F5 Networks
3.9 of 5 142 reviews
www.f5.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.9 142 reviews

                             

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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam

John McAdam

(113 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A Big Company Pretending to be Small

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsBenefits are great and culture is generally positive. Most managers make an effort to help you advance your career and grow as an employee.

    ConsF5 is now a big company that desperately tries but does not succeed in keeping that small company feel. Projects take years to complete. At times it feels like there are committees for committees. Getting budget is always a battle. In the end it's no different than any other big company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor being a high tech company there are too many people in management (especially IT) with very little technical knowledge. It's like someone decided all managers should be "people" managers, and there is nothing wrong with this, but at a high tech company and especially in the technical departments, managers need some technical competency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company is looking for the right strategy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood legacy products keeping the major market share, outstanding benefits, motivated engineering staff.

    ConsNo clear strategy for the future (or at least poorly communicated), insufficient professional level in certain areas/groups, lack of clear and robust development processes, collaboration tools are below industry standards, growing amount of the politics. The development force is severely understaffed which brings the slow pace of addressing important issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf the strategy is not clarified and the staff is properly organized and focused, it may hurt the company in near future. Improve the development and approval processes, and collaboration tools. Value strategically thinking people and watch the level of company bureaucracy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Test Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood work life balance and flexible hours

    ConsPoor managemant in the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Network Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosfree drinks, onsite parking. great culture

    Conssmall company w/ lots of large companies competing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Agree with most of the comments already posted

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsAgree with most of the pros listed here:
    - The people at F5 are extremely talented, and fantastic to work with.
    - Small number of layers in the organization. Hard workers everywhere keeping everyone from feeling as though they are the only one rowing
    - F5 really values its engineers
    - Traffic handling code is amongst the most mature and interesting in the business.
    - Lots of latitude to work on what interests you

    ConsAgree with most of the cons already listed here:
    - F5 Struggles to keep its roots, and be open, flexible and pioneering while continually growing.
    - Very political upper management. Middle management does not care about employees
    - Salary, if negotiated well at hiring, can be competitive, otherwise you must leave the company and come back if you want to be paid fairly. The guy sitting next to you may be earning 10K more and be half as productive as you.
    - Growing pains right now impacting the organization can be frustrating and disruptive.
    - A lot of office politics in some groups, a lot of complex relationships, brothers, buddy, previous company co-workers.
    - Unrealistic expectations from VPs to come in evenings and weekends to meet unrealistic release goals made my management, only to cut features to make the release date.
    - Headquarter is located at Seattle. If you are working at their San Jose office, you will feel somewhat segregated.
    - Limited openness to new employees: Majority of attrition is from people who have been there less than a year.
    - Our stock is really hard to predict

    Advice to Senior ManagementLots of the comments on here are true.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing Pains

    Network Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros-- our product does a lot that other cannot
    -- good pay and benefits
    -- work with a lot of great people

    ConsSupport is difficult
    -- the complexity of the product is making it difficult to support
    -- the quality and stability has been dropping steadily as we are in a perpetual race to meet self imposed releases dates
    -- unrealistic demands are are being put on the front line support that is causing low moral

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement on development side need to balance priorities of developers to fix what has been sold against new features. New features are release in a mad dash to meet release dates but after that there is no ownership. Make sure that what customers have bought work in a way that you would want it to work if you made it for yourself. We have a good name but it will not last if we keep doing as we are doing now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK company to work for family people

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsBalanced life and work, not very lay-back, not much over time as well. There are some talented engineers as well.

    ConsA lot of office politics in some groups, a lot of complex relationships, brothers, buddy, previous company co-workers. Some managers are very good at politics and kiss ass, no knowledge or work ethics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was great, now becoming painful.

    Development (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood location
    Fantastic benefits
    Decent facilities
    Good reputation (for now)

    ConsUnrealistic expectations from VPs to come in evenings and weekends to meet unrealistic release goals made my management, only to cut features to make the release date. This happens with every release.
    Very noisy atmosphere that makes it difficult to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to plan better and stop punishing employees for unattainable goals.
    Making ALL dev employees come in on weekends to meet goals they aren't contributing towards is ridiculous.
    Award system is completely unfair and arbitrary, investigate.
    Middle management is ineffective and apathetic. Do not just promote employees to mgmt because of seniority, promote because of leadership and people skills.
    Do NOT transition us to cubes that offer less privacy and more distractions than the current cubes. It is already difficult enough to concentrate. Sure fire way to decrease productivity.
    Allow development team to work from home without penalty!
    Free pizza does not make up for loss of family time.

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    Some departments are great, some are abysmal .

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsF5 is doing well financially.
    Some departments are great to work in, others are not by a long shot.
    The view of the water is nice if you sit on that side of the building.

    ConsMost of the Human Resources department is either incompetent or doesn't care about doing a good job or both..

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk employees why there has been so much turnover in a down job market?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    F5 is a great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsStock is doing well.
    The company is growing
    The company is in the right field

    ConsCompany is run by very narrow minded folks. Very tightly knit group which is very hard to break into

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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