoint is defining this market and will lead for years to come

    Leadership - In fast moving markets, leadership matters. Proofpoint has great leadership to ensure longevity and short term success.

    Culture - Like no place I've experience in 20 years of tech experience. truly amazing

    Cons

    Company is growing and investing in the right areas. As such, Proofpoint doesn't have the most lavish benefits... which I'm ok with since the product continue to excel and the stock continues to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your focus on what matters - people, product and innovation. Attract top talent and the rest will follow.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sales leadership"

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    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best product I have ever sold, customer sentiment is extremely high, partners are interested in doing more, everything about the company is as advertised since joining

    Cons

    Offices are standard, could use more amenities

    Advice to Management

    We have the best solutions in the market, create more paths for market awareness


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Product bad management"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Product, best in the market for email security

    Cons

    no growth opp, no transparency

    Advice to Management

    listen you your employees

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Dumpster Fire & Silicon Greed"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many Pro’s at this place, which has led to massive turn over. Recent bogus reviews from low-level employees are especially humorous on Glassdoor.com.

    Cons

    Leadership notoriously makes bad decisions and employment promises to new hires to lure them on board. Once on board the promises melt away. Management is expert at tuning out and blaming field sales. The party rages on for a select few.

    Advice to Management

    Management is aware of all of these issues. This is how they choose to run the company.


  9. "Reasons for excitement"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing products and customers, genuinely meaningful work stopping cyber attacks every day means there's a mission to believe in beyond showing up and collecting a paycheck. Nice people overall in most departments.

    Cons

    Basic offices by Silicon Valley standards. Some jobs are clearly challenging, particularly inside sales for smaller accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize how important the work we do is every day for our customers. Invest more in employee experience - a few little things would go a long way.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very poor benefits & no paid maternal or paternal leave"

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

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

    Pros

    Stock is doing well
    Nice people to work with
    Flexible time off
    Great work life balance
    HR really tries to do their best with the small budget that they are allocated
    Good legal team
    Company has taken a lot of steps towards equal pay, anti discrimination & harassment training.
    Cross team collaboration is excellent
    Team hackathons give you the chance to turn your idea into a product.
    Decent bonus & ESP program.

    Cons

    Benefits are below standard and fall way short of other companies
    Poor 401 K match
    Poor health care premium contributions forcing employees into high deductible plans
    No paid paternal or maternal leave. You have to manage with California disability or family leave which is caped to a small amount
    No cafeteria, or gym . Has rampant parking problems
    Hard to request hardware upgrades, IT is very frugal

    Advice to Management

    Be a little nicer to your employees. If you continue trying to cut costs at this rate you will lose high performing team members.