Today, in our Working In Boston Tech series, we hear from the team at Carbon Black! Based in Waltham, Carbon Black is one of the fastest growing companies in cybersecurity. Why? Their technology – in a world where cyber threats are more prevalent than ever, Carbon Black is a leading provider of next-generation endpoint security.
Carbon Black was named a “50 on Fire” winner by BostInno in the technology category for 2015 and 206 and was named to Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” for four consecutive years.
What is it like to work at Carbon Black in terms of your culture?
Carbon Black is the perfect place for someone who wants to work hard and be challenged while also utilizing friendly cooperation and collaboration to achieve goals. We put a lot of emphasis on promoting a friendly, positive culture to ensure the happiness and personal growth of our employees. If an executive is not in a meeting, you can expect their office door to be open for anyone to come by to ask a question or offer a suggestion. You’d be hard pressed to find an employee who won’t greet you with a smile and introduce themselves to you on your first day. We also work hard to make sure our remote employees remember that they’re crucial members of the community even though they aren’t in Waltham on a daily basis. At most QBR meetings we give away branded gear and always ensure we’re shipping the goods to our remote employees to relish in our success along with us!
What’s the best way to get a job at Carbon Black?
Check out our career site! We have many opportunities across all areas of the business and in multiple geographies (such as the new offices in Portland, OR and Boulder, CO). We’ve added roughly 300+ employees in 2017 and have no plans to slow down soon!
What can someone expect during the interview process?
Once you have applied for a position, you can expect a recruiter to reach out to you to chat about the specifics of the role and whether or not the role could be a good fit for you. If we’re aligned that this could be a strong fit you will likely chat with the hiring manager for the role and have one or two follow up phone screens depending on the role and your physical location to one of our offices. We will then invite you to our office for in-person interviews where you can meet the team and get a feel for our office and our company as a whole. We believe it’s a critical portion of the interview process to ensure you’ve had the opportunity to meet with us in-person.
What can people expect over the course of their career at Carbon Black?
People can expect opportunities to grow, challenge themselves, and make a role their own. With our company's growth, there are many opportunities for promotion. Annually, we see an average of 25-35% of employees making moves internally. Either they move up in a set career path, take on a newly created role, or make a complete change all together.
You can learn more about our Talent Development Programs here and our internal mobility spotlights here.
Are there any favorite activities that the employees do outside of the office?
We have a culture-focused club called Life At Cb that handles a number of social activities, philanthropic events, and learning & development opportunities. On the social side, we have a number of parties throughout the year as well as sports leagues, such as our softball team. On the philanthropic side, we partner closely with TUGG and host a bunch of our own events which benefit a range of causes, from cystic fibrosis or hurricane relief funds, to Blessings in a Backpack or the Seal Future Fund. For learning & development, we have a women-focused group called the Cigar Room which hosts a number of events throughout the year. We also host workshops throughout the years, send our people to specific conferences, and facilitate regular NEO (New Employee Orientation) events.
Are there any fun facts or unique stories that you can share about Carbon Black or individuals that work there?
A large number of our employees spend their non-working time pursuing a wide range of interesting hobbies. We have a number of extreme sports enthusiasts, a strong contingent of talented musicians, and people who collect everything from comic books to art. That mix of interests reflects the variety of people in the company which plays a big role in making Carbon Black such an exciting place to work.
What TV or movie would best describe the working environment and employees at Carbon Black?
The spirit of our company and its mission is reflected in the plot of the original Star Wars movie A New Hope. Our team consists of people from far and wide who do a variety of different jobs. But the one thing that unifies us all is the mission to provide the very best endpoint security solutions to our customers. There are a lot of “Stormtroopers” out there who want to attack companies and steal vital information. Collectively, we represent the Rebel Alliance that is singularly focused on ensuring that the Empire of evildoers doesn’t get its hands on the information on our customers’ laptops, desktops and servers.
Do you have any unique benefits or perks?
We have many great perks and are working to come up with more every day! We have a company-wide wellness week including yoga classes, onsite mobile vision testing, financial seminars, and more! We have access to a corporate sponsored Care.com, discounts on many types of insurance (including pet insurance), onsite dry-cleaning, lactation rooms, meditation/prayer rooms, and “Bagel Mondays”, along with our standard benefits package. However, many of our employees' favorite benefit is our flexible PTO!
What’s on tap or in your fridge?
Along with various coffee and tea options, we have many fountain drinks to choose from and our fridge is stocked with Harpoon, Blue Moon, Down East Cider, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, and a rotation of other craft beers.