Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
475 Reviews

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

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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.  

    Good culture, some home run products, others struggle in their market

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Great management, large amount of independence, solid benefits, good compensation. The companies polices incentivize winning behavior without being overwhelmingly overbearing or encouraging cut-throat behavior.

    Cons

    The company has pressure from the financial markets to increase their growth rate and have been taken some slightly unnatural acquisition steps to achieve goals. There is currently turmoil around the company's identity and value prop

  2.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology as an intern

    Pros

    Very smart people, lots of enthusiasm about what we do and how we do it.

    Cons

    Strong work life balance can lean too far in the life direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Positive atmosphere, good leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, competent managers. Seems like a well-run company. Integration of recent acquisitions seems to be going pretty well.

    Cons

    There's the usual obsession with quarterly results, but that goes with the territory. I guess you could say it's more of a marketing culture than an engineering one, which some people might find annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    FUN!! Tenure from $240M to $1.1B+

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people and great CEO! We'll see about their vision but at least their not afraid to make serious moves and try to execute. To work there, you have to buy into their vision as if it's your own.

    Cons

    OPNET guys need to get on board! They're still stuck thinking that the Cascade stuff sucks. But the Cascade stuff is THE leader in the Gartner MQ in the NPM&D. OPNET is NOT the leader but is in the leader's quadrant. There's still a cultural issue on the RPM side. OPNET needs to let the old ways of doing things go and learn the new ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give titles to managers without the same level of authority. Waste of time and money; give them the authority to execute. Also, channel sales teams need quotas. The channel training has always suffered as there's no accountability with these teams and I just never valued any partner. Lastly, get rid of RPM RSMs. One sales guy with a core SE and overlay SE's/Consultants for OPNET, Cascade, Stingray, Whitewater and Granite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good technology with a good culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company focuses on customer needs and employees as well as driving revenue. Best in class solutions

    Cons

    Solutions need more integration. Sales quotas need to be right-sized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust sales quotas to be achievable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company to work

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Work is really good. Hiring process is good so you can get good co-workers
    2. Enjoyed playing with foosball, table tenis, pool during free time.

    Cons

    Didn't find it yet, I will post it as soon as I find it :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Work is really good. Hiring process is good so you can get good co-workers.

    Cons

    No Bonus at all. Management should start looking into this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start giving Bonus to Employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is at crossroads

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    "Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here"

    Cons

    Career development can be challenging in certain departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to motivate employees and learn to absorb acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented individuals and great work culture. Compensation needs to be improved

    • 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

    Pros

    it is a great culture where employees are encouraged to take responsibility and are empowered to innovate. The company is moving in the right direction with respect to vision and shareholder value.

    Cons

    Navigating all the team and processes involved in getting changes done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be improved. A lot of the salaries are below standard compensation in the industry. We need to stop churn with better compensation packages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Friendly envrionment, but company is struggling to find itself

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The highlight of working at Riverbed is my colleagues. Everyone is quite friendly, good sense of humor, very smart, and always willing to help out. While everyone's work hours and habits are flexible (another big plus), everyone works to accommodate each other. This creates an environment of learning and collaboration that is great for junior and senior engineers alike.

    I also appreciate Riverbed's practice of integrating new tools and libraries into our work flow. At the same time, regular tech-talks are held to introduce said tools and libraries, to ensure everyone is on board with the selection and implementation. The best part is that everyone has the opportunity to introduce their favorite technology to the company.

    In that vein, Riverbed is still a company full of opportunity. Every employee is encouraged to find new problems to solve with our products, to take initiatives to make our product better, more reliable, more efficient. There isn't always time for every initiative, so some things have to be done on personal time, but initiatives can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Following the last of the Pros, it feels like there is never enough time to do things "the right way" at Riverbed. There is always a deadline looming, and designs / plans are constantly being shaved down to meet deadlines, even if it does not make sense. Part of the reason, I believe, is that many teams at Riverbed are understaffed. I hear this all the time: "we don't have the resources to complete this feature on time"

    Even though the Sunnyvale employees just moved into a brand new building, it already feels crowded. There aren't enough conference rooms, bathrooms, space in the break room is limited. The "open seating design" of the offices is great for collaboration, but horrible for concentration. Noise is a constant issue, be it your coworkers socializing, people talking loudly on phones, people leaving their cell phone ring tones at full volume, etc.

    Despite many years of growth, Riverbed has yet to figure out how to scale itself as an engineering organization. Processes, designs, frameworks are changing rapidly, often without time to fully "shake out the bugs". This leaves developers as perpetual guinea pigs, experiencing the pain of working through half-baked procedures and designs.

    As others have noted, compensation does not follow the market... especially since last year's $1BB acquisition of OPNET. It seems costs are being cut since this acquisition, and us employees are bearing the brunt of the cuts. There is little compensation besides salary: mostly stock-based incentives, and RVBD stock hasn't been very consistent in its growth. As a result, RVBD has higher than average turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the acquisitions! Let's focus on growing our core business, including growing and retaining in-house talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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