Congratulations!
We’re glad you’re with us.

Hopefully the interview process wasn’t too gruelling.
We’re pretty new to this “hiring” thing, so if you thought
of anything that might improve the process for future
employees, please let someone know. You’ll most likely be
in charge of an interview yourself before long, so now is
the time to make sure the next person has an even better
experience. Let’s get on with some of the basics you
need to know straight away.

Let’s get started.

Computer

You’ll need one. As you’ve probably already noticed, most of us use apple computers. We obviously work in other operating systems as well, which is why some of us dual-boot, or use a bunch of virtual machines. Jonas insists on using a non-apple computer, though none of us understand why. Now that you work at Assured, you have a budget of 30 000 SEK + VAT (roughly 3200 EUR) to spend on your new machine which should be enough to buy you any top-of-the-line beast you might want. This budget is refilled every two years, but you’ll make Jesper a happy guy if you don’t burn through your equipment that fast. You can read more about Jesper in the section titled “Economics”. Other than your laptop you can also have your pick of stationary monitors, keyboards and mice. We all use 28” 4K monitors that work quite well.

Phone

Communication is everything, so we’re giving you a new phone to make sure you’ll be reachable during the workday (or evenings, weekends or whenever else someone needs you to fill a spot on our CTF team, or to just grab a beer). No fixed budget here, but you’ll have your pick of the latest iPhone or Android device. Or Windows phone, I guess… You’re free to use your phone outside work within reasonable limits. As long as you don’t rack up huge bills streaming Netflix on your vacation, we won’t question it.

Vacation

You’ve just started and you’re already thinking about your vacation? We’re obviously doing something wrong here… Oh well. You have six weeks paid vacation per annum, unless you negotiated something else. Most of us usually take a month or so off work during the summer, but it’s really up to you. If your client is informed of your plans and are happy with them, so are we.

The office
& other exciting things.

Your Desk

So you’ve got your new shiny computer and cell phone, but where to put it all? Anywhere, really. You’re free to sit anywhere you like as long as that spot isn’t currently occupied. Here’s a handy guide to help you recognise some of the desks and who is currently sitting where:

An extremely cluttered desk filled with old water glasses, coffee mugs, chargers, books, posters, bags and various debris – Definitely Johan’s. He’s pretty friendly, go say hello. He also wrote this handbook, so if you think something needs to be updated or removed, let him know

That weird desk with all the blinking lights, soldering irons, weird pieces of circuit boards and pages of unintelligible math – Joachim’s desk. He’ll talk crypto at you whether you like it or not. Wave from a distance. He’s also in charge of the office, so any questions you have about your new home away from home you should throw in his direction.

The one with at least two laptops, a few screens, and a bunch of important looking documents – Jesper’s desk. He’s a wizard at infrastructure security, and also likes to wrestle people for “sport”. Beware. He also makes sure you get your salary on time. If you don’t get your salary on time it probably means he messed up. Good to know who to blame, right?

You should have everything you need to work already installed at your desk. If there’s anything else you might need, let someone know. We’ll take care of it. Once you’ve found your place around the office, it’s yours to keep. You may need to defend it against newcomers who are jealous of your fancy digs but other than that, this is your home away from home from now on. You’ll also have access to an electronics lab fitted with soldering stations, oscilloscopes, logic probes and a brand new Makerbot 2 3D-printer, among other things. The office also has a lounge area with a large flatscreen TV, Playstation 4 and a brand new sound system. Enjoy!

Food & Drink

We have a kitchen with plenty of space to store your food, or heat it up in one of our three microwaves. I guess you could technically cook something from scratch here too, but you’d be the first (actually, this is no longer true. We had a chef come and cook for us once. It was a great success). We usually go out to eat lunch, or bring some take-away back to the office. If you’re unsure on which restaurants are decent in the area – just ask someone, they’ll happily bring you with them. The fridge should be stocked with a selection of soft drinks, if you’re missing anything in that regard, go buy some! We’ll reimburse you. Talk to Jesper. If everything has gone as planned, there’s probably a bunch of beer and cider available as well. You’re free to partake of these, but you might get a few odd looks if you crack a beer before lunch.

PRO TIP
Hold off on the beer until someone who’s been there longer than you leads the way. I’m sure you won’t have to wait that long.

Expenses

You don’t have an expense account and you don’t have a company credit card. You are, however, allowed to make purchases required for your work and we will reimburse you for them immediately. You don’t need permission to buy anything under 1000 SEK (roughly 100 EUR), as long as it’s work-related (flashdrives, stationary, chargers etc). For any larger expenses, talk to someone who’s been at the company longer. It shouldn’t be a problem. You are expected to pay for travel out of pocket within reasonable limits (taxi fares, etc), for which you will be reimbursed. More expensive travel arrangements can be handled directly by the company, see Jesper for details.

Tools

We have licenses for a bunch of tools you might need in your work, but if there is anything else you need for your current assignment, or something you think we should purchase to improve the quality of our work, let us know! Just talk to someone more senior within the company and they’ll help you out. If you can give a good argument as to why it should be bought, we’ll buy it for you.

