I’ve been looking for a new job for months now, and have made it to the final stages of a SOC Analyst role for a small remote based company. The issue is, my last role as a SOC analyst was an absolute nightmare, and I feel I’m seeing some parallels in this company.
In a nutshell, my previous role as a SOC Analyst had me overworked, harassed, hazed, and at some points fearing for my physical safety. I obviously high-tailed it out of that role and have been looking for another entry into the cybersecurity world since.
This company I’m interviewing has tons of similarities:
– Startup ✅
– Lack of smart processes automation **(but this company is upfront about it & has said exactly what they’re doing to improve)** ✅
– “We need people who don’t require a lot of mentoring.” ✅
– “We have an hourly alert quota and no room for error.” ✅
– No benefits besides healthcare & 14 days PTO. ✅
Also, the CEO said some weird things in my final interview:
* **”We would expect a two year commitment from hire. A promise, not a contract.”**
* **”We (the leadership team) are all former first responders, so you have our assurance that we have the moral compass to treat our employees right.”**
The only differences are these guys pay a fair salary and allow remote work. So, I’m definitely interested, but I’m very, very scared of SOC work after my last job. **What’s also weird I would be the most senior analyst on their team and I barely have one year of experience!** – I don’t know if I should be excited or scared from that.
The biggest thing that irked me was that the SOC Lead stated he wanted people who didn’t need a lot of mentoring. He sounded like his current team asked too many questions – which I understand. But I want a company who is there to support me if I need help.
This will be my third job this year, and I really need a role I can stay in for a long time. I can’t have another nightmare company.
What do I look out for? What questions should I ask? How do I know if SOC work is right for me?