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  • There is often very little focus on work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management (director and above) are some of the worst I've seen in my career (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Nepotism at its worst"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were above the norm.

    Cons

    If you were a (typically male) friend of a Sr. executive- VeriSign was a great place to work. You really didn't even need a job description to get your VP title and privileges. But for everyone else- it was next to impossible to get noticed, promoted, etc. There were more VP's running around who a) had no direct reports and b) had no job description but c) were protected by an Executive. Very disruptive to moral and to those who worked hard and did not get noticed. Additionally come annual performance time- managers were given a "funded pool" and could divide up bonus and stock payouts based on favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Assign specific roles and responsibilities commensurate with job title. Make bonus payouts by team not individual and leave manager to make sure everyone on team is playing to level of rest of team.


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EIT - Business Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - EIT - Business Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Latest technologies and very friendly learning atmosphere. People do get promoted and they do get recognition . There are very reasonable people out there . Much better than bigger companies . ESPP , Bonus etc has always been great . Better than industry average . In my opinion very fair company

    Cons

    May be the managers or senior manager or directors need not not be that hands on . Not sure about it

    Advice to Management

    they are doing fine

  3. Helpful (3)

    "I'd advise to steer clear of this place"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Professional in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The company is going through a transitional phase after selling the Authentication business to Symantec. They have decided to move all remaining jobs to Dulles, Virginia, regardless of whether they can find qualified people to fill them. Management also plans to support the remaining company with a fraction of the support staff, so many remaining people will be wearing multiple hats and have very broad responsibilities. There is also an issue with people being promoted to positions they are not qualified for, simply because they are in the right location.

    Advice to Management

    Your actions this year have seriously damaged employee faith in upper management. If you are planning for the company to go forward, and not just getting positioned to sell the remaining parts, you have serious work to do gain any employee trust back.


  4. "VeriSign was a fun place"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Director Project Management in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director Project Management in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented colleagues; good work life balance; good compensation and benefits; excellent bonuses and stock purchase, things are always slightly crazy

    Cons

    Mid-Management can be out of touch with their employees/teams; the grape-vine is normally light years ahead of official communications; often tight deadlines and unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Management

    Do more management training; involve EEs more in what is going on; be more honest with what is really happening


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of opportunity if you are proactive"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very execution oriented environment so if you are self-motivated and can get things done with little to no oversight, you will do very well. If you are someone who needs clear structure and guidance, it might not be the place for you.
    Most of the people are outstanding - very smart and driven.
    If you are willing to work hard and not take no for an answer, you can create a ton of opportunity for yourself

    Cons

    Most departments are not focused on process or best practice, its an environment where you get things done by figuring it out on your own, often without any guidance from management.
    The company grew so quickly that the infrastructure is not well designed in terms of process or procedures.
    There is often very little focus on work/life balance. People regularly work really long hours and it's more of an unspoken expectation than a one-off situation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing a long term strategy that you can stick to, and then figure out how to best communicate that to the entire organization in a way that everyone understands and can get engaged with. More transparency into the reasons for decisions and employee input into structuring changes would be ideal.


  6. "Overall pretty good -- but some frustrations"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work / life balance.
    Overall package is quite good - on both salary and benefits
    Felt that it was very meritocratic - the more you did, the more they entrusted with you.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in new products
    More concerned about margins than advancing the company / products
    With large number of divestitures, employees really got lost in the process, and focus was lost.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do with the company. Is it a growth company, or a utility? Understand that 'people first' isn't always about compensation.


  7. "VeriSign no longer a security company?!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Excellent technology exposure
    * Great people; strong engineering discipline
    * Strong management/leadership
    * Supportive delegation-oriented management
    * Excellent compensation
    * Reasonable work-life balance

    Cons

    * The occasional overly aggressive sales commitment
    * Unclear engineering career growth path
    * Some challenges around managing the cross-functional organization effectively

    Advice to Management

    * Too much divestiture? Shedding some of Stratton's half-baked content plays made sense but isn't shedding security services / identity protection service going too far?

  8. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a decent number of internal opportunities if you know where to look and build a good internal network.

    Cons

    The company often underinvests in new opportunities and isn't agressive enough against competitors. Many people in the administrative roles are unimpressive and can be difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    So long!


  9. "Comme Ci, Comme Ca"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers better pay and benefit than comparable companies in the valley.

    Cons

    Too many emails, meetings, and re-visiting decisions rather than actual work

    Advice to Management

    Need to take more active role in helping employees develop career plans for internal promotion and personal enrichment. Also, need to focus on promoting more effective teams to work smarter instead of harder.


  10. "Decent work and life balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Verisign has a lot of great people, interesting projects to work on, and good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Large org., it can be hard to feel like you've made a meaningful difference to the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your largest asset, make sure you maintain an environment where they are challenged, with leaders of integrity and intelligence they can look up to.


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