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Verisign Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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Verisign Chairman, President, CEO D. James Bidzos
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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. "Not what it used to be"

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

    I have been working at Verisign full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good pay, bonus and benefits

    Cons

    poor moral
    ultra micromanagement
    no new product development

    Advice to Management

    find a sales force and learn to sell products/services other than domain registries


  2. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A building full of the smartest people I have ever met. We are all dependent on them to keep the internet running, and they do it well.

    Cons

    Over the two years I was at the company, they leadership continuously changed the business model. Difficult for employees to get behind and feel secure.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, experiences vary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation
    Great benefits
    Great people who work there

    Cons

    Bad work/life balance
    Any mistake is held as a permanent view
    HR sides with management
    Few opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Be understanding when someone works hard, but have legitimate medical issues.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Company is financially stable and performance.
    Compensation is above market

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement. Middle management never provides opportunities to employees to gain exposure, thus limiting advancement opportunities.
    Politics among executive and management ranks. Cannot agree on direction and overall strategy as conflicts are regular occurrence between organizations of the key leadership teams.

    Advice to Management

    Besides the corporate strategy, get on the same page on the plan to execute on the strategy. This is where opinions differ.


  5. "Depends on how you look at it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Benefits beat market standards

    Cons

    If you start as a fresh out-of-college grad and make your way up via promotions, your benefits are 30% lower than a person who joins you at same level with same experience. So bad company for starting your job.
    Too many politics
    Constant changes in organization
    Different orgs get treated in different ways while being considered for promotions/hikes/bonuses/RSUs
    No innovative ideas and new products.

    Advice to Management

    Have a policy which would make every one equal, people who made their way up are compensated way less than people who joined at same level with similar experience


  6. Helpful (4)

    "No Promotions and Stale Environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like medical , subsidized cafeteria, underground parking in town center , mobile phone to almost all employees , work life balance as in 8-9 hours in office and none to few hours per month working on weekends. Open environment and you can share your point of view and management encourages innovation and ideas. awesome gym and building in heart of reston.

    Cons

    No Promotions , almost impossible as employees are stable having almost more than 4-5 yrs and 10, 15, 20, 25 yrs at verisign. there are no companies around this area so people cant change and dont move. No Promotions means boring environment sometimes as people dont have any motivational factor.

    Traffic is really really bad in this area and company doesnt encourage Working from Home , where most of companies in this area are changing and asking employees to work from home atleast once/twice a week .

    No Sick Leaves/ less Paid Leaves /no work from home option --- makes employees work life balance little hard especially when they are sick or weather is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Working from home/ If not encourage, then let people work from home if they can and want to , i am sure it never impact work . People deliver more good work when they get the flexibility rather than sitting at desk whole day .

    Employ more younger people to have more fun and excitement at work place, its boring .

    Target on new markets with new exciting products in security space.

    Have more employee friendly benefits


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Company, (Mostly) Good Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager III in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager III in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The stock purchasing program is extremely strong.
    Senior leadership is committed to growing the core competencies and shareholder value.
    Dress code is casual and the atmosphere is generally friendly.
    Benefits are on the medium-strong end for the industry.
    Workers are generally well managed with little waste.

    Cons

    No dedicated sick days - meaning that employees often come to work sick and spread germs in order to save PTO for vacations.
    Inward job mobility is limited and is not as accepted within the culture as much as with many other companies.
    Certain teams (mine included) can be extremely overloaded with work - meaning late nights and weekends. Work-enjoyment level varies significantly from team to team.
    Company does little to promote volunteerism.
    Recent cost-cutting efforts across the board have frustrated employees (but perhaps please investors).
    Workforce is generally fairly mature - not a lot of young people, and limited "fresh ideas".

    Advice to Management

    Focus on adding to the work-life balance for over-burdened teams, and on growing programs like college-hiring. More young people creates a more vibrant and energetic workplace.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Verisign full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and on-site company subsidized cafeteria.

    Cons

    Cross-functional work is quite challenging; compensation fairness is questionable - negotiate a good package before joining because adjustments to bring you equal to market rates is impossible; work life balance is acknowledged at the corporate level but diminishes at the departmental level; remote work discouraged; annual evaluation process is skewed to manager's favorites

    Advice to Management

    Encourage cross-functional collaboration and break down the barriers, we all work for the same company and are driving to the same goal. Stop the fire drills, they are counter productive.


  9. "working as an intern verisign"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Verisign as an intern

    Pros

    culture is too good
    enjoy the freedom
    timing is flexible
    work depth is sufficient for us so that we can learn a lot things
    chance to grow

    Cons

    internal politics is too much which can cause you
    internal changes
    limited field to work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and benefits from the day one starts

    Cons

    Culture of mistrust within and between departments

    Advice to Management

    Address the trust issue


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