Engineering TAC Generalist

Technical Support Santa Clara, California


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.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. 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.

Your Career

The ETAC team is an exciting crossroads between Technical Assistance Center (TAC) and Engineering. On any given day members of the team may provide training, assist a support engineer with a customer issue, replicate a complex issue in our lab, evaluate customer network design or help improve features for supportability and usability. We are a small global team and will only consider the top people from a support or engineering background. You are good at working with customers and developers and have a broad technical background in telecommunications topics.

Your Impact

  • Enablement of the TAC teams - assist with ad hoc Q&A but this also includes some structured training throughout the year
  • Ownership of critical issues. This doesn’t mean owning the case, the focus is on the technical driver of the case the customer calls about. This usually means working with the TAC case owner and development engineering on replication or verification and communicating updates
  • New product development - combine the responsibility of being at the “bleeding edge” of technical knowledge and skills learned from prior technical support, an ETAC engineer will identify supportability and usability requirements for new products during the design phase as well as post-FCS via enhancement requests
  • Develop and deliver training material for TAC. Training is a key component of the day-to-day success of support. An ETAC engineer is responsible for staying up to date with technical details on Palo Alto Networks new products and industry in general and sharing those details with TAC via white papers, BBLs, or TOIs
  • Filling in the gaps. Sometimes there are opportunities to “catch” a problem before it escalated. ETAC is uniquely positioned to identify or help in these unplanned projects that result in better customer experience, or a cost reduction or better security

Your Experience

  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience
  • Background in Technical Support
  • Strong technical skills in current Telecom technology, like dynamic routing protocols, security standards, and knowledge, certificates, etc.
  • Able to explain how the internet works in detail, end to end from the physical layer up to the application layer
  • Familiarity with C and various scripting languages. You’re not applying to be a developer, but you should have some background in making and compiling from school or personal projects
  • Understand how packets go through a box. The box shouldn’t be a “black box”, you should know what is happening to a packet at various stages and how that can impact problems
  • Good communication skills. You’re not being hired to answer phone calls from the queue, but you will speak with customers from time to time as well as to developers and the rest of your team

The Team

Our technical support team is critical to our success and mission. As part of this team, you enable customer success by providing support to clients after they have purchased our products. Our dedication to our customers doesn’t stop once they sign – it evolves. As threats and technology change, we stay in step to accomplish our mission.

You’ll be involved in implementing new products, transitioning from old products to new, and will fix integrations and critical issues as they are raised – in fact, you’ll seek them out to ensure our clients are safely supported. We fix and identify technical problems, with a pointed focus on providing the best customer support in the industry.

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.