SolarWinds

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SolarWinds Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
19 Reviews
3.0
19 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free Lunch twice a week, great benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • Gym, Free lunch twice a week, a job in a tough economy - Looks good on resume (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no semblance of work/life balance, especially outside of the VP level (in 10 reviews)

  • No training you have to learn on your own (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK Company to work for..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Good hours, Good team environment on local level.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, low corporate morale, Insufficient product training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fast pace, dynamic and very intense

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SolarWinds

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment, uncapped bonuses and lot of possibilities of making a killing.

    Cons

    Very inflexible, very low public holidays and difficult to take vacations outside the first days of each quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, fun people to work with, no work life balance. Management continues to crack the whip

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at SolarWinds

    Pros

    Lunch twice a week. Colleagues are great. I can truly say I liked more people than I didn't. Good pay and great benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance. They give you PTO, but you don't get to use it. Riding people for stuff they don't have any control over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just take a deep breath and appreciate how hard your employees work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is what it is

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good product and lots of demand

    Cons

    upper management is very arrogant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    SW

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SolarWinds

    Pros

    Really motivated environment. Pay was good and bonuses just about each quarter.

    Cons

    Very cliquish work environment. If you fit in, you succeeded, if not you were kind of left on your own.

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    VERY Hectic & Profit Focused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They pay good money and we usually get a quarterly bonus. It's hard to say no to that.

    There's a lot of really smart people which makes it interesting.

    Nice, newly refurbished building.

    They also bring in free lunches twice a week.

    Cons

    So. Very. Hectic. Most of the time things are done on a very short schedule with geographically disparate teams which makes it hard to maintain quality, so we're having to move EVEN FASTER to get things done. Sometimes it feels like a never ending slog.

    God help you if you're in Marketing with the near constant re-orgs.

    Substandard PTO for the rank and file - management is out of touch since they get vastly more time and can assign work to others. You end up paying for your time off in all the extra work waiting for you and it feels like you can never catch up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know that it's a business and the purpose is to make money, but it sure feels like it's at any cost - except to the CEO's lifestyle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job for Developers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good quality work for developers. Definitely are able to build your skills. They do have a good work/life balance and free lunches twice a week

    Cons

    moves pretty fast. workload can vary on a weekly basis, so you may be swamped one week and have nothing to do the next week. Company is way big and scattered throughout the world, so its tough to be on contact with people in different timezones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They seem to be doing a pretty good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A provably successful business model with a less-than-commensurate personnel management model

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Developer

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Artificially or otherwise, SolarWinds' management is committed to continued success through growth. Benefits, tangible and otherwise, are pretty standard for the industry. It's a growing software company in Austin, TX; that's a pretty good starting point. The rank-and-file are great people.

    Cons

    Make no mistake: it's a business. Growth is the goal of the almighty Model. The beast must be fed, and personnel, and as long as they facilitate the feeding of the beast, are themselves fed (see the industry staple: free food twice a week). Beyond the frantic talk after quarterly pep rallies, management has minimal apparent interest in personnel development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of you are all hat and no cattle. Some of you don't even seem know what a cow is and don't apparently care. Keep the market happy, as that is ultimately your job now, but do not be surprised when the quality of your product continues to suffer, as it has.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting business model: highly transactional and web-based. Profitable company that pays well (base, bonus and stock). Nice perks.

    Cons

    NYSE company run like family business. CEO involved in every decision. Limited vision and strong belief that there is only one way, the SolarWinds way. Only employee motivator is money. High turnaround in most departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your beliefs and question your leader(ship). Value your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Generally okay place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company, moderately paced work environment
    Easy to maintain a work life balance
    Good benefits
    Good place if you want to work with a larger company that doesn't quite have the large company mentality.

    Cons

    Different departments have different standards for promotions.
    Very political...don't upset the wrong person, it can be a very quick career ender

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent promotion standards across the company
    Get rid of PTO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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