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Updated 15 September 2018
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Imperva President and CEO Chris Hylen
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  • "Company in transition, lots of changes should be expected" (in 6 reviews)

  • "New CEO made a lot of changes that impacted the overall atmosphere and made some good people to leave" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Fast paced, Great industry"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fun and with a real can do approach. You can make a difference to this business.

    Cons

    Moving at such a pace, less focus on forward strategy

    Advice to Management

    Communicate strategy more, get in front of the employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Where's the plan?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, . Incapsula cloud service is second to none. Data and WAF are market leading.
    Great people, tenured sales team are very strong and great presales

    Cons

    No marketing.
    Focus is all about the revenue numbers and nothing else.
    Feast and famine approach to allocation of resources. Field teams are world class struggling for resources and get limited support from central functions that seem to be ballooning in size.

    Advice to Management

    Set out a vision for the whole company that makes it clear what the organization wants to be both as perceived by the market and the people who work there.
    Change the focus to helping the field teams to be successful rather than blaming them for the weaknesses of the central teams.

  3. "Overall Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good team of people
    Product is becoming more relevant to the market place
    chance for growth and moment both for yourself and the company

    Cons

    smaller company so HR is based in USA which means it takes longer to get things done and looked at.


  4. "Sales Development Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperva full-time

    Pros

    Good and friendly culture among the EMEA SDRs. Supportive management and great possibilities to get good commission if targets are hit.

    Cons

    Technology sales is not the easiest, especially when there is a shortage in technical resources.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Radical Transparency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperva full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Market leading tech
      WAF becoming more commoditized
      Database is still green field with upside and very few competitors
    Passionate people
    Paying market or above to new hires to compensate for above average attrition rate
    Efforts underway to address problem areas for over a year since new CEO joined

    Cons

    CEO Chris Hylen is widely viewed as responsible for the high attrition rate
      Unpredictible mood, behavior swings, and direction to staff
     Exec Staff behave like they never know when or why the next swing will occur
    Tech innovation has slowed to a crawl
    Customer and employee retention have become big challenges
    Finance and G&A continue to slow Sales execution with processes not seen at much larger public companies
    Customer Support used to be a differentiator, not so today
    "Imperva Credo" corporate values are a step in the right direction if demonstrated from the top down - which unfortunately employees generally agree is not happening yet
    Run like an MBA project (work groups, streams, teams, exec offsites to Normandy to walk the battle fields...) with very little interest or understanding of what will actually delight customers

    Advice to Management

    Go out and listen to customers with your own ears. Execs have a "no fly zone" for 30-45 days. It's a nice concept, but they should have a "fly zone" to ride along on as many sales meetings as they can for 30 days.
    Treat employees as you would like to be treated
    Stamp out hypocrisy
    BOD inspection and coaching of CEO behavior


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Feels like a case study in robotics, not a company with working people"

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    Current Employee - S/W Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - S/W Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has a good name in WAF.

    Moving to cloud security with potentially great collaborations with Amazon and Azure.

    Name not attached to any big cyber crime break in.

    Still has a good name becauae founders were also the inventors of the firewall.

    Cons

    Oh boy, where do I begin..

    Data security is crumbling - people are leaving and the replacement rate is not nearly fast enough.

    CEO said to focus first of improving existing product, then move on to new features, but nothing of the sort is done.

    NOTHING is done to encourage people to stay. The great minds that made this company have left, their second-best have left.

    "Transperancy" means there's now a weekly live webcast of the buzzwords and meaningless slogans under the name "product review".

    Also, there's a weekly "open door" session in which the high management get to talk to the CEO online and none of the R&D grunts are intreviewed and so doesn't care.

    Pay is lower than average in the industry but the excuse for that is giving RSUs and an ESPP program. Stock price goes one-step-back-two-steps-forward since October.

    New credo values preached and chanted like Stalinist propaganda.

    Advice to Management

    The Israel R&D centers are not your sugar plantation you come to visit once every six months to talk to the forman and preach to the workers.
    Learn the language, learn the culture, talk to us in a way that will make us trust you.
    We are leaving you in droves.


  7. "pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Rehovot (Israel)
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Rehovot (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperva (More than a year)

    Pros

    awesome technologies, good people, startup spirit, nice kitchen

    Cons

    base salary could be higher

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Once bright cybersecurity company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Imperva full-time

    Pros

    - Intelligent people whom you'd love to work with
    - Well-stocked kitchen and fun company events
    - Various departments staffed by people who consistently went above and beyond in delivering results

    Cons

    - Low morale since the management change in mid 2017
    - Reshuffle of management team and many key positions over the past 12 months

    Advice to Management

    - Eliminate inefficiency
    - Listen to your employees
    - Reward and retain the best performers


  9. "Refactor in progress, heading to a great place!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Becoming (again) a fast growing and highly technical place to work at.

    Cons

    The reorganisation still in progress, can be stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the road ahead clear, tell employees about future changes and why they're being done.
    create a better connection between the US and IL offices.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperva full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, high end technology, great people

    Cons

    Nothing I could think about


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