Qualys Reviews

Updated Jan 19, 2021

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3.0
54%
Recommend to a Friend
52%
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Qualys Chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot
Philippe Courtot
193 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexibility and work life balance is good, and you can develop into different other roles(in 15 reviews)

  • "Variety of Products which helps to learn new technologies(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance can suffer at times but that's the software sales business(in 16 reviews)

  • "REALLY needs a 401k match to be more competitive for talent(in 11 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Great Company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Qualys full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I got hired at the time of the COVID-19 crisis. The hiring process was smooth and no difficulties were faced during the onboarding considering the fact that everything was done virtually. Humble Management, Great Team

    Cons

    So far nothing to say

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  2. "Need to improve work culture"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer 

    I have been working at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    It's IT security company so good for learning

    Cons

    Work culture is not that good


  3. "Good for your first job"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Engineer 

    I worked at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly people, good place and great location.

    Cons

    No specific path for work, it seems like a random walk strategy

  4. "Simply Nice"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Cal-Ida, CA

    I worked at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    Too good nothing to complain

    Cons

    Competitive people around to make you feel insecure

  5. "Good company to work for"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager (TAM) 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment as we always help each others out when it's needed.

    Cons

    You'll have 3 months on ramp to get familiar with all products, then you will be gradually running the show alone.

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don’t let the poor reviews deter you from joining Qualys"

    4.0
    Former Employee - RVP, Sales in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    1. Technology is great. The platform was architected correctly many years ago and has allowed the company to innovate and release new products at incredible speeds to keep up with the evolution of threats. 2. They very much prefer to promote internally. If you do well, this is obviously a positive and can allow you to advance your career quickly. 3. You'll meet some of the smartest people in the Industry at Qualys.

    Cons

    Executive leadership does mistreat their employees. There will be times when you’re exposed to unprofessional attitudes but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Frankly, I don't think they understand just how poorly they treat their employees which is unfortunate but I think the culture is like this because their standards are so high. I'm a former military guy so this really didn't bother me as I'm used to a few harsh words. Just do your job and you’ll be fine.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Just not great"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ops Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Qualys could be a good place it was good a few years back. There was some talented employees, but now they have hired a lot of people that can't do the job. I end up having to do the job of two or 3 people because they are not capable.

    Cons

    Lot's of capable of US worker were replaced. The work is busy because it was not done correctly. Work constantly needs to be corrected. You really need strong team with time to do the correct work here. It does not seem like HR wants to help a lot of times they seem to look away. Maybe they want US works to train lower cost workers.

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  8. Helpful (11)

    "Ideal prescription for burn out"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Foster City, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, product that will have soon a momentum

    Cons

    If you like to feel demoralized this is the right place for you ! From top down is toxic. Harassment is a norm

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  9. Helpful (17)

    "HORRIBLE!! Stay away from this company!"

    1.0
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualys full-time

    Pros

    Company has a good business model and is positioned in the growing cybersecurity industry

    Cons

    Top management takes pride in being downright deceptive and obnoxious! As a result so many smart good people are hired and they leave so quickly that it is not even funny! The company should change its name to The Revolving Door!! The new hires are made to go through an endlessly long hiring process as well as a million reference checks that is purposeless and with no end goal in mind. So sincere advice is to preserve your energy and sanity and don't bother to apply here. It is demoralizing to be here right now and waiting for a better opportunity to run away from here.

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  10. Helpful (18)

    "Great Platform and Products; Terrible Leadership and Toxic Culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology at Qualys is some of the best in the IT and Cybersecurity industry and a good portion of the employees are top of their game. Unfortunately, that’s the end of the positive things I can say about Qualys.

    Cons

    Compensation: Both base salary and commission are sub-par to other companies in the same industry. Additionally, Account Managers perform both the sales and technical functions for their accounts, where most similar companies leverage a sales person paired with a sales/systems engineer. In other words, Qualys is getting away with paying one person approximately 20% less than fair market value and has them doing two jobs. While this is pitched as a "benefit" to the customer because the sales field is technical and can better understand the customers' needs, in reality it is purely a cost saving measure. Culture: The CEO's behavior is erratic and on a weekly basis he will fly-off-the-handle on someone. He will openly, mock, insult, and humiliate employees in front of the entire company during training presentations and on weekly sales forecasting calls. He will also call employees and proceed to insult their direct manager or co-workers. Because this type of behavior is deemed acceptable at the CEO level, it flows down to other levels of the organization as well. There are multiple members of other parts of the organization that will BCC senior leadership on emails and accuse account managers of not doing their jobs, simply for asking a question. Leadership/Management: At the time of this writing, there were no Regional Vice Presidents or Directors for the US Sales Field; they had all quit voluntarily, were fired by the CEO or demoted to their previous positions within Qualys, so all account managers were reporting directly to the CEO. As a result of the temperamental leadership, most of the sales field were actively seeking other employment opportunities. Even when there is/was a hierarchical management structure the CEO micromanages everything. Every non-standard quote that gets generated requires CEO approval. RVPs and Directors cannot make their own hiring decisions; all account manager candidates must be interviewed by both the President and CEO and candidate requirements are a moving target that are near impossible to meet.

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