IOActive Reviews

Updated 3 September 2014
Updated 3 September 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Business Development

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

    I have been working at IOActive full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding company! Progressive!! Work Hard/Play Hard mentality! Well focused management! Strong goals, stronger ethics!! Everyone always will to help and assist if you ask. Strong availability for growth within the company as it is getting bigger!! Gartner recognition!!

    Cons

    Those that are not willing to ask for assistance or help do not get it. Looking for adults that are professionals and have the attitude to do what it takes to win and be the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire what YOU perceive to be the best!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loving it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Consultant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Security Consultant in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    So far I'm really enjoying my time here. I get to do interesting projects for interesting clients. Finally getting stamps in my passport going to fun places. The training has been great. Can't wait to try out new skills in the lab!

    Cons

    Consulting isn't always easy and IOActive is definitely fast-paced but I think that just makes it more fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really enjoy the team meetings and trips. More of those please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun and challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Security Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    We get to do what we love every day. I love the new office and it's a great way for everyone to work together. Makes us feel much more like a team. The consulting gigs are always challenging and the research projects really push my skill set. Getting to travel and work with smart people is my dream job come true.

    Cons

    I wish I could spend more time with other pirates. But the team trips are great and always inspire me to try new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More great pirates please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Best company in the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    IOActive is definitely a hard core company. The research makes it really fun and hard. Lots of fun travel and cool people to work with. And we get to be pirates. They bring us together a few times a year so you make a lot of friends, break cool technology and have fun. This company is different than any other in the world.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say about working at IOActive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know how they do it so just keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I left a job in IT to work in IOAcitve. Now I'm finally getting paid to do what I love. The gigs are fun and I get to travel around the world. Sometimes it is hard to go back home as now I have had a taste of other lives.

    The company has given me the chance to meet people I knew online for years. Now I know them in person too!

    Our captain is great. I don't think she ever sleeps!

    Cons

    I always want to do more and learn more but not enough hours in the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I share my research ideas often. Cesar always has great feedback and helps me create new projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I look forward to work every day. The team really rallies behind all the sales and marketing efforts. They never make me feel stupid even as I learn the technology. I love my clients and I enjoy all the new challenges they provide. Plus as a sales person getting to be involved in the project delivery makes it the best job ever!

    Cons

    Always juggling a lot of balls so never enough time in the day but it's all pressure I put on myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    World domination. Bring it on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Huge alcohol and party culture. Nepotism is strong with this company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IOActive full-time

    Pros

    Engagements can be fun. You get to travel the world. Coworkers are fun to be around and very motivating. Being immersed in the industry is as career building as working in it.

    Their legal department is spot on, always.

    Cons

    Huge alcohol and party culture. If you don't follow the "norm" in that regard, you will be treated differently and your opportunities will be less.

    Operations team does little to nothing for most of the employees. It seems like they just don't know what they are doing and they don't particularly care about you unless you are in their "top 5 consultants" list.

    I've seen many employees get the boot or get demoted in favor of friends of management. Often times, those friends don't have the relative experience necessary to fulfill those positions. There is a lack of respect between supervising directors and their charges.

    There is no HR department, which makes it very hard to be heard when you do have a problem with another employee. Usually it's just brushed under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize your management. Hire individuals who know how to communicate. Let go of anyone who didn't pass a standard interview process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Totally cool experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Security Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chris Valasek teaching me to hack cars, Michael Milvich teaching me to reverse engineer, Mike Davis teaching me hardware hacking. Ruben Santamarta letting me help on his research. My mind is blown daily here.

    Cons

    I wish we could all be together more often but they arrange as many trips as possible. I look forward to them every time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're always reminded that we're a meritocracy. I share my ideas all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Can't imagine working anywhere else

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Security Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Security Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Things are always interesting. I get to work on lots of projects with lots of different people. Jennifer is great inspiration and so easy to work with. She definitely understands us geeks. Cesar and Gunter make sure we have lots of research opportunity. The sales team makes sure to sell engagements we want to work on. Even on bad days, can't imagine working anywhere else.

    Cons

    So many new things to try, so little time. I am tackling hardware hacking, control systems, client stuff! It's hard to know what to try first sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. It just gets better every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at IOActive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can express your own ideas and manager your time.

    Cons

    Some projects are not assigned based on the skills of the people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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