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Great place to work

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

I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

I enjoy the productive and friendly environment at F5. The level of cooperation, both intra- and inter- team, is really outstanding. While the company is growing rapidly, there is still a sense of making an impact as an individual. For many, seeing the results of the work well done helps deriving a great level of satisfaction. The compensation is competitive, the growth opportunities are plenty, the work environment is comfortable (larger working spaces, remote access, etc.) and there is a variaty of nice perks available (depending on the location). No wonder many people stick with the company for very long time.

Cons

Some growth pain does shows up, but that is a good problem to have. The products are large and complex, which may represent a significant challenge for the new employees. The flip side of this is that the company encourages the employees to stay longer; obviously, the management understands the cost of bringing the replacement up to speed...

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    The benefits and structure of a big company, but with the creative, employee-focused culture of a start-up!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, very collaborative and creative culture, lots of opportunity for growth and promotion within the company, both upwards and laterally, strong leadership who are very engaging and involved/reachable by employees, quarterly bonuses, competitive pay, strong focus on employee retention and employee development, many great employee rewards programs (RSUs, paid to bike to work, excellent benefits)

    Cons

    The new employee on-boarding process could be better. More flexibility for working from home / flexible schedules would be great. Some processes and technology haven't quite caught up with the growth of the company and we seem to just throw another body at it - though it seems there are a lot of initiatives to make improvements. Overall I love everything else about the company and culture!

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on process improvement and cross-functional coordination. And more work/life balance programs would be great (4 day work week, working remotely, onsite inexpensive childcare, etc) - but overall, keep doing what you are doing!

  2. Helpful (1)

    Progressive

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Most valuable thing for me has been the kind of work I do and the people I work with. Have to say that this place is great when it comes to these aspects. People are smart, helpful and open. This is my view of things on the engineering side. There is free flow of knowledge and an open culture.

    Compensation matches the industry.

    They don't have a cafeteria but the lunch room is filled with snacks. If you plan to work an hour or two late, grabbing a snack keeps you going.

    Management has driven the company through interesting phases and have managed to find growth. Although in its history of acquiring companies it may have faltered in one or two, but that is still good. Overall they have grown the company well (both organically and through acquisitions), and that can be seen in its stock price.

    Cons

    Tough competition. Need to constantly reinvent things.

    A lot of decisions are still wait and watch what happens with incremental investments. This gets frustrating since you need clarity and strength from leadership. Needs clear thought leadership from product management. The execution has been great so far but they need to continue doing this to keep themselves relevant.

    San Jose office depends a lot on Seattle. It works out but there is inter branch things that delay things sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Take bigger risks. F5 has survived a lot of competition and come out stronger because the risks it took. You have to be more confident and take bigger risks to increase the addressable market of F5.

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