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Palo Alto Networks

Employee Relations Partner

Santa Clara, CA

Company Description

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

Our Approach to Work

We lead with flexibility and choice in all of our people programs. We have disrupted the traditional view that all employees have the same needs and wants. We offer personalization and offer our employees the opportunity to choose what works best for them as often as possible - from your wellbeing support to your growth and development, and beyond!

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At Palo Alto Networks, we believe in the power of collaboration and value in-person interactions. This is why our employees generally work from the office three days per week, leaving two days for choice and flexibility to work where you feel most effective. This setup fosters casual conversations, problem-solving, and trusted relationships. While details may evolve, our goal is to create an environment where innovation thrives, with office-based teams coming together three days a week to collaborate and thrive, together!

Job Description

Your Career

At Palo Alto Networks, we hire the talent needles in today’s marketplace haystack and create an environment where each one shines. Our culture is the magic that makes us who we are and lets us work together in a way that creates an award‐winning best place to work.  

As an Employee Relations Business Partner, you will be an integral part of the People team community, providing expertise in preventing and resolving workplace issues that interfere with our positive workplace environment and culture. You will be responsible for managing all types of employee relations cases, including performance management, investigations, conduct issues, organizational change and leave/accommodations. You will work across the People team and business to ensure we continue to have a workplace environment that creates career defining experiences as employees achieve more than they ever thought possible. You will play a key part in ensuring that our workplace is safe, treats employees with fairness and respect, and enables every employee to achieve their personal best.

Your Impact

  • Provide strategic guidance to leaders and PBPs on sensitive employee relations matters including performance management, misconduct, interpersonal conflicts, leaves and accommodations
  • Conduct investigations into complex and nuanced employment matters - Partner with PBPs, Legal and other parties to adhere to investigative best practices, reaching the optimal outcomes for our organization and employees
  • Drive workforce change initiatives in collaboration with stakeholders, ensuring that communication is effective, risk is mitigated, and that leaders and employees are supported through the process
  • Use HR analytics and data to identify trends, diagnose issues and make data-driven recommendations to the leadership team and People team colleagues
  • Support internal projects and initiatives as needed
  • Act as an advocate for equitable and fair treatment - ensure our practices continue to align to our company’s core values - Disrupt, Execute, Inclusion, Collaboration, Integrity


Your Experience

  • A minimum of five years of employee relations experience gained in either an HRBP or employee relations advisory role, or equivalent experience as an employment attorney practicing employment law
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong emotional intelligence, and ability to build trust, rapport and influence across all levels of the company
  • Experience conducting investigations and advising on a wide range of sensitive and complex employee relations issues, including performance management, interpersonal manager/employee conflicts or complaints, leaves/accommodations, and behavioral/ conduct issues
  • Demonstrated experience executing on change management programs, with the ability to set priorities, stay focused, and manage time in a fast paced environment
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills with ability to organize and analyze data, and a passion for using data and insights to make a positive impact on the business
  • Strong understanding of employment law, compliance and ER best practice
  • Track record of effectively coaching leaders to action in sensitive or ambiguous situations
  • Preferred-Legal degree, Global employee relations experience, Project management experience or equivalent military experience required

Additional Information

The Team

Our People team works throughout the organization to enable ... you guessed it, our people. We’re one team, driven to one mission statement. Each piece matters, and within the People team, you are focused on enabling our teams to resolve the world’s most challenging cybersecurity threats. 

Our People team is centered on building, attracting, recruiting, and retaining the most passionate and committed talent to our organization, fulfilling that mission. We focus on building strong teams, centered on respect and enablement, empowering our employees to seek their career goals. You will be part of a growing, passionate, and dynamic team with an opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects – centered on what we believe is one of the most significant mission statements in the world. 

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/com-missioned roles) is expected to be between $124,100/yr to $200,750/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here.

Is role eligible for Immigration Sponsorship?: No. Please note that we will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Client-provided location(s): Santa Clara, CA, USA
Job ID: 25d9aeb0-5756-49c0-bace-29beebc1e1d2
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K)
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Company Equity
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Founder led
    • Veteran founded/led
    • Asian founded/led

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