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  1. "Working at Sourcefire is very satisfying."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sourcefire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    At Sourcefire we provide industry-leading computer network intrusion prevention systems. Our Technical Support department has been widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. We pride ourselves on having the first point of contact for a customer with a problem being someone with the expertise that would require multiple escalations to higher levels at most other support organizations.

    Management at Sourcefire is very supportive of its employees, providing opportunities for training and advancement at every turn.

    Cons

    Sourcefire was acquired by Cisco Systems about a year ago. The structure of Sourcefire technical support was very different from that of Cisco technical support. Integrating the two organizations has been challenging. Additionally, we have heard from numerous Sourcefire customers that they don't want their previous experiences with Sourcefire support to change, putting more pressure on us to figure out how to continue to provide that experience within a very different internal structure.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure how this could be addressed, but the perception from Sourcefire customers has been that their support experience will be less satisfying after Sourcefire is fully integrated with Cisco. I realize that modifying Cisco procedures and corporate culture is unlikely to happen, but some effort to maintain the Sourcefire attitude toward customer support would be a very good idea.


  2. "Was nice before the buyout"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Sourcefire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to work before the acquisition. Sourcefire grew very quickly at the start of the decade and doubled in size in a very short span of time.

    Cons

    Growing pains that small companies usually have. Management did not always keep pace with the change that comes with growth and some folks in specific leadership roles were not well suited to the challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here. Many folks in the old management structure have moved on to other ventures and startups. The founder is still there and leading the remnants of the former VRT unit but for how long?

  3. "Sad to see you go"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome culture, didn't have to PC around everyone, managers were able to get things done quick and a lot of smart people.
    Free lunch
    Free sodas, juice, red bulls, etc.
    dirt cheap vending machine items (25 cents each)

    Cons

    Bought out by Cisco... :(

    Created too many processes to easily get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to streamline processes.


  4. "Incredible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sourcefire was one of the best places I ever worked. It had an incredible culture from the C-levels down.
    Everyone was friendly and very helpful
    Sourcefire actually had internal programs to be sure their culture wouldn't change is it grew

    Cons

    There was the occasional employee who thought they were smarter and better than everyone else...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work wherever you go


  5. "Great company - I'm going to miss working there!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sourcefire full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I truly enjoyed my time at Sourcefire - I met some really nice, really talented people. The work was always challenging with interesting problems to solve. We all pulled together as a team in the best and worst of times. It's the best place I've ever had the pleasure of working!

    Cons

    We always had to do more with little, but that's not really a con. It made everyone stretch their imaginations and be innovated about how they got their jobs done. I will really miss working there, and I hope that Cisco is as much fun in the future!


  6. "Well...That Was A Unique Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Lunch.
    Free Drinks.
    Beefy Desktop that you can use to load whatever OS on their that you wish.
    Macbook Pro. Take it as is, can't change the OS.
    Very flexible with life outside of work.
    On-call is very infrequent.

    Cons

    Management can be very intrusive and not very understanding of situations, whether it be with customers or internal issues.
    If you nip it in the bud early that you aren't going to take any crap, then you will have no problems.
    Oh, and there really isn't any room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Learn when to pick your battles, not everything is worth bringing to the table.


  7. "Great Company, lack of opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very easy going culture, young professionals who are driven by success.

    Cons

    No funding for back office operations

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Political, dictatorship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, benefits, advancement, free lunch, creative, and casual work environment

    Cons

    Inappropriate behaviors by directors and managers, coverup problems, HR is awful to deal with, a lot of loops in the business

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach. Do not follow their values and mission. Change your leadership


  9. Helpful (1)

    "AWESOME Company!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sourcefire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader (Gartner Magic Quadrant) in a super hot market!
    - Super bright people
    - Corporate Culture
    - Flexible hours
    - Free lunch delivered to offices everyday
    - Competitive Benefits
    - Industry leader
    - Excellent Management Team
    - Pig (Snort) Mascot ;-)

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any. Perhaps certain departments could be staffed more, but we're a rapidly growing company where folks need to wear multiple hats at times.

    Advice to Management

    Do what ya been doing!! Q1 2012 saw revenues up 50% over same period the year prior. Q2 2012 (just announced yesterday) saw a 39% increase in Revenue. Awesome management team.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "From the top down this company's focus is on making its product, people, and customers feel secure and valued."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture, people, and products are positioned for success. Free lunches. Restricted stock units. Great health benefits. Great leadership and great products!

    Cons

    Columbia location. Would rather be in Annapolis.

    Advice to Management

    Move headquarters to Annapolis or Baltimore, a city on the water.


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