F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
220 Reviews
4.4
220 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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173 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 24 reviews)

  • Very competitive salary, great benefits that challenge the huge multi-nationals (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Only con I can think of is just the growing pains of scaling from a small to a large company (in 16 reviews)

  • San Jose office depends a lot on Seattle (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    A lot of really smart people work there and you learn quite a bit.

    Free coffee

    Cons

    Too much office politics and out-of-control egos.

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Declining culture of once great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance
    skills development
    no one bothers you at work

    Cons

    pay is in the mid range
    constantly hiring people that were layed off from cisco to swell ranks
    no real upward mobility unless you know people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring people 45 and above, all of your younger employees are leaving or have left. half the time i have no idea how people make it past the phone screens, all of these senior people have little to no knowledge of how to actually do the job and can barely address bullet points on their resumes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Zero Room for Growth

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company, culture, and people.

    Cons

    Zero room for growth. Majority of management prefer to hire externally rather than grow and develop current employees. High turn over in all departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on developing and showing value to current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    F5 Networks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Market Leader in Application Load Balancing for Market Leading companies. Think Fast , Secure, Available when it comes to application delivery. On the verge of leadership in access and security to and from data from any platform.

    Cons

    Rapid growth means infrastructure is facing big new challenges across the entire spectrum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mature Up, Reward Success, listen to and adhere to advice from companies that can help F5 grow to a true global leader with a diverse set of solution offerings, and as our CEO noted, "when want our employees to be paid well and have fun".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great teammates and lot of learning opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Good place to work, you will get to learn a lot.Good culture and work life balance

    Cons

    Project planning is still maturing as the company has been growing a lot

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Big Company Pretending to be Small

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    F5 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 ManagementAdvice

    For 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is looking for the right strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor managemant in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    free drinks, onsite parking. great culture

    Cons

    small company w/ lots of large companies competing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Agree with most of the comments already posted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Agree 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

    Cons

    Agree 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lots of the comments on here are true.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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