Current CEO: Jim Bidzos
Status: Active, subsidiary of Symantec
VeriSign helps consumers shop securely online and aids in protecting identities with its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, trust seals and additional protection measures. Furthermore, the company has built a strong reputation of helping companies and their employees as VeriSign Code Signing provides protection for software publishers when they downloaded code.
While the company is now part of Symantec, VeriSign’s vision remains intact. The company still prides itself on providing consumers and companies the ability to confidently communicate and engage in e-commerce activities. In addition, VeriSign’s signature seal will not disappear. In April 2012, the VeriSign seal will be replaced with the Norton Secured Seal. The seal will bear the well-known VeriSign Checkmark and the Norton name for enhanced brand recognition. Typically, the VeriSign seal shows up about 650 million times per day.
Many reviewers stated that the VeriSign culture is relaxed and that the company allowed employees to exchange ideas in an open manner. Now that VeriSign is part of Symantec, Symantec reviews factor into an overall review of the culture. Reviewers state that competition between managers and divisions sometimes makes it challenging to accomplish goals. When it comes to meeting goals, those who pursue VeriSign careers should know that company expects employees to adapt to a process-driven organization.
While processes should make it easier for people to perform their jobs, reviewers state that the company has undergone layoffs, making multi-layered processes hard to execute for all projects. Some current and former employees also state that the company has an inclusive culture that respects diversity. One reviewer went on to say that this focus sometimes hurts productivity. Some managers focus too much on the relationship aspect of culture instead of job productivity. Overall, technical professionals, project managers and engineers who thrive in a process-oriented environment, should fit into the company’s overall culture.
VeriSign benefits rank above average. This is largely in part because the company takes what it calls a “Total Rewards” approach to benefits. The company offers comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, performance and employee recognition programs, tuition assistance and opportunities for career growth. In addition, the company provides work-life initiatives. In particular, employees receive approximately four weeks of vacation in their first year of employment. VeriSign employs full-time and contract employees. Contract employees are not offered many of the benefit options. Therefore, consultants should know that before working at VeriSign.
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