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Updated July 13, 2017
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SafeNet President and Chief Executive Officer Prakash Panjwani
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  • Good work life balance with enough time to give to your family (in 5 reviews)

  • Old employees talk behind back and oftenly involve into too much office politics (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "The right issues at the right time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Open, relaxed management and culture. Good internal communication. Clear business goals and market focus.

    Cons

    No negatives to note at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a Small company, with a clear direction . Good salary, benefits, and coworkers.

    Cons

    Starting to become too big. Many were layed off in order to make the company lean and ready to be bought . It worked - the government division was purchased by Raytheon. Not small now.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from ( a small great company), when making decisions about the future. The company now is a shadow of its former self.

  3. "Everybody works for his self"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germany, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germany, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enterprise has good products which achieves market demands.

    Cons

    People are missing team work. If you are not in the management and not recognized by them, it is a hard time working here.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job, lead and motivate people across teams instead of just picking a very view and mainly always the same persons.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SafeNet full-time

    Pros

    - People are generally pretty nice to work with
    - Knowledge base is pretty good given the somewhat niche products that are produced here
    - Direct managers seems genuinely interested in well-being of their employees

    Cons

    - Big company, lots of resistance to change (with regard to new technologies)
    - Salaries seem to be on the low side for the tech industry
    - Senior management seems to be very disconnected from the rest of the employees, probably due to all the mergers & acquisitions that are happening all the time
    - They just got bought by another big company, it is possible there are some big changes changes coming


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - E-Commerce Analyst in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - E-Commerce Analyst in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SafeNet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    from 2004-2008: They mostly left me alone to do my work. Salaries were low compared to competition. Decent benefits early on: profit sharing, stock options. The most senior marketing people were very nice.

    Cons

    Office politics. Very cliquish. Very High School. If you weren't part of the "cool people" group, you were nothing. Mostly dead end jobs. No way to move around vertically or horizontally. Only the sales people had good futures in the company. Lower tier managers were bullies.

    Advice to Management

    Things have changed since I left so can't give much advice. Just focus more on your employees' needs.


  6. "Better than average place to work, great holiday parties, everyone seemed to complain about management."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Belcamp, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SafeNet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, alright pay, great work-life balance, ability for regular promotions, great holiday parties. The community feeling at SafeNet was fantastic.

    Cons

    There was very little budget for training the people who seemed to need it most, some of the leadership was questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, work as a team.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A top-heavy company with values in the wrong place"

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    Current Employee - CIS in Belcamp, MD
    Current Employee - CIS in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of certificate and 2-factor authentication experience. Fairly relaxed management. Friendly team. Great culture. Parties on holidays and great Halloween fun. Lots of room to move to new positions within departments.

    Cons

    Applications team is treated with higher priority/respect that Infrastructure (Help desk, Networking, Systems Administration). Infrastructure team is understaffed while applications continues to grow and flourish. Leadership tends to put priorities in the wrong place. Company is extremely top-heavy. Took away option for 100% health care coverage in 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Take advice from your managers instead of making unilateral decisions. Focus on your understaffed departments. IT always suffers from budgetary issues but it can be overcome by making sound fiscal decisions.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "New Leadership"

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    Former Employee - NONE in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - NONE in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SafeNet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not that many pros I can think of

    Cons

    New leadership team is needed, they need to replace the CIO. Pay sucks as well

    Advice to Management

    Replace senior management. Make pay equivalent to the market rate


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People who worked in engineering, Sales, and Marketing were good to work with – for the exception of some managers.
    - Medical benefits were good.
    - Company events were fun (Good opportunity to get to know the people who are running the company to the ground).
    - Sales and Marketing are the only two areas where employees are treated like gold.

    Cons

    - The CIO enjoyed surrounding herself with snake-oil salesman managers that fed her false promises and bad information.
    - The young, inexperienced, and unprofessional IT staff acted as if the world revolved around them.
    - IT best practices = knowing how to use Google.
    - No management support for IT security.
    - Wasted money on expensive, high-end, and advanced systems, but no real knowledge or experience with the basic fundamentals IT. If the kids in IT wanted a new toy to play with, the CIO would pay for it and let them play.
    - Educational and training benefits that the company claims it offers should be considered false advertising. It was "never in the budget".
    - HR ignored complaints from employees.
    - HR staff simply sat around and did nothing all day.
    - No process for company acquisition. If your company gets bought by SafeNet, start looking for another job.
    - Directors and VPs play too many political games amongst each other while regular employees do all the real work.
    - Regular employees often get blamed for bad decisions made by management.
    - Managers care about their own personal gains and do not care about their employees or the future of the company.

    Advice to Management

    - The departure of the old CEO was a good first step for the company to get back on track, but I fear that it may be too little too late.
    - Auditing the IT environment may help, but it would probably be in the company’s best interest to fire the CIO and consider outsourcing IT services to a company that provides real qualified and talented support staff at a fraction of the cost.
    - Outsource HR to start rebuilding trust with employees.
    - Fund R&D team and focus on what the company used to do best – develop effective and quality security and encryption solutions for government and commercial business.
    - Slim down management company-wide and hire more regular employees to help save money, produce more positive productivity, and more revenue.


  10. "Lead Generation/Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Generation/Business Development in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Generation/Business Development in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great office culture, coworkers are friendly and are approachable. There are random team lunches and free bagel Friday. The company has annual sales kickoffs which are located at different parts of the world. The expenses are paid for by the company such as flight, and hotel. Definitely feel the stability of the company, SafeNet is a recognized leader of Software Licensing, revenue is constantly being attained at a high rate. Café located in downstairs lobby.

    Cons

    Really was thrown to the fishes in terms of learning the product. Training wasn’t all that great as I had to watch webinars as a primary source of product knowledge information. My boss who was the leader of Sales on the West Coast took a sabbatical randomly at the end of December. This in turn decreased the visibility of my performance of work to the new manager which was located at HQ in Maryland. This led to my position being eliminated on the West Coast. The office was kind of disorganized as the West Coast office only had no leadership, with 3 new sales people.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a good job in terms of letting your sales people know what is expected of them. I applaud that you’re staying current with the times of technology and are making it a point to establish relevant technological offerings (i.e. Sentinel Cloud). Establish more talent on the West Coast as there is a HUGE market in the Bay Area. Overall good job and thank you for letting me apart of the company.


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