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ZeroFOX Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Company, Unique product, Fun and challenging engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great coworkers, awesome team
    - open source technologies, leave tech decisions up to individuals/teams
    - collaborative environment, everyone has a say in tech decisions, PM and business side interested in being guided by tech input
    - growing team
    - awesome engineering department leadership!
    - 9-5, (work smarter, not harder) only have to work outside of those times MAYBE 1x per month
    - fun open source technology, use the best tool for the job
    - quarterly bonuses, yearly raises

    Cons

    - no 401k match
    - there are still the dark legacy nightmare corners of the code, but these are quickly disappearing as experienced engineers are prioritizing them as issues.
    - still a pretty young team, a senior person will have lots of opportunity to coach and guide and convince the younger engineers on the team

    Advice to Management

    - keep it up, the VP of Engineering is huge about letting individuals/teams guide their own work
    - Not much contact with CTO, but he is always receptive to any concerns, and takes concerns very seriously, and is open to any/all input


  2. Helpful (8)

    "No Growth Opportunities for Employees and Poor Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Catered lunches, younger workforce, cool office

    The culture of the company is actually pretty neat. The front line employees really do care for Baltimore and are trying to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    ZeroFOX always hires for leadership from outside the organization giving no way for current employees to move up, and frequently hires kids right out of school at very low salaries. They do generally offer stock options, but refuse to share how much equity employees have. Even current employees don't know how many outstanding shares there are, which makes the stock option grant offers pretty worthless.

    The company values are awesome, but most are just lip service and marketing fluff. The leadership cares little for company values and sees them as a way to motivate the workforce, not as standards to live by.

    The company talks about being transparent with employees, but most of the communication I saw from upper management on the health of the company or plans moving forward were red herrings focusing on worthless metrics to distract from the real problems in the organization. A lot of effort is spent trying to put a pretty face on systemic problems, especially when investors are planning on coming into town.

    ZeroFOX is very executive heavy. They pitch the company as being flexible and cool, but it's very much of a bait and switch. James Foster, the founder and CEO is also one of the coldest and most unethical people I have ever met. He is very warm and friendly until you actually start working for him.

    Advice to Management

    Give internal growth a chance. It's cheaper than pulling in 'Rockstars' who have no idea what they are doing and simply look good on paper.

    Spend less on marketing and more on market analysis. Build a product people want to buy, not one you want to sell that has limited value and requires large budget.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "ZeroFox"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cyber Asset Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Cyber Asset Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZeroFOX full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers, great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate when there is an issue and make an employee aware there is an issue.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, exciting, fast paced environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research & Development Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research & Development Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZeroFOX (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Team is like family here and it's a joy to work with everyone
    - Can work with the latest tech to pick the best tools for the job
    - Fast growing, well funded
    - The culture is about doing the best work you can do while also having a great time. Free lunches, nerf battles, happy hour kegs, etc

    Cons

    - No 401k matching
    - Can sometimes work way more than 40 hours a week, but that's rare and usually because you're working on something exciting and interesting

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more, we care just as much as you do about the success of this company/mission.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Cutting Edge Technology Pioneering Social Media Cyber Security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people in an open door tech start-up culture. CEO invites departments to his own home to offer drinks and updates in candid Q & A sessions about where we are and where we are going.

    National Bohemian on-tap at our office which is in the former paps blue ribbon castle. Happy our every Friday after 3pm.

    Monthly company Keg parties complete with DJ and lighting fx.

    Great compensation packages probably the best I've seen for a tech start up.

    Cons

    A "What have you done for me lately" management philosophy.

    Fear management tactics to drive revenue.

    Expectation of long hours including weekends. Very hard to take more than 3 days off for vacation even though they have a very liberal pto policy.

    Work life balance absolutely sucks.

    I have a wife and kids and yes it's great the office is like an adult playground but, I'm sorry, I'm not sleeping under my desk and living at ZeroFOX.

    To be fair some of the C-suite executives that have been with the company from it's inception do spend easily 90-100 hrs a week in the office. Unfortunately all other employee's get mixed messages when you have brand new c-level exec's that come onboard that don't understand the work ethic and hours required to be put in here and get a free pass when everyone else gets the riot act for having a life outside the office.

    Advice to Management

    Get Rid of all management that came over from Vocus, they inspire fear, paranoia, and anxiety in the sales department and that is never a good recipe for growth and hitting revenue targets.

    Get a grip on the work life balance: You have lost a lot of great talent making huge contributions to the organization due to the level of physical dedication your expecting.


  7. "Great Company Culture and Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Catered lunch 4 days a week
    - Awesome management
    - They Genuinely care about your success and growth in ZeroFOX
    - CEO is amazing and takes it upon himself to know every team's strengths and weaknesses in order to make that team better
    - Health plan/benefits are SO awesome.
    - flexible hours, just get the job done and exceed your goals
    - Awesome building to work in - The old Pabst building in Fed Hill
    - The company puts on great events and happy hours at the end of each quarter to celebrate
    - two weeks off for the holidays Christmas - new year
    - great environment to work in

    Cons

    - Not a lot of PTO to start and no matching 401k (yet)


  8. "Very fun and has continued to do well"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * The employees here are wonderful. Working with my colleagues is what motivates me
    * Cool office located in an old PBR canning factory
    * Flexible work time. ZeroFOX doesn't clock your hours. They care about work done, not time spent in the office
    * Lunch four days a week. Health-wise it can be hit or miss, but you can usually make something that's reasonably healthy

    Cons

    * Culture of being constantly available
    * Paid time off is minimal, although the office is closed xmas to new years, but that seems to be pretty standard nowadays
    * No 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Guide your employees and let them do awesome things. Don't micromanage them.


  9. "Great culture, smart people, growing fast!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZeroFOX full-time

    Pros

    * Very open, transparent, fun environment, full of really smart people
    * Financially sound, growing fast
    * Everyone in one open plan, highly collaborative office
    * Free lunches 4 days a week!
    * Lots of interesting restaurants, stores, transport nearby

    Cons

    * Right now, the office is getting rather crowded and empty conference rooms are getting hard to come by. In about a month we should be moving into a brand new, much larger, office

    Advice to Management

    continue what you're doing, and hire more great people!


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Solid people, nothing special"

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

    I worked at ZeroFOX full-time

    Pros

    good work-life balance - Most people including some management clock out right at 5
    good office location - if you live in Baltimore, ZF offices are in heart of Fed Hill
    comptetent employees - nothing special but also not horrible

    Cons

    management sucks - Incompetent people are at high-level positions
    culture - There is none and most employees don't really care that much about their jobs so its not exciting to work there despite what they may tell you about being a high-growth company


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great work environment but company lacks direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZeroFOX full-time

    Pros

    fun place, great people and free lunches

    Cons

    Always changing needs and has no direction of where the product is going at times.



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