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Updated June 10, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "DevOps Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Devops Engineer
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and a feel of a company trying to keep up with todays technologies and AGILE process. Developers are encouraged to cross train and are capable of building out complete stack with little or no help from devops team after initial training. Things get done quickly, you are encouraged to suggest and take control of your projects. Management support is there in form of time and training. Good feedback from the team and clear vision as to where the company is going.

    Cons

    Like any big company that has been around for a while there are challenges. Its not easy to switch from on premise thinking to a cloud vision for most IT teams today. Yet there is a willingness to work together and overcome the challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job and listen to feedback as you are doing now.


  2. "Great culture, work ethic, smart people"

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

    I have been working at Tenable full-time

    Pros

    Learning cloud SaaS, work life balance

    Cons

    Distributed teams for younger folks may take some getting used to

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR onboarding process

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Was once a unique company..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture allows managers, Directors, and VPs to pursue whatever goals they wish.
    The media image of this company is spotless. I learned that a successful company is one that is marketed and sold better than the competition.
    This company is currently in the right place at the right time. No meaningful competitors that can serve as a single source for similar functionality.
    When an issue gets raised by enough people, there is an effort to resolve it.
    There are many very smart people dotted throughout the organization.
    Casual business atmosphere.
    Knows how to get ranked as a best place to work, or any other comparison to gain attention.
    Interviewees have a good chance of being hired, as the company is growing.
    Despite challenges, always manages to climb to new heights.

    Cons

    Company culture allows managers, Directors, and VPs to pursue whatever goals they wish.
    This company doesn't fire employees, they fire departments. Ask them if they have a QA department this month.
    Documentation, compliance, procedures, and planning are non-existent across organizational boundaries. Could be a problem if they were ever acquired or attempted to IPO.
    Inter-department cooperation can be difficult.
    Project Management is non-existent.
    Strong opinions regarding vendors and technology along with constant power grabs make simple projects more complicated than they should be at a small company.
    After spending millions to onboard VPs, the same amount of work is being performed, with even less coordination.
    Witnessed a VP in a hockey jersey spitting sunflower seeds into a red solo cup while dressing down an employee. Classy place!
    Lack of a designated operations department means simple business processes are scattered across multiple entities. e.g. Shipping a package, corporate cell phone administration, remote office logistics, or even shuffling employee seating can be hilariously difficult.
    Frustrating lack of direction in some departments, leading to some back and forth on projects. Long term-strategy is missing. Do-overs are a waste of time.
    Customer Feedback regarding features and usability should be taken seriously. I've never understood why Customer Support doesn't riot.
    Products stubbornly cling to the concept of IPs for both functionality and licensing. Host-level functionality and licensing might make more sense.
    I believe Sales and QA were more effective 2 years ago. Both concern me.
    Any information pointing out a negative is publicly refuted, then quietly handled afterwards.
    Company suffers from extreme paranoia - this affects vendor selection, and calls employee loyalty into question needlessly.
    Company throws itself at unproven non-performers with well written resumes.
    Hiring is about quantity, not quality.
    Repackaging lesser products over and over isn't a strategy.
    It feels like turnover is increasing, with some notable members of staff beginning to vacate.
    Taught others; Learned very little.

    Advice to Management

    This review has been deleted 3 times. I re-post it every year. Negative comments about this organization are constantly being deleted.

    I worked at Tenable for more than 6 years. During that time we were wildly successful. I was able to bring my prior experience to the table and witnessed them move from a start-up to a mid-sized company. I felt that I was able to bring positive change to my corner of the organization. The work was fun and rewarding.

    Tenable is a darling of the security industry, and as such gets plenty of praise. I am opting to focus a bit more on the negative, in hopes that either current or future staff can keep the company on the right track. I was a technical employee, so most of my observations are from that viewpoint. In the end, anything I say is just an opinion, and could be refuted for the sake of appearances.

    If you are a self-starter, you'll do fine. Had the ability in my first few years to clean-up and create platforms and procedures as I saw fit. If I defined a plan, scope, and budget, I could get approval to accomplish anything to move the company ahead. Once a platform was agreed upon and rolled out, usage was compulsory. This is to be expected in any mature enterprise.

    The company has increasingly become a magnet for high maintenance employees with strong opinions and no boundaries. Don't like the standard issue equipment? Demand something else, you'll get it. Don't like an internal system? Stop using it and start using another one. This led to several competing and completely overlapping communications platforms, vendor relationships, procedures, and entire departments.