ECONOMICS

You don’t have an expense account and you don’t have a company credit card. You are, however, allowed to make purchases required for your work and we will reimburse you for them immediately. You don’t need permission to buy anything under 1000 SEK (roughly 100 EUR), as long as it’s work-related (flashdrives, stationary, chargers etc). For any larger expenses, talk to someone who’s been at the company longer. It shouldn’t be a problem. You are expected to pay for travel out of pocket within reasonable limits (taxi fares, etc), for which you will be reimbursed. More expensive travel arrangements can be handled directly by the company, see Jesper for details.

PRO TIP
Make someone help you out with your first couple of invoices. It’s much easier to make sure you’ve done it right the first time, than to try and correct your mistake afterwards.

PRO TIP
Try to find any travel invoices and receipts for the given month a couple of days before invoice day and the invoicing will be much less stressful for everyone involved.

PRO TIP
You are probably working on an assignment in which you charge by the hour, so make sure to keep track of your actual billable time. Makes everything run smoothly.

Healthcare & Pension

We want to keep our employees as happy and healthy as possible, so we’ve instituted a number of policies and benefits which we hope you’ll like.

Insurance

In case you get sick and need to go on medical leave, you’ll still receive at least 80% of your normal salary. If you are in an accident you’ll have access to private medical care, ensuring that you don’t need to wait around the emergency room for several hours before seeing a doctor. This is purely out of selfish reasons, less hours spent in hospital -> less hours lost that you could have been working. Hopefully you won’t need to worry about any of this, but it’s good to know that you’re covered, should anything happen.

Gym, Sports etc.

At Assured, you have a budget of 5000 SEK (roughly 530 EUR) per annum to spend on gym cards, massages, and other related costs according to what is stipulated for “friskvårdsbidrag” in Swedish law. If you’re unsure about how to spend this budget, or what you are allowed to spend it on, ask Jesper.

Pension

In addition to the standard pension you will receive a private pension savings plan of 6,5% of your total yearly salary. You will be put in contact with someone who handles all of our pensions, they can help you out with the details.

Conferences

We try to go on at least two internal conferences per year. Usually we’ll book rooms at a nice hotel with a good restaurant and a decent spa and spend a few days having way too much fun and discussing our plans for the next year. We’ll also make time to hold talks on our favourite subjects (fun new attacks and vulnerabilities, cool research we’ve seen or done, etc.). If you want to impress your colleagues, make sure to start planning a talk for the next conference now! We strive to learn as much from each other as possible, and these conferences are a way to do that without having to worry about actual “work” or other responsibilities.

Education & training

We strive to be the best, and that means continuous education. There’s always more stuff to learn, teach, and become better at. Most of us try to attend a training session or international security conference at least once a year and to make this easier we have instituted an education budget that you are free to use. You’ll have 50 000 SEK (roughly 5300 EUR) to spend on flights, accommodation, conference tickets or training sessions per annum. Use them wisely and make sure to be prepared to impart your newfound knowledge to your colleagues when you return!

Capture the flag

What better way to hone your skills than to play war games? We have a team, which you are more than welcome to join, and we try to get together to play some capture-the-flag competitions a few times a year. These events are always loads of fun and we usually go out to celebrate with a nice dinner afterwards (regardless of how we did in the competition). Definitely make sure to join in on this.

Brown bag lunches

We try to get together a few times every month to eat lunch at the office and listen to a talk, discuss some recent new exploit or vulnerability, or just shoot the shit. This is also a venue for pitching research ideas and finding people who are interested in helping out. Don’t miss these!

Research & Personal projects

We believe that to become and remain the leading IT-Security company in the world we need to have employees who continually break the boundaries of what we thought hitherto possible. In order to facilitate a sense of continuing exploration and learning we strongly urge you to bring your personal projects and research ideas to the office. We will actively help you further your ideas, goals and passions as far as we possibly can. Be it time, resources, personnel, energy drinks, or anything else, we are here to help! Obviously we can’t let you do this 100% of the time, but our goal is to be able to set aside 20% of your working hours per month dedicated to personal projects and research. All we ask in exchange is that the result is something tangible. That could be a new tool, a new class of vulnerability, a blog post, an article, etc. Get to it!

Making yourself heard

We love to hear ourselves talk and hopefully you do too! At Assured we’re currently working actively on making our message heard as loudly and clearly as possible and we really hope you will join us in that effort. We blog, tweet, podcast, give interviews and so forth. We know that you share our desire to spread our knowledge far and wide, it’s one of our core values, so don’t hesitate to impart what you know to your colleagues and the security community. We’re hoping you’ll be as inspired as we are by this company and our values that you’ll feel the urge to express your enthusiasm to your peers. We won’t force you into any situations you might be uncomfortable with, but we hope you’ll join our choir in the near future.

Want to work with us?

Does it feel like home? Get in touch!
Send an e-mail to info@assured.se and we” get back to you.