Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
492 Reviews
4.2
492 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 43 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent work if you can keep your head down

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The products that Riverbed designs are unique and interesting. You're forced to stay up to date on the latest in IT when you're dealing with their products, they are constantly updating them to the latest technologies and trends. WAN Acceleration, deep packet inspection, flow collection, network modeling, network storage, all are technologies that Riverbed products use.

    Company benefits are solid. Ample vacation and great health plan.

    Cons

    If you're in sales you run the company. If you're an engineer or support you answer to the whims of sales, no matter how idiotic their requests may seem. Sales has an absurd amount of influence, even for a publicly traded company, and most of them freely admit that they don't totally understand the technology that they're trying to sell. Or they understand certain aspects of it but not others. As a result they sometimes sell things that don't quite work how the customer thinks it should and the technical folks are left to clean up the mess. If you can stay away from sales and actually focus on the work it's not bad. But odds are you'll be dragged into the quagmire at some point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your technical staff once in a while for long term solutions instead of just trying to make quotas for the next quarter. Consolidate some of the products as well, there are way too many at this point.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Riverbed is a nice place to work though experiences can vary significantly if working for its recent acquisitions.

    • 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

    California offices of the company have a great culture - open and employee-friendly. C-level management is very competent and affable. The company is working on the latest technology trends hence staying with, if not ahead of the technology curve.

    Cons

    Though some of the recent acquisitions may have been good decisions in terms of technology and customer base, the work culture in the acquired companies was far from top-notch, plagued by favoritism and lack of vertical communication. Nonetheless, things are improving, albeit very slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train VP-level management in recent acquisitions for personnel management skills.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Decent Company, but Cons

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    The company generally has smart people that work. The products are good as well, but the industry is not sexy.

    Cons

    The companies has some glaring cons:

    - No annual bonuses
    - There are no clear career paths at this company and not enough emphasis on career development
    - There are some people that have been with the company from the beginning (or earlier years) that think the firm will fall apart if they are not around - very opinionated and egocentric
    - The company (management, especially) is obsessed with quarterly earnings - the executive team could do a better job at conveying the long-term vision and strategy
    - The fiscal year coincides with the calendar year, so some departments work over the Christmas holiday season (no real break, just a few days)
    - RSU compensation could be more competitive (especially given the historically low stock price)
    - The company could offer better perks, such as corporate phones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Use 2 be good. Needs some introspection

    Cons

    Environment now is poisoned with new process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introspect

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strictly OK

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free time. Very laid back.

    Cons

    Very haphazard for a big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get procedures in place for smoother operation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Keeps trundling along, somehow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Networks (MTS) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Networks (MTS) in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance! Engineers arrive at work at about 11AM on average. The exodus begins at 5PM and is almost complete by 6. The Pingpong and Foosball tables are in continuous use after 1PM. A lot of people don't come in until lunchtime. Most engineers are away from their desks most of the time. Hard to say how much people work from home, of course, but no way no how is this one of those (mythical?) companies where people work around the clock. You can see that from the productivity alone.

    For about a year-long period, I was depressed about work and putting about two hours of concentrated effort a day into my job. It didn't affect my performance review at all.

    Cons

    Product release dates were "soft" even six years ago, when I joined, but over time they've become fluid to the point of near meaninglessness. Management wasn't unaware of this and a year ago we were given the solution: Agile Development. Meh...some good ideas, but long on magic bullets and paperwork, while short on common sense.

    Also, the language/communication problem has gotten worse. There were always a lot of Indian and Chinese engineers, but when I started they by and large spoke and wrote good English. But the more recent hires, it seems, have been brought in with no regard to their command of English. The result: unproductive meetings, strange variable/function/file names in code, near-worthless technical specifications, confusing bug and field reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apart from dealing with the issues I've mentioned above:
    Try to hire people for, explicitly, either San Francisco or Sunnyvale, so an entire team can be in one place or the other. The typical two-days-a-week Caltrain trip is a wearying, and expensive, time-sink. Besides that, people would bond with their teammates better if they really worked next to them all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management in the IT Dept was terrible for several years - New blood now has a chance to right the ship

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many high quality individuals throughout the company in different departments and at all levels.

    Cons

    The top three in charge of the IT dept stifled growth by instilling fear as a means to drive results. One in particular with a proud military background was probably the worst but was clearly convinced that such scare tactics were beneficial, all the while employees were leaving the company left and right. These top level "leaders" of the dept repeatedly made poor decisions, alienated business partners and employees alike, executed highly impacting mistakes, and spent more time and effort covering up such mistakes rather than take ownership and capture learning experiences. Great case study in how incompetence destroys an organization from the inside out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your own shortcomings and take action to grow rather than deceive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great five years ago, now mired in middle-management morass

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical (Non-engineering) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical (Non-engineering) in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in. Exciting technology that's constantly evolving and improving. You won't get bored working for Riverbed.

    Cons

    You may not get bored, but in the last couple of years the company shed the last vestiges of its startup origins and became more like Another Big Company. Lots of product line expansion, but stingy hiring outside of Engineering, Sales and Marketing. OTOH, lots of middle managers have been hired, to the detriment of many teams and to the overall work culture. In some groups, you're only as good as your last deliverable, never mind that you've established a solid record of excellent work spanning multiple years.

    [This review is for the San Francisco HQ - other offices in the US and overseas are different, YMMV]

    The CEO has gone through several phases where he patrols the building in the afternoon, counting empty desks. Several senior VPs have followed suit. He has also camped out in the lobby and counted Riverbed employees leaving early (in his judgement). The reality, at least in SF, is that management equates being a good employee with being visibly present at your desk. Never mind that many people work extra hours at home and on weekends, or that they come in extra-early so that they can leave early enough to attend to personal business (e.g. picking up a child). The implicit message is that management doesn't trust employees to put in a full day's work. When I started there over five years ago, the important thing was doing your job and doing it well, not obsessing over when you arrive and when you leave. Now it's very different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep expecting people to just work harder every time the product line expands, especially after an acquisition. Hire enough non-engineering technical staff to fully support all of the various initiatives. Require skip-level meetings for all people managers, including executives. Require 360 feedback for all people managers and address problem managers swiftly. Remember that having a bad manager is one of the most common causes for employees to leave, so do something about it.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lead QA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead QA in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Lead QA in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Work and personal life manageable. Manger and team cooperative and able to be on target..

    Cons

    There is a good scope of work and team able to delivery it with not having any budget contrains

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some training on their architecture, process would help new hire than expecting deliverable right away.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fine

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, friendly employees

    Cons

    some company policies regarding visa etc

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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