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Root9B Reviews

Updated January 10, 2019
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Top notch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Root9B full-time

    Pros

    Cyber security is booming, and I am proud to work with one of the top cyber security companies in the country The people are the best in the industry, and the passion all the way up to management is apparent every day.

    Cons

    Sometimes you experience the 'startup' pains. root9B is learning and growing, so there is not always an immediate answer to your question. It seems like they are working to create a 'standard' and getting official policies in place.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "It has potential, but it can not execute. They need real leadership."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Root9B full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The technical team is great. The compensation is good. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    The COO is not a business man, has no leadership skills, rules by fear and dismisses anyone who is not a yes-man. He does not listen to the people who work for him. Instead, he makes decisions for them and commits them to unrealistic goals. He is destroying the company. Terminations seem to be arbitrary, often without any prior feedback, and are generally the result of irritating the C-level executives. The company advertises that it can do everything, but that is impossible for such a small businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the COO. Put someone there who really listens to the team and takes care of it. Focus on the things you do well and ignore the rest. The biggest mistake the new parent company had made in their acquisition was not to change the C-level executives. For this reason, most middle managers quit after the new parent took over.

  3. "Cyber Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Root9B full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Start-up environment but with secure funding so no need to worry about business failing.

    Cons

    start-up environment, so certain things are disorganized and need to get built up.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Root9B full-time

    Pros

    Good Technology to bring to market
    Top notch staff ... some of the best technical minds in the industry

    Cons

    Leadership not fiscally responsible. Spending is out of control.
    Chaotic work environment
    Leadership TEAM is extremely experienced in CyberSecurity, but lack ability to lead and manage a company

    Advice to Management

    Hire more sales people .... good product, you just don't have enough people bringing it to the market.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Culture of Koolaid"

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

    I worked at Root9B full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to fly under the radar, it's easy to do here. If you nod your head yes to everything with no doubts or questioning, you're good.

    Cons

    Leadership is horribly lacking communication and focus. From there, issues abound.

    Advice to Management

    I'll save my breath - fingers - leadership doesn't care what employees think. Just drink the koolaid.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Think before you drink. Koolaid is Free."

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

    I worked at Root9B full-time

    Pros

    Work area looks like a space ship with impressive lights. Analysts play video games and watch movies on multi screen wall.

    Cons

    You know nothing Jon Snow. This is the real Game of Thrones. Leave your experience and education where you got them. You will be reprogrammed. Just agree to the spin and drink the koolaid.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not take advice.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Being a part of something"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Root9B full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your work makes a difference. root9B does not make magic boxes or do checkbox pentests. They care about real solutions and results.

    Lots of smart motivated people with interesting experiences to work with.

    Good locations.

    Flexible hours and remote/in office and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Priority ADD; some people were flipped from one priority to another every few months without finishing them.

    Minor IT annoyances: core systems often get overloaded; collaboration and timesheet software is in a bad state.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Don't try to do everything at once.

    Improve collaboration between different groups; make sure people are on the same page earlier. Make sure your public releases and community engagements are quality too.

  8. Helpful (3)

    ""Left of Boom""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Root9B full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    root9B sets high standards, and consistently delivers. Top-level management is extremely experienced and has a great sense of vision and planning for the direction of this company. Their mission is quite simple: “Providing global cybersecurity solutions through technical innovation, tailored operations, and professional excellence.” From what I have seen to date accomplishment of their mission is a team effort that root9B is laser beam focused on delivering.

    Cons

    root9B Official Merchandise store has yet to launch. (Glassdoor mandates Cons) - I have worked for many different companies and organizations. Many times, the vision of the organizations was not clear. root9’s vision is clear and so darn important in today’s times. “A corporate America with an information security infrastructure impervious to the adversary.” The men and women in this company see clearly and understand why the vision is a goal they must strive to achieve for our country.

    I have trained many troops in the Army Intelligence field and within the DoD sector. Thinking back to the root9B vision; root9B believes in learning by doing. root9B’s training methodology is to immerse cyber warriors in scenario driven environments to learn and practice the methodologies being taught; our methodology reflects this philosophy. root9B’s cyber training is world class, taught by seasoned operators that have been in the field utilizing what they are teaching.

    Advice to Management

    root9B is Red, White and Blue. If you want to be challenged and believe in hard work, interview and help us carry our guidon. root9B takes care of its own. Do not interview if you’re not willing to sacrifice your time and efforts in helping root9B accomplish its solid mission and crystal clear vision.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Root9B full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working here and am passionate about the mission, the people and the culture. The people are all professionals and passionate, patriotic and talented at what they do.

    Cons

    Has the challenges of a small company that is maturing its processes. So sometimes things are a little "untidy" from a documented process perspective (but they also recognize that and are actively working to address the opportunity).

    Advice to Management

    Keep on with the same focus and passion working with Government and the commercial sector, and bringing on the A-game players.


  10. "CAO"

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    Former Employee - Past Chief Executive Officer and CAO/Chief Operating Officer of the Company in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Past Chief Executive Officer and CAO/Chief Operating Officer of the Company in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Root9B (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has a great team of people, positioned in a high growth area with unlimited potential for career opportunities and continued growth. Solid team of individuals through out the organization

    Cons

    fast developing area, management must be able to keep up with the pace of change and be creative as business changes. the CEO has the experience to lead the company to great heights and has proven success, his ability to mold the current executive team which is not as experienced will be important

    Advice to Management

    stay focused and communicate effectively with the company, remember what the culture was that was established in the past and the value system the employees joined that is what the people expect.