SolarWinds Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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SolarWinds President, CEO, and Director Kevin B. Thompson
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Pros
  • Gym, Free lunch twice a week, a job in a tough economy - Looks good on resume (in 22 reviews)

  • Free Lunch twice a week, great benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also very little to be said for work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • No training you have to learn on your own (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Zzzz...Tiring.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lehi, UT

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location was great, free food, air conditioning, nice offices.

    Cons

    Micro managed, numbers driven pushy sales model. Calling customers/potential customers at blinding rates throughout the week was common practice. If you have an opportunity with a company and they agree that they like the software, you will be tasked to basically burn them down via phone and email until they send you a purchase order. Offering insane discounts just to bring a deal in, then at the end of a quarter, hearing from management that they are disappointed in the 'lost revenue' numbers based on how many discounts were handed down in the previous quarter. This makes no sense because they preach that "a dollar today is better than 10 dollars tomorrow". This archaic idea of building and maintaining revenue numbers is the sole reason many quality hires have left the company. They had good software (5 years ago), but when they lost more and more people, you could see that the tech wasn't evolving fast enough. The tech is not lightweight, it runs on SQL Server, and causes plenty of headaches for even the most seasoned IT Engineer. Be prepared to offer SUBSTANTIAL discounts in order to bring in deals, this not only devalues the product, it devalues your paycheck. When you're making ~3.2% commission per deal, knocking $15,000+ off of a quote, just to bring a deal in, makes a big impact on what your paycheck COULD be at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Nah, you won't take my advice. Which is why I and others continue to leave your company. Until you notice you can't cash out $2,500,000 in stock options per year, you might either sell this company or change something.


  2. Great place to learn for Application side troubleshooting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great office culture, fun to work in SolarWinds, learning new technologies, Stock units, free lunches, multiple social clubs, nights out, free lunches on Wednesdays.

    Cons

    Employees should be sent for external training & career path need to be defined so employee can stay focus and kept thinking that what he is doing is still meaningful for him & for the company, other then that I don't see cons in SolarWinds.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Micromanaged to Death

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

    I have been working at SolarWinds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of PTO offered (Although; either you, your team, or the company, is always "behind", so it's hard to use that time), free drinks, snacks, free lunch a couple of times a week, loose schedule when it comes to lunch breaks, good benefits, nice office and an aesthetically pleasing work environment. They do a great job at showing you a glamorous workplace, from afar. (I would actually recommend this company so long as you weren't joining the sales team - but I've only worked in the sales dept so I can't be sure)

    Cons

    There is a reason they give out free stuff to their employees... The company does everything it can to appear fun and loose as an organization, but behind upper mgmt's closed doors, they push lower management to do their dirty work. Lower level bosses micromanage their reps to the absolute max, while the higher ups walk the floor and make energetic small talk with peon sales reps (that way we say, "it must not be the company who is to blame, it's only my mgr who sucks"). Mgmt has always aggressively hounded "daily metrics" (call stats, opps hit, leads hit, stage duration, etc), which has always been the biggest complaint from sales reps. But now they've gone so far as to strictly base the managers bonuses on metrics, rather than sales. So the managers get paid bonuses based on the "seven daily principles", rather than how much their reps close. This kind of micromanagement essentially says, "we think all of you are completely incompetent and couldn't organize a silverware drawer, let alone an 8 hour work day; So we're going to tell you every little thing you should during the work day (maybe even which hand to wipe with). The hypocrisy of management is extremely difficult to wrap your head around. The lower level managers regularly say, "upper mgmt is making us stay late, yelling at us, and making us come to wknd meetings, but I'm doing everything I can to shield you guys from that pressure." At the same time, upper mgmt tells the sales reps how well the org is doing and how much potential there is for growth from the rep level (even though no SW reps are being hired as managers any more). Upper mgmt also says they want to change the high-pressure culture and invite open honestly from the reps. They don't want honesty, they want a high-fenced maze to separate unhappy employees and those who can do something about it. If you're 22, don't know how to tie your shoes, and get excited over a free redbull, this place may not be that bad. If silly things like: money, loyalty, growth potential, and honesty, interest you - I recommend looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your managers to stop promising raises when they know they aren't going to happen. Don't make your managers regulate metrics in a way where your entire sales team wants to quit. Don't do company wide surveys that tell you micromanagement is killing your staff - just to adjust mgr bonus pay structure so that they micromanage even more. From a positive POV - Invest in your sales staff (pay more for better employees), teach/ incentivize sales staff to have at least a slight customer service approach (your sales model has people burning bridges by the dozens and you don't even see it - or you do and just don't care). Invest in your customers, employees, and reputation - they are your future, not next quarter's projections.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Quality & Performance don't matter. If you are not liked, you will be gone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food and a lot of responses from other companies if you have them listed on your resume. There are some nice people that work there, but management is clueless. Good products that sell themselves.

