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Being a woman in tech, I only recently started advocating for myself at work about advancement opportunities. Because of this I wanted to ask this question to my male counterparts. When you have 1:1's with your direct reports and talk about career growth / aspirations what is your managers’ response typically? I’d like to gauge how my experience (negative) differs from others. For instance are you met with blockades, enthusiasm, dread, etc?

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Once you're employed here, you won't want to leave!

    May 14, 2021 - Sales Recruiter in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Proofpoint has far exceed my expectations as a company. From the leadership to the team collaboration, you won't find a better place to work. This is a place you can call home. Many employees have been here a long time which allows deep integration into business and the ability to create pathways to success for others. You will have the opportunity to work with top though leaders - smart, collaborative and willing to share! Culture is conductive to creating friends and mentors with lots of opportunity to get involved in the business. With Leadership continuing the momentum of employee engagement around issues like sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and making work meaningful really excites me for the future.

    Cons

    No company is 100% perfect. We are growing, learning and evolving daily. That always comes with certain hurdles. Leadership is big on keeping everyone informed. It's important to remember not to get hung up on what's changing and focus on what is progressing. I am proud to work for Proofpoint. I really do not see any cons!

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    5 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Work/Life Balance but Constant Changes

    Nov 15, 2021 - Account Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very flexible and reasonable company. Proofpoint has been completely flexible through the pandemic and working from home has been a top priority throughout

    Cons

    Every new year brings dramatic changes. Job security isn't at a prime with Proofpoint. It always seems that the company decides to go a new direction every year, and because of that change, jobs are eliminated and dismantled unexpectedly. You never know what the new year is going to bring.

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    It's a company

    Jul 29, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The company has survived economic downturns by knowing when to be frugal. There is good investment in R&D, which allows for continued relevance. While trying to expand scope, there is still focus on the bread and butter core email business. Compensation and benefits are fair, with moderate improvements over the years. The private equity acquisition is giving investors a quick boost and may allow for a bigger sale or reboot in the future.

    Cons

    While trying to expand scope, Proofpoint is still fundamentally an email security company; this limits the potential of acquired technologies. Acquired tech is integrated well, but potential is lost by focus on how it relates to email. Comments, here on Glassdoor, about too many layers of management filling out spreadsheets, and little diversity in management are true. The bro culture here is strong.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Middle Management Nightmare

    Jun 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
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    Pros

    Publicly traded stock with decent market value.

    Cons

    Management is an absolute nightmare. If you're an engineer, I highly recommend running for the hills from this place. It's where dreams go to die. They will undervalue you and treat you like garbage. HR at this company will not assist you, and will actively try to push you out the door if you express any problems. Significant pay raise and quality of life increase after leaving this company for me. Proofpoint simply does not value retaining talent or encouraging skill growth. They will not assist with any training. Empty promises typically. Management will actively use anything you express as negative, against you. They'll utilize HR to pressure and manipulate your actions. This place is hands down the worst place I've ever worked at in my career.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The Commercial Sales Org is an Absolute Nightmare

    May 20, 2021 - MIddle Enterprise Account Executive in Sunnyvale, CA
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    Pros

    Amazing Product, Gartner Leader, over $1bn ARR

    Cons

    This is all specific to the commercial sales organization. - Less than 10% of net new commercial reps (SME, FinServ, Healthcare, Middle Enterprise, SLED) hit ramped quota in 2020 - 65% attrition rate for commercial AEs in 2020 (looks to be higher so far this year) - Approximately 50% attrition rate YTD of commercial sales management -15% to 30% lower base pay than market (~$60k) - 2-3x more expensive than most costly competitor, 10x more than others - Territories are up to 300% unbalanced between account quantity for the same quota - Channel strategy for commercial is non-existent ; channel partners are hard to engage due to constant Proofpoint AE churn - More focus on pipeline than actual revenue - Leaders do not abide by Rules of Engagement nor defend their team members deals when other teams come to lay claim. - Leadership will admit cold, direct prospecting into accounts is not productive - but measure you on metrics for these anyway rather than focusing on channel productivity. - Inept management at every level - CRO and SVP don’t care to fix commercial because it has such a small impact on total business. - Poor benefits for a multi-billion dollar tech company - Executive team sold out to a cheap investment firm In essence, RUN.

