Quest Software

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Quest Software Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
150 Reviews
3.4
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Quest Software Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael S. Dell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is good if you decided not to evolve in the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work environment, every one seemed to care about each other and took the time to talk things through (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • It no longer exists after being acquired by Dell (in 4 reviews)

  • Lot of dead weight middle management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Now owned by Dell...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Quest Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a good working environment with great coworkers, but company decided to go private and instead was acquired by Dell (going from 4,000 employees to 110,000). Overall benefits were inline with the industry.

    Cons

    Company was acquired by Dell. Since it's now Dell, all corporate policies and benefits are inline with Dell's. Best Quest people are already moving on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Quest had a well rounded group of employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing in Remote, OR

    I worked at Quest Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quest promoted work life balance. Encouraged employees to push the envelope to be creative.

    Cons

    Once acquired by Dell lots of fire-drills for reports, marketing updates. Added to the heavy work load can be extremely frustrating. Cost cutting activity make it difficult to make goals for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale was low and it appeared that management had no interest in fixing it. The attitude was do more with less and deal with it.

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some good people, some good promise, but very little execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager

    I worked at Quest Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quest is now part of Dell Software Group, the future of Dell, so there is some security if you are on the right product team for the future. Some very good people in the right places. Some very good products in the right places. Some perks, good benefits, decent pay. Annual sales kickoff in Vegas doesn't hurt either.

    Cons

    Pay / total comp / benefits are below industry peers, especially the smaller faster growing competition. Dell is not willing to get competitive because there are 200 resumes waiting to fill your spot for less pay. I left for a much smaller competitor for a lot more money and flexibility.
    Lot of dead weight middle management. Lot of layers. Lot of dead weight bottom level sales people and long-time Quest (or acquisition) employees that should have been cut ages ago. Which means that top people could be compensated and treated better if you cut the fat and focused. Products take way too long to improve and launch new releases. Way behind industry trends and innovations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people, treat your best people well, or risk losing them all and having a team of mediocre players. Cut all the layers, all the internal BS and processes and legacy systems, get modernized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Quest Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Prior to the Dell buyout. I enjoyed it. A lot of in-place policies and procedures. Established. Free fruit, coffee, tea, etc.

    Cons

    Typical company politics within a mid size company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and implement more company interaction between departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Quest Software Downsize Kings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Quest Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good coworkers and middle management

    Cons

    Forced furloughs, Downsizing positions, Upper management too concerned with keeping their jobs than putting out a good product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needed to be acquired!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Reston, VA

    I worked at Quest Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Quest had good people to work with. They were very supportive of personal time (work/life balance was good). Would definitely work with that group of people again.

    Cons

    Trying to reach into market segments where they had no business being. Their foray into desktop virtualization is a disaster. Same for virtualization management and cloud computing. It's not that they had bad products - simply that management seemed only interested in the maintenance tail and not in enhancing the products to keep them relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SELL! Which they did. I'm hoping that Dell will enable the Quest team to spread their wings and do great things...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Ok place to go

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Renewal Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Support Renewal Representative in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Quest Software

    Pros

    Casual attire
    Free fruit
    Free coffee
    No technology experience required

    Cons

    Promotions are far and few
    Not very fulfilling

    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Operations Manager in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing Operations Manager in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Quest Software

    Pros

    The people I worked with on a day-to-day basis were some of the most professional and inspiring co-workers I have ever had. There was a true sense of team and everyone working to the same goal.

    Cons

    The harsh economy has made Quest Software a difficult place to work if you don't live in California. Communication out of corporate was sparse and often just rumors; people will make stuff up if they aren't given direction. Pressure at the top to increase performance works downhill. Forced-vacations with little notice to employees does not encourage loyalty to a workforce already trying to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop whipping the worker bees and look to the people who are supposed to making the big decisions for why you aren't performing why you used to. The top executives "let go" senior managers who used to question how things were getting done. And now things aren't getting done at all. Maybe top executives NEED someone to question them even if they don't like it.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Company frequently changing business organization; keep buying small software companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Quest Software

    Pros

    People are nice in general. Work time can be flexible if you are in R&D. West Coast casual, but IT best-in-class organization. It would be good if you are engineers.

    Cons

    Company keep buying small software companies; often organization change. Integration after the company purchase seems to be challenging to senior management; it is like different small companies among different product teams. The limit of number of vacation days is lower than average. Stock option availability to engineers (even if senior developers) seem to be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefit should be able to be considered and updated if the company would like to keep efficient employees/engineers.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learned a lot about turning technology into product

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Quest Software

    Pros

    Freedom to test new ideas
    Bright and collaborative people
    Rapid learning curves
    Access to aggressive sales force

    Cons

    Constantly changing sales focus stifles most long term initiatives
    Patchy innovation opportunities if your product is not in focus
    Have to know when to push and when to keep your head down
    If you want to move up you will have to burn the candle at both ends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a strategy for putting products on front and back burners and explicitly work those priorities into all the respective teams so that expectations are set right.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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