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Helpful (5)

Startup limitations without startup benefits

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Current Employee - Mots in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Mots in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Work wise it is ok, just like any bay area tech company. Some work can be challenging with some amount of flexibility typical of any software company around.

Cons

As the title mentions, low salary and bonus than the big software companies. But the stock is not doing well, so no advantages of being in a small company.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Very poor growth opportunities, especially in the Bethesda office

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    * Interesting work * Stable and low risk job

    Cons

    * You can remain stuck at essentially an entry level position even after working for more than 5 years and being a very good contributor (as accepted by management) * Pay hikes are very poor * Very high levels of micro-management and very poor organization * There is no leader to inspire engineers * Every release cycle ends with supplanting engineers from multiple teams to get past the finish line. So engineers never get to stay focussed on a solution.

    Advice to Management

    * Address the cons listed above * Communicate frequently * Delegate and stop the micro-management


  2. Helpful (6)

    Great five years ago, now mired in middle-management morass

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    Former Employee - Technical (Non-engineering) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical (Non-engineering) in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in. Exciting technology that's constantly evolving and improving. You won't get bored working for Riverbed.

    Cons

    You may not get bored, but in the last couple of years the company shed the last vestiges of its startup origins and became more like Another Big Company. Lots of product line expansion, but stingy hiring outside of Engineering, Sales and Marketing. OTOH, lots of middle managers have been hired, to the detriment of many teams and to the overall work culture. In some groups, you're only as good as your last deliverable, never mind that you've established a solid record of excellent work spanning multiple years. [This review is for the San Francisco HQ - other offices in the US and overseas are different, YMMV] The CEO has gone through several phases where he patrols the building in the afternoon, counting empty desks. Several senior VPs have followed suit. He has also camped out in the lobby and counted Riverbed employees leaving early (in his judgement). The reality, at least in SF, is that management equates being a good employee with being visibly present at your desk. Never mind that many people work extra hours at home and on weekends, or that they come in extra-early so that they can leave early enough to attend to personal business (e.g. picking up a child). The implicit message is that management doesn't trust employees to put in a full day's work. When I started there over five years ago, the important thing was doing your job and doing it well, not obsessing over when you arrive and when you leave. Now it's very different.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep expecting people to just work harder every time the product line expands, especially after an acquisition. Hire enough non-engineering technical staff to fully support all of the various initiatives. Require skip-level meetings for all people managers, including executives. Require 360 feedback for all people managers and address problem managers swiftly. Remember that having a bad manager is one of the most common causes for employees to leave, so do something about it.


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