Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
517 Reviews
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is growing faster than its engineering process is evolving (in 12 reviews)

  • Growing pains associated with transforming sales team to a multi-product solution sales team (in 21 reviews)

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great start, terrible finish

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, excellent benefits, liberal expense policy, great products that you can be excited to sell to your customers with plenty of new features that come along very regularly

    Cons

    Very arrogant culture, both among long-time technology and sales middle to upper management, questionable ethics practices when it comes to HR policies and their enforcement. Much of the "new blood" coming into sales upper management have brought in old colleagues, swapping out one "good old boy" network for another, except this new group knows less about Riverbed's culture, products, and customers, but does have the arrogance and harassment mentality that must have been high on the hiring criteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More thoughtful consideration to the impact on culture, employee and customer satisfaction when hiring sales and product management leadership during the transition to a larger company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very poor growth opportunities, especially in the Bethesda office

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Interesting work
    * Stable and low risk job

    Cons

    * You can remain stuck at essentially an entry level position even after working for more than 5 years and being a very good contributor (as accepted by management)
    * Pay hikes are very poor
    * Very high levels of micro-management and very poor organization
    * There is no leader to inspire engineers
    * Every release cycle ends with supplanting engineers from multiple teams to get past the finish line. So engineers never get to stay focussed on a solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Address the cons listed above
    * Communicate frequently
    * Delegate and stop the micro-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    This is not the place I joined any more.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people truly are great. There are very smart and loyal people at the company. The location in SF is great and they are about to move into a new location that will be gorgeous. The technology they have is very interesting and the potential for continued growth is there.

    Cons

    The company is going through huge growing pains. Acquiring OPNET at the end of 2012 was not received favorably by Wall Street and just when it seems they have gotten the acquisition under control, Elliott a private equity firm in NY takes a 10.5% hold of the company. Moral is very low and there is a huge lack of communication from upper management about what this all means. It is distracting to many employees who seem to be waiting for the other shoe to drop. If you are considering a role at the company I would definitely recommend you keep a close eye on their stock and what the media has to say. Elliott is not going away and if you want to be at a company that is growing and has great positive energy this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish you the best of luck. This year is going to continue to be very tough from what I can see. Communicate early and often with us and help us read between the lines so we can encourage our teams. You have brought in what appears to be some great executives in the past year. I only hope they can turn things around quickly enough!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Get me out!

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good espp and RSU compensation

    Cons

    Worst HR and IT ever! New management additions are horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all IT and HR management. Don't hire executives that don't fit the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Company that has some of the best products but worst management .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tac in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Tac in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products like WAN optimizer and load balancers.

    Cons

    I really get surprised when I see this company gets the best working place award in silicon valley. actually out of about 10 companies I have worked with in my life, this is the worst one. there are no ethics, no human values. There were days when management denied my sick leave to take my wife to hospital. There were days when I asked for help from management and they simply were not available and tried to save their seats. I will never ever think of working with same company again. In fact, I am now afraid of working with start-ups and smaller companies due to my experience with Riverbed. Happy to be with one of the multinational company who really cares about HUMAN values and helps to grow you ethically right.
    later on after leaving this company couple of years back, found that I was not alone that was literally harassed like this.
    I would highly recommend you to stay away from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of your top management layer, appreciate the true human value and help employee in needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I am disillusioned.

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The schedule is flexible. The salaries are industry-standard.
    The engineers are brilliant.

    Cons

    There is no bonus plan, no awards, and no recognition for top performers.
    Top management is still based in San Francisco, while the talent is actually in Sunnyvale. We must commute to San Francisco to get recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers in Sunnyvale. Weed out non-performing top management. Ensure that managers treat their employees with respect (I hear this manager shout openly at her reports). In my department, managers are making special "deals" and promoting untalented people who do them favors. Go figure!
    Provide employees a chance to rate their managers anonymously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management has no clue

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Open door environment, provides training.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing. Makes false promises, no value for human capital.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employee not just investors or market analyst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dwindling benefits with low regards for an engineering career

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    - Free snacks
    - Good health benefits

    Cons

    - Benefits keep getting cut
    - Bad place for an engineering career
      (The only way to progress is to move to management)
    - Sales is all they care about
    - Most of engineering is kept in the dark about company/product direction
    - Remote wipe of your personal smartphone should you dare put the company e-mail on it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop cutting benefits to increase profits. Treat engineers with dignity by giving them decent titles and good growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst place to work as a QA Engineer, however good place to be a system developer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to have work life balance. Awesome culture. If you want to be a developer on the system side, this could be a good place to start.

    Cons

    This is not the right company to be a QA Engineer. Worst ever middle managers who play dirty politics , just for the sake of being in the company for "n" number of years they dont even care to listen or trust the junior or entry level engineers.
    Need to follow blindly what ever developer say. No proper learning curve for QA engineers. Cant grow up easily if ur QA engineer, rather than developer where there is larger scope and people with in the development appreciate the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the middle level managers: Listen to the entry level engineers and talk about the problems, issues rather than avoiding it. No use of trusting higher level engineers all the time.. Biased nature of trusting people will downgrade the work style at some point of time.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you are in HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Name in the industry.

    Cons

    -Horrible management that lies to you about pay raises after 3 month reviews. Don't believe anything this company says to you about performance reviews and bonuses. I've spoken with multiple contractors that have said the same thing about the way this organization lies to their people.
    -Lies told to all contractors about job growth, increase in responsibility, and visibility within the organization.
    -Major attrition in HR. Nobody stays past 6 months because there is no career path at Riverbed in HR.
    -Lack of response in communication from management. You can write repeadeted emails to your manager about action items discussed in past meetings, but if he doesn't feel your email is important, he will just ignore you and act like nothing ever happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a reason that no one stays in your recruiting organization after 5-6 months in R & D...and it isn't the contractors. Try communicating with your employees and holding yourself accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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