Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
506 Reviews
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506 Reviews
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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435 Ratings

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Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (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 faster than its engineering process is evolving (in 12 reviews)

  • Growing pains associated with transforming sales team to a multi-product solution sales team (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company for motivated individuals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2.  

    Great company. Unfortunately in a shallow market space.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Decent and stable place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    - Practically 0 office politics.
    - Extremely good HR and immigration benefits (the former OPNET paid for everything).
    - Loose hierarchy, informal relationships with superiors.

    Cons

    - Not in an exciting field. Opportunities are limited.
    - Many of OPNET products are legacy and work in a sandbox like environment. Still no services offered in cloud.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Riverbed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The facilities are nice and so is the location (although I prefer our old 199 Fremont location). Snacks in the breakroom is also a plus.

    Cons

    Like any place of employment, some people are great to work with, others not so much. Working here has its ups and downs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and vision, needs improvement on execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Great technology and vision for where the IT industry is going. A lot of smart, driven people to work with. Everyone works hard to make IT better for our customers and works in a collaborative environment for the benefit of our customers and bottom-line revenue.

    Cons

    The leadership is slow to execute their vision and communicate it through the ranks in order to get momentum for important initiatives. This is particularly prevalent in product roadmaps and marketing execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicating initiatives down through all levels of the company is important to ensure the great culture and to enable execution on the vision for the company. There are many times our own internal policies and processes are more of a roadblock than external industry forces.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Employment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Great work/life balance at Riverbed.

    Cons

    No cons to working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more proactive with career paths of direct reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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