Qualys

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Qualys Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
62 Reviews
3.1
62 Reviews
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Qualys Chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot
Philippe Courtot
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Qualys helps foster a work-life balance/fitness (in 6 reviews)

  • Great technology and leader in market segment (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Qualys does not offer 401k matching (in 10 reviews)

  • No 401k Matching (Unless your an engineer (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, fast paced environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    -People - a lot of very smart/fun people who are passionate about what they do
    -Opportunities to contribute - there are so many ways you can be involved in helping products/customers
    -Technology - great foundation that provides strong potential to expand into new product lines
    -Flexibility - they have worked with personal/family circumstances and been very supportive and flexible

    Cons

    -Can be a challenge for those without strong experience and self-direction
    -Communication could be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Increase communication

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

    Okay place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Qualys part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good support from team and colleagues

    Cons

    Reorg takes its toll on morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Scary work place

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay. Good if you just need a job and nothing else.

    Cons

    The main con of this place is culture of fear. It comes top down. You have an idea just keep it to self, if it is not in line with upper managements thinking then you are fired. I have seen better team leads than directors and vps at this place. They are all accidental C-staff and VPs. Nobody dares to stand up to the CEO and CEO only wants an YES man. That culture percolates down to the managers as well, they need YES men. It is a bad company if you want to make an impact and grow your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the exec management from top down with smart people and visionaries and not YES men.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Toxic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vulnerability Signature Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Vulnerability Signature Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    The Coworkers are the only reason I stayed.

    Cons

    -heavy handed and micro managing senior management
    -the HR department gossips about employees
    -the CEO is a racist and a sexist who has no problem telling his direct reports that they are idiots and monkeys.
    -Look at the executive turnover!! they can't keep a president, Vp of sales, Operations, or support. The average stay for those positions is 5 months...the only people who last are the people who Philippe brought in to begin with
    - the product hasn't changed in 10 years really
    - the benefits are not in line with the startups you could go to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp your HR department from the top down. Your HR department, without a doubt is the least professional, most irresponsible and vindictive one I have ever seen. Your turnover illustrates the lack of culture and this is fostered and nurtured by those few women who would do better to run a quilting circle than an HR department in silicon valley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Collaborative Workforce

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

    I worked at Qualys

    Pros

    The focus on customer success is shared across product management, development and QA.

    Cons

    CEO tends to rant a right-wing agenda at company functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to business and leave your political opinions at home.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Joined with high expectations, left disappointed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    Strong customer base.
    * VM solution: is good – could use some updating to the interface, better integrations with 3rd party solutions
    * Policy compliance Solution: good solution
    * Web App Security Solution: is ok , needs some work to catch up to others vendors in the market.
    Good healthcare benefits

    Cons

    In my option, the biggest challenge one will face when joining this company is the culture instilled by the CEO. The culture is one of fear and negativity.

    Philippe is very smart but also very set in his ways. Most conversations you will have with him will likely be in a demeaning monotone manner and his temperament always seems is a bit rude and ungrateful. But what I was most surprised around was in his manner when speaking about customers and employees. He would offer refer to customers (in open public/email) as bureaucrats or dim-witted and employee’s as Idiots & stupid.

    Another thing that I notice right away is that the turnover rate is extremely high despite what you may be told, specifically in sales & product management. People come and go like a revolving door at this company.

    My advice for anyone looking to join Qualys would be to connect with as many current and former employees via LinkedIn, etc and see if you can get their input and experience about working at Qualys before you decide to join. Way too many other good SaaS companies in the Valley to work for (SalesForce, ServiceNow, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are going to loose more and more valuable employees unless some major changes to the culture occur. If the employees don't enjoy what they do and work in the environment that is currently in place, they will continue to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY BY ALL MEANS!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, location and best security solution for companies of all sizes.

    Cons

    FIrst off, there are way too many cons to list here. I mention a few on here as a list and they are in no particular order

    Note: Do not believe in the good reviews. Sales management has asked it's employees to write a good review in order to make the company reputable but all is a JOKE

    -NO 401K for employees
    -NO commuter benefits
    -PAY IS BELOW MARKET
    -AS OF Q1 OF 2014, our CEO decides to lower our accelerators payout and pay our accelerators at the end of the year..WTF??!!
    -CEO Is a coward who cares little about his employees (only a selected few)
    -There is no communication between management and employees...zero!!
    -No guidelines for promotion
    -There is no morale and synergy..ZERO!!!
    -HIGH TURNOVER IN SALES!! BE AWARE!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Philippe (CEO) needs to sell the company or get rid of all of sales management and start fresh (a clean slate is necessary).

    Invest your time in employees as a team and provide training to all your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    This place is a terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    -Easy to sell the solution.
    - Lots of inbound leads.

    Cons

    -The two sales managers run the sales organization like an internment camp.
    -No 401k Matching (Unless your an engineer.)
    -They pay below industry standards for all of the sales positions.
    -Do not even bother taking vacations. If you fall behind you will never hear the end of it.
    -No synergy at all within the sales organization. ZERO!
    -NO TRAINING AT ALL. (If you dont already know security I would look elsewhere)
    -No one works together to make the issues better it just constantly gets pushed to the side.
    -Each division within the sales organization is on a different page and no one is working together always against one another.
    -YEARLY quotas for SME team!!!!
    -Qualys has lowered accelerators and raised the quotas numerous times since I have been here.
    -If you work in Sales your second rate and do not matter to Qualys.
    -The break room has appliances that saw Y2K come and go to give you a little insight as to how sales is valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    A toxic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Trail near office is nice for taking breaks to walk on.

    Cons

    Qualys has an environment that is driven from the CEO down, and is full of sexism, racism, and a complete lack of ethics. Managers are chosen for their personal relationships or nationalities. Management is a joke here, nobody knows what they're doing, and their ethics are consistently questionable.

    The best technical talent are either checked out and working on personal projects, or leaving. Lots of promises are made, and few fulfilled. Lack of innovation and too slow to market for new products - their VM hasn't changed in 10 years, and their other services are second rate in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your ancient, toxic CEO and clean house - maybe you'll retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Observations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualys

    Pros

    Good working environment and health insurance

    Cons

    No 401 k matching
    Limited company sponsored activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to strive for innovation..

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