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Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at F5 Networks.

    Interview Details

    asinine impersonal lazy

    If you've ever had a phone discussion with a recruiter from Google, or Apple, or just about any tech company you're familiar with how they like to find good candidates and match them with teams that fit their skill sets. Recruiters that actually put a little effort into their job.

    Don't expect that with F5. F5 recruiters aren't even going to send you and email. They have an assistant who will do that. The assistant will schedule a time for a phone interview and that's about it.

    Then you'll have a phone interview where you are expected to write code on an online whiteboard. This is pretty common practice these days, but that isn't what is really going to happen. Your interview is likely to just hang up on you because he doesn't think you could write the code by looking at your resume.

    You can assure your interviewer that you read the job description and you have extensive experienced in every major area the job description lists. Give examples, sure, that might help. You can assure them that you you can work with the programming language he mentions. But you should just save your effort and pride and just say "Thank you. Have a nice day." because they couldn't be bothered to let you even attempt the coding exercise you were told to prepare for because they can't fathom how someone with your resume and experience could even begin to use the specific language they like to use.

    The recruiter will still not email you.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have experience with network protocol development and implementation?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at F5 Networks in January 2015.

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    This company seems like a great place to work. I have a few friends that work here and they seem to enjoy it quite a bit.

    I had a referral to this company by a friend and the recruiter contacted me shortly after for a phone interview request.

    The phone interview didn't go so well, unfortunately. The collab code editor didn't work for either of us, so we had to do the technical questions verbally, which was a bit confusing but alright.

    I don't want to sound rude, but the interviewer's accent was really strong, as in I couldn't understand him at all. I kept asking him to repeat the questions and since I felt bad for asking so many times, I just tried to piece together what he was saying.

    Aside from that, the questions he gave were OK. They were average CS-oriented questions, mostly regarding data structures (trees, queues, stacks in particular). The position was for a Javascript web developer, so the questions seemed a bit hard for the position.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Enterprise Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at F5 Networks in December 2014.

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    Applied online, took a long time to get the phone screen scheduled because the HR personel was on vacation. Finally, had a phone interview after 3 weeks of application. It was like a typical screening interview touching various topics on networking and system (linux). Then I flew to Seattle and had 1:1. The onsite was 2 hours technical and then managerial/behavioral of 30 mins each.
    The good things is not only they pay for the flight but also the taxi, meal etc.

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Professional Services Engineer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Very touch, thorough interview questions over the phone (network related) They ask alot of questions in regards to TCP related, http protocol, and trying to weed out those who are weak on basics.

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    Accepted Offer
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    Field Systems Engineer Interview

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    I thought the interview went well, but the process was very time consuming and not worth the time. I would go work at a different company.Trade secrets or information protected by employer contracts
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    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enterprise Account Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at F5 Networks in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a call from F5's HR and he was very friendly and polite.

    Asked some background information like where I'm residing and my current occupation, company and responsibilities which seemed standard.

    Gave me some technical questions like;

    Explain the TCP handshake, what is Autonegotiation, what is a web proxy. what is PuTTy, what is WireShark.

    Interview Questions
    • Where in the Windows AD is the default folder for users?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Network Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lowell, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lowell, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at F5 Networks in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had applied online for this position and I got a call from the company recruiter the following week asking me details about my background. Once that was done, he emailed me a list of technical questions which I had to answer and email back within 30 minutes. They are pretty straight forward if you know your concepts. The following week, I was asked to come over for an in-person interview with the entire team.

    Every person who interviewed me was very friendly, professional and had little humour as well. I felt extremely comfortably the whole time. The first person had a technical screening worth 75 minutes or so, after which I was interviewed by two people from the team discussing mostly about my background and work experience. After that I had a brief conversation with the vice-president of the company, who was also very friendly. Overall it was an excellent experience. Every one at F5 Networks handled the whole process with great professionalism, unlike few others I had interviewed for before.

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    • Questions were very detailed. One part was related to networking were quite straight forward if you know your stuff. All the questions pertained to OSI model (L2 to L4), HTTP and SSL. Make sure you know these concepts thoroughly. The other part was all based on Unix and Linux CLI. They were all mostly basic questions and I was able to get through the entire interview process comfortably.   Answer Question
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    Very convenient. I was happy with the offer provided to me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    New Product Introduction Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at F5 Networks in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    F5 looks for the best. Not people with the right bullet points on their resume, but rather they look for people with an aptitude and hunger for learning. Most my interview questions were not product knowledge but questions that asked went in depth about advance technology concepts and also questions that made me have to think really hard rather than just regurgitating things from memory.

    More than anything else they were interested in seeing if I was a person that was constantly challenging myself to learn new things.

    Interview Questions
    • A theoretical question about traffic distribution for a product idea.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    "We want to offer you X."
    (X was an enormous raise for me)
    I said "Okay".
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    FCE Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at F5 Networks.

    Interview Details

    Call interview for the technical, like network (Layer 2 and 3 ), OS (linux), HTTP, ssl (SSL shake, encryption, certificate ), dns. 1:1 for the soft skill.

    Also have English test as it is global support.

    Accepted Offer
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lowell, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lowell, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at F5 Networks in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    My sense is that the company is very well liked by the people who work there. Many folks have been with the company a relatively long time. That said, it is not a stagnant place and the people I interviewed with are top-notch engineers - seriously, the best of the best. The interview was long but not out of the ordinary these days: about 6 hours. I interviewed with seven people; most by video conference, which went well. All of them knew their stuff and most were very cordial. The questions varied but there was a strong focus on signal integrity, PCB materials, and the like. A recent SI hire is quite talented and will drill down. The local (Lowell) engineers are seasoned and easy to talk with. It's clearly a very high quality company. Do your homework.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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