SolarWinds Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
102 Reviews
3.6
102 Reviews
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SolarWinds President, CEO, and Director Kevin B. Thompson
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71 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free Lunch twice a week, great benefits (in 17 reviews)

  • Gym, Free lunch twice a week, a job in a tough economy - Looks good on resume (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There is also very little to be said for work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Thrown in to the job, no training, no help when you are on the phone with customer (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Mesmerizing office domain

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SolarWinds

    Pros

    Dynamic environment.
    BEST PLACE TO WORK IN CORK! Bar nowhere!!!!
    The people, the products, the fun factor... the people!

    Cons

    Meddling from executives in America...an overbearing management style (never happy). HELLO ! THIS IS EUROPE!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut us some slack and next time you'll get the five stars!!!!

  3.  

    Awesome place to work 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    First time managers are a trouble

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Awesome company to work

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lead play critical roles which sometimes affect ppl

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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 for 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.  

    Fast growing company with lot of career opportunities

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Communication 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 for more than a 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
  11.  

    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 for more than a 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

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