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5 days ago

Windows Administrator

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

Windows Administrator Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we solve the problems of the future… Riverbed Technologies


8 days ago

Sales Support Specialist

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

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


13 days ago

Payroll Manager

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

Position: Payroll Manager Location: San Francisco, CA Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work today – join us as we… Riverbed Technologies


8 days ago

Inside Sales Representative (ISR)

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

Position: Inside Sales Representative (ISR) Location: SF or Sunnyvale, CA Riverbed® is about changing the rules. Forget about how things work… Riverbed Technologies


22 days ago

Director of Web Marketing

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

Riverbed® is the leader in application performance infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Software Developer Networking

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

Riverbed® is the leader in application performance infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Contract Administrator

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

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

Director, Product Management –SteelFusion Core Storage

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

Director, Product Management –SteelFusion Core Storage About Riverbed Location: San Francisco/Sunnyvale, CA Riverbed® is the leader in… Riverbed Technologies


30+ days ago

Senior HR Business Partner

Riverbed Technologies San Francisco, CA

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


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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

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    Pros

    The first 5 years had excellent technology and good management in key roles; the hands-off style of the CEO let some mistakes to come up in this period that caused some key employees to leave or switch roles to the detriment of the company, but it seemed possible lessons could be learned.
    Benefits in the US are fairly leading, although they aren't as good as some of the competition the most important stuff is covered well.
    Internationally, the benefits are far less competive on the important benefits, but the free snacks and drinks are maintained. After Riverbed learned some mistakes when expanding internationally, the priority should have been to make Riverbed a more competitive employer in the local market, rather than just duplicate what HR thinks is standard in the US market and replicate it outside the US rather than adapt policies to local IT markets. There are still significant HR issues in international offices to this day.

    Cons

    Riverbed lost focus, notably with an acquisition that:
    was not tightly screened enough for solution/trending market fit for Riverbed
    had issues working through the culture of the acquired firm
    was too expensive in cost for the value of the acquired company; the founders of the acquired firm were paid hundreds of millions USD and overstated the value of the firm; but their employees got very little and a wave of key employees with critical value for Riverbed left, adding to delays in integrating the companies
    had delays and confusing messages about the overlap in products and the timeline of updating or merging the products or dropping some products
    had a model for implementing overlay sales and SEs that had a lot of challenges
    was late in simplifying installation of the offerings that are a good market fit but too complex to install without SE/PS
    has a delayed, incomplete partner enablement plan on the new offerings.
    Some of the lessons learned with the Mazu acquisition happened again because of poor planning and introverted culture from a fair bit of the acquired employees and management that didn't focus on a partner enablement strategy.
    These were factors in disappointing Wall Street and turning to being bought out to go private. The acquisition was communicated very poorly and it seemed the benefit was mostly for the c-staff as there was a layoff that did not make sense for growing organically.
    The private equity firm's first call to employees pushed them to invest $5k of their own monies in the private company, rather than offering equity in lieu of RSUs or ESPP. This was a bad message at the wrong time.
    Losing the SVP TechOps, CTO, GM for the Storage Delivery BU, the Storage Delivery BU Technical Leader, and a key engineer for SteelCentral over the past several months after a previous worry when the co-founder left and took some key product talent and engineers to a startup has added to the uncertainty about Riverbed's ability to innovate and focus besides the distraction caused by the privatization.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees - alot of goodwill and trust was lost in the last year.
    Think twice before laying off or underutilizing champions that are skilled up and experienced and either hold a key role or are capable of handling several roles. Alot of the new employees and managers are inexperienced or brought over their skills from a large company without analysis on how to take the best points and add value to the current Riverbed state. Instead, it seems like alot of very talented stars were let go and underperforming folk were kept on because they cost less to the company. The company should encourage the A players to want to stay and find the right role if its a matter of restructuring; with the uncertainty in direction and rumors of more layoffs after the recent (over 30%) round.


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