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3.2
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60 Ratings
Pros
  • "Unlimited PTO, but only if your manager lets you use it(in 6 reviews)

  • "Benefits package, flexible time off, nice offices and free snacks(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management is positioning the company to be acquired, this much is obvious(in 4 reviews)

  • "Lack of travel for the sales team(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great product, great team and opportunity for growth!

      Apr 9, 2019 - N/A in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      Inbound leads, marketing tools for success, active channel engagement and strong value proposition from USM.

      Cons

      The hair on fire moments, upward management can be difficult, support was not the best.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great culture, awesome positioning

      Jul 24, 2014 - Product 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Fantastic company culture. "Work smarter, not harder" culture means that the company values employee's personal time but is focused on actually getting things done. - The company hosts a very diverse (age, ethnicity, background) population, lending itself to a refreshingly different style of startup than the ex-Facebook/Google brogrammer environment you see at other successful startups nowadays. - Really no competition. AlienVault's job is to teach the market why integrated security makes sense. If there wasn't a good story there this would be a huge negative. But with their product and solutions it's a big positive and lends itself to a "sandbox" environment for their product team. - Personable and approachable executive team.

      Cons

      - Despite the company growing beyond its humble startup origins, we're still learning how to instrument things like expense reporting in a scalable way. - To accomplish the "work smarter, not harder" mentality the company is populated by some very strong and ambitious personalities. The environment is not contentious or "Game of Thrones-y" by any means, but you will need to be very personally motivated in order to keep up. - Security is a hard field to get into unless you're genuinely interested in it. People here care a lot about security, so you should be similarly motivated (or interested enough to learn).

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      9 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A really solid startup!

      Nov 25, 2016 - Security Research Engineer in San Mateo, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Well funded, in an exciting stage. Top notch executive staff - they know how to build companies. Engineering processes are really clean and the devops team is very cutting edge which makes developers happy. I worked on the labs team which was a very autonomous team the CTO admired and empowered. Almost no bs meetings, for engineers and researchers anyway. The marketing team and sales teams are beastly machines. Seriously experienced leadership for those groups as well.

      Cons

      If you're not in Austin, it is an uphill (losing) battle. As is true with most startups, talent is pushed to the limits, often little focus on individual growth and what you "want" to work on- You will work on whatever you are effective at. Recruiting is very informal. For a startup, this is truly a short list of cons - fixable too. If you don't stand strong And block out vacation time, no one will for you. So make sure to take a break!

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      3 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      I love this Team!!!

      Mar 8, 2018 - Sales in San Mateo, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fantastic opportunity for folks in all stages of their career to come make an impact, contribute, work hard, overcome challenges, be heard, respected and appreciated!

      Cons

      It is not for the faint of heart... if you like a fast paced and challenging environment with incredible upside and opportunity to excel then this place might be perfect for you!

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      AlienVault Response

      AlienVault Team

      Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We agree - our team is super special and the security talent is hands down amazing. Best Regards, AlienVault HR

    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not bad but not great

      May 9, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay and the benefits are good.

      Cons

      There isn't any formal training and tasks get piled onto the closest person. Industry is boring. Some bulldozing people.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      It is a job

      Apr 30, 2019 - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good base pay. It was fairly easy to get a decent base pay.

      Cons

      Not a whole lot of opportunity to close business. No work life balance.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Career Growth and Aggressive Compensation

      Mar 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - AlienVault is an ideal place to work if you're a hardworking, self-starter, who has no problem leaning on the company provided support avenues when you need a hand - The value add of USM is undeniable, and the positioning the company and software has in the security space is tough to beat - ideal for any sales person who knows their craft - With the market position mentioned above, zero prospecting, steady inbound leads, and sales engineering support, it's hard to find a software sales position that matches up - Rock solid benefits package - Meritocracy based culture: If you do well, you will be compensated, recognized, and offered avenues of growth within the company.

      Cons

      No cons that are any different from any other software startup - primarily, change (and in the end, it's for the better).

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      6 people found this review helpful

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      AlienVault Team

      Agreed! It is great to have invested team members that are excited about the growth and the trajectory of the company.

    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Love the teamwork!

      Oct 13, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Rita Selvaggi is a great leader for the marketing team - we all work together to attain metrics that push the company forward. The sales team works well with marketing - it's not contentious between marketing and sales - we are in lock step. The product is great and our target market is growing. The product team has really become impressive, especially in the last few months after bringing in some very effective and experienced management. Super healhy and supportive work environment. Great CEO! Also, with metrics driving the business, decisions tend to be driven by facts rather than opinions, which is quite effective.

      Cons

      If you don't like to move fast, learn and innovate, might be a bad place to be. I happen to love it, but some people might not like the fast and challenging pace.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Toxic

      Apr 11, 2018 - Sales 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Free parking -Free wifi -Snacks in the break room -Green walls -Flat screen TV's -Nice team members outside of the sales team

      Cons

      - Feels like a reality tv show (with extra alcohol) mixed with Michael Scott and The Office minus all the funny moments. - Toxic work environment - Deceptive management team - Employees are used as pawns - If you voice any concern regarding any of these issues, you will get black balled - I've witnessed “character assassination,” and I’ve had management ask me to make a false complaint to HR in order to help justify a firing. I didn’t do it, but it made me aware of what kind of characters are here. - Leading with fear and public embarrassment are managements strongest tools - Why isn't there any awesome reviews on the sales side from someone who has something real to say, and from someone who has been working here for longer than a year? - One too many family members and friends work here who obviously get major benefits - Everything here is fake. Promotions, the presidents club, etc are similar to the WWE, they're staged, and rigged. It's all been predetermined. - It's obvious this place is built on small tribes and the "cool kids." That's who gets the best leads/deals, and that's who gets put on a fast track for promotion. - Every company has some disgruntled employees, but I've never worked for one who has this many. These guys really know how to make enemies...

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      16 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Fail Whale

      Apr 4, 2018 - Velocity Sales in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free candy, soda and booze. Very competitive compensation, with commission. You have the potential to make a lot of money here. If you are a cute blonde, they may make concessions for you, no matter how bad you are at your job.

      Cons

      You do not want to work here. The product is ok, but the people are just a few cameras short of a messed up reality TV show. Alienvault is bleeding talent like a stuck pig and you are unlikely to find anyone here that has been here for more than a year or two, because nobody who has actually experienced this train wreck wants to be here. All the old timers and big brains are gone, and all that's left are the hopeless koolaid sippers and the kinds of snakes that thrive in cutthroat work environments. They may get a few suckers in and keep them around like Stockholm syndrome but by and large they do not care about integrity, or about people. They will use you like a dog toy until they're done with you, and then you are nothing, and nothing you ever did for the company matters.

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      18 people found this review helpful
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