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WatchGuard Technologies Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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WatchGuard Technologies Chief Executive Officer Prakash Panjwani
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Pros
  • My manager is fabulous and the work-life balance is great (in 7 reviews)

  • Great location for commuters who take public transit (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Workload can get daunting due to product development issues, poor management strategy and product vision (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Career builder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A company with a driven and ambitious leader who believes in satisfying EVERY customer - current or prospective. Professional, passionate, and intelligent group of people that work in the company around the world. Careers are built at companies such as WatchGuard. Management is top notch and the culture is fun and energetic. I would work at this company again in a heartbeat!

    Cons

    At the time the company hadn't implemented videoconferencing technology to communicate more effectively with remote staff. In a multi-national organization with employees outside of HQ working in so many different countries, it would make a key difference to remote employees to be a let to see people they are speaking to on the phone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. You have created a company that leads in its market and is also a great place to work and grow.


  2. "Great for growing."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My manager is fabulous and the work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    Executives can easily lose touch with the supporting teams.

    Advice to Management

    Try relating to employees outside your immediate circle of influence.


  3. "Old technology and way of thinking"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very passionate and loyal employees

    Cons

    Some employees have been there too long and don't realize there is another world out there to gain knowledge from. Set in there ways. Key technologists are too narrow in thinking. Old technology with no real plan to modernize.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism is leads to dissatisfied employees. Lack of opportunity if not part of in crowd. Broaden scope of influence.


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  5. "Company headed in the right direction!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. The work is challenging; company has added a lot of new hires over the last year and the projects will improve company performance and my personal growth
    2. Executive leadership's communication is constant and consistent
    3. Work life balance is a plus
    4. Location to transit and eating places is awesome

    Cons

    At times we could use more training

    Advice to Management

    None right now; company has made a lot of positive changes in the last year and we are headed in the right direction...looking forward to an exciting 2017


  6. "Great place to make an impact!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Size - the company is big enough that you are not always resource limited and exhausted but small enough that you can still make an impact with everything you do.

    Hot Space - the security space is hot and it is always extra motivating to be part of something that is growing, in-demand, and making a difference out there.

    Culture - great group of people who truly enjoy working with each other - at all levels of the organization.

    Location, location, location! - Perfectly located on 5th Ave S. and easily accessible via train, bus, tram, light-rail, or car. The 90 HOV land ends at our parking garage entrance.

    Cons

    The benefits could be a bit stronger. 401K specifically.

    Advice to Management

    More doggie days!


  7. "Come Join a Great Team and Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent leadership with a solid vision for the future. Leadership team that cares and is transparent. Solid work life balance. Once a month fun events.

    Cons

    Company is growing and adding people which is causing space to be a little cramped. Benefits could be a little better

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing and doing what you are doing


  8. "Innovation Pioneers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative cutting edge security company. Great leadership with a clear direction on how to position our solutions in the Firewall UTM market.

    Cons

    Brand recognition in the Enterprise could use a boost. WatchGuard does very well in distributed enterprise topologies, but struggles when going after large enterprise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Great company, atmosphere, and market.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good Company with some bad blood.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent benefits
    - Mostly nice people
    - Opportunities for advancement in all departments

    Cons

    - Executives and higher ups act superior
    - Each department has no idea what the other department is doing
    - Work the lower paying employees to the bone, but the well paid employees just relax and don't like to work

    Advice to Management

    Take care of all your employees, make them feel appreciated, and listen to them.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WatchGuard Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great teamwork and quality people.
    -I was on a short term contract with WatchGuard, but I really enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    -For me it was the commute.

    Advice to Management

    -Keep the ideas and momentum flowing
    -Note, there is a new CEO since I was there, so my thumbs up is based on what former coworkers say, not my personal interactions with him.
    -The company knows the product, the market, and the technology very well...but would benefit from getting closer to their customers.


  11. "20 year-old company with the energy of a startup"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WatchGuard Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Energetic, focused efforts to take things to the next level.
    Executive team recognizes individual and team efforts, and rewards accordingly. This has made an obvious impact on the energy in the company.
    Award winning products, and increased focus on vertical marketing that customers can immediately digest.
    Smart, engaged coworkers who are invested in their roles yet still enjoy each other.
    Focused individual efforts while keeping an eye on the big picture – clarity in mission and objectives.
    Excellent location.

    Cons

    Healthcare could be improved a bit

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the current path


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