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CyberPoint International Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Very diverse business, super smart people, generous with employees"

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

    Pros

    If you're a software engineer and/or cyber security professional and you can deal with frequent change in direction and like the idea of a company where you're not stuck in a particular role or project or even location, but don't want to work for a large company, CyberPoint may be for you. It's a rare company, in that it has business in the Federal services space, develops commercial products, a dedicated R&D shop and has a lot of work in the UAE. Super diverse set of opportunities for a company of its size. I've found the company to be very flexible and generous to employees and always willing to work with me to make sure I'm happy. And if you think you may like living in the UAE for a couple of years, there always seem to be opportunities there - and the company is good about finding new US-based projects once your international stint is up.

    I've never experienced any micro-management - employees are treated like adults. And pretty much every technical person I've worked with is very smart and hard-working.

    Unless you're working on a cleared project, there's opportunity to occasionally telecommute.

    There actually are a lot more pros.

    Cons

    Downside of such a dynamic culture is that you may find yourself doing something you love today, but the business vision may radically change before you even get out of the gates on the last change in direction. Means you have to be willing to go with the flow - i.e. be willing to sometimes work on projects for brief periods that aren't necessarily well-suited to your skills or desires (but management does seem sensitive to that).

    The company still has a lot of work to do on communicating big decisions and changes in direction.


  2. "A sinking ship?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CyberPoint International full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, excellent compensation

    Cons

    People seem to be leaving the company left and right.
    Frequent reorgs
    Leadership seems incapable of winning new contract work
    CEO has been pushing the same new directions, potential new business, and plans to expand for two years with no progress at all.
    Lack of loyalty to employees

  3. "Great employee focus"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Eng Director/Senior Product Engineer in Westminster, MD
    Former Employee - Eng Director/Senior Product Engineer in Westminster, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CyberPoint International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    CEO and company are very focused to employees and employee benefits. Company has great potential in contracting, and knows how to work as a government contracting house. Great compensation and benefits provided by very philanthropic CEO/owner.

    Cons

    Products seems to be a dream they never achieve. No sales/marketing, and lack of true product and commercial leadership keeps them from seeing their goals of a multidimensional company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and take suggestions from employees to heart. Sometimes, you will hire people who know more about something than you do.


  4. "Small Company Trying to be a Large Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CyberPoint International full-time

    Pros

    The work can be very cool, at times. The owner seems to have the employee's best interest at heart, and is willing to help out in times of need.

    Cons

    They are very heavy in process and tend to use larger-scale systems that are unnecessarily large and cumbersome. The expense system and timekeeping systems are absolutely terrible.


  5. "Best you can get"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CyberPoint International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is the best you can find in the area in terms of a fun culture, interesting work, and wonderful people. They also have great benefits and compensation.

    The work is generally interesting. The company is flexible with hours to better avoid traffic or life events. I always think of CyberPoint in a good manor and never hate going to work because of anything there (just the usual traffic or really comfy bed.)

    Everyone is approachable, including the C level exes and owner. They are super friendly and will regularly check in which every group they can, and make sure that you are getting what you need.

    Cons

    This is where clearances go to die, doesn't matter what they say, yours will not be renewed unless you go overseas.

    A lot of upper management secrecy while they try to figure things out, it is not uncommon to go months without an explanation of the company's direction (or never).

    Upper management buddy system, expect to see them with their friends and families working at the company, don't expect to be able to pull yours in (and don't expect the rare incompetent upper manager to ever be asked to leave).

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to retain the best talent. There have been several cases where people asked for a significant, yet justified, raise and denied any amount that would make them consider staying.

    Give promotions. There is really no such thing as a promotion in this company. They define the company as it's a 'flat galaxy' or some other HR buzzword which translates to 'you'll stay spinning where you're at' (However it does make reaching out to higher ups or even the CEO really really easy and they are all friendly and make time for you.)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "CyberPointReview"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CyberPoint International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits (healthcare, bonuses, moving expenses)
    Passionate and highly skilled coworkers
    Organized and responsive HR department
    Accessibility to and communication with upper management

    Cons

    Breach of contract by extending work hours without employee consent
    Diminishing benefits for new employees
    Incompetent finance department that complicates tax preparation

    Advice to Management

    Maintain good benefits to attract better employees (benefits are slipping; expect employee quality to slip as well)
    Offer internal training to enhance work performance and career growth opportunities


  7. "Great company, great team!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CyberPoint International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference! High quality technical talent, and basically "good" people with a common goal of advancing cybersecurity and growing the business. Management is open and accessible. Employees really matter here.

    Cons

    Traffic in Baltimore downtown area can be ugly, but fortunately we're very flexible with work schedule and telecommuting, so you can work your on-site hours around major events.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Maintain best elements of the culture while growing rapidly!

  8. "My Experience at CyberPoint was very enlightening related to both the International and commercial business domains"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CyberPoint International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    CyberPoint offers an opportunity to work with some of the smartest people in the information security business. The offer great benefits, training and growth opportunities for young ad mid-level talent / engineers. Great company to work for with potential for international travel and assignments.

    Cons

    As a rapidly growing startup company, CyberPoint is still adjusting its personality and strategic vision related to areas of business focus and long term objectives. Which can lead to quick shifts in direction as to area of pursuit.

    Advice to Management

    The CyberPoint management would benefit from developing a vetting process to provide direction and focus to establish long term objectives while not stifling the high caliber of talent and entrepreneurial spirit that has madeteh company a great success todate.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "There's potential for a great company, but not sure if they can grab it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CyberPoint International full-time

    Pros

    CyberPoint provides good pay and benefits. Most people in the company are technically competent and enjoyable to work with, but there are a few bad apples. There are definitely some world-class experts working at the company with very bright minds. Some of the projects are technically very challenging and rewarding. Small teams where individual contributions can have a real impact. Cool location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

    Cons

    If you're not in the "inner circle", you're not going anywhere in the company and your voice is not going to be heard. Upper management tends to flail, lack focus, change direction frequently, and put people in charge that have no business being in charge. It's more who you know rather than what you can do. Upper management says they are listening, but it's more the case they are just hearing what they're being told rather than understanding what's being said. Single employees who can go on remote assignment at the drop of a hat are more likely to be valued than employees that have families and are looking for a good work/life balance. Lastly, branding is important, but the zealousness of the branding effort at CyberPoint hides a lack of depth in some knowledge areas.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate management tasks better, truly listen to your employees' concerns, maintain the good pay and benefits package - it will distinguish you from competitors.


  10. "Great Company for high salaries"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CyberPoint International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse systems and equipment. Good benefits and perks.

    Cons

    People are hired based on the "buddy" system. Don't expect any mobility unless you are a part of the "club".

    Advice to Management

    Offer mobility to employees seeking advancement.


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