IOActive
4.0 of 5 13 reviews
www.ioactive.com Seattle, WA 16 to 50 Employees

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Jennifer Steffens

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Huge alcohol and party culture. Nepotism is strong with this company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEngagements can be fun. You get to travel the world. Coworkers are fun to be around and very motivating. Being immersed in the industry is as career building as working in it.

    Their legal department is spot on, always.

    ConsHuge alcohol and party culture. If you don't follow the "norm" in that regard, you will be treated differently and your opportunities will be less.

    Operations team does little to nothing for most of the employees. It seems like they just don't know what they are doing and they don't particularly care about you unless you are in their "top 5 consultants" list.

    I've seen many employees get the boot or get demoted in favor of friends of management. Often times, those friends don't have the relative experience necessary to fulfill those positions. There is a lack of respect between supervising directors and their charges.

    There is no HR department, which makes it very hard to be heard when you do have a problem with another employee. Usually it's just brushed under the rug.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReorganize your management. Hire individuals who know how to communicate. Let go of anyone who didn't pass a standard interview process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dysfunctional Personified

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome very talented people working here, so the chance to be part of a very skilled group of people is always a plus

    ConsCEO short on strategy and strong on micro management, so you end up with a constant churn of employees, just a few of the employees stay for any substantial amount of time. You can see this but looking at Linkedin. It;s a revolving door for a reason, they hire skilled people, who don't need to stay in a bad situation, so they leave in short order.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in a professional CEO, move the current one to VP of sales, which is much better skill set match

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Starts out great, things change quick.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFun events, happy hours often, good benefits, friendly coworkers.

    ConsMinimal training, some practices feel unethical.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly Technical, Intimate feel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat environment, very easy to work with everyone

    ConsVery technical environment, you have to know your p's and q's before even walking in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and challenging

    Security Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsWe get to do what we love every day. I love the new office and it's a great way for everyone to work together. Makes us feel much more like a team. The consulting gigs are always challenging and the research projects really push my skill set. Getting to travel and work with smart people is my dream job come true.

    ConsI wish I could spend more time with other pirates. But the team trips are great and always inspire me to try new things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore great pirates please!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best company in the world

    Senior Security Consultant (Current Employee)
    Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    ProsIOActive is definitely a hard core company. The research makes it really fun and hard. Lots of fun travel and cool people to work with. And we get to be pirates. They bring us together a few times a year so you make a lot of friends, break cool technology and have fun. This company is different than any other in the world.

    ConsI don't have anything bad to say about working at IOActive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't know how they do it so just keep doing what you're doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best place to work

    Senior Security Consultant (Current Employee)
    Cairo (Egypt)

    ProsI left a job in IT to work in IOAcitve. Now I'm finally getting paid to do what I love. The gigs are fun and I get to travel around the world. Sometimes it is hard to go back home as now I have had a taste of other lives.

    The company has given me the chance to meet people I knew online for years. Now I know them in person too!

    Our captain is great. I don't think she ever sleeps!

    ConsI always want to do more and learn more but not enough hours in the day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI share my research ideas often. Cesar always has great feedback and helps me create new projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsI look forward to work every day. The team really rallies behind all the sales and marketing efforts. They never make me feel stupid even as I learn the technology. I love my clients and I enjoy all the new challenges they provide. Plus as a sales person getting to be involved in the project delivery makes it the best job ever!

    ConsAlways juggling a lot of balls so never enough time in the day but it's all pressure I put on myself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorld domination. Bring it on!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Totally cool experience

    Senior Security Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsChris Valasek teaching me to hack cars, Michael Milvich teaching me to reverse engineer, Mike Davis teaching me hardware hacking. Ruben Santamarta letting me help on his research. My mind is blown daily here.

    ConsI wish we could all be together more often but they arrange as many trips as possible. I look forward to them every time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe're always reminded that we're a meritocracy. I share my ideas all the time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Can't imagine working anywhere else

    Principal Security Consultant (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThings are always interesting. I get to work on lots of projects with lots of different people. Jennifer is great inspiration and so easy to work with. She definitely understands us geeks. Cesar and Gunter make sure we have lots of research opportunity. The sales team makes sure to sell engagements we want to work on. Even on bad days, can't imagine working anywhere else.

    ConsSo many new things to try, so little time. I am tackling hardware hacking, control systems, client stuff! It's hard to know what to try first sometimes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing. It just gets better every year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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