F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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4.0 161 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam

John McAdam

(131 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good company to work for, great work culture, good work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent(in 19 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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    F5 is a great company to work for

    Development Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIn 4 years I received 3 promotions, got RSUs, and yearly salary increases. They sent me on an international all expenses paid trip with my family for doing outstanding work. My time is extremely flexible, and they pay me to ride my bike to work instead of driving.

    F5 is a company that puts some effort behind their belief that their employees matter, from very flexible about work hours, to pay, to matching 401k contributions, great health coverage, and good salary.

    Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly.

    Promotion from within is very common, and working your way up from the starting position is absolutely achievable.

    ConsBecause there are a lot of smart people, sometimes it's hard to get cross-organizational change to happen, as everyone has a good reason for their own agenda.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore cross-organizational projects with management buy-off and guidance would make this an even better place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A truly outstanding company to work for.

    Web Developer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAmazing group of people to work with. Teammates are cooperative rather than competitive. The business is growing quickly and while it has the normal growing pains leadership is aware and focused on ensuring success.

    ConsComplex and wide range of products can be confusing for new employees. Some teams are under resourced and need to grow talent at mid level management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, if you're in sales, excellent compensation package

    ConsFavoritism exists in some depts. and some middle managers and leads are inexperienced.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still new but like what I see

    Technical Support Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsF5 is highly customer and employee focused. For it's employees, F5 goes to great lengths to make going to work each day, the very best it can be. Benefits and pay are among industry best and work/life balance are very much part of the fabric of day to day operations. For it's customers, F5 builds and maintains positive relationships with its customers and often goes above and beyond when the customer needs support or assistance. The key here, is a fine balance between maintaining realistic expectations while also providing world class customer support.

    ConsF5 can get bogged down in "big corporation" processes. This is likely do to ongoing and consistent growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to manage growth, to stay on the cutting edge.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture of and Cisco ppl invading!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay at or above industry average. Leader in L4-7 space. Great benefits-health, ESPP, 401k match up to $4k/yr, RSU grants for more senior positions.

    ConsYou have to manage up and execs have gotten more insular and less team work frinedly over the years. Not great wtih promotions. A bit of turmoint these days with re-orgs and most likely a new CEO within 12 mo. Struggling to find top-line product growth and next new market(s) as compute moves to pub/private clouds vs appliances. Worst con is they will end up as part of Cisco unless they can find new markets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBest of luck!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work / Be wary of acquiring additional skill sets

    NSE (Former Employee) Liberty Lake, WA

    ProsBiggest collection of smart people I've ever seen.
    Health benefits are very good.
    Company culture is awesome - beer fridays (with company supplied beer!).
    They train you with some very marketable skills.

    ConsLower levels of the support organization are habitually understaffed and overworked.
    Once you get trained with an additional skillset, the job stress/workload goes from 'wow this is a great job' to 'wow, let me polish my resume'.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut the effort into maintaining NSE staffing levels, especially the aditionally skilled NSEs, high enough to prevent employees from burning out and leaving. Also, make QA work harder, much harder. :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood perks, smart people and you get to work with interesting products.

    ConsCareer path is not clear. Sometimes teams are soloed, lost sight of the big picture

    Advice to Senior Managementneeds to make aquestion work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Software Engineer

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits. Company cares about their employees. Positive work environment. Not a lot of politics

    ConsOut of date development methodologies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry some of the newer approaches to software development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good technical experience and culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeoples are good and very innovative technical company

    Consmanagement level is quite political.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company of smart engineers and deep technology

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsInteresting technology domain
    part of culture is to be open to making non-trivial changes to the product(s), when makes sense of course, i.e. not conservative engineering environment.
    Smart engineers, helping each other.

    ConsThis is very engineering focused company, with very good engineers.
    Make sure externally hired managers do not degrade the culture and qualities outlined in Pros.

    Internal infrastructure could be more efficient.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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