Seeking a job in Austin? The answer, my friend, may be blowing in the SolarWinds
In the past four years, Austin-based SolarWinds Inc. has certainly cranked up its local workforce. The tech company has added dozens of jobs in Austin since arriving here in 2006 and remains on a hiring roll.
SolarWinds now has 16 jobs available in Austin in sales, marketing, IT, administration and R&D. According to its website, positions that the company is trying to fill include director of federal sales, director of product marketing, director of web marketing, senior web developer and senior networking engineer.
“The corporate culture at SolarWinds is a source of pride to all employees and is the core of the company’s management philosophy –each individual is challenged on a daily basis to assume more responsibility and to make a difference in the business,” says Tiffany Nels, director of corporate marketing. “SolarWinds stresses the word ‘daily’ because a high-transaction business depends on daily results.”
While SolarWinds—a developer of network management software and network monitoring tools—declines to give specifics about hiring plans for the remainder of this year and in 2011, it’s clear that the winds of success are blowing the company’s way.
In July, SolarWinds reported record revenue of $35.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, a 31 percent jump from the same period last year. Revenue in 2009 was $116.4 million, up 25 percent from 2008. The company is forecasting 2010 revenue of $146 million to $151 million, which would be a 25 percent to 35 percent increase from last year.
In a report cited by the International Business Times, ThinkEquity analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver wrote: “SolarWinds is well-positioned to grow much faster than the market primarily because it can offer an affordable and easy-to-use solution that lowers total cost of ownership and increases return on investment for the customer, in our view.”
The company, which went public in May 2009, employs more than 200 people at its Austin headquarters. SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) occupies more than 100,000 square feet at 3711 S. MoPac Expressway in South Austin.
Nearly 200 more people work at SolarWinds offices in Dallas; Tulsa, Okla.; the Czech Republic; India; Ireland; New Zealand; and Singapore.
To read a corporate fact sheet for SolarWinds, click here.
Perks for employees of SolarWinds include an on-site gym, access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, immediate 401(k) matching and full vesting, a casual dress code, free lunch twice a week from Austin eateries, quarterly performance bonuses and monthly employee birthday celebrations.
“The culture is a blend between the informal, high-energy culture of a software startup company and the disciplined, results-focused, execution-oriented culture of a mature public company,” Nels says. “The principle that defines the culture includes a strong reliance on integrity, responsibility, ability to deal with change, and accountability.”
SolarWinds, founded in 1999, has more than 95,000 customers worldwide and an online user community of more than 50,000 IT professionals. Competitors include CA Technologies Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp.
In 2006, SolarWinds moved its headquarters to Austin from Tulsa.
SolarWinds named Kevin Thompson (photo) as president and CEO in March. He assumed the title of president in 2009; before that, he had been chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
To view Thompson’s profile on LinkedIn, click here.
“From its start as a great ‘tool’ company for network engineers, SolarWinds has since grown into a disruptive force in the IT management market,” Nels says, “stripping enterprise market share from the ‘Big Four’ while also offering powerful, affordable solutions to small and midsize businesses.”