WhiteHat Security Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
53 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people and atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at WhiteHat Security full-time

    Pros

    Working at WhiteHat with the people was an amazing experience that I will not soon forget.

    Cons

    Upper management with exception of a few integral people, have shifted the direction of the company in a greedy and self-destructive way, away from the preached purpose of helping secure the internet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, Communication, Communication.... one more time all together, Communication!
    Talk candidly with the people that work for you, always be sincere and honest about your intentions or desires for the company or that particular employee's job. There will be less rumor-mill, and a lot more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture and product.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a fun place to work! The people are very helpful and make the day to day routine very entertaining. The benefits are good and the atmosphere is very casual.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit low for some departments but overall it's fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate company vision better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, they just need some direction

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time

    Pros

    The corporate culture is great among Engineering. Sales/Marketing is a bit cut throat, but that is the nature of those departments.

    Cons

    Some leadership changes have made it unclear what the company is going to be doing over the next year. It is hard to see a real direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work here at your own peril. Company is imploding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some very smart and good people working at WhiteHat - just not in management. There are always snacks available in the break room.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued. Management sees them as disposable. No career advancement. Micromanaging like I have never seen before. Employees are either layed off or quit, those left walk around on eggshells. No one is having any fun. Management is arrogant yet incompetent with no sense of direction and no one knows where the company is going or how to get there. If you take a job here, you will likely be looking again in 4-6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete overhaul of management is needed in most areas. Employees should be valued and respected. Figure out where the company is going and communicate it. Put a plan in place to make it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best technology in the industry, however...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time

    Pros

    The technology is an industry leader, period. There are many good and smart people working for WhiteHat Security.

    Cons

    This company is tainted with poisonous politics all the way from the top of the ladder down to the bottom. Negativity, lies and gossips run this place. Many are fearful for their future in this company. There are no clear business directions for WhiteHat to succeed. People have lost trust due to lack of leadership. Many good employees who've helped build an industry leader technology are gone. Maintaining good, talented, and passionate employees is a continual challenge for WhiteHat. People are not respected or valued at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs new leadership in order for it to be saved from further destruction. They do not know how to run a business. This company is in desperate need to be saved from crumbling down because there are so many broken pieces in every department and lack of support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Take it for what it is.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WhiteHat Security full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great place to coast for a year until they figure it out. Always have a backup plan.

    Cons

    Management is clueless about what goes on with support, engineering, and sales. All of the departments are fiefdoms. The primary concern of the executives is maintaining their status within the political structure. The software is so bad, they need an army of people to support it. The euphemism is "software as a service". They do not deliver on their service level agreements with customers. They spend money like drunken sailors on internal meetings and boondoggles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Total restart. The board of investors need to reclaim this company and prune the entire sr. management team. Put it to sleep by cutting the staff and spending by 80%. Provide excellent support to only the top customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    An industry pioneer that still leads the market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are amazing, the culture is one of a kind
    Very cool space in the market and good products
    Proud to be associated with a premium brand

    Cons

    No place is perfect and trying accomplish a LOT with fewer resources than we'd like is hard work
    Keep expected market adoption to grab hold, but its getting there gradually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep narrowing in on the strategy and areas of focus
    Continue to increase visibility for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting place to be!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People, people, people. That's what makes WhiteHat a unique environment. It's not often that you wake up and look forward to coming in to the office. There's always something to learn from someone - everyone is very open about sharing knowledge. Flexible work schedules, stocked kitchens, unlimited PTO policy and great benefits that cost next to nothing.

    Cons

    The fast pace is like nothing I've seen before. Priorities change often and you just have to roll with the punches - which is typical for a start up environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solidify company vision and strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    "Industry Leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time

    Pros

    The break room is always stocked.
    Always listens to those that are in "the in group"

    Really amazing at convincing people to drink the koolaid, for a very long time

    Cons

    Continual layoffs
    Refusal to listen to individuals that care about the future of the company
    Lack of vision for the future
    Too many cooks in the kitchen

    Development is given too many new things that must happen, and not enough time to repay the tech debt that has piled up
    TRC has to work around the mess that development has handed them for years, and they are completely unappreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to pick a direction and drive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Company doesn't know what it wants to do

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time

    Pros

    1. Relaxed work environment in the Threat Research Center(TRC).
    2. There is opportunity to learn, just don't expect the company to appreciate you learning new things.

    Cons

    1. Awful salary after several years - In the TRC you start low which makes sense, but after a few years don't expect to have a livable wage in The Bay Area. Your salary isn't tied to how well you do, it's how well liked you are by upper management. In TRC it seems one has to be apart of a certain clique in order to reap the benefits of pay.

    2. You are not valued in the slightest - Despite the department telling you the opposite, they want you to leave the TRC after two years. It doesn't matter if you're a value to the TRC, if you aren't friends with the right people they don't want you to stay. The company is now facing the dilemma that talented employees want more pay instead of leaving. It is apparent upper management has never had to deal with this before, and does not know how to handle this situation.

    3. Terrible upper management - The management in TRC is atrocious at the top. It seems they sit back and do nothing. Employees who come up with great ideas that would improve TRC are laughed out of the room. Employees have been told how bad an idea is and on many occasions have had their idea stolen. For example, an upper manager will come up with this "new" idea (the same one that somebody else was told "wouldn't work") and push it out into the department. They then will take credit for the idea without having to acknowledge the original person.

    4. TRC is efficient, rest of company is not - TRC knows what it wants to do and continuously works towards this goal. The rest of the company has no idea what it's doing and has no vision:
    a. Customer Support is a mess of misinformation and confusion
    b. Marketing has no idea what it's doing
    c. Development was a massive liability until recently
    d. Sales does not care about margins, only gross. This continuously hurts the company by the awful deals they make, which in turn costs the company profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit acting like a high school clique and get it together, you have a group of amazing individuals who are the sole reason this company is a success. Reward them with what they want and need in order to live in this area. The industry has changed and competitive pay is something that needs to be addressed, stop ignoring it and pull your head out of the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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