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Great people, great pay, great company.

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Current Employee - Architect  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Architect in Seattle, WA

I have been working at F5 Networks

Pros

First is the people and their knowledge. There are a lot of great and intelligent people at F5. Next is the desire to help others grow into their goals. Most companies want your goals to mimic the company's need du-jour, F5 figures out how to maximize your strengths. Salary and benefits are some of the best out there.

Cons

Communication at the bottom level of management can be lacking, based upon the team that you're on, but at the top level it is stellar.
Sometimes forward momentum seems to get slogged in growing bureaucracy, but that's a growing pains symptom.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't be held back on a good idea because one area has thrown up roadblocks. Keep moving forward, we own the market, don't give that up. Other than that occasional issue, you're doing an astounding job, thanks!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, could be much worse.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Test Engineer III  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer III in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    They have great benefits and pay 100% of employees health coverage. There is a lot of vacation time which is very nice to have. You can move around the company and try other jobs after you have been here for a year. If you move internally, it is a great way to get your foot in the door if you don't have experience. Kind of an internal training program.

    Cons

    You work a lot. There is some disorganization which requires you to spend your time fixing it. There are mixed messages through upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, you didn't have enough processes. Now, you have too many. Hire a professional to do program management. Someone with years of experience. Please.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Far from the worst place to work..but definitely not the best

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    F5 has reasonable compensation and benefits, and seems to understand the work/life balance. Vacation and holidays are standard for the industry and management seems to actually expect employees to take time off from work.

    Cons

    My overall experience with the company centers around poor communication and direction. We produce software in very rapid product cycles, which leads to serious feature cuts towards the middle of the process. Middle management is a tangled mess. Several large product groups with overlapping responsibilities. Individuals can be unknowingly working on the same feature in different groups. Leads to redundant work. Company has acquired several smaller firms over the last couple of years. Culturally never integrated well and do not have the same direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline processes. eliminate redundant middle management. focus on better integrating recent acquisitions

    Approves of CEO
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