Looking at Palo Alto (AM) and Extrahop (AE) - what's the better career move and why?

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Can’t speak for for Extrahop, but PANW is a phenomenal company to work for all around. Rapid growth, plenty of products/services to sell, absolutely autonomy on the sales side, benefits are the best I’ve had, and an ESPP with 2 year look back. The culture is amazing.

Account list size depends on whether you work in commercial/enterprise/strategics/majors.

I am an SE and started a year ago, so base my analysis off that. Final thought, this job will literally make me a millionaire in a handful of years. Changing my life a day at a time.

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What’s the salary?

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Palo Alto Networks can pay very very well and the ESPP and benefits are great. There are some interesting products. From a career perspective, working at Palo Alto Networks opens many doors in the industry. That being said, I have to disagree from a culture perspective from the previous poster. The overall culture is good… but for sales it depends greatly on your manager/department. There is a lot of micromanaging in some sales positions. A lot of inexperienced middle managers. Support is also awful (good people… just overworked) so you’ll constantly be apologizing to your customers and begging for resources unless you are in majors or support big enterprise. There are some sales reps that leave after less than a year if they are unlucky enough to to get in a bad patch. All that being said, it’s a good company to have worked for from a career perspective so I would pick it over Extrahop. Another piece of info… at the beginning of the pandemic, Palo Alto committed to not doing layoffs due to Covid. It’s my understanding that Extrahop had layoffs.

I honestly don’t know why this is even a question.

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