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Keeps trundling along, somehow

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Engineer Networks (MTS) in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer Networks (MTS) in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Great work-life balance! Engineers arrive at work at about 11AM on average. The exodus begins at 5PM and is almost complete by 6. The Pingpong and Foosball tables are in continuous use after 1PM. A lot of people don't come in until lunchtime. Most engineers are away from their desks most of the time. Hard to say how much people work from home, of course, but no way no how is this one of those (mythical?) companies where people work around the clock. You can see that from the productivity alone.

For about a year-long period, I was depressed about work and putting about two hours of concentrated effort a day into my job. It didn't affect my performance review at all.

Cons

Product release dates were "soft" even six years ago, when I joined, but over time they've become fluid to the point of near meaninglessness. Management wasn't unaware of this and a year ago we were given the solution: Agile Development. Meh...some good ideas, but long on magic bullets and paperwork, while short on common sense.

Also, the language/communication problem has gotten worse. There were always a lot of Indian and Chinese engineers, but when I started they by and large spoke and wrote good English. But the more recent hires, it seems, have been brought in with no regard to their command of English. The result: unproductive meetings, strange variable/function/file names in code, near-worthless technical specifications, confusing bug and field reports.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Apart from dealing with the issues I've mentioned above:
Try to hire people for, explicitly, either San Francisco or Sunnyvale, so an entire team can be in one place or the other. The typical two-days-a-week Caltrain trip is a wearying, and expensive, time-sink. Besides that, people would bond with their teammates better if they really worked next to them all the time.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Awesome company to work for!!!

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, Technology, Friendly people, Happy employees

    Cons

    No cash bonus, only RSUs (but very generous with RSUs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rocking!!

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

    Awesome place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Work is really good. Hiring process is good so you can get good co-workers.

    Cons

    No Bonus at all. Management should start looking into this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start giving Bonus to Employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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