Washington DC Area Information Security Engineering Work (NOVA DMV)

T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
Apr 8 24 Comments

The NOVA DMV area is stacked with information security engineering jobs. Is this one of the best places to find interesting work in the country for this field? Looks like a nice place to be near all major east coast and southern major cities along with good salary and lots of job growth opportunities.

Anyone have any experience in this culture / field in NOVA DMV?

Microsoft, Salesforce, Verizon, AT&T, Tennable Network Security, Palo Alto Networks, MITRE, Fireeye / Mandiant, Cyren, LookingGlass Cyber, Amazon AWS, Crowdstrike, Check Point, etc.

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  • The comp to COL and traffick are horrible. You can do worse but it's never going to be like nyc, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, bay.

    In terms of security, it's definitely a hub, just don't expect 300k TC unless you're a director
    Apr 8 5
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Not looking for 300k. Happy with 150 base plus perks and bonus to be honest. I feel rich making around 200k TC now (I don't want a big fancy house or other anchors which loosen the freedoms of life and movement).
      Apr 8
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Have you lived in the DC area before? What did you like about it?
      Apr 8
    • Yes. I guess there's a little bit if everything which is cool. Some Michelin restaurants, museums, Shenandoah is pretty close, there's seasons. It's just that none of those things will be on the level of the other areas I mentioned, but the negatives will be pretty bad. Like is said col, traffick, a lot of govt contracting make it somewhat undesireable.
      Apr 8
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Thanks for your honest feedback, truly appreciated.
      Apr 8
    • Fannie Mae tibco
      I live a few miles away from work and the traffic still sucks. As long as you have to go through roads like rt 50, 66, or 495 it will suck.
      Apr 8
  • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
    OP
    Can anyone share some more personal experiences about what they really enjoyed about the area (DMV NOVA)?
    Apr 8 2
    • comScore / Other 👩‍💼👠🎓
      Indian food. Especially Hyderabadi biriyani places 😂
      Apr 8
    • Fannie Mae tibco
      It is relatively safe and fairly culturally diverse.
      Apr 8
  • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
    OP
    Not looking for 300k. Happy with 150 base plus perks and bonus to be honest. I feel rich making around 200k TC now (I don't want a big fancy house or other anchors which loosen the freedoms of life and movement).
    Apr 8 2
    • I like your attitude. Are you in the area already?
      Apr 8
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      I am in Seattle, looking to Branch out in a couple years maybe.
      Apr 8
  • T-Mobile / Design 6lsh8af
    What do people hate about DMV NOVA?
    Apr 11 1
    • New / R&D mr.jangles
      Traffic, suppressed salaries, most jobs are suckling on the government teat, housing is expensive unless you move far out which in that case you have bad traffic, not a lot of great outdoors spots.
      Apr 12
  • Fannie Mae uuXQ28
    Your work will most likely be tied to or be somewhat relevant to federal government (most companies here are government Contracting companies). As a result your work will be slow and highly regulated, and most likely not interesting.

    Also COl is high and low salary. If you can avoid NOVA do it
    Apr 8 1
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Thank you for the feedback!
      Apr 8
  • Verizon XbVH67
    With the Smithsonian and hiking/biking trails. Old Town Alexandria is great, so are the great falls park's. There's some very good restaurants all over the tri-state area. Crabbing on the MD shore in the summer is great. If you're interested in more info reach out to me and I'll be happy to help
    Apr 8 1
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Sounds really interesting actually, sounds like a place I would like.
      Apr 8
  • Verizon XbVH67
    I spent 14 years in NOVA in telecom. If you can find a house close to work that's the ideal situation. I lived 15 min from the office, and that was great. If you have to commute, you can take the metro to and from work. But I'd say you'd have to be aware that you'll have to start early (6am) to grab a parking spot and a seat on the metro. That would then make your workday a 7 to 3 shift if your employer is good with that. You do have LOTS and to do
    Apr 8 1
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Thank you!
      Apr 8
  • New / Consultant Dial 1 now
    CoL/salary isn't amazing, as others have said. If you want to raise a family, the schools in nova are fantastic. DC is a solid city. Strong consulting presence from the Big 4 and other firms, for whatever that's worth.

    Personally, I think the DC area is nascent, especially with Amazon HQ2 coming to Crystal city. Rents are already very pricy though.

    IMO not as much soul as a place like SF or LA, but you'll find lots of real, deep, stand up (if a littoe boring) people there
    Apr 8 1
    • T-Mobile / Consultant hlw3pq2
      OP
      Thanks! How is the soul/culture in DC compared to Seattle? Seattle folks are so quiet, passive aggressive, and boring. I imagine it will be a huge upgrade. Not everyone in Seattle is as described above as I have met many amazing people, but the culture is passive aggressive, low energy, keep to yourself almost everywhere.
      Apr 8
  • T-Mobile / Design je9b3xa
    Apr 19 0
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