SolarWinds
3.0 of 5 79 reviews
www.solarwinds.com Austin, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

SolarWinds Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.0 79 reviews

                             

51% Approve of the CEO

SolarWinds President, CEO, and Director Kevin B. Thompson

Kevin B. Thompson

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Fast paced, fun atmosphere. Expects a lot out of you.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SolarWinds full-time

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to start a career in Software Sales with.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SolarWinds

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

ConsHigh pressure sales model, micromanagement

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Hold on to your seats

Sales (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

Prosfast paced, fun, challenging environment. Hard work is definitely rewarded. Catered lunch twice a week is certainly nice.

Conscaliber of sales rep seems to be declining over the years, focus is definitely on driving business, not as much on innovation (which can be good and bad)

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the little guys, both in your customer base and your work force.

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

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Good company for go-getters

R&D (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsGood 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

ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementAs 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Leader (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementMake hard decisions fast(er)

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

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Grass is not always greener

Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementStop buying crapy companies and focus on the core.

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

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Pretty much your typical software company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at SolarWinds

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

Consmost 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 Senior Managementkeep 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.

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Awesome place to work with

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SolarWinds for more than 3 years

ProsGood place to work with...Can learn a lot...we have the complete freedom to explore...

ConsFirst time managers are a trouble

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Awesome company to work

Senior Tester (Former Employee)
Chennai (India)

I worked at SolarWinds full-time for more than a year

ProsChallenging work environment. Lots of opportunities. Best work environment.Very good salary and benefits

ConsLead play critical roles which sometimes affect ppl

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue good work

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

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Fast growing company with lot of career opportunities

Program Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at SolarWinds full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFriendly and still competitive atmosphere
Challenging work on very interesting products
Intensive feedback from customers
Career opportunities
Competitive salary and bonuses

ConsCommunication between different offices gets difficult due to cultural differences and time zone gaps. Some employees need to work late night to support customers from US.
Top management decisions are sometimes not very well explained, which creates mixed opinions about them.
Investors do not really appreciate the heading of the company which affects the stock price.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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