Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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Pros
  • A good place for work/life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is growing up and going through several changes right now, but I believe they are on the right direction (in 12 reviews)

  • lots of growing pains but its a growing company (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Review Title

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Pay is good, work live balance is good, blah blah blah, 20 more words so I can submit this form.

    Cons

    Not much bad to say other than promotions are rare and the value of your work may not translate up the chain as far as you might think.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Work time is very flexible. Really very good people.

    Cons

    no free lunch provided :)


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    A Great Place To Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Excellent corporate culture. Helpful colleagues. Flexible working hours. The company pays attention to and offers training classes for employees' personal growth.

    Cons

    From a business point of view, Riverbed seems seeking growth through acquiring companies instead organically. This can be a bad thing for employees.


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    The past is not prologue

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good camaraderie and collegiality. Life-work balance. Interesting people and projects. Reasonable ability to move between groups. Offices in both SF and the South Bay, and the ability to work from both or either. Overall, it has been a very good place to work.

    Cons

    No past review remains relevant, for good or ill. Riverbed has been acquired and taken private. With new owners, a 20% RIF, increased attrition and internal reformation underway, Riverbed is best considered a new company, and not entirely stable.

    Advice to Management

    I am no expert in company consolidation and liquidation. It seems to me that if the new owners do not want to lose many of their best developers to attrition in a booming tech economy, they need to rally R&D around a compelling purpose. But from a financial perspective, that attrition might be the right choice.


  6. Field Sales Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Products, good engineering. Fun culture

    Cons

    Disjointed portfolio of products. Looking for new direction in which to take the company


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    Wait and see after going private

    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Everyone got vested with the acquisition

    Cons

    Doesn't appear to be good replacement for RSUs


  8. Sales Operations

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Order Management Representative in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Order Management Representative in Bowie, MD

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with a great group of people.

    Cons

    . . . . .

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, relaxed office atmosphere, convenient location next to alewife station and free onsite parking, gym across the street.

    Cons

    Tight work schedule, very close knit group of people that's been together for a while so sometimes it feels a little closed off

    Advice to Management

    good luck with the buy out, hopefully, TB knows what they're buying and get the company back on track and isn't just looking for a quick profit in the near term


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good People in a Stressful Time

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Excellent technology, great opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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