Proofpoint Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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Proofpoint CEO Gary L. Steele
Gary L. Steele
344 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance at the company(in 31 reviews)

  • "Wonderful environment, challenging work and great people(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Small 401K match (but offset by a good Employee Stock Purchase Plan, merit-based salary increases and impact awards)(in 25 reviews)

  • "No 401K match in the benefits offering(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Products, Great Culture

      Apr 26, 2021 - Sales Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
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      Pros

      Great Products, Great Culture, Great Leaderships from CEO and other executives, very focused on customer success

      Cons

      Benefits/perks are OK, but not exceptional

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Thanks for the fun, but it was time to go

      May 6, 2021 - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      My co workers were great.

      Cons

      Brain drain. The old-timers are permanent fixtures, but the bright new folks tend to move on regularly.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Technology.. But everything else is questionable

      Feb 9, 2021 - Named Account Manager 
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      Pros

      * Industry-Leading Technology * Work with some really smart people * Proofpoint has a reputation in the industry of being the best at Advanced Email Security Protections

      Cons

      * MicroManagement is out of control. Too many layers of manages needing their own spreadsheets filled out to report up to the next. * Quotas are completely unattainable which is by design and controlled by CFO; Everyone has the same quota in segment and has nothing to do with your actual territory or opportunity space within your book of accounts * Very Limited leads, unqualified at best. * Still building out partner ecosystem; need to do a better job of in incentivizing/ working with partners to drive business our way * Bait and switch environment; Told one thing when you come into territory and complete opposite takes place. When you bring it up, no one seems to cares * With a company of this size, 401k match is very low at 2% compared to industry * Too many layers of management- 6 layers between rep and CEO * Growth happened too fast this way behind on improving internal technologies, slow systems, quoting tools etc. * We are known in the industry as an “email security company “. Good when selling email security, not good when you are trying to sell anything else. * Very expensive solutions compared to market

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      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Apr 26, 2021 - Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA
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      Pros

      Opportunities for growth in product management are deep

      Cons

      Red tape for financial purpose encourages you to never purchase anything

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Proofpoint just screwed their employees by selling the company to Thoma Bravo. Thought they cared.

      Apr 27, 2021 - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
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      Pros

      It WAS an amazing company. Great people! I thought upper management cared.

      Cons

      Upper management doesn’t care and sold the company to a heartless investment company who will layoff 10% of our employees - like they have done with every company they bought. Google Thoma Bravo and get the facts yourself.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Company

      Apr 26, 2021 - Senior Director, Professional Services in San Jose, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Focus on Product and Customer Satisfaction

      Cons

      Can be a bit frugal at times.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Experience

      Apr 23, 2021 - Account Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
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      Pros

      Learn a lot about cybersecurity, opportunities to move up

      Cons

      growing pains, but growth can be a positive

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great tech, leadership, vision

      Mar 14, 2021 - SE in Sunnyvale, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great tech, leadership, vision and ability to execute. Strong culture of doing the right thing, abiding by the golden rule, and 'doing what you say you're going to do'. CEO & exec staff know their stuff, prioritize customers, provide strong direction, are role models (re tech knowledge, work ethic, making things happen, etc.). Great place to work.

      Cons

      Stock has underperformed vs some other industry peers (though some of those may have a day of reckoning that PFPT may avoid).

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent

      Apr 20, 2021 - Mid Enterprise Account Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Sent alright good good alright

      Cons

      Micro manage no visibility unclear

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Tech - Egomaniacal Leadership

      Mar 24, 2021 - Marketing in Pittsburgh, PA
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      Pros

      Their cybersecurity technology is great. Working with their dev teams is rewarding to most.

      Cons

      Leadership looks in the mirror every morning and tells themselves how great they are. There is no self-awareness or real honesty. The business growth being strangled by over-controlling CFO and his minions. They have no real marketing leadership and poor execution so sales has to carry the whole business on its back.

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