Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good People in a Stressful Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Company culture is tries to affirm all employees are important. Every office is cubicle setup including all C-Suite executives all being in cubicles, which can honestly be somewhat uncomfortable. Every employee receives a SWEET Holiday present. For the last two years they have arranged for fairly expensive jackets to be given to all 2,600 employees globally. That's not a minor job nor cheap. Company holds many parties for employees and really tries to be a fun place to work.

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of administrative help. There are only eight administrative assistants for a global company of 2,600. Only four assistants in headquarters. Each EA supports at least two C-Suite executives. Most executive staff, SVP and below, is required to do all their own daily administration including calendaring, travel arrangements and expense reports. But honestly new executives pilfer time from existing assistants and work suffers because the EA are trying to do too much. HR systems are all self service based and requires managers to affect all changes in the systems, which put more responsibility on senior level staff that is already handling too much daily grind and cannot focus on the big picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into into efficiency as well as cost savings. The cheapest thing is not always the best. Look at the ROI you are getting out of your senior staff. You get more out of people not from you ability to throw a good party but making sure they do not dread the deeds they know they have to complete in a day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Excellent technology, great opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Riverbed is full of great technology, that is being assembled into a strong portfolio of solutions. The Wan Optimization is the best, and when coupled with the Performance Management portfolio, you create a much more compelling and complete offer. Private Equity purchase will add some cash to pockets of people with Stock. The transition has great promise of success to move well past the $1B hurdle.

    Cons

    The market for WanOp has matured, requiring a bit more effort by the sales and product teams than in years past. Not everyone is willing to change, and that creates some issues in the transformation. Some of it is inability to change and adapt, some is just lack of desire or motivation. A cleansing rinse is in order and those ready to go to the next level with Riverbed will stay, others will leave or be left behind. This is makes for some uncomfortable environments. The lack of information on the buyout progress, the product roadmaps, future compensation/incentive programs, and anything beyond the buyout - all lead to people standing still rather than working toward a goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of what you can now - Product roadmaps, compensation plans, quotas, etc.. give people a goal to focus on. Communication is critical. Some of the changes are dragging on too long and causing people to doubt that new management is going to be be capable of leading the change needed. I believe it will be fine, but not everyone shares my view.

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

    Great technology portfolio for a relatively mature tech company still in growth mode.

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    Former Employee - Director of Channel Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Channel Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Riverbed consistently offers opportunity for career advancement and ongoing training, and values investing in their employees. Although I departed for another opportunity, I would work there again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    One of the major challenges is the company is going private via buyout from Thoma Brava. Until that is settled and they inevitably restructure, there will be short term headwinds to understanding the overall strategy and key leadership that will be retained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people and make them feel valued, yet at the same time make certain to hold employees (especially long timers) to a high standard of performance & productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great Inside Sales Job

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, true sales environment

    Cons

    Management out of tune with operations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Great work environment, non stuffy culture

    Cons

    Hard to move to new areas of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Still good place to work despite many changes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Culture and benefits still above industry average despite many changes.

    Cons

    Feels like company has matured and best days are behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating.

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

    Great company and very good working culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Great company! Lots of perks and flexibility! Engineering is amazing!

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Open environment, lots of opportunities to learn and grow

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Encouraged to learn from colleagues
    Good mentors in the organization

    Cons

    Some product groups do not have strong leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good Company for motivated individuals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    - Good Culture
    - Invests in employee with training

    Cons

    - Needs consolidation/reducing IT tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Diversify energy to all the products Riverbed owns.

  11. Great company. Unfortunately in a shallow market space.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - Awesome people
    - Flat hierarchy hence no fighting for promotions. People try to work together to get things done.
    - Minimal management interference
    - Tech is given the room to get the product/feature working
    - Excellent focus on developer driven quality
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Very minimal review process, almost no feedback
    - Employee levels are kept internal, its hard to say if you are doing a great job or not
    - No cash bonus
    - Flat stock price, hence no new projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Engineering culture is awesome, but need to get more projects going

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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