Upbeat employees, plenty of senior support, university-grade training, great pay but VERY DISORGANIZED!
Pros: free lunch, flexiblity, learn somethign new daily
Cons: turnover, lack of stable management, dead end positions with no advancement opportunity
I'm a former SIEM consultant, for 9 months, I worked out of Hanover, Maryland. Colleagues here let you ask all the questions you want and never tire or get sick of you asking how something works or how to do a particular task on a security monitoring software program. We use a lot of network monitoring programs and security appliances here. Predominately, the majority of support we provide deals with McAfee products. McAfee support entails 60% of our customer base.
The pay is a bit above average for an entry level analyst just starting his or her career. expect 50k - 60k if you are fresh in the industry but you can easily make 6 figures here if you know your stuff. Problem is the window of opportunity for advancement is not very big.We don't got many chiefs here so expect to be an Indian.
Turnover is a big issue here, not because of any personnel problems. Management here is very friendly here. Expect to be treated like an esteemed member of the team both by your peers and superiors alike. Problem is the advancement potential at Accuvant ('least in Hanover) is so few and far between. Employees who tend to become more experienced while they hone their craft here tend to want more and there isn't more to give. Employees will feel complacent staying in the current role they were initially hired in and then leave for bigger challenges and more money. If you re hired as an analyst, expect to stay analyst till you either quit or are terminated. That said, senior employees with experience behind them don't stick around long for fear of becoming stagnant or complacent. They can't – more... afford to lose anybody so if you need job security the leverage is in favor of the employee which is pretty rare.
One huge surprise is that there is very little micromanagement. The overbearing style of most traditional workplaces doesn't seem of analysts and consultants from managers. Nobody will be huffing and breathing down your back and you don't have to worry about someone snooping into your cubicle to check and see if you are doing your work. System Logs, Outlook and Remedy are pretty good about doing this for you. If you ain't on point here at Accuvant, everybody will know. Since our work load is distributed amongst the whole team, your peers will keep you in line if you slack off because nobody wants to be stuck doing double the work when there is ample staff to cover things.
If you are used to having to be told what to do you will have to adapt quickly to becoming a self-starter and motivated to know what to do when an alert comes in. While trainings are regularly held on the premises, you are expected to read, retain and review a vast amount of book knowledge and procedure documentation to help you get through your duties. That said, working at Accuvant is 30% actual work product monitoring clients networks while I'd say 60% is learning and training oriented. the rest can be chalked up to research and of course the administrative paper fuddling that everybody hates. Remote/Telecommute work opportunites are available for tenured employees. You are eligible for full health benefits on your first day. Transportation assistance is available as well and we have alot of other cool perks including free lunches and lavish Christmas parties where the company buys YOU a drink, and not talking the cheap stuff either. Prepare to be spoilt if you happen to be a prospect future talent here.
Management just seems to be a little bit disorganized. A lot of senior leaderships come and go and the VPs come and go. We answer more to our customers than we do you our managers so expect to have a new supervisor every 6 to 9 months.
I left when a 160k opportunity came in the pipeline and I was not going to pass that up.
I give Accuvant a 4 out of 5 stars.
-Frank G. – less