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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated May 12, 2014
Updated May 12, 2014
183 Reviews

4.3
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much politics between Seattle and San Jose office (in 6 reviews)

  • You can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Painful and extremely difficult to work cross-functionally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel for the business. Needs of the business dictated travel (approved by management) to Asia and Europe. Some time available for sightseeing.

    Cons

    Very difficult to impossible to work collaboratively / cross-functionally. Most employees were only willing to work as a team when it was absolutely necesssary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an effective feedback system to really listen to employee concerns. For example, have the opportunity for "skip level", confidential meetings with a persons amnagers manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A horrible experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager

    Pros

    The salaries at F5 are very good compared to the industry and they are a technology leader in their domain. If a customer is looking for a rock-solid load balancer, F5 is the choice.

    Cons

    Unethical management that get involved in channel stuffing and a lot of back-stabbing between employees. Employees are treated with disrespect at a company where the only thing that matters is getting the numbers at the end of the quarter at all costs. Their products are expensive and sometimes difficult to sell, and while they are strong in their main area of load balancers, they fall behind all the other sectors they tried to enter in. Work life balance does not exist. It is just work work work, and more work. We rarely got a company wide strategic direction from top leadership, and promotions were a rarity. In fact, since F5 is a small company, there were limited opportunity for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce better corporate governance to identify channel stuffing cases, and fight the current culture of back stabbing and disrespect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Network Security Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer  in  Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Chertsey, England (UK)

    Pros

    - it was definitely a nice place 3-5 years ago
    - if you are coming from outside you have a chance to negotiate something
    - if you are a beginner you are going to learn a lot of nice networking stuff, but you will learn this as well as by any other company

    Cons

    - if you are experienced stay away from NSE and even ENE roles
    - if you agree to work as ENE you work for 60h and more. As there are very few account managers and technical account managers you are going to deal with a lot of not technical issues
    - the company has to changed internal hireing politic and they hire now a lot technically 'weak' NSE's. This means that ENE have a lot of job that were done before
    - support is visible as a worst place in the whole company
    - no matter how hard you work you are visible as a support tech and have no chance for anything else in the company
    - they rather higher people from outside than work, educate and promote its own personel
    - often an arrogance from lower to higher managers. You are there to do the work and any kind of complains that there is too few people and too much work is visible as a weakness.
    - people who got some luck (read connections, etc..) have no respect to others
    - you are seen in the company as an an employee and individual depending on the position you agreed to work on
    - it is expected that once accepted the NSE position you are going to do the job for 3 years and not even a day less. Should you complain during this time you can forget of any kind of progress and carrier at the company
    - in the EMEA there is noting than the Support and Professional services. If you see your self as an engineer with ambition to write code/scripts if needed forget about the NSE job.
    - They are going to deal with a lot of manual and not automated work. A work that either the managers failed to do right from processes point of view or techicaly it is something that no one wants to do
    - as the company roles out new products the NSE job became more and more about educating customers where to click on the GUI and what snat automap is etc.
    - a lot of good people have never been recognized and the tendency is rather to look for other jobs than to go for the extra mile and work for the company. At the end of the day you know you are not going to be payed or promoted for this
    - the internal tools are of low quialit (the still use a 7 years old php script to managed the lab)
    - team work doesn't matter. What matters are your stats. You are as good as your stats are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - move managers who have zero empathy away from managing your teams
    - be smart and know who are the best performers in the team. Stats are not always the only way to find this out
    - handle your people with respect, it is not only a tech fault that a customer get upset. This is a failure and lack of support structure in the EMEA region.
    - stop pretending that everything is ok and everyone is happy. Ask for honest feedback in an anonymous way and build motivated, team driven collaboration between the people
    - work recognition and bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inefficiencies restrict progress.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Systems Engineer

    Pros

    Lots of technical information available to all employees. Information sharing/collaboration among knowledge workers was excellent.

    Cons

    Very little strategic direction. The products were very poorly aligned with the market needs. The functionality of the core product was excellent. A disconnect within the company regarding the user interface of the configuration utilities caused frustration among technical workers. Organizational structure was flawed; creating commodity workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your products are over engineered and cost too much. You have strategic direction, yet the perception among your customer base regarding that is the opposite. You lack a cohesive sales strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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