A mid-sized company fighting hard for market share in a saturated landscape
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – 7 October 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.
bagel Fridays, ping pong, game consoles, a lake and running track
Top heavy, non-meritocratic, non-trusting, VPs and above don't mix well with the people that actually make things happen