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Updated March 20, 2017
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
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  • Senior management (director and above) are some of the worst I've seen in my career (in 10 reviews)

  • There is often very little focus on work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Beware Founder Syndrome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Verisign full-time

    Pros

    Minting money and will do so for a few years to come

    Cons

    But the well is drying-up and the company has been unsuccessful in turning direction. Things will get ugly over the coming year as projections of negative growth will cause finger-pointing.
    Founder CEO has lost touch and lives a bubble when the 1st Clinton was President.

    Advice to Management

    None - they already know


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Has-been company about to implode"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Interesting tech work for the most part (but not enough of it).

    2. Excellent work-life balance

    3. Strong tech employees/ engineers

    4. Competitive compensation for the most part.

    5. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    1. Verisign is a one-trick pony, content to milk it's com/net monopoly for as long as it can. However, that lack of revenue diversity means they are one outage away from being destroyed as a company. Best case, they'll be a 500-person company in a few years. Get ready for big layoffs.

    2. Senior management (director and above) are some of the worst I've seen in my career. Political hacks with virtually no tech game. Causing an exodus of top-notch tech talent to competitors. Verisign senior management wouldn't recognize talent if it walked up and bit them in the nose.

    Advice to Management

    One of two options:

    1. Sell the company and return value to shareholders while it's still there; or

    2. Merge with a stronger company to provide revenue diversity.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "No competitive spirit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, 70% off lunch, very stable company

    Cons

    No competitive spirit. Energy spent on lots of internal fights and analysis on top of analysis on top of even more analysis. All hands meetings are a joke. They dont even take questions

    Advice to Management

    Focus outwards in stead of inwards. Be honest with employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Same ol' thing"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South Riding, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South Riding, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, given the particular manager. Strong company, stock is performing well, good benefits, and some incredible bright folks.

    Cons

    Career progression is like running in quicksand with a large layer of middle management. Company has a lot of long-time employees steering the ship.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employees and creating a positive culture, and worry less on every dime.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "senior test engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Verisign (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good benefits.Good benefits.Good benefits.

    Cons

    good ol boy network. Certain departments are favored.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers and less finance and human resources.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't really think of any.

    Cons

    Horrible management from the top.
    Over pay and sell cheap so many different smaller companies that don't align with company lines.
    Managers don't push back work but only push down to staff. Managers or others don't support staff. Literally worked 1,000 hours overtime each year for 2 years. Last year 2009.
    Worked in finance accounting.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job, not a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Verisign full-time

    Pros

    Unique business, nice facilities/location, its a job, stock is doing well

    Cons

    Leadership team lacks diversity, very political and uncommunicative organization, unclear future of where business is going, inflexible work environment

    Advice to Management

    Share vision of organization, hire more diverse leaders


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A very cool job working with some awesome people, but terrible management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A company populated with some of the most technical people you'll ever meet. The pay in years 1-3 is competitive. You will have the chance to work on systems critical to the entire Internet, or, write the software that runs on them.

    Cons

    You'd better negotiate a high pay rate when you first join because that's pretty much what you'll earn your entire time at VeriSign. It doesn't matter if you're on your 10th year, you'll be luck to ever get a promotion, and "raises" barely meet cost of living for the area while your counterparts at other local companies often receive double cost of living raises. You will eventually need to leave just to keep up with your peers.

    The non-senior management employees who have been around for 10+ years, and know they're never going to do better no matter how hard they work, and that new guys are being hired on at higher rates than they are getting, have mostly given up, and this hurts moral as people resent picking up their slack.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to manage your most technical people with "career managers" who are not at all technical, and are only placed in the position due to their administrative abilities. Your sysadmins, your coders, your data center engineers, etc... these people need managers who can speak to what their people are actually working on, not what time of day they arrived at the office or when they're scheduled to take vacation. Your employees crave direction, and forward looking plans, not reactionary panic.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Nepotism at its worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  11. "Meh!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit package. Everything else is a take it or leave it sort of situation. Can't say that I thought it was all that great.

    Cons

    You are nothing but a cog in a huge machine. Failure is rewarded, and there's no real reason to excel.

    Advice to Management

    Please take innovation more seriously. Take stake in your employees and their ideas. Stop being so outright stuffy. Verisign is basically the "Office Space" in real life.



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