SolarWinds Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2020

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SolarWinds President, CEO, and Director Kevin B. Thompson
Kevin B. Thompson
340 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance might be sometimes hard to keep in reasonable timeframe, sometimes too much top-down company(in 41 reviews)

  • "Upper management is a bit old-school for a tech company, but nothing egregious(in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love where you work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and great culture. Opportunity for advancement and generally recognition is based on performance. Solid technology company

    Cons

    Workload and life work balance can be challenging

    SolarWinds2020-05-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Short sighted CEO holding back company growth"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid product that can sell itself.

    Cons

    The company has opportunities to significantly grow, however discussions tend to stall at KBT. The sales force is set up to compete with the channel, in the current model, and ignores the potential of moving to a 100% channel model. There is also a very myopic and emotional governance around expanding partnerships and determining acceptable risk.

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    SolarWinds2020-06-03
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Impressed with this company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart People, Strong Leadership, Adaptable to Change, Global Presence

    Cons

    Heavy Organization, Teams are very distributed

    SolarWinds2020-05-01
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Work Environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch twice a week, snack and soda. Sales driven culture backed by some of the best engineering in the industry.

    Cons

    Well, we sure do work hard, which means working a lot. Be prepared to put in your fair share in. But the reward is great.

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    SolarWinds2020-04-29
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Meat grinder littered with company politics"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Most of the people here are incredibly smart and hard working - Work can be a fun place with peers - There can be great managers

    Cons

    - Office politics is rampant. If a manager or director doesn’t like you as a person, despite producing high quality work, they won’t acknowledge your contributions and they’ll find ways to punish you - Only promote once a year in the summer - Underpaying employees compared to similar roles at other companies in the Austin market, in some cases the pay discrepancy is as high as $10K+ - Workload is unrealistic and out of line based on salary - People get promoted for the wrong reasons, i.e. threatening upper management or because they’re good friends with upper management rather than merit based promotions - Lack of transparency from upper leadership, constant changing initiatives with absolutely no thought about long term strategy - The good people always leave for more money elsewhere, leaving the less than stellar employees, creating a toxic work environment - 2 weeks maternity leave... what a joke. - “anonymous” employee surveys that aren’t really anonymous. Don’t be honest, you’ll get fired for it - 50% butts in chairs rule around the holidays. 50% of your team must be working in office during times like Thanksgiving and Christmas because CEO came down to talk to people during the holidays and got upset there was nobody to talk to in person, despite people being available remotely. - Exceeding expectations is never good enough. Every congratulations email from execs is followed by a “but you could have done better” message.

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    SolarWinds2020-05-15
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good health insurance

    Cons

    Toxic work environment and no work life balance

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    SolarWinds2020-05-07
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Solid work culture"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Lehi, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and products, love the people and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Micro managed at times, better training.

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    SolarWinds2020-04-18
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Thankful to work at such a fiscally strong company with solid fundamentals"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Public company with a strong balance sheet that provides stability and security Strong management that pushes the team to deliver and rewards them for results Well defined culture led by CEO for over 14 years that values hard work Lots of opportunities for growth and learning given the breadth of products

    Cons

    Public company that has to share a little less information with employees than a private company Company has high expectations from management and employees that clearly some reviewers have found off putting

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    SolarWinds2020-04-17
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, plenty of opportunities to develop personal and professional skills, training, and certificates.

    Cons

    Decision making process sometimes takes long time so you can feel lost in the internal procedures.

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    SolarWinds2020-04-14
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Run"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarWinds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pre-covid- lunch 2x per week, Soda, snacks, gym.

    Cons

    No work-life balance at all. Terrible leadership from the top of the company that ripples through the org. Sr leaders only care about their stock.

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    SolarWinds2020-05-21
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