Forcepoint Employee Reviews

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A mid-sized company fighting hard for market share in a saturated landscape
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 7, 2018
Forcepoint has recently undergone a large shift in the path and culture of the company.

The bad: Massive investments have been spent on many different areas, but the most noticeable is the large amount of money spent on a top heavy (manager heavy | delegation heavy) environment where VPs and above act like their own secret society, and at times adversarial, over their hardest workers -- those that give everything they have to the company with strong performance track records. It's a club, and hard work does not guarantee success here if advancement opportunities are important to you. I enjoy meritocracies where I can leverage my hard work and unmatched performance into higher salaries or title, but Forcepoint wants you to stay in your place. Ambitious people need not apply. The company has made a massive bet that hasn't yet bared fruit, and the numbers aren't anywhere near promises made a year ago.

The good: The CEO is a leader that one wants to follow, though his picks for his VP+ team are very questionable. There are bagel Fridays, ping pong, game consoles, a lake and running track close by. My department largely grants us autonomy to accomplish our tasks and projects. It's not a cult like other tech companies, but not super corporate either. Perfect mix between the two. There are a lot of company activities to participate in as well. The pay is around market rate to get you in, but even as a top performer, the raises and promotions are almost non-existent.
Pros
bagel Fridays, ping pong, game consoles, a lake and running track
Cons
Top heavy, non-meritocratic, non-trusting, VPs and above don't mix well with the people that actually make things happen
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Some good managers and a place to gain experience
Associate Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 2, 2018
The product is good, the training is good, people are great. Great lower level managers. The upper level managers are not good. Good place to gain experience with cyber security but don't plan on advancement opportunities.
Pros
Good product, flexible to work-shift needs, great lower management, great parking, easy to get to
Cons
Poor advancement opportunities, upper management limiting job security
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Company needs better management
Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Los Gatos, CASeptember 10, 2018
Management were not focused and not targeted on customers well
Many customers were enlightened with legacy technology
But needs more innovative ideas to create new projects
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Awesome Company
Deputy Program Manager / Principal Cyber Engineer (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NESeptember 3, 2018
Great company to work for!! Excellent managers and they really want their employees to balance work and life outside of the office. One of the best companies I have worked for!!
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Hardware Logistics Analyst (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 13, 2018
Forcepoint is a unique company with a friendly workplace culture. The amount of autonomy, and the quality of challenges I have been faced at Forcepoint has been a great asset to my professional career.
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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.
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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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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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