SolarWinds

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SolarWinds Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
116 Reviews
3.5
116 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.  

    Fast Paced

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, ability to be promoted per performance.

    Cons

    Time off at EOM, EOQ, EOY is frowned upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to take time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not easy but pays if you're a true producer

    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - The ability to make six figures in the first year is very realistic
    - Lunch every Friday from top end restaurants, breakfast from places like chic filet or torchs is that uncommon, stacked fridge and snacks
    - Awards given to top producers quarterly
    - Awesome products

    Cons

    Continue to spend time with new employees to assure they've been trained right for there role. It's a very hard job so the right manager makes all the difference

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to spend time with new employees to assure they've been trained right for there role starts. It's a very hard job so the right manager makes all the difference in the success you'll have

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work atmosphere!

    • 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

    I worked here for 4 yrs and quite enjoyed my time there. The work culture there is great and it is generally a very relaxed work enviroment. We worked very hard and were quite busy most of the time but the people there were great. There was good benefits from the job too. We got free lunch every wednesday and hot food the last 3 days of each month. There were also free snacks and cereal each day a fully stocked soda fridge and also a leisure room with a ping pong table.

    Cons

    We were frequently understaffed and the training we were received when joining was not great. It is getting better now though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great re-entry into Texas Technology

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

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

    Pros

    A fast paced, innovative company

    Cons

    Some times reactive instead of proactive in management style, especially at mid-management level. That is changing as the company grows and leadership matures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage your knowledge capital first.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced, fun atmosphere. Expects a lot out of you.

    • 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

    Pros

    Challenging.
    Good money.
    They've instituted training for new employees.

    Cons

    Top employees seem to be fed the best deals.
    Weekly commits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to start a career in Software Sales with.

    • 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

    Pros

    Good company, solid benefits, pay, training, and career growth opportunities

    Cons

    High pressure sales model, micromanagement

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company for go-getters

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

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

    Pros

    Good place for people who are self-directed
    Lots of colleagues who are both smart and bright
    Plenty of opportunities to learn new things
    Fair compensation
    Challenging work
    Once you've proven yourself, management does listen to employees here
    Exceptional at explaining the vision and the model so that employees understand what they need to do to support the business
    Only example I have ever seen of successful offshoring, with great international colleagues

    Cons

    Not a good fit for people who like a lot of structure or need a lot of guidance on how to do their jobs
    If you're not working out, they will quickly let you go (BTW to me this is a good thing--this company doesn't carry deadbeats on its back or payroll)
    Some normal growing pains given its size and industry
    In US, less than standard holidays and poor PTO policies
    Draconian legal department interferes with business in ridiculous ways
    Sometimes penny wise and pound foolish on spending money for business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we grow it's going to be difficult to keep the magic that makes us good. I hope you are focusing on that and also on the "penny wise and pound foolish" thing. That approach doesn't scale at some point, and to me, we are at that point.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If you want to make an impact and enjoy the challenges of a growing company, this is the place to be!

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

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

    Pros

    Fast growth, ability to shape the company (current results and future), global teams, smart team members, promote from within

    Cons

    You need to draw boundaries yourself (work/life) - there is so much opportunity, you could work 24 hours a day and not grab it all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make hard decisions fast(er)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Grass is not always greener

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunch (Twice a week)
    After business hours, no work (No on-call, etc)
    Energetic
    Something different all day
    No travel (Unlike other Sales Engineers)

    Cons

    Calls get boring after a while.
    On the phone after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying crapy companies and focus on the core.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty much your typical software company

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

    I have been working at SolarWinds

    Pros

    fast-paced, successful company. good pay/bonus amounts, 401k matching, free lunches & snacks, beautiful building. fun, smart co-workers.

    Cons

    most of the stuff you see at a growing software company: it can be chaotic, departments aren't always coordinated, it's kind of sink or swim sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep trying to find the perfect blend of process, speed, and flexibility. make executive management accountable for the management decisions of the line managers - get feedback from employees and get rid of bad managers.

    Approves of CEO

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