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Updated Nov 24, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great remote place for software engineers

    Nov 17, 2021 - Engineering Manager 
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    Pros

    I've been at Sonatype 4 years, and it's been a great place to work. The company's expanding so there's room to move up (example: tech lead, management). Every other Thursday engineers get the whole day to work on what they want, something that benefits them and the company. Examples: take an online training course, learn a new programming language, contribute to an OSS project, etc. Sonatype managers and directors care about people and trust their employees. They don't count hours worked, and there's an excellent work/life balance. Great equipment. Most people request brand new MacBook Pros but others choose Linux or Windows. The PTO plan is 3 weeks + 3 floating holidays per year. If you start Jan 1 you get 3 floating days right away and accrue 3 weeks the rest of the year. Meeting load for engineers is pretty light. 30 min daily standup (4 times a week) + around 4 other meetings per week.

    Cons

    We use scrum instead of kanban.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great place to work! Fast growing, innovative company!

    Nov 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Sonatype is the leader in Software Supply Chain Management. We are a fast growing company in a rapidly expanding sector. If you enjoy working with highly skilled techies, with a positive culture, this is the place to be. I have been here nearly six years and this is still my favorite job! Most positions are 100% remote also!

    Cons

    Sonatype is growing fast. Sure there are some growing pains, but management is transparent and always strives to do better.

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Rampant bias and very regressive culture

    Nov 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    The pay is decent and some teams have a helpful culture and healthy dynamic.

    Cons

    The overarching culture at this company is the worst I've experienced in years. The executive team is almost exclusively white and has one token woman. Add to this that the executive team has zero real direction on diversity and inclusion. If you aren't a straight white man expect to be disrespected, condescended to, and subject to frequent microaggressions. The culture trickles down from the extremely homogenous top and because DEI isn't a genuine priority beyond winning vanity points, I don't think things will truly change any time soon.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Fun place to work

    Nov 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Innovative projects to work on

    Cons

    Benefits are average for a tech company

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee

    AVOID AVOID AVOID and dont believe management

    Nov 18, 2021 - Regional Account Manager 
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    Pros

    -Satisfied customers -Strong Data/risk intel -Strong product

    Cons

    -weak comp -laughably uncompetitive PTO -WEAK WEAK management. Clueless...just rely on processes. It is painfully obvious they are not qualified. Vista runs this place via Excel with zero human interaction -Vista acq has turned this place into a turnover ghost town. Even new hires are looking for the exit....after being lied to by management during hiring that all is well -they cheap out on everything. Morale is low company wide. -AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Innovative work in a growing space with tons of opportunity!

    Oct 13, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Employees empowered to lead regardless of title Inspiring, helpful, and down-to-earth coworkers Good work/life balance Lots of potential in the product space Career growth opportunities Successful and well-funded to experience an exciting level of growth

    Cons

    Growing pains are real Sometimes Product strategy could use more focus

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  7. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Sonatype: "We WILL waste enough of your time on training so you can't make quota!"

    Nov 8, 2021 - Regional Account Manager 
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    Pros

    -Good product, SEs & CSEs -Financially Stable

    Cons

    -As others have said on Glassdoor, very weak management post Vista acquisition. It is obvious Vista is pulling the strings with little concern to whats happening with sales rep turnover as a result. -Zero equity -Very average compensation for the industry -Poorly differentiated products in a highly competitive market -"Enablement" should be called disenablement. Seriously, the focus on internal facing non revenue generating activities for sales is unlike anything Ive ever seen having worked at many other software companies. Every week up to a 1/3 of your time will be required to be spent on training. ...then your manager will complain about your pipeline generation. Its a lose lose situation. -Reps are treated as if they are children.. This after a ridiculously over the top hiring process -Management is less than honest in the hiring process -Culture? What culture??? -I haven't spoken to a single rep that would recommend Sonatype, isn't interviewing, or planning to

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    6 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Very low employee moral

    Oct 21, 2021 - Regional Account Executive 
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    Pros

    The technology is the best in the space and extremely robust. Although the company struggles to answer the "So what?" question in a manner that differentiates us in the eyes of the prospect.

    Cons

    I've worked in a lot of sales teams and I have never experienced the type of turnover Sonatype is experiencing. In less than 6 months 2 out of 3 Regional VP's left and numerous AE's. In one region 6 out of 8 sales reps have left. As of Q3 only 40% of the sales org was above 80% of their Q2 number with only about 10% actually hitting their number. Leadership is clueless on how to handle the problem. Their answer to it has been a lot of technical training requirements (keep in mind we have Sales Engineers) that take up a lot of time. There is no training on sales best practices, pipeline generation, etc. No collaboration to share ideas or discuss what is working and what is not. You are essentially siloed. Another way leadership has been reacting to the lack of sales and turnover is doubling down on additional metrics and KPI's that they track on you. The focus is on the KPI's, not coaching through the process of selling and building pipeline. The result is significant micro-managing and little trust in individual contributors to do their job. So, the sales culture is lacking and is poor. I have not had a single one-on-one, in which I left feeling motivated and excited. Pay is below market standards, especially right now. If you are comfortable with the above and with not hitting your OTE year one then this may be a good fit for you. Otherwise, I'd stay clear. Too many high-paying, sales centric opportunities out there.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Good place to start, beware of old guard

    Sep 27, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great place to jump start your career and start to learn the SaaS space. Strong agile workforce, remote work is encouraged.

    Cons

    Can’t compete with newer players in the market as someone else mentioned. Slow organic growth, no/little/small deal size M+A activity to try and bolster product which means even other older players in the market are moving ahead of Sonatype. Old guard management

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Decent Company

    Sep 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Sonatype really is a leader in the open-source, software supply chain space. Remote work is a huge bonus and there is a really decent work/life balance. The company really works with its employees to bring out the best in them. Innovation Weeks are great opportunities to cross-collaborate with people who may not get to work with and create great proofs of concept.

    Cons

    * Struggles with DEI initiatives * High turnover of product managers * Massive growing pains * CCAT as a means of measuring success in potential candidates is unfavorable

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