Coalfire Systems Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Launch a Career in Cyber

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Security Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Security Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Coalfire Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coalfire is a place where a lot of smart and dedicated professionals work and help mentor others. We work with clients that matter and provide services that few others could.

    Cons

    It is demanding but rewarding. Make no mistake, this is not a government job. You will be challenged to get more skilled every day. It is not so much pressure from the company but pressure form our clients. They need help and it is up to us to learn how to help them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep getting great clients and continue investing in junior staff. I am finally qualified for a senior position with a company in the financial services sector. It took 3 years of hard work at Coalfire to earn the cr4edentials to get this awesome job. This will only happen for others if you keep getting demanding clients and serve them with a grewat team.


  2. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Coalfire Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coalfire has a very competitive to high-end salary structure, lots of very smart hard-working people, and leadership that seems to genuinely care about its employees. In short, it is a fantastic organization to be a part of.

    Cons

    Like any company growing as fast as Coalfire is, there are a few growing pains as the leadership figures out how to scale and create the needed processes to assure profitability and consistency across the organization.

    Advice to Management

    For the most part just keep doing what you are doing. I can't speak to all the offices across the company, but Seattle had an awesome office culture, one that should be replicated throughout the organization if possible.


  3. Lots of work, frustration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to travel and learn at many different environments, lots of skilled co-workers to help learn new skills.

    Cons

    Developing programs mean that they are not organized as well as they should be. Work loads fluctuate and there are some weeks of less than 10 hours billable, others with 60.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on formal training. Take longer views in assignments.


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  5. Excellent opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Coalfire Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company in the growing cyber security federal market-space. An excellent place to launch and mature a career. If you are willing to learn there are great things waiting for you!

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any cons to list.


  6. Company is rapidly falling apart

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coalfire Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff were friendly and very smart. Depending upon who you work with you may be able to learn alot.

    Cons

    Management does not provide provide regular training for employees. When they do provide training, they will ask you to sign a statement promising to repay them if you leave within a year. Travel is nonstop.

    Current management has not been able to handle the increase in business and as such projects are delayed and poorly planned and managed.

    Coalfire believes that what is a good salary in Colorado is good for Boston, Atlanta and California.

    Advice to Management

    Honor your commitments, be upfront when your bonus plan changes, don't waste millions on poorly developed software.


  7. Great Company to Grow and Prosper Professionally

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FLORIDA in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - FLORIDA in Winter Park, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company with tremendous opportunity for career growth with a highly respected Cyber Security company. Have seen several people promoted through the ranks that have performed well.

    Cons

    Should be entrepreneur minded. This is not an environment for thin skinned individuals. The management team provides its employees the autonomy to build their own personal brand along with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to scale the business as the industry demands the services the company provides. This will insure that the company will maximize revenues while continuing to build a highly respected brand.


  8. Great place for self-motivated individuals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Consultant in Louisville, CO
    Current Employee - Security Consultant in Louisville, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities at Coaflire for those who are willing to pave their own way. Coalfire is willing to pay for training and certifications and they encourage personal development. The atmosphere is very loose and I really enjoy the people I work with. Coalfire does a lot to try to provide a flexible schedule for employees while still ensuring that quality work is being delivered to clients.

    Cons

    There seem to be a number of people who have had a bad experience at Coalfire because there isn't much guidance for new hires. There are also a lot of growing pains with Coalfire, but I think it is worth it for those who can put up with it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put the right people in the right positions


  9. Helpful (5)

    This is NOT the company to have a career or even a "job"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Security Consultant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Coalfire Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They will pay for your certifications cost if approved, but you must stay with them for certain years.

    Cons

    As other reviewers said, there is no life here. All you will be doing is working all week long in a very stressful environment and following orders from micro managers. Management has no proper training, favoritism is very common, turn over rate is really high. Most last from few months to a year. They will bluff you to stay or even to get you in during the hiring process, but don't fall for it. They tend to hire folks with no security experience or even much IT experience and use them for report writing purposes. If you see something wrong and speak up, you will be punished severely by the director & managing directors. Four people left within the very short time I was in. One guy left after a month working! Those who are still there looking for job and stuck there due to no experience in security. Don't think about HR to resolve issues (as some people did), because it's not going to help; they will always take management's side. There are plenty of places to work and have a career, Coalfire is just not one of them!

    Advice to Management

    Go to school and get an MBA and learn how to manage people. Do not just promote people into management without proper education. A person can be good at what he or she does, but does not mean that person will be good at managing people and Vice versa.


  10. Helpful (3)

    This place is not good even trying to get your foot in the door

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO

    I worked at Coalfire Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed learning about IT security but it came with a big price. I have been able to take the experience and find a great job at a different location!

    Cons

    You will be working most evening and weekends! There is no live balance! People need to be spend times with their family or they get burnt out very quickly. Also management needs to make sure to hire manager with experience! I had the worst experience with a manger that I have ever had and I have been working for 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    When someone goes to HR with an issue about a manager, please look into it. Brushing things under the rug does not help and now you have lost a number of good employees due to one bad manager. Also these same people have moved into other IT security establishment and talked about the lack of management.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Not a good place to work, very bad experience..

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Security Consultant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Coalfire Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free cookies, candies, etc. from Costco.

    Cons

    There is no team work at this company. All the employees are very unhappy and people are always talking each others back. Management is very authoritative and does not want to listen to others. Get used to the super micromanagement of your work. They will keep track of your time by minutes and you need to put them into your time-sheet. And you will be scrutinized if time-sheet does not meet their expectations. Management has no formal management training or education and they are extremely negative toward the lower level employees. They tend to hire more fresh college grads or people who do not have any good experience in the role they were hired for. They lure all the employees with promotions, and as noted below by other reviewers, you will get stuck after one step up if you ever get that. They recently hired some quality employees, but they simply left after couple of months. Lot of favoritism and if you complain, they will retaliate. Turnover rate is over 50%. Salary and benefits are horrible compare to other organizations. Just do yourself a favor and stay away from this company, unless you want to suffer!

    Advice to Management

    Fix the issues.



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