A10 Networks Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Caste system of employees

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most management tries to protect you from other departments. This is a good sign of decent middle managers.
    For the most part you get to know just about everyone at one point or another
    Pays a good wage
    Very good benefits, except for 401k

    Cons

    There are very clear levels of employees and depending on what section of the company your in will determine your standing and influence regardless of your ideas or initiatives.
    A Senior Director in a non-sales or engineering department can be over-ridden by an engineer or sales person, albeit in a roundabout way.
    There seem to be only a few good VP's that understand the company is best when it works together, most just blindly follow their employees in mostly bad decisions.
    I hate to say it, but the CEO is an engineer and he pretty much always sides with engineers and sales. All other departments be damned. You can see it in the structure, there is no management above Senior Director in any other side of the business except Sales and Engineering and Marketing. Sales and engineering have so many VP's sometimes the title means nothing while Marketing has one, Operations, HR, IT etc have only senior Directors.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being a rubber stamp for engineers and sales, pay attention to the portions of the business that actually keep the business running.
    Give credence to other sides of the business, a well functioning business is essential to future growth as well as employee productivity and moral.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Company as a whole

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good engineers with great dedication.
    Free dinners
    bagel fridays
    Somewhat good benefit.
    Overall good products

    Cons

    Overworked
    Never appreciated
    Just work harder
    Many favoritism shown in the workplace so no way to grow in this company

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring senior level people and promote the people that made this company possible.

  3. Helpful (7)

    Management Sucks !!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good talented engineers working with great enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Low salary / pathetic executive management driving the company to ruins, esp the engineering heads. Engineers in dev / QA dont have any life....worst work hours, zero/minimum recognition (actually they make fun by paying pathetic bonus)

    Advice to Management

    Step aside and let someone capable enough run the company.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Basically, good to work in this company

    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work experience, some smart people are here

    Cons

    Saturday work, poor management, and finance, no 401 K

    Advice to Management

    Cut saturday work, finance properly,

  6. Helpful (8)

    Great people, weak leadership and vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at A10 Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, nice building, good technology

    Cons

    poor leadership, no vision, need to be profitable

    Advice to Management

    package the company up and sell it to F5 or Citrix.

  7. perfect place for those who are eager to learn as much as possible in the early stage of their career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company survives fierce competitions in the network load balancing industry and it is trying to lead the market.Various projects are going on and you will hardly get bored. Usually from time to time you need to move on to new project and you need to spend time to pick up new concepts and new challenges. very dynamic

    Cons

    life is busy and you need to multi task. Sometime you need to work over time in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Organize more training for fresh people in the company.

  8. Helpful (7)

    No good engineering process.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at A10 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company's strength is good hardware, which beats their competitors in many places, market is growing, and they can be good position if they can do right.

    Cons

    Needless to say, Saturday work is No.1 cons. Because of this, smart engineers won't come. Software is so messy from the beginning, nobody has ownership of modules (there is no modularity though), and because of poor design of foundation, individual engineer has to do a lot of unnecessary manual work, very error prone. No good engineering or release process. Top management has strong favoritism to gather only certain privileged engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing Saturday work immediately. If you do it, productivity will improve and some smart engineer may come.
    Follow organization hierarchy, follow your boss, talk to your team member, don't assign job to individual engineer by bypassing intermediate managers.

    And one more thing to management, admit your failure, in other words take your responsibility. You cannot just say "work harder" to engineers, without showing you being their backup.

  9. Helpful (3)

    fast paced, dynamic and spontaneous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    you are encouraged to work hard so that you can learn, not much office politics, teammates are helpful when they are not busy

    Cons

    sometimes need to work overtime or over the weekends, unrealistic goals, poor planning

    Advice to Management

    the top management should try to avoid micromanaging which pushes everybody's stress level up

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    dinner is provided, people work hard.

    Cons

    management is sometimes over optimistic.

  11. Great learning experience

    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at A10 Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team to work with. Fun place to work. People are extremely helpful and help you grow in your career.

    Cons

    Dealing with managers is a little difficult.

    Advice to Management

    It's a great work place.

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