Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
475 Reviews

4.2
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
Jerry M. Kennelly
414 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 38 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 26 reviews)


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

  • Still suffering from some growing pains from quickly expanding the workforce over the past 4 years (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Use 2 be good. Needs some introspection

    Cons

    Environment now is poisoned with new process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introspect

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person 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

    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
  3.  

    Strictly OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Keeps trundling along, somehow

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

    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
  6. 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
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Technical (Non-engineering)  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical (Non-engineering) in San Francisco, CA

    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
  8.  

    Lead QA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead QA  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Lead QA in Sunnyvale, CA

    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.

  9. 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

    Pros

    Good work culture, friendly employees

    Cons

    some company policies regarding visa etc

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Paid way too much for OPNET and then wrecked OPNET

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Channel focus; marketing savvy; demand creation

    Cons

    Much more complicated, layered and "political" than OPNET, whom they purchased for $1B and then set about dragging OPNET into the Riverbed culture.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's become just another public company since a year ago

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Smart engineers. The pay is decent.
    We all love the CEO (Jerry). He is very nice and down to earth. Very easy to approach and friendly.

    Cons

    The Culture has changed with the new management since a year ago. Most of the original Engineering exec left the company after their tenure and the whole culture went down the drain since then. I see a whole bunch of great engineers leaving recently. There is too much politics involved now that most of us are not happy about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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