Question for Googlers at Palo Alto Networks

BCG FARl25
Nov 16 25 Comments

I have an offer from both Google (L5) and Palo Alto Networks. Offer from PAN is higher and I am curious to know perspective on PAN from someone who has worked at both the companies. I know Google is certainly better for engineering. But, my role is non-technical (e.g., strategy, marketing), so would appreciate response from any non-engineers here.

TC: $270k
YoE: 12

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  • Palo Alto Networks QtNx55
    For PAN, it depends on who’s your manager and what’s your department. The new building is almost done and we expect more and more employees coming from other FLANG companies to join us. You can easily tell the exponential growth by the speed of hiring and our stock price. That’s also why we can pay you more trying to get more talents. Like they always say: we don’t sell ads
    Nov 16 3
    • New oeeL53
      What’s FLANG?
      Nov 17
    • Google designrrr
      FLANG = Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon/Apple, Netflix, Google
      Nov 17
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      Ya, I see lot of ppl from FLANG but also they are quitting or leaving PANW at a faster rate. I know few google employees who left PANW in couple of months. I don’t think the good pay is not holding them back. I guess it has to do with shitty managers, Directors and VPs.
      Nov 20
  • Google slickdealr
    Take Google
    Nov 16 3
    • BCG FARl25
      OP
      Have you worked at PAN?
      Nov 16
    • Google ValleySong
      no, but have you worked for Albertsons? what if I told you it's a great company
      Nov 16
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      Lol 😂...Good one @ValleySong.
      Nov 20
  • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
    See another similar post. Again, I will take google any day over PANW. I had 8 offers including amazon
    Facebook and fancy startups. Choosing PANW has been the worst decision I’ve ever made in my career.

    Extremely toxic culture. Constant hate on each other. Repetitive work. No visibility in to the teams work. Sub par engineers. Architects who don’t know how to code.

    The list will never end. Trust me, you don’t want to join PANW. Don’t be fooled by the stock price or some BS new building. Yes we are hiring a lot....A lot of incompetent engineers who will ruin your life and your desire to work.

    If all of above are what you are looking for, sure, PANW will be the best company for you :)
    Nov 20 5
    • Palo Alto Networks QtNx55
      Just curious, which team are you at? So much hate on your comments. My team is perfectly fine. I have never seen anyone leave since I joined. People are happy, wlb is great.
      Nov 21
    • Palo Alto Networks AlbertoBalsam
      I too am curious, a lot of hate. Though each team is different and I’m sorry you’re going through what you’re going through.
      As for OP, so there’s no denying PAN pays really well, but if you’re concerned about ‘prestige’, well it’s not a household name, but who are you trying to impress? It’s the biggest company in the cybersecurity space with a lot of room to grow. Not to mention a stock that’s really been outperforming.
      Nov 21
    • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
      Refer to other posts. I agree this pathetic experience differs dramatically from team to team. OP might be perfectly fine if he’s not joining my department.

      I joined here purely for money. And I learned the hard way that money doesn’t mean shit if culture is shit.
      Nov 21
    • BCG FARl25
      OP
      Thanks! I liked the team at PAN more than the one at Google. It is a new team, and people have great past experience. Curious to know whether you saw any red flags at PAN while joining, but still went ahead.
      Nov 22
    • Palo Alto Networks AlbertoBalsam
      Yeah OP, don’t just go by company. Which role/team is higher impact in the end? And (usually) you can get a feel for a team through an interview anyways. I’m guessing you come from a management consulting background, so be sure to factor that in for your exit ops.
      Nov 23
  • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
    Ok even though I come from technical role at PANW. I would blindly go with GOOGLE. No second thoughts if I had GOOGLE offer. Having Google on your resume will only give you more growth opportunities as you will work with bunch of smart ppl. Non technical people mostly rely on connections to get jobs. Big companies better connections. Don’t forget about googles free food, 401k 50% match.I have been with PANW for an year now and I am already looking out. I don’t see growth for new comers. Unless you know the manager or director or VP already. I see close to no growth for the ppl who really cracked the interviews with no ones help. I would prefer any FAANG or FLANG companies over PANW any day. Good Luck. 👍
    Nov 20 0
  • Palo Alto Networks NiCashAura
    Go to the role where there is more growth impact or can land you the next role that you want.
    Nov 17 0
  • Palo Alto Networks seamlessly
    Free food at GOOGL - would go there
    Nov 19 2
    • LinkedIn periperi
      🤦🏼‍♂️
      Nov 19
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      Ya, you don’t release value of free food till you don’t have. Having to choose among worst food options in cafeteria and paying double for what it is worth. Then you realize how good free food was. Checking your bank account regretting to see you paid 300-350$ for shitty food for a month. Also, having a good cook as your partner always pays off too.
      Nov 20
  • Palo Alto Networks 🚚ChooChoo
    Id go wherever the commute is better. San Jose is much cheaper than mountain view. Google wlb is possibly worse than pan too, but that depends on many factors.
    Nov 17 2
    • Palo Alto Networks ummagumma
      Troll spotted
      Nov 18
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      Lol 😂. Commute man. That’s a serious issue but not at a worth of sacrificing your future.
      Nov 20
  • Microsoft FlyingOwe
    What’s your offer?
    Nov 16 1
    • BCG FARl25
      OP
      270 at Google, 290 at PAN.
      Nov 16
  • Google orion73
    Share offer details
    Nov 17 0

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