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30+ days ago

QA Automation Engineer - SteelCentral AppInternals

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Senior QA Engineer – SteelCentral Portal

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Escalation Engineer III - SteelHead

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD +2 locations

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


23 days ago

Escalation Engineer III - Applications

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Data Scientist

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


18 days ago

Network and Application Performance Engineer

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD

Plan, design, deploy, operate and optimize service provider/large enterprise infrastructures. Solve network, application, server capacity and… Riverbed Technologies


18 days ago

Software Engineer - Python

Riverbed Technologies Bethesda, MD

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Solutions Architect, SteelFusion

Riverbed Technologies Washington, DC

Position - Federal Solutions Architect, SteelFusion Location - Washington DC metro area Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how… Riverbed Technologies


19 days ago

Federal System Engineer, Service Providers

Riverbed Technologies Washington, DC

Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future. Do you thrive on change… Riverbed Technologies


6 days ago

Channel Sales Engineer-Federal Market

Riverbed Technologies Washington, DC

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    Generally great employees but a lack of courage and leadership is slowly destroying this company.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a long-time OPNET employee, when we were acquired in 2012 I was skeptical but optimistic. After a while I realized that my hopes would not come to fruition, although there are definitely some things to like about Riverbed:
    - Overall, the people are smart and dedicated. This applies to the company at large, but especially in Bethesda, where the OPNET work ethic still applies.
    - People are also kind and thoughtful. They want to do the right thing.
    - Management is willing to invest in training, which is generally of a high quality.
    - The facilities are excellent, especially in Bethesda (although the open office trend at the rest of the company is not a good one, despite what management might claim).
    - The benefits are generally quite good, especially the ESPP program and standard stock option distribution.
    - Engineering is generally left alone by other departments, which is usually a good thing.
    - The overall workplace environment is healthy - it is a progressive company that cares about its employees.

    Cons

    But here's the bad news: I want to make clear that I'm writing this not out of any sort of retribution - I left the company on generally good terms - rather, I want people that are considering joining Riverbed to get the full picture, which I think other reviews may not offer. I'm often mystified as to how Riverbed seems to achieve its high ratings as a company to work for - my only conclusion is that, like much at Riverbed, it's a triumph of marketing.

    Some negatives:
    - There is really no leadership. Remote offices are left to their own devices. There is little-to-no coordination between development teams, even those that are co-located.
    - Communication is exceedingly poor. There are regular meetings to communicate some sort of message about what is coming up, but often this is blather from executives and extremely San Francisco (read: SteelHead) focused.
    - Management is generally reactive, not proactive. If you're happy, then they're happy to let you continue along whatever path you might be on. If you're unhappy, well, good luck getting anything to change.
    - Product management is scattershot at best. In many cases they have no idea what they're doing, content to guide product direction on anecdotal stories instead of actual data. Combine that with waterfall-like development approaches and you end up with products that are always playing catchup.
    - Riverbed advertises itself as a company where you can take the initiative, but it seems as if there's a small cadre of people in SF that really make the decisions without much input. Case in point: If you are a non-managerial engineer, your title is "Member of Technical Staff". Most find this ridiculous, but because some of the founders didn't like how hierarchical their former company felt, they decided that titles were unnecessary. Of course, they all have elevated titles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over. You are no longer a small company with one product that hit it big. You are a monolith that needs strength, leadership, and coordination. You need to create a culture of innovation and drive, which doesn't happen on its own. Revamp the marketing and product management organizations, and create a CTO office that actually has some teeth.

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