    Cons

    They will take your ideas, brand them as their own, and throw you out the door without a second thought. They do not care about developing customer relationships. It's all about the number of deals you have closed today, regardless of how you make it happen. The CEO is a religious zealot that sends out offensive e-mails during Christian holidays, and his speeches are full of words that mean nothing and offer non real direction or help to his employees. Everything is broad and general on the surface. If you are on the "inside" of the right clique, I imagine you get the real advice on how to succeed here, like finding call lists with voicemail boxes that have not been set up yet (found this one out literally the day I was let go) and all sorts of other fake methods of "success." This place is a joke and will fail if they stay on the current course.

    Advice to Management

    Leave and replace yourselves with people who understand how customers want to be treated.


  6. Great Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Lehi, UT

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, catered lunches, Great pay

    Cons

    Its a long commute from where I live.

    Advice to Management

    My manager is AWESOME!


  7. Helpful (4)

    Place with Zero job security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at SolarWinds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing can be considered as Pros when there is zero job security.

    Cons

    Frequent Lay-off with out proper head's up (They call the employees in middle of meeting and make them to leave immediately) Not sure of other locations but Chennai is the worst with unskilled and coward top management who will never question on Austin team's decisions every one is concerned only to keep their seats safe. None of the manager possess technical or managerial skills and no one here is capable enough to take decisions. There is no HR team in Chennai as both the recruiters are laid off back to back.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and try to build a trust .Don't just try to save your jobs because you cannot succeed alone without your team


  8. Helpful (4)

    Good place to work a year or less

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

    I have been working at SolarWinds (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you live Austin and can adapt, you can rise quickly. Everything changes, constantly.

    Cons

    If you don't live in Austin, out of sight out of mind. Career promises are rarely kept either due to the constant shifting or just flat out lies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Solarwinds

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love it! Great company. Go to work. Work hard and get paid

    Cons

    Young sales associate culture. Dress very casual

    Advice to Management

    None management is fine. Everything done is only to help you make money


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The Power to p**s people off"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Sales in Cork (Ireland)

    I worked at SolarWinds full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Met some great people. Lunch catered once a week

    Cons

    - Management haven't a clue - most have never managed before and try to enforce a "model" that is not a model at all, it is just harassment! Thats what Solarwinds want you to do, constantly bombard people with calls and mails until they purchase the product! Morale is non existent - most staff have had enough of the threats sent out via mail and face to face. This is the reality. You don't hit target, you are fired! Politics - in every workplace, but Solarwinds take this to another level. Management have their favorites, and at times you have to wonder how these people are still working there...It's because all these favorites get the best leads. Dont dare call them out on this, because as you guessed.....you WILL be fired! You are not a person when you work here, you are just a number - do not get comfortable, do not look at this as a career move! If you want to make good money, in a short period of time, by all means work here - but be prepared for the harassment, threats and crap that comes along with it!

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and wake up! The "Model" doesnt work....stop trying to brainwash people in to thinking it's the best "model" around.....it's not!


