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I worked at Cigital full-time (less than an year)Pros
If you're not a US citizen you can work here easily.
If you're really lazy and don't have work ethic then you can take advantage like about half the consultants do. Plenty of people come in at 10, smoke break, lunch, smoke break, starbucks run, smoke break, leave at 5 accomplishing about 4 hours of work. Clients don't know the difference and no one cares as long as the report gets put in with a recent amount of findings. Oh XSS, clickjacking, bad use of SSL, no password policy, session fixation + 2 other things. Good job write the report. Some interns were even billable.
John Steven and John Wyatt and like 2 consultants are great at what they do and I like talented people.
Everyone is so nice! You'll be greeted very kindly and everyone is friendly.Cons
The Pros that everyone else mentions are so much more true for every other employer in this industry.
Google "I'm the best and that's all that matters." Big red flag when a ton of people in the company hate the face of the company.
All training is absolutely awful. One person said "I was really attracted by the fact they train their employees" The eLibrary and everything is just terrible. If you didn't already do WebGoat why did you get hired in the first place? Because the interview process is a joke.
Ask the person who's interviewing you a tough technical question after you answer all of theirs. Do this and you'll know learn first hand what I'm about to talk about. It's quite clear no consultant interviewed at any other firm. They blindly go work for Cigital either because they don't have the technical talent or don't know what else is out there. Ask them why they chose Cigital over somewhere else they'll say "Well Gary McGraw just talked at my school and I applied and got hired". 70k starting salary is nice if you don't know anything and don't mind converting bash scripts to python and running AppScan scans all week and learning from reports written by your coworkers.
How many people have presented at Blackhat from Cigital? How about the other firms? There are a couple of really talented people though but they're far and few between. I'm sure Cigital would love to change this and they are trying "we'll pay 1500 dollars to the person who writes the most popular blog post and turn it into a tech talk or white paper" but those don't include giving research time and I think that's because that wouldn't help profits much because of the aforementioned lack of talent there.
John Wyatt says he can't make consulting services more efficient without a plummet of quality. That means he's made it as efficient as possible with quality just meeting ignorant expectations. There is a strong reliance on code scanners and a huge disparity between technical talent as far as consultants. They can say they have a "keen interest in automation" and don't mention the hiring process which is a joke. "Other firms" seem to be run by security people who either don't have the business skills to triple revenue or won't dumb down the quality of their companies work to make a buck, probably both. THIS is why people say high quality work isn't recognized because it doesn't make much of a difference in profits so they don't care.
The laptop they give you is so terrible.
The work area is worse than that of the commuter lounge at my school. You don't get your own desk and you just sit where ever. A senior consultant had to carry his keyboard to and from work everyday.
They email you the fine print documents a couple of days before your first day on purpose so you can't refuse them.
Contrary to what every employee believes. If you ask people who have talked with people that work at a bunch of firms they'll tell you "cigital is a bottom tier firm." Just ask around.
If I forgot anything there's just generally a ubiquitous feeling of cutting corners from the quality of the workplace to the quality of work given to clients to your paycheck. They don't even serve soda with pizza and they have a vending machine for snacks! You have to actually pay for snacks. How horribly corporate.
If you're thinking of working here some other firms are Azimuth, Immunity, iSEC and Matasano. All of which are much much better.Advice to ManagementAdvice
you only care about profit and not about employeesDoesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO