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Qualys Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great work-life balance for anyone" (in 12 reviews)

  • "We work on cutting edge technology and have a zero tolerance to underperformance as it puts the brand at risk and large organisations count on us" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Struggle in maintaining work life balance" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Inflexible working hours (8am to 5pm is the norm) & not allow to work from home" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Great, Growing Company"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    A growing, profitable company that still has a lot more potential. Every employee at Qualys has the ability to make a real impact on the business.

    The people in the finance department are dedicated and enjoyable to work with. The CFO is smart, values your input, and challenges you to be better. She does an excellent job of communicating expectations. If you put in the effort and care about the quality of your work, you'll do well here.

    Cons

    The company runs a little lean.

    Advice to Management

    More company activities. Holiday party was great!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Qualys Inc. Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tier II Technical Support Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Tier II Technical Support Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment and good team to work with.

    Cons

    High volume of work, but it is very interesting and there is a lot of knowledge to gain.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Do not waste your time!"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits & 25 cent soda machine

    Cons

    Poor Management
    No training
    Unreasonable expectations
    No accountability
    Unprofessional work environment
    No employee incentives
    No evaluations
    No integrity
    Favoritism
    Do not value employees
    The list goes on ....

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees when hiring stop making promises that you can’t follow through on!


  4. Helpful (50)

    "Not a long term job; good as stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Medical, Dental and Vision covered about 95% by Employer. I only pay around $40 per Month for all 3.

    2) 401K vest immediately; match $0.50 every $1, cap at 6% of your contribution.

    3) You get to do/hands-on alot of work. Good for resume. Interview is easy as long as you know how to talk high level/BS and show high energy level.

    Cons

    These are subjective, depending on the team you are in:
    1) Incompetent boss: You need to have patience to teach/coach your boss. Boss will steal your credit after the knowledge transfer and is unappreciative. You need to have self-motivation to improve your knowledge. No one will get your back.

    2) Due to incompetent boss, you will have lots of new responsibilities added to your plate (good for your resume though!). Work weekend but do not get time off/com day. Management always want to see output asap but did not know the work behind in order to produce quality work. Once you make an error (because you have no time to check as management want it Now), management is unforgiving and you will be blacklisted as incompetent.

    3) Inflexible working hours (8am to 5pm is the norm) & not allow to work from home. However, if you are a VP level, you can have flexible working hours and can work from home.

    4) Cheap quarterly company events: Mexican food (spring), samosa/fruits (summer), Indian food (Diwali) and potluck (Xmas). There are no separate team events, perhaps except for sales.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "This is fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    20 people left Operations in 3 months. This is fine. Hire 10 more PM without basic software literacy.

    Cons

    Great place to learn how to not do things so there's that.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great! FedRAMP High is gone but your 500 new "freshers" will save the day. No worries.


  6. Helpful (51)

    "TLDR - Horrible place to work. Avoid like the plague"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You will learn a lot from fixing everything

    Cons

    - Management is replacing staff in the US with people in Pune, India as I quote from the CTO: "Its cheaper". CEO and upper management is only concerned with the bottom line as many top talent have bailed. No job stability in the US and no respect for hard work and dedication.

    Advice to Management

    Too much to list here, but the number one item would be to just listen to the employees.


  7. Helpful (45)

    "Senior Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work with challenging problems

    Cons

    Toxic work culture on a feature treadmill

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cloud Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    This is good company to work.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  9. Helpful (46)

    "Great place to work if you are motivated by fear!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineering - incredible place to work - new technology, learn new things
    Other groups - you are in fear of losing your job everyday because someone has decided they don't like you
    Benefits - incredible

    Cons

    They hire employees by the number, why learn a first name when you won't be there that long?

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some non "homegrown" folks - see how the real world operates


  10. Helpful (64)

    "Complete lack of self-awareness."

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    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many learning opportunities if you can keep your head down
    Decent health and dental plans

    Cons

    Sterile culture
    Adversarial work environment
    No technical leadership
    Employee time is not valued
    Novelty is valued over tried-and true experience

    Advice to Management

    Managers are supposed to clear roadblocks, not create them.

    Experienced employees have left in droves because you don't compensate them well and you don't listen to their advice.

    Stop releasing things before they are done. Stop making promises you can't keep. Your SDLC is absurdly unreasonable and immature.

    You have mountains of technical debt. The interest on that debt is eclipsing everything else that matters.

    Learn how to say "no" to unicorn customers. Not every sales deal is a good one. The quarterly earnings call is not the be-all, end-all of existence.

    Pick a standard deployment and stick with it.

    Stop asking your employees to attend off-hours meetings.

    The culture at Qualys is offensive even to those who desire a challenge. A shiny new HQ is a poor facade for employee well-being.