SolarWinds

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SolarWinds Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.1 92 reviews

54% Approve of the CEO

SolarWinds President, CEO, and Director Kevin B. Thompson

Kevin B. Thompson

(65 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Gym, Free lunch twice a week, a job in a tough economy - Looks good on resume(in 17 reviews)

  • Catered lunch twice a week is certainly nice(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There is also very little to be said for work/life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • Thrown in to the job, no training, no help when you are on the phone with customer(in 8 reviews)

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    Not for everyone

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

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

    ConsNYSE 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 Senior ManagementChallenge your beliefs and question your leader(ship). Value your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Generally okay place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsistent promotion standards across the company
    Get rid of PTO

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    High Pressure, High Stress!!

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThere were some great people that I worked alongside that had a general interest in the success of the company.

    ConsIt was a very stressful job where little to no recognition is given.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave business transparency where your workforce knows how the business is doing, rather than making them feel as though they are always behind on the number, only to find out they had good quarter, when earnings are released.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fast paced company, but you have to report to right people

    Lead Technical Developer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsIt is a really fast paced company. you will not see alot of sitting around and doing nothing. or working on projects that simply get canceled. the company overall treats employees respectfully. the office environment is not bad at all. the twice a week lunches are OK. the quarterly bonus really helps you keep going vs an annual bonus.

    Constoo much short term focus on stock price. the company is left and right trying to move from one country to an other in hope of cheaper staff.
    the company rush into external market does not appear to be exactly paying off.
    you will have to report to the right people for your hardwork to get noticed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    tough place to work but can be rewarding

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Prosif you can stick around for a few years through the hardships, once you establish a track records people will respect you and you will eventually get prompted. but it takes a long time to get there.

    Consvery difficult place for newbies.
    departments don't exactly talk very well.
    some departments are way let's make this quarter driven.

    Advice to Senior Managementcompany has grown. folks who helped the company grow more or less have been rewarded. a lot of new folks have come in since. you need to provide a clear path for them to get to a place where they can earn more money without leaving the company. management doesn't seem most approachable about a raise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Management is awful

    Sales Account Manager (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGreat Money, growing company, fast paced, great teams

    ConsNo territories, No named accounts....take a vacation and your accounts are given away. No training. All Sales departments have horrible management unless you work in the Federal, SLED or Channel sales teams.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging, fast growing, dynamic, but also a bit chaotic company

    User Experience Designer (Current Employee) Brno (Czech Republic)

    ProsInteresting Job, cool work environment in a great location, good system of benefits, interesting and highly intelligent colleagues

    ConsRaising fluctuation of the employees, distant cooperation finds some technical limitations, all-hands meetings are full of managerial bullshits, internal processes are becoming too long as the company is growing, no travel possibilities on the junior roles for the most of the teams, below average salaries comparing to some of the local start-ups.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on what you want

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsVery smart, savvy senior management.

    ConsIt's all a margins game. SWI is ferociously talented when it comes to making profit. But the pace and velocity that requires often sacrifices sound planning and sanity.

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    3 people found this helpful  

    good sales driven company but no equal opportunity for employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood product, good compensation, good company business model

    Consno career growth, no yearly salary adjustment, relocation only for management

    Advice to Senior Managementnot so much given equal opportunity to employees, good product but product enhancement will need improvement.

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