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Websense Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great opportunities, great people, great attitudes, great pay (in 22 reviews)

  • There are STILL good people at Websense (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • I've heard things are changing again now that Raytheon bought the company, at least the senior management might understand TS now (in 10 reviews)

  • No one got promoted in my class (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "The dumpster fire that is websense"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -everyone is friendly for the most part
    -nice location
    -fast promotions-because so many people high up are quiting
    -given company laptop
    -recently bought by raytheon who is throwing money in a very miss managed poorly run company
    -when working the product is very good
    -you can do nothing all day and still get your job done in a hour

    Cons

    -Benefits are terrible. If you need to go to the doctor you better have some extra money around.
    -hours. When you go on vacation you are still pressured to log on once a day or you might lose your job.
    -Management is terrible. Nothing gets done around the company on time. Sales management regularly threatens with you about losing your job or you getting fired because you went to management for help to close a deal.
    -a lot of half effort and nothing can get fully completed. You have to see everything through on your own. Every single thing. If you think something will get done it wont. you will physically have to walk over to the person and make sure they do the task you are asking for help on.
    -Sales management is the worse. They regular give firing threats, degrading comments, and promote inferior people. The organization of sales is very very poor. If you think going to your manager for help is a good idea. Its not. You are expect to find the answers out on your own. When you do ask management for help they wont know the answer.
    -Marketing- let me ask you a question have you heard of Websense before? No because marketing is so terrible that most people don't even know what websense is or what websense does. Websense has not been doing strictly web filtering for 6 years now. Marketing has done a horrible job letting people know that and the new products.
    -Exc's give you the run around. They say how much better things will be after major decisions. Nothing changes or gets better. it usually gets worse.
    -Promotions in sales are a popular contest. If you think your hard work or numbers will get you moved up. Think again. management will only recommend the people they like by personality and mediocre numbers.
    -They dont care about people. iv have issues with getting my insurance for 6 months and its still not resolved.
    -NO communication. The field and inside are pretty much separate organization to the point the field has no idea what they are selling or how to even run salesforce.
    -Good luck finding that information you need. Its constant searching until you get lucky finding a document or information you need.
    -Flaming hopes non stop. So many things have been put in place that people cant get things done on time. If you thought the deal you were going to close a week before the end of the month would could on time its not going to. It could take a anywhere from a whole day to two weeks before it closes.
    -if you think a task is going to take you 30 minutes to a hour you should think 3x as long.
    -salesforce is so disorganized and is managed that no one will use it unless forced to.
    -Partners refuse to sell websense. even the closest partners hate selling websense.

    Advice to Management

    start caring about people and reward or encourage employees to stay. you fired your whole company and what was left is leaving even a year later. All the sr. management people that have not left are the worse ones. I give this company 5 to 10 years before just the tech is all raytheon wants.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization allowed Management to drive success

    Cons

    Headquarters was moved to Austin TX to reduce costs.

    Advice to Management

    Should have stayed in SD


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Too many decisions made solely on cost cutting"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None- everything at the time was being done to reduce costs, to check off items on someone's check list, and to try to hit a moving standard that wasn't clearly communicated.

    Cons

    Lots of stress, followed later by the Vista buyout that moved Websense to Tx. Many people were forced out, followed later by the sale to Raytheon after many more Vista imposed cuts. Little/no consistency as Vista continued to cut costs and not foster the things needed for a healthy workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, stop being fanatically cost focused, provide consistency, uniformity. Allow things to settle down. Promote from within instead of bringing people in from the outside.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good tech, Hard to know what would happen with the company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of innovative security research was being done when I worked there. Good culture inside the labs.

    Cons

    Old news now, but the company was trying to sell itself, leading to an uncomfortable feeling of uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, probably made sense to sell the company.


  6. "Not too corporate and not too start-up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many larger corporations focus on growth through acquisition. They expand both product and talent by acquiring fast moving, smaller companies. Websense knows exactly what they are. Many of the employees, from leadership to individual contributors, are well seasoned and savvy. It has the feel of a smaller company but with the confidence that comes from being in business for over 20 years. And let's be honest, security is hot.
    Pay is fair, not the top for the area. Interview process can go as fast or as slow as you let it.

    Cons

    None yet. However it does appear that more could be spent in marketing. The technology is awesome. Let's get the word out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with each other and focused on strategic plans.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worked in the administration"

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    Former Employee - Administration in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administration in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    Managers were secretive and indecisive

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with the staff


  8. Helpful (6)

    "A company that has forgotten that actual people work for it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Websense full-time

    Pros

    The pros have been left behind years ago.

    Cons

    Management that could best be described as lethargic and ineffectual.

    Leadership that doesn't care about anything except the bottom line.

    Leadership that thinks they're bloody brilliant when they are sycophants to a CEO who is a sycophant to himself.

    Purchased by a company that views employees as expendable assets.

    A company that cares very little about customer success.

    A company that cares nothing about the people who work for it.

    And get this - a company that directs employees to make fake positive reviews here to counteract the real reviews that are unvaryingly negative. They PAY people to make these reviews.

    It's a company on the way down.

    Advice to Management

    Keep phoning it in. It'll all be over soon.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Many good people, generally closed culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Writer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Many good people, including line managers and Sr. Directors
    - Durable product line with great rep in the market
    - Decent work hours/OK benefits and compensation

    Cons

    - Very closed culture, little or no visibility into where the business is heading or upper management thinking
    - Quiet and dark cube environment, not very welcoming
    - CEO/Former President seemed disinterested with employees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best cyber security company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Paid training for employees to be successful.
    Leading technology that is more advanced and address more customer needs than competitors.
    Continues to be innovative with the acquisition of Vista Equity Partners.

    Cons

    None at the moment that I can think of.


  11. "Websense fosters a positive, diverse work place and is generous to its employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Websense part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The flexible schedule was nice. They do the little things like buying bagels for the whole office every Friday or having office outings and get-togethers.

    Cons

    My only criticism would be the strict time card monitoring. Despite being a generous organization, they really watch the clock on their people.

    Advice to Management

    The dress code is very confusing and causes a bit of an odd organizational feel. It's San Diego so some people are in flip flops and some are in suits. Just a little strange.


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