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    17 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Products, Good Company, but Sales Management is Going Backwards

    Nov 2, 2020 - Senior Account Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Proofpoint has the best email security products and other excellent products that work well together which allow for customers to choose what that want to protect most when they want to do it (or can afford to). Good employee stock purchase plan.

    Cons

    Sales management has gone to micro-management and is out of touch with what the customer facing teams should be doing to accomplish goals. The management style includes over stringent requirements placed on the sales people which is taking away from Sales doing what they were hired for; to sell. There is a big issue with people not making their on-target earnings, but the company seems to be okay with that. One of the "solutions" that Proofpoint has been working on to increase sales is to add more sales people thus dividing territories more. Of course this is making it even more difficult for individual sales people to make their numbers. Overall on-target compensation is already low compared to the industry. So, not making target can mean a significant reduction is total income compared to working elsewhere. Very poor 401k match ($1500 per year in 2020)

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Value communication

    Sep 6, 2020 - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits and salary; mentorship opportunities.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but it can be pretty high-strung depending on how requirements are coming down. In typical circumstances, proofpoint doesn't allow remote working.

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Covid is all that’s keeping me here

    Jul 27, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    They had no layoffs during the pandemic.

    Cons

    My company was acquired by Proofpoint last year. It is so disfunctional here and they truly make it difficult to enjoy your job. If Covid-19 had not happened and destroyed the job market, I would have been gone a long time ago. Low pay. Bad benefits. No room for growth.

    10 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Growing Pains

    Apr 4, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -The product is great, and getting better -The leadership of Mike & MC is great -Recent key hires seem to be good hires, which was a problem in 2019 -With the current financial environment and record levels of unemployment, it's great to hear from Gary that they aren't considering layoffs or salary reductions (time will tell if that is just lip service). It's definitely a perk of being part of a big organization.

    Cons

    The expectation may have been set too high for how smoothly the transition from a 150 person company to a 3000 person company would be. As should have been expected, but perhaps most employees were not made aware of, there have definitely been some growing pains associated with the acquisition. Different requirements and processes, expectations for how to conduct yourself as part of a larger organization, and ObserveIT becoming more of a cog in the machine opposed to a standalone have definitely led to some friction out of the gate. Hopefully as time moves on and we become more acclimated, these things will change. Don't think our leadership can do anything about it - but the benefits are not really what a lot of people expected from an industry leader based in Silicon Valley; parental leave doesn't really exist, salaries weren't adjusted (in Proofpoint glassdoor reviews, low salaries seem to be common problem that leads to a lot of turnover), PTO doesn't seem "unlimited", 401K match is very low etc. I understand that there are some things that are better, but it feels like we lost a lot more in culture than we gained in other areas.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Company, Strong Economic Outlook, Technology truly works

    Mar 19, 2020 - Account Executive 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Proofpoint is a company that values teamwork and continues to foster a collaborative environment. Our technology works and genuinely helps customers solve complicated problems. Our teams are structured to ensure that employees are able to focus on areas that compliment their primary skillsets. This allows you to focus on key metrics and feel confident that customers expectations are met. Finally, I’ve been fortunate to find a company that invest in the growth and success. If you’re a hard-work, this company will reward your efforts with a clear path for career growth.

    Cons

    Proofpoint continues to grow through M&A and innovation. Despite strong technology, business processes lag from an optimization perspective. The company is dedicated and working to implement strong processes to ensure that these challenges are adequately addressed and resolved.

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    3 people found this review helpful