    Product Development decides which bugs to pursue, and they dictate how the product should be used. The QA department at times pushed back on software releases. The solution to this conflict was to dissolve QA and merge them along with Content into the Dev teams. This power grab was a great idea on paper, but the quality of software releases since that time was ... interesting. I believe QA has been disolved TWICE at this point.

    There is a staggering number of VPs associated with the development, marketing, and delivery of 4 products. There's 600 people in this company, not 6000. Original founders / VPs were fantastic, as they provided a unified vision and the direction to make things happen. Since they've started stepping back and hiring 'talented' management, the magic has begun to fade. Nobody knows what anybody else is doing until it's an emergency. Witnessed VPs simply defy corporate policies, create their own infrastructure, and hire contractors without corporate knowledge. When a VP on a conference call literally says "I don't know what my title or area of responsibility is" something isn't quite right.

    The problem becomes worse when you have multiple Marketing departments or multiple IT/Platforms/Cloud/Engineering departments providing quite a bit of overlap with no overall plan.

    Over the years it felt like the same 100 people still did all of the work, the only change being that we hired more people to either tell them how to do it or to get in the way.

    HR Department was too busy attempting to takeover Operations (Facilities, IT, anything else they can make a play for) to actually perform HR functions. They seem somewhat disorganized and disconnected from the rest of the organization. My team was asked for our job descriptions and resumes multiple times, I assume because they were lost. I've had other employees compensation information emailed to me by accident(!). Spreadsheets of employee compensation show up in shared spaces or on printers (the numbers I saw actually contributed to my voluntary departure). Review time was always needlessly confusing. From what I gather, some of the worst elements of HR have moved on.

    I'll stop here.

    This review is longer than any employee review or project plan that I saw over 6 years. The ratings rise and fall from time to time, but the rating trends on Glassdoor have dropped since June 2014 and I can't say that I disagree.


  4. Helpful (19)

    "Classic mismanagement"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tenable used to be a fun place to work, and in fact in 2016 I left a glowing review on here that gave it 5/5 stars. Unfortunately in 2015 it sold its soul to VCs, the transition has mostly finished, and it pretty much went as expected. This review pertains solely to product/engineering, and not any of the other departments.

    Cons

    Everyone in top leadership seems to be here solely for the IPO. Of course I have no idea what they’re actually thinking, but you can tell by their actions that this is roughly the plan – we will get this company to IPO, and after that, well, who cares? There is little vision, there is no leadership, but there is lots of trying to make the company palatable to investors, and drawing the veil over customers' eyes just enough to hide the problems until everyone gets their money and can move on. I don’t think anyone in leadership has run a successful company, and it shows. Unfortunately these are the people responsible for building the other layers of management underneath them, so as you can imagine, these suffer too.

    There is no real dedication to customers, nor to employees – I’m not actually sure what we’re dedicated to, besides making it through the lockup period. There is no desire to build a solid foundation or a long lasting company. If you join Tenable, for the first 3 months you will be dazzled by all the awesome technology we use, and feel that sweet new-job-feel-good buzz (which, by the way, is where I imagine all the positive reviews here come from – that, and HR’s push to improve our Glassdoor ratings; the rest of the ratings are built up from a time long gone by. Glassdoor could do with a Steam style review system.). After that, questions will slowly start to formulate in your mind; for example, why is no one really concerned about a 5 year plan? A 3 year plan? A… 2 year plan? Why is our platform built to scale massively and racks up a ton in bills, but has no customers? Why does it fail to scale for the few huge customers that we do have? Why are 50% of all support tickets filed to fester in a silent void – has no one, still, to this day, figured out the proper way to reliably communicate between support and engineering? Why does our product try to do 20 different things at once, but does not one thing well? Why does every team feel like they’re in their own little silo? Why are the best and brightest engineers working alongside me underpaid? Why does everyone talk about the structural issues we have privately, but never publicly? Are they even allowed to? Could… “transparency” just be a buzzword? Why are we trying to run a huge cloud platform with almost no documentation or a proper communication structure?

    All of these questions can be answered if you think back to why the management across all levels here is incompetent – we’re going make it to IPO, after that, whoever wants to can pick up the bag.

    That’s not to say everything here is woefully terrible – there are some very sharp people working here, some real awesome guys and gals, and if you’re lucky you’ll get a chance to be in a team with them and learn from them, as I have. Unfortunately they all seem to be taxed with constant meetings and fires, and you will watch them struggle to lift the company up, as management keeps dragging them down.

