Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    SR Manager, IT

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Not a big company, so there are opportunities to work in multiple areas
    Open environment

    Cons

    Growth opportunity is limited
    No bonus below the level of Directors
    Few cronies of CIO in the top level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Spectacular company with the common trends of acquisiton pains

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    Current Employee - Director of Product Development in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Development in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -If you are talented they will pay you quite the generious salary.
    -Talent and loyalty here is unbelievable!
    -Products are cutting edge and a joy to support, grow, and sell

    Cons

    -Acquistion pains. They really need to move forward with the smart move of acquiring OPNET. It has been a little over 2 years with minimal traction
    - Leadership issues: No one seems to be in charge of all of Product Management and this is causing some pain. The BUs are in thier own silos and even within the BUs themselves I see a lot of disturbing signs of common communication problems. They need to get thier act together and if they can manage this I think great things are in thier furture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is difficult as I see some leaders in the company as being first class. I would rather not comment further

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 9 people found this helpful

    Once a good company that lost its way....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, great technology, great culture

    Cons

    Growth lead to a disconnect between upper management and the field. The culture went from "do what's best for the company" to everyone is in it for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field...and focus more, with fewer products.

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

    Glad place to work until large acquisitions started...

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    WAN optimization is a very solid; management is very sound; marketing is exceptional

    Cons

    integration issues with large acquisitions; probably should have bought smaller players.

    Negative Outlook
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Generally great employees but a lack of courage and leadership is slowly destroying this company.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a long-time OPNET employee, when we were acquired in 2012 I was skeptical but optimistic. After a while I realized that my hopes would not come to fruition, although there are definitely some things to like about Riverbed:
    - Overall, the people are smart and dedicated. This applies to the company at large, but especially in Bethesda, where the OPNET work ethic still applies.
    - People are also kind and thoughtful. They want to do the right thing.
    - Management is willing to invest in training, which is generally of a high quality.
    - The facilities are excellent, especially in Bethesda (although the open office trend at the rest of the company is not a good one, despite what management might claim).
    - The benefits are generally quite good, especially the ESPP program and standard stock option distribution.
    - Engineering is generally left alone by other departments, which is usually a good thing.
    - The overall workplace environment is healthy - it is a progressive company that cares about its employees.

    Cons

    But here's the bad news: I want to make clear that I'm writing this not out of any sort of retribution - I left the company on generally good terms - rather, I want people that are considering joining Riverbed to get the full picture, which I think other reviews may not offer. I'm often mystified as to how Riverbed seems to achieve its high ratings as a company to work for - my only conclusion is that, like much at Riverbed, it's a triumph of marketing.

    Some negatives:
    - There is really no leadership. Remote offices are left to their own devices. There is little-to-no coordination between development teams, even those that are co-located.
    - Communication is exceedingly poor. There are regular meetings to communicate some sort of message about what is coming up, but often this is blather from executives and extremely San Francisco (read: SteelHead) focused.
    - Management is generally reactive, not proactive. If you're happy, then they're happy to let you continue along whatever path you might be on. If you're unhappy, well, good luck getting anything to change.
    - Product management is scattershot at best. In many cases they have no idea what they're doing, content to guide product direction on anecdotal stories instead of actual data. Combine that with waterfall-like development approaches and you end up with products that are always playing catchup.
    - Riverbed advertises itself as a company where you can take the initiative, but it seems as if there's a small cadre of people in SF that really make the decisions without much input. Case in point: If you are a non-managerial engineer, your title is "Member of Technical Staff". Most find this ridiculous, but because some of the founders didn't like how hierarchical their former company felt, they decided that titles were unnecessary. Of course, they all have elevated titles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over. You are no longer a small company with one product that hit it big. You are a monolith that needs strength, leadership, and coordination. You need to create a culture of innovation and drive, which doesn't happen on its own. Revamp the marketing and product management organizations, and create a CTO office that actually has some teeth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Decent work if you can keep your head down

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    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
  9. 7 people found this helpful

    Decent Company, but Cons

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    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
  10. 2 people 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
  11. Strictly OK

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    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 a 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

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