WhiteHat Security Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Craig Hinkley
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Pros
  • Great opportunity for entry level position in an industry where most companies want someone with experience (in 4 reviews)

  • Employees are good people that will gladly help with anything you ask (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Career advancement is based on opportunity over hard work (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay, not market competitive at all (in 3 reviews)

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  1. New energy and focus

    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    New CEO has brought renewed energy and a focus on results and accountability. Organization is much better at focusing on those activities that will make a positive impact on the company direction.

    Cons

    Company has lost momentum and it will take time to rebuild it. Some people are hesitant to change with the new leadership - and are stuck on the past status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make changes and bring in new energy to the company. Whitehat has a great following in the security industry and an outstanding technical reputation - leverage that in going forward.


  2. A company that has a great product with no direction

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

    I worked at WhiteHat Security full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - lots of opportunities to learn
    - lots of room for growth
    - food in the kitchen at all times
    - surrounded by smart peple
    - new CEO that comes from a solid background

    Cons

    - Company doesn't have any direction
    - Executives are nowhere to be seen
    - Company is on it's 4th or 5th re-org with no sign of improvement
    - the unlimited PTO comes with strings attached (there really is no PTO while working here)
    - Everyone is burnt out and tired. No one is excited anymore
    - The company has hired people at a low salary and with no skill set expecting them to perform wonders
    - work/life balance is definitely missing, you won't notice it but your significant other and family will definitely notice it.
    - No bonuses
    - no christmas party for the past 3 years

    Advice to Management

    - Hire folks who are experts in their field. Hiring people just to fill positions without looking at their track record won't help the company's future.

    - Hire execs that are in the office everyday that want to contribute

    - Remove negative employees


  3. Working hard to transform

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    * Great team spirit and charter for protecting the internet
    * TRC is a talented and hard working army of professional hackers
    * New CEO is driving accountability and focus into all parts of the organization
    * Engineering team is trying hard to overcome years of technical debt by decoupling and replacing large portions of the application
    * Sales team is running on all cylinders and kicking butt

    Cons

    * Lots of history here to overcome both in terms of culture and technology
    * Cultural change needed in terms of work ethic, too many people punch the clock
    * Focus needed to effectively apply people to the problems at hand. Too much squirrel.

    Advice to Management

    * Get the vision articulated and communicated to everyone so they know what we hill we're climbing
    * Sweep out the trash--the people that are not 120% committed to making this a success
    * Continue to focus on accountability
    * Try not to do everything all at once, pick your battles, bear down, and get things done


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  5. Once-vibrant startup losing its way

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

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    WhiteHat Security's mission is trying to save the Internet from itself, and that's worth doing. The work is challenging and at the frontier of what security means in this age. They are uncommonly sane about work-life balance.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company is deeply politically divided, with lackluster leadership unable to provide a unifying strategic vision. The company, now international with over three hundred employees, still thinks of itself as a start up. It continues to ignore technical necessities in favor of the shiny of the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Pay what you owe. Provide leadership. Listen when people tell you there are problems -- and act, don't simply give lip service. You've got a dedicated team that wants to do good things. Get out of their way.


  6. Tragedy In The Making

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Security Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Security Specialist in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Relatively relaxed working atmosphere (however, that seems to be changing...)
    - Good work benefits (healthcare, dental, etc.)
    - Great coworkers (aside from majority of management; who could care less about you)

    Cons

    - TRC (Threat Research Center) gets treated like trash
    - Terrible compensation (REALLY crappy pay)
    - Expected to do more work, for no change in pay
    - False hope for advancement (no room for growth despite what upper management claims)
    - Internal Politics
    - Internal tools are far from perfect, even after dumping tons of resources into development for well over a year
    - Manpower being outsourced due to the fact that company is stingy on paying Santa Clara employees a fair amount

    Advice to Management

    Pay each TRC member at least $10-$15k higher right off the bat. People can't live on this kind of poverty-like salary, especially in the Silicon Valley. Until then, the department will continue to lose good people.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Excellent opportunity if your ready to learn

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

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    This company offers excellent entry level opportunities and a lot of chances for advancement if you're ready to learn.

    Cons

    There can be a lack of united vision.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on bolstering our technological foundations.


  8. Life in the TRC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Applications Security Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Security Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment. The training period is roughly 2 months, and you learn to become competent with a vast amount of information in that short time.
    Excellent introductory job into the web security job sphere.

    Work/Life balance is extraordinary. In most cases, you can choose your hours. Nobody hassles you if you need to miss a day of work. Vacation time is unlimited. There are moments at work where it is, dare I say it: Fun.

    Doughnuts in the break room

    Cons

    The salary is lacking, and due to this, many people transition away from the company after a year or so of working there. Great talent is leaving the office every other month, and although they can be replaced, the hiring rate isn't matching the quitting rate at this current time. Work is getting tougher, for the same pay.

    The office culture, although relaxed and fun, can be difficult to assimilate into. Expect to slowly fit in -very slowly.

    There are often moments in the job where you feel you have too much work to be completed in the timeframe you have been given.

    Advice to Management

    Congratulations on your efforts to promote from within. It is really appreciated by the employee. However, if you can't afford to compensate your workers well enough for their time, the TRC will forever be a transition job.


  9. Good learning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Threat Research Center Supervisor
    Current Employee - Threat Research Center Supervisor

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    A good learning environment for those who would like to spend their time improving knowledge. Friendly environment and a lot of nice people.

    Cons

    The pay isn't very great, but that shouldn't be the main goal in mine when starting out. A person will improve slowly and work their way up.


  10. Good stepping stone company.

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

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people and it's a great place to learn. Flexible work hours, great Healthcare.

    Cons

    Low salary, and there isn't much incentive to keep good employees. Management don't hold moral very well.


  11. Good place to coast, not great to stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Security Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Security Specialist in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at WhiteHat Security full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall it is a relaxed work environment with alright people. Nice place to get your foot in the door with application security.

    Cons

    Terrible place to stay if you actually have career aspirations and hoping to leverage movement within the company. Company politics will get in your way constantly, only leaving you with the option to search for something better.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving people false hope in movement within the company. Actually reward your hardest workers instead of punishing everyone due to the slackers. Upper management needs to focus on rewriting product ground up with useful internal systems instead of putting band-aids on the current product.



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