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Updated May 16, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Incredibly Smart People. Commitment to Servant Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonatype full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quite simply the best company I've ever worked for. Despite being entirely (or nearly so) remote, I've made close friends that will last a lifetime. Moving on will never be an easy thing to do, and all future jobs will be measure against my experience here, which includes...

    - The smartest people you will every work with.
    - Leaders that aim to support and a serve their teams.
    - A true open-door, completely accessible approach to management.
    - An intelligent (though highly selective) hiring process.
    - A culture where an individual's input really matters.
    - Exciting work that has the ability to truly impact the world of software development.
    - Open source product paired with enterprise product to create a healthy balance of business and community.
    - Flexibility (at least 10% of your time) to work on projects you think are important.
    - Un-relenting commitment to customers and their success.
    - Worklife balance is encouraged and isn't lip service.

    Cons

    - Hiring process can be as tough as other, more well-known startups.
    - Entirely (or nearly entirely) remote workforce can take some getting used to.
    - Benefits and time off could be better, though they are on par with most comparable companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing: Listen. Adjust. Repeat.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Modern. By far the best. If you're in tech, you NEED to be here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Researcher in Fulton, MD
    Current Employee - Security Researcher in Fulton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm amazed how well they are able to scape up the Remote Work model and maintain the consistency in maintaining the 'open' culture vibe across the company.
    The type of work is indeed very interesting too, no matter what team you're on! Very innovative. I specially recommend the place for tech folks - whether in software development, data, security research or product planning, since the company is a product-oriented with big emphasis on keeping code open source. Hence the focus is on the product and using agile methodology throughout the teams as much as one can.

    On another hand, fantastic and smartest people to work with on uniquely innovative products and processes. And, the choice of tech stack is top notch: MacBooks, Apple peripherals, Atlassian, Google Apps/Gmail, GitHub, etc. No Microsoft Outlook or corporate products (though you may elect to receive Windows in lieu of a Mac if you'd like).

    Video calls are encouraged over audio whenever possible to maintain the "human" contact aspect even for remote workers! (At first this can be hard to get used to if you're camera shy, but in the long run it's definitely a better feeling).

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be too much focus on the meetings and it's something that can be improved - at times productivity can be saved by skipping a few 'extra' meetings and managing time well.
    The benefits can certainly be improved too: especially no 401k matching / employer contribution available - which is pretty standard across companies these days. Some employers would contribute 3% anyway to your plan regardless of your election while others would 'match' up to a certain percentage if you choose to vest.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic work! Maintain this open, friendly, technologically advanced culture we have.
    Refrain from making the culture more old-corporate style which is a no-no for tech.

  3. "Customer Success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coming to Sonatype from Corporate IT was a nerve-racking but ultimately very rewarding career decision. I was welcomed to the company and felt like I was joining a very tight night community.
    The company is a diverse company that supports their employees at work and at home. The companies flexible schedule and work ethic are a welcome relief from the grinder wheel of corporate America or other startups.

    As a Veteran, they have continued to support my extracurricular activities and passions.

    Cons

    With being an extrovert I do miss some of the interactions that came with going to an office.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up the good momentum and listening to employees and customers.
    Work to keep the small company feel as we grow.


  4. "Great Products, Great Culture, Great People"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonatype full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sonatype is a place where you can have a big impact in the success of the company. It is a place where your voice is heard and you receive great coaching from management. The work is challenging and I find the team rallies and supports each other towards a common goal.

    Cons

    A lot of the work force is remote and it can be challenging if you haven't worked in that environment. The leadership team is working to communicate more frequently and the collaboration opportunities continue to increase.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the lines of communication open and listening to ideas to continue to drive growth.


  5. "Why aren't you working here?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonatype full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people, great business, high growth, rapid pace, freedom to do what you know is best. Free coffee, soda, and snacks. Cool office in the Tysons area with lots of hip folks.

    Cons

    You don't work here (yet).


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Upper management puts effort in communicating and being transparent with everybody. Not a lot of hierarchy. Team members willing to help you learn and grow. Healthy environment overall. Working from home is a plus.

    Cons

    Because of the nature of working remotely, more effort is sometimes needed to initiate conversations and get the information needed to do your job but this is balanced with team members who are helpful, willing to be available & tools that allow quality conversations/meetings.
    Number of PTO days is a bit less than what I've seen in other places. Sick days are counted from the PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the autonomy that team's have. As the company grows, resist the temptation to add too much hierarchy in the organizational structure. That can lead to people feeling disconnected from the direction of the company.

    Keep having very high standards for hiring (skills & culture). A smaller team of "good fit" team members will build a much better company than a a larger team of mediocre team members.


  7. "Toughest job you ever love"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonatype full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    We get to work on products that are blazing a trail to address big challenges and that are used by millions of people across the world. We get to do what we do best every day and it really feels like it makes a difference. The people are really smart, make things happen and care deeply about the quality of the work that is done. The level of experience and expertise that Sonatype has amassed is pretty incredible.

    Cons

    Things are moving fast and the organization is growing fast, leading to the kinds of scale challenges you would expect at this stage. Despite this, the thoughtfulness in the actions of the leadership team consistently shows that they understand it is the people that really matter and that are the path to long term success.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that we are primarily a remote company. Keep up the good work in leveling the playing field in communicating and collaborating. That's key to success.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sonatype Continues to Deliver at Every Level"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonatype full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Super smart teams, thoughtful and efficient hiring and onboarding process, an environment where opinions matter. Fully distributed company with people who respect the remote, a sync nature of communication and working together and embrace it.

    Cons

    When I started here over two years ago, we'd occasionally get out over our skis on features. We seem to have turned the corner on that recently.


  9. "A great company that wants to see you excel"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a very refreshing atmosphere to really be apart of! At Sonatype they want to see you grow and excel within the company. Everyone is always MORE than happy to stop what they are doing and help out with any questions. Excited to be apart of the team...and can't wait to see the company grow even more!

    Cons

    With any newer company there are always tiny growing pains. But so far training and management have been great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I have ever worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fast growing and successful company.
    - Handling that growth in a controlled manner.
    - A bottom-up management approach where everyone is empowered.
    - A culture of openness and honesty. Management is always sharing the mission, the figures, and our weaknesses.
    - Extremely talented engineers but without the egos.
    - 100% remote work.
    - Although it's remote I never feel "isolated".
    - Flexible hours.
    - No one is tracking what hours you work. As long as the work gets done and your team is happy that is all that matters.
    - Extremely good compensation.
    - Investment in personal development.
    - Bi-weekly improvement days to work on what you want.

    Cons

    - Sometimes working across time-zones can be frustrating/slow.
    - Because of the remote and geographically dispersed nature, it can be difficult to switch off sometimes. Although that is a personal battle to overcome, no one here expects you to work more than at a "sustainable pace".
    - Need more developers.
    - Vacation package isn't the best.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose who you are and what it means to be "Sonatype" as we grow.


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