Barracuda Networks

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Barracuda Networks Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
138 Reviews
2.8
138 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The only pros of working here now are the free lunches, although I'd rather see a pay raise then have them feed me (in 14 reviews)

  • Fun atmosphere with great people (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Sales, engineering and support have very high turnover (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to most other tech companies (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun company to work for, laidback and positive. Has definite cons, not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at Barracuda gives you a wide range of opportunities to explore. At least on my time, you have a lot of freedom on what you want to work on. You're not micro-managed for the most part, and the culture is pretty laidback. Flex hours are a definite benefit, and nobody is making sure you're there every second you're supposed to be. That's not to say they won't notice if you're slacking, not showing up, or only putting in half your time.

    However, you often have the opportunity to specialize in whatever interests you, or branch out if you want to. Teams are fairly small and you end up knowing most of the people you work with, and you will definitely make friends you'll hang out with outside of work. Most products are fairly complex and use a wide range of technologies, so you're always learning. That's not to say they're all used *well* and sometimes products can feel stuck in the past, but you'll never feel like you aren't learning something new.

    You'll work with a lot of smart people with a lot of positive energy.

    There's a ping pong table, shuffleboard table, cheap vending machine snacks and drinks, bagel Wednesdays, Pancake mornings, etc. A fair amount of social events as well.

    Cons

    Compensation is... okay. It's definitely below market average, but is quite sufficient for the area. Benefits are decent, but aren't top-notch.

    Sometimes it can be frustrating to deal with a lot of "legacy" code, politics, etc. Politics play a huge role in the office, even if it's not immediately noticeable. You'll pick up on it over time. There's a big sense of "move fast, and break things" and unfortunately sometimes the emphasis is on "break things."

    Personal life / work separation is decent usually. You may have to fight for it, and putting in extra time will be noticed, but if you need your personal time, you can make it work. Like any job in the industry however, some things can't wait. Barracuda puts a huge emphasis on making things work for their customers, so when things break it's expected that they are fixed fast.

    Office culture can sometimes be distracting (loud, off-topic, "bro", etc.) but with a good set of headphones or earbuds, and a bit of self-motivation it can be overcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PTO comp could be better, pay could be better, leave us out of your politics, and please sometimes accept that you don't know everything. Your way may work, but that doesn't mean it's the best solution.

    Overall I do like the company and want to see it get better, and I'm confident it will.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Campbell, CA

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Beer, free lunch, table tennis.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits are not on par with what is expected. The culture sucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Salary is not up the standards

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks

    Pros

    It's okay place to work.

    Cons

    Salary is really really low

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  5.  

    Great environment with cool technologies and good opportunities for career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer In Test in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - QA Engineer In Test in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn real innovative technologies
    Down-to-earth management that sits in the pits with the employees
    Very laid back environment with ping pong, video games, foosball, air hockey...etc
    Flexible work hours
    Very smart coworkers to learn from
    Great location in the middle of down town Ann Arbor/U of M campus
    Company is doing real well financially, so no concerns about job security

    Cons

    Inadequate vacation time and 401k matching compared to the market
    Compensation is average, ok, not super competitive
    Well, not really a "Con" but beware if you're a slacker. There is no tolerance for those who don't take the job seriously

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your benefits, if not salaries, vacation and 401k matching

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok place to start a customer-facing career

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

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, employee events for active, Bay Area sports fans, work-life balance, and free lunch offering various cuisines. True to providing exemplary customer service.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement, nepotism, indiligence, compensation packages below market, limited parking and ignoring/undervaluing hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to outline solid career paths for all positions and bring offers to market. Do more digging to find out how to retain employees. Establish an Employee Stock Purchasing program available to all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Middle management was horrible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barracuda Networks

    Pros

    Free lunches, soda and .25 vending machine.

    Cons

    Not Getting paid what your worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High turnover. Get a clue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    No leadership, no work-life balance and no management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They know how to do marketing.
    Mostly friendly coworkers

    Cons

    totally different story between HQ and Ann Arbor office.
    pay attention to the review, most of the good reviews are for Ann Arbor office, which is true.
    HQ office in Campbell CA is horrible, and here is why:
    1. There is no management, the manager will just give you all the tasks and ask you to finish that. then after a few days your manager will just pop up and ask you if you have finished your tasks. No guidance and no leadership from the manager at all.
    2. To save money, they will assign you enough work to keep you busy from 7am - 8pm, and will not hire one more person. management team thinks its normal. plus, there is no payment for your extra hours work.
    3. people in this company will just "disappeared" you won't know if they were fired or choose to leave. And there is no explanation from anyone.
    4. very poor benefits, 10-12 days vacation + NO 401K matches (as of 2013,I don't know if they have it now since they went public lately)
    5. People works hard and creates value in this company does not get recognized, people knows how to complain does

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company, mostly good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative Tier 1C in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative Tier 1C in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Barracuda Networks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment to learn
    Mostly friendly coworkers
    Mostly friendly customers
    Career advancement paths are available
    Strong growth, people interviewing here every week.
    Small perks like subsidized vending machines, free food on occasion, fun events

    Cons

    Occasional absurd micro-management by upper management.
    Advancement opportunity somewhat based on random factors like whether a customer is unhappy with their hold time (beyond your control, but used to rate your performance)
    Parking is moderately far from the building

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disregard irreleveant CSAT answers when applying to employee performance
    Offer career advancement paths that allow employees specialize and improve mastery of a single product instead of requiring them to dilute their skill set.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly and open work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

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

    Pros

    -Continuous growth and changes - never boring
    -Great environment, friendly people, lots of fun
    -Career opportunities for creative, hard working individuals
    -Lots of perks

    Cons

    -Benefits and compensation could be improved to be more competitive with other Hi-Tech companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Consider offering flexible schedules and work from home option
    -Improve PTO plan - offer more PTO for vacation/holiday/sick time
    -Offer stock options to more employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow to Catch On

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I worked at Barracuda Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experience, working with some genuine and talented people (temporarily), and number of solutions developed by the company provides ample areas to concentrate one's technical skills.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor retention of good employees, lack of a long-term profit-sharing plan, poor management, and poor recognition of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and pay attention to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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