  11. Helpful (6)

    Perspective Is Key

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

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have seen a lot of reviews pop up lately about Solarwinds and feel compelled to share my point of view. I've never worked for a company in the past that I felt truly has my best interests at heart. So, I want to set the record straight and provide you with a more balanced perspective. Yes, it is a hard job, and can feel like a bit of a grind. HOWEVER, Solarwinds pays for performance. You put in the work, you will reap the benefits. I have seen a lot of reviewers complaining about the starting salary of 40/40 for InsideSales Position and that it is too low. My first year at Solarwinds on a 40/40 salary I cleared over $100k, not bad at all! If you hit your month 1 target (25% of quota) you receive a bonus of $1,500, month 2 target (35% of quota) you receive $2,500, and month 3 target (40%) a $1,000 bonus. That is an additional $20,000 just for doing your job! These bonuses are in addition to SPIFFS and accelerators for hitting over 100%. There is a TON of opportunity to make money. Yes, quotas aren't easy to obtain, but they are obtainable. If they were a total lay-up then there would be no need for such a high commission payout structure. I haven't missed quota in over 3 years. Some months/ quarters are a real struggle and others I'm just skating through. It's sales, the job itself is unpredictable. I've also read on here that you will only hit quota if you "kiss butt" and are NOT a girl. The funniest thing is that couldn't be further from the truth! I have never in my life been accused of being an butt kisser. I'm probably one of the most unapproachable, abrasive, and guarded people that you will ever meet. I also happen to be a girl. I have yet to experience the slightest bit of discrimination against myself simply for being female. There is a real open door policy here. I've worked at other companies where the "open door policy" was just something that they said, but didn't really exist. At SWI, I can walk into my Director, VP, and even Sr. VP's office at any given time and they are all happy to see me and will listen to what I have to say. Even more importantly, they will take action on my recommendations/ requests. Persistence and tenacity will get you everything in life. I hit quota because I'm good at my job. End of story. If you do not have a strong work ethic, this is not the place for you. It is not a 8-5 punch in & out job. You are expected to answer emails when you receive them, regardless of what day it is. With that being said, there is also a lot of down-time. For instance, virtually no one works the first day of the month, and if they do it's only for a couple of hours. How about an all expense paid vacation??? Every year there is a "Sales Club" for all employees who average 100% quota over the course of the year. We go on an all expenses paid vacation for you and your significant other. The time off doesn't even count against your PTO. So far I've been to Costa Rica, Florida, and a private island off the coast of Antigua; Jumby Bay. Look it up, my Jumby Bay trip cost SWI around $15k and is one of the top bucket list destinations in the world. So, do I mind answering the occasional email on a Saturday??? Hell no! Not for rewards like this! Lastly, a very recent reviewer made this comment: "Let's not leave out the CEO's company-wide religiously charged emails on holidays. On Easter we were told that 'even if you do not believe in Jesus, you cannot deny that he died to save us.'. Let that sink in for a minute...." Solarwinds is the only company that I have worked for that has designated Good Friday as a holiday. I'm not particularly religious, as a matter of fact I am an atheist. However, it is an actual fact that Jesus did exist and that he did sacrifice himself for humanity. I am 100% certain that our CEO did not send out this email with the intention of converting people. Merely just recognizing why this day is important to him and why he has designated this holiday for us to enjoy with our families. They emails don't happen often and I've never felt that he was trying to force any belief onto us. Regardless, of what your religious beliefs are we need to all respect each other. Other fun random things: - Free Gym - 2 free meals a week - fully stocked break rooms with snacks, soda, coffee, tea, and even aspirin. - Red Bull fridge

    Cons

    - long hours at end of month/ quarter end - it is hard to plan family vacations, simply because it kills your pipe build, and run rate. But that is also the nature of the job and is pretty much an issue no matter where you go.

    Advice to Management

    Raises and lower quotas are always appreciated :)



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