    Advice to Management

    Read the cons section.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Problems and Great People"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The relatively recent focus on our cloud products has created opportunities to solve problems of scale and complexity as well as provided scope to apply new and exciting technologies.

    Coupled with a commitment to continually improve process and empowering engineers, friendly and competent coworkers, and management that focuses on my professional growth, Tenable has become the highlight of my career.

    Cons

    Option grants are fairly scarce.
    Presently understaffed on engineers (but working on it).

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with equity. I think we truly have the spirit of startup, but it doesn't always feel like we have a stake in the success.


  6. "Great people and fast growth"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great work environment focusing on productivity and innovation. Management is efficient. Growth of engineer’s technical and people skills is evident. Coworkers are very friendly and intelligent. Fast growth of cloud products brings along challenging and interesting problems to solve. The option to work from home is a big plus.

    Cons

    Communication across diverse functional teams could have been improved further.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work from home policy
    - Freedom to innovate
    - Access to online education products (pluralsight, udemy)
    - Great managers
    - Lots of PTO
    - Working with some great people

    Cons

    There has been a lot of changes recently but we seem to be past those now. I would call them growing pains. The company is no longer in start up mode.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about the products before trying to replace them with inferior MVP software.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Great people, great product, but..."

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of good people - you'll be working with real dedicated pros on a cool product
    Working environment is pleasant
    Remote work is managed very competently

    Compensation is adequate (though make sure you ask high, because co-workers who apparently asked for less than I did were paid significantly less, and raises were refused them).

    I felt listened to by VPs and senior staff
    The company responds very nimbly for a company it's size to individual initiative.

    If it wasn't for the giant negative in the 'cons' column, this would be a great place to work.

    Cons

    I was employed at Tenable for a short time before my group was wiped. That's a shame for me, but what fires me up is how some of the other people in my group were fired, with no warning or effort put into re-assigning them, and had been working at Tenable for many years, with excellent prior performance and no intervening negative reviews. Some were given a week to see if another team could pick them up (which was 100% dependent on if they happened to need an extra person right at that exact week, they hadn't been warned beforehand) some were not.

    I was also warned through basically a back-channel what was coming, so got a head start on the job hunt - something that I most certainly wouldn't have been prepared for if I'd listened only to what the managers were saying, which was the completely the polar opposite of what they did.

    There's QUITE a bit of turnover, a more-than-average amount of between-group infighting, and odd channels of feedback (I talked to a VP at an all-hands and he set up a meeting between me and CxO level staff where I felt listened to and given resources for my idea - in a big company, that's remarkable! People 3 levels below them on the org chart were totally immovable and unreachable). Really great managers and programmer leads are overtaxed fighting off structural changes and trying to secure stability and security for their sub-team.

    All those are symptoms of the main problem, which is that there is never any safety.
    In retrospect, I dodged ~4 major meltdowns before getting caught in the blast radius of the last one.

    If you're hired to do a certain job, there's no guarantee that you'll be able to do it - managers quit or are fired or re-assigned at a tremendous rate. I was given a year plan by the manager I was hired by, and promptly reassigned over his objections. Then reassigned again, then again, each time leaving the previous manager in the lurch. Other groups accommodated me as best they were able, but my job had changed to 'whatever the latest crisis needs' within three months.

    This last one didn't really bother me, but I know it would some. There's a LOT of 'build this. Ok, now we don't want it, we want this other thing, ok now we want the first thing again, no now we're back to this third different thing.'

    In a small company, people would have to do a large variety of tasks, and might expect quick pivoting and changes in tools and goals, but also had a lot of ownership over the product and even company direction. The company has grown, and by necessity management has solidified into a hierarchy, but employees haven't reaped the benefits of resources and stability. I'm not saying it won't get better, but it's a worst-of-both-worlds for now.

    Advice to Management

    Transitioning to a large company is not going well, from the perspective of the employees. There was an excellent small company here before, and if there's going to be an excellent large company in the future, then getting a solid understanding of the career paths and goals of your employees is essential.

    The town halls ain't cutting it - you're getting frivolous complaints (no, remote workers don't deserve a starbucks card to compensate us for the fact that we don't get free office coffee, get outta here), whereas larger structural complaints are going unaddressed.


  9. "Great company and amazing people"

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

    I have been working at Tenable (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is stellar - working remotely is a game changer. Executive team is an amazing group who are actively involved in day to day operations.

    Cons

    Lots of fast paced changes can leave people a bit worn out, (people rarely like change) but the company is moving in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tenable (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a good family...once.

    Cons

    Mass layoffs in the most disgusting way

    Advice to Management

    Do better


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