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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

I worked at SolarWinds full-time for 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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A successful company that could be rewarding or dissatisfying depending on your expectations

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of churn, an employee I know left almost every 2 weeks since I joined
    Growing revenue and customer base
    Standard benefits such as health insurance and 401K matching
    Solid business model that just works
    Every second spent is contributing to the bottom line, low wastage
    Job pay is well above industry average
    Very predictable work day and consistent execution
    No work on weekends
    Dependable internal tools and processes to allow for flawless execution

    Cons

    Limited learning opportunity
    Promotion opportunities no longer like a startup
    Low vacation considering no sick leave
    Employees are overpaid but also overworked
    Time off during work day is frowned upon, officially clocked
    Lack of role models or strategic leaders
    No leeway for failure or risk taking
    Motivates employees with one thing - money
    Low recognition for overtime and above and beyond effort
    All decisions are driven top down, low empowerment
    Extremely sales driven and coin operated strategy
    Lack of innovation, purely inorganic growth
    Employees follow process throughout, drone style
    In decision making, employees are treated purely as resources, not people
    No team building, team offsite, team meetings, courses, get work done and leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO is emphatic that following are essential characteristics of working at SolarWinds and will never change - 1) the work culture is taxing 2) forget family when you step into work until end of workday, even if it is 2 days to Christmas 3) reins will be tightly held from up top 4) Quit if this is not for you. While the honesty is much appreciated, as you grow the company expect some diversity in operational and strategic thinking. Agreed that this has worked so far and you feel the need to hold the reins tight to continue success and reward shareholders. But it should be okay to loosen reins in some places and trust employees to think for the company. Also consider that inorganic growth is a very hard game to play, by empowering employees and loosening process/control more, you might be surprised with the results. This might in fact become necessary for next level of growth and might be too little too late. Vacation needs to be increased by 25% and managers need to be empowered to lead their team and work priorities without being goaded by CEO. Having paid for a desk is not reason enough for employees to not be allowed to work remote as needed and appropriate. Management also need to learn to listen to employee concerns and act on it as opposed to saying "that's how it works". Interviews should include in large component, communication on how company functions, the rigidity and what daily activities constitute to filter in good fit only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    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
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