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Websense was sold before I left
Marketing Event Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 9, 2018
Websense was sod to a company called Raytheon, which was later acquired by Forcepoint. So I can't speak to many of these questions. Only questions about my former workplace in San Diego.
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Worthy Challenges & Good Compensation
Sr. Software Applications Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 31, 2018
This organization offered education reimbursement, good health benefits, and flexible working hours. This was a good place to learn new skills. However, diminishing benefits, increasingly hostile HR policies, and a trend of downsizing by attrition makes if evident that days are numbered for the San Diego office.
Pros
Competitive pay & benefits
Cons
Location, Diminishing culture
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Good Growth
Principal Technical Recruiter / Group Lead (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 29, 2018
Great company to work for and growing rapidly. Team focused and the work environment is great. The work / life balance has been great and never feel micro-managed. great place to work
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Good place to work but no real opportunities to grow
Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 29, 2018
I worked at Forcepoint for many years. Initially they were very generous to employees and morale was high , however this began to get stripped back more and more after 2008 and it never really returned. Nice people in the Dublin office but not much room to advance.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
little room to advance
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DO NOT WORK HERE if you can avoid it.
Former Marketer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 12, 2018
Treachorous and vile work environment. Absolute idiots for directors, mostly from a former nearby employer. Stupidity and cliques rule the day. PTO? Sure, just don't plan to use it. Salary is well below tech standards. Cultural values? Promotion? Joke. Value their employees? Sure. that's why the turnover is so high. Insular C-suite with ZERO knowledge of what's really going on. Work elsewhere if you can. A pre-IPO company with no offer for employee participation via stock options. Benefits are lousy. That says it all. CEO has his work cut out for him.
Pros
A place to get experience..
Cons
Too many to list.
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Poor worklife balance
Sr. Global Compensation Analyst (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 15, 2018
The company went through a big merger and is still trying to build it's new culture. I think some areas of the company were doing great except HR. The culture and environment was a little toxic. Lots of back biting and gossip. I had very little work life balance; working 50-60 hours per week and I was told that I was expected to work at least 50 hours per week on a regular basis. Lots of turn over in management which made things difficult.
Pros
Can't think of any
Cons
Work life balance, work enviornment, benefits, carrer development
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Startup feel, needs lots of improvements
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 7, 2018
Many basic business processes remain undefined. Lots of red tape because the parent company is very big. Forcepoint is not nimble enough. Going through lots of changes all the time. Lots of turnover. Not fun work environment compared to other Austin tech companies. Pay is not competitive.
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A company that has no idea what it is
Analyst (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 10, 2018
In four years in Austin, this company has changed so much about its leadership and yet not a single second was devoted to creating a culture. HR is useless and run by a scary robot. The latest CEO looks like he has aged ten years since working here. No one is particularly happy, except maybe the C-suite!
Pros
The building has a roof
Cons
Everything under that roof is awful
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Seems to be shifting to an IP company
Anonymous (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 26, 2018
Pay is substantially below industry norms. Management culture is top-down, ignoring the expertise of their people. The number of managers and executives has skyrocketed, while the number of productive personnel has dropped. (One manager lists one of his key accomplishments as delaying new technical hires.) Unsurprisingly, profits dropped, too. They are outsourcing work to India, and redesigning offerings to offload more work onto customers. Literally everyone in my department is looking for new work. It's not a good time to join this company. Perhaps they'll get their act together later this year or next.
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too many changes without focus
Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 23, 2018
with the recent acquisitions and new leadership team, the company lost focus and they stop caring about employees. They are hiring a lot of people but them there a lot of layoffs at the end of the year
Pros
lack of culture
Cons
vacation plan
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Silo - Competitive
Unknown (Former Employee) –  United StatesMarch 21, 2018
Still young.... The culture of the environment is lacking. With the constant change of command - it's difficult to adjust and grow. Not the best place I've ever worked.
Pros
Great products
Cons
Can't implement the products / support the products
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5.0
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Decent company to work for
Cybersecurity Engineer (Former Employee) –  MacDill AFB, FLMarch 1, 2018
ForcePoint cares about it's employees. They provide the training needed to prepare you for your job. Because the engineering slots are scattered around the country, collaboration is key.
Pros
Pays wel, treats employees with respect
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Okay product, awful management, good benefits.
Sr. Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 27, 2018
Company is in a make it or break it situation. This causes every day to be stressful. Male dominated management breeds harassment in the workplace and it never seems to get fixed. Few leaders do want progress, but many are unmotivated due to poor culture and questionable company future.
Pros
bagels on Fridays
Cons
Unqualified management
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Productive and fun
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 14, 2018
Good company before the sale. Cant really comment on it since the sale and move to Austin. Hope things are still collaborative and the employees look out for each other
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Potential hampered by leadership
Employee (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 6, 2018
Tremendous potential: great products and many great people. Attrition is a major concern and revolving door leadership with ever changing go to market strategies are the biggest challenges. Overall, a good experience but also one that I would rather not repeat.
Pros
product
Cons
continually changing sales and go to market strategies
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3.0
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so-so
Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 29, 2018
Technical support can be very stressful and management does not do much to improve the situation. The people are great to work with though and very knowledgable about networking and software. The training on the job was decent. Company needs better structure and communication across teams.
Pros
nice lake to walk
Cons
workload, poor management
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Now a very corporate company, Used to be a good place to work
Install Base Account Manager II (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 23, 2018
Forcepoint used to be a company called Websense and was a great place to start your career in sales or the tech sector in general. They hired a lot of people straight out of college and trained them to work in a professional "dog eat dog" world, but had a very fun team atmosphere about it.

After being purchased by defence contractor Raytheon, the company was rebranded as Forcepoint and the executives and management were slowly swapped out for people with more of the corporate vision they had in mind.

This new corporate vision changed the culture of the company and became more about the numbers and less about serving out customers needs. Many people were let go or left because their attitudes didn't align with the new vision. This is in addition to the company paying less than the industry standard for most lower level positions. There has been a lot of good people they could have retained had they been compensated fairly.

Overall it was a good place to work a few years ago, but this isn't a place I would currently go to unless you already have management's favor.
Pros
Good Resume Builder, Competative Industry, Cool Product, Well Funded
Cons
Low Pay, High Stress, Focus on large accounts, Very Corporate
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Good transition
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 13, 2018
Not much to say. A lot is happening in the landscape of cybersecurity and Forcepoint is still trying to figure his place. A lot of changes happened and will continue to happen. A lot of lay off, but I believe the management team wants to focus on the remaining employees to discuss a better comp plan. 2018 is going to be all or nothing for Forcepoint.
Pros
Great team, good benefit (healthcare, 401k)
Cons
Low salary, not a great infrastructure, no free lunch or snacks.
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Fine
Sr. Director (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 15, 2017
Working at Forcepoint was fine. Free snacks in the kitchens, in-house massage for purchace twice a month and periodic happy hours for collaboration and celebration.
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Fast-paced company with plenty of potential
Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 11, 2017
- Every day was a firedrill
- Lack of planning leads to shifting priorities
- Company wants to pay start-up prices but wants enterprise level revenues
Pros
Great People to work with
Cons
Management not sure how to get to where they want to go
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