Cigital

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Overall, Cigital is a great place to work.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Security Consultant in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Security Consultant in Dulles, VA

I have been working at Cigital

Pros

My favorite part about Cigital is the people. They maintain a diverse and intelligent group of employees. There is something to learn from everyone. The work environment is relaxed, respectful and friendly (assuming you aren't always at the client site). The work, too, is one of the main benefits of working at Cigital. It covers a wide array of technologies and sectors, so employees can gain a lot of experience and knowledge in a fairly short period of time. As long as you are responsible, they will not micro-manage you. Management makes an effort to place employees on projects they want. Career wise, there is plenty of room for advancement. The salary (plus bonus and benefits) has an edge on other firms offering similar services.

Cons

Recently, there has been an influx of work and management has struggled to keep up. This has placed extra stress on everyone. The company has been growing from bottom up, so the ratio of senior technical leaders per employee has decreased (but the technical people they do have are top notch). The influx of work also means that employees must be more aggressive with management in order to get assigned the projects that they want.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The caliber of their employees has seen Cigital through a massive growth spurt. But Cigital shouldn't grow too fast, or accept too much work, without ensuring that management and their internal programs (like training, mentoring) can keep up. Otherwise, they do risk alienating their employees.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Less learning, less interesting, more pressure, more billability: overall a slide downhill in the past 2 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Cigital

    Pros

    Good exposure to other consultants learning appsec tricks of the trade. All in all has a decent reputation, looks good on a resume, and great exposure to some fine clients.

    Cons

    The staff has changed considerably in the past few years. The primary leaders in the consulting ranks have mostly left, leaving a staff of inexperienced people left. Very top heavy as a company, and too few actual technical people who know what they're doing. The company spends nothing on training its staff, or allowing them any time to attend conferences, external training. The mentoring program they have would be advantageous, however, they allow no time for actual meetings with one's mentor. The emphasis is all about billability. Taking time off is discouraged, and even rewarded through compensation. A sure sign the company is looking out for the almighty dollar instead of the well-being of it's employees. Which is a large reason any good people leave. Incoming hires are paid 20-60K more than existing employees which started as an Associate, then promoted to Consultant (and to IN SOME cases Sr. Consultant). The CEO comes in late, leaves early, and is more concerned about hiring 3 executives a month to help turn the company a month, instead of fixing the morale and the complete lack of training and appreciation of the people at client sites billing and making money for the company. Almost everyone here is looking for another job, and the sieve is letting out more than it's taking in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire so many executives and senior managers. Why spend all that money? Save some for adequate bonuses!
    For 6 years full bonuses have never been paid. Always less than half the expected percentage quoted in hiring. And again, this year end, we're told it'll be marginal at best. And we've all billed at an average of over 100% of target! Not a way to thank your staff.
    If you want to be a staff augmentation firm, or a body-shop, don't sell the opportunity to new hires that the company is a great place to live and learn and be a thought leader! Because it's not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Below par account manager, who owns the project.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Cigital

    Pros

    The have a few good technical people (however, they are not in the leadership role, and don't have much of a say or just wont step up).

    After you have exceeded some 4 yrs tenure, they don't micro manage as much.

    Cons

    The manager was totally spineless, he changed the agreed terms from when we began. This was after re-affirming the terms with him.

    They win work based on the firms name and a couple of industry specific experiences, however, they are not experts in all things security. Regardless this is how they portray themselves and bid for work.

    Sadly the government is easily fooled, with branding and numbers.

    I felt like, the account manager in my case abused the role he played in the company. Sadly, none of the others were privy to the information and he controlled fairly well.

    He played the role of gatekeeper for information.

    Truly a poor experience for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People there tout, their practices, in reality its different story. I would recommend the CEO taking a closer look at the company account managers when he has a chance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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