F5 Networks
3.9 of 5 142 reviews
www.f5.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.9 142 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam

John McAdam

(113 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "F5 provides great benefits and people generally have good work-life balance"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Great people, good products, good partner landscape, good benefits"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Middle management does not care about employees"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Growing pains right now impacting the organization can be frustrating and disruptive"
    in 7 reviews
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Company itself is good but corruption and politics run rampant in some departments

    Order Validation Specialist (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat benefits
    Work space is comfortable and ergonomically minded
    Fun events

    ConsAs mentioned above, the company itself is great. However, the management in the Finance-related department needs to be re-evaluated. The people in the upper management have no regard for the welfare of their employees, especially when many sacrifices are made to meet deadlines and quotas. Loyalty and strong work ethics are not appreciated and favoritism sadly exists with employees who do not uphold these values. People are left feeling afraid to express valid concerns on improving morale, workflow processes, and efficiency. Too much time is being spent on gossip and not enough on the business and welfare of the company and its people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease show more appreciation to employees who stay at their desks to do the work they were hired to do and express concern over those who would rather socialize during quarter end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood, smart people make F5 special

    ConsBecoming too political due to growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to scale soon

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good career growth, positive experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people, team atmosphere, good pay

    ConsVery political, difficult to be promoted

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote based on merit

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Best place I have ever worked

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsF5 really values its engineers

    ConsNo cons sorry but seriously no

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    Great place to work

    New Product Introduction Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsStill feels like a small company with many unusual perks

    ConsStarting to feel some growing pains

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible working conditions for some, decent for others. Sinking morale is infectious.

    Senior Network Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsMade good friends
    Nice Seattle location.
    Diversity in the workplace
    Cutting-edge technology that you may have time to explore.

    ConsVery political upper management. Middle management does not care about employees; they serve their masters.
    Extremely under-staffed in some departments. You will be worked to the breaking point.
    Benefits look good on paper, but in reality they are quite limited.
    Salary, if negotiated well at hiring, can be competitive, otherwise you must leave the company and come back if you want to be paid fairly. The guy sitting next to you may be earning 10K more and be half as productive as you.

    Getting anything paid for is like squeezing blood from a rock. The technical lab is a joke at this point.
    Hard work is rewarded with more work to do. Standards are not consistently applied.
    There has been very little investment in engineering. Most hiring is in sales.

    They cut corners now far more than any time in the past.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop just thinking about the short term. Work for the good of the company, not the demands of Wall Street analysts. Spend a little.
    Stop hiring your buddies. Management quality has declined over the years, substantially.
    Get out and at least pretend like you care.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent employer despite growing pains

    Senior Technical Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Green Bay, WI

    ProsExcellent focus on work/life balance, opportunities to travel and work with great people.

    ConsGrowing pains right now impacting the organization can be frustrating and disruptive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a decision and stick with it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    OK company to work for family people

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsBalanced life and work, not very lay-back, not much over time as well. There are some talented engineers as well.

    ConsA lot of office politics in some groups, a lot of complex relationships, brothers, buddy, previous company co-workers. Some managers are very good at politics and kiss ass, no knowledge or work ethics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Feeling of smaller company even while getting big

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSmall number of layers in the organization
    Hard workers everywhere keeping everyone from feeling as though they are the only one rowing
    Feels like family in many groups adding to enjoyment of being here

    ConsNeed more vision related messaging coming from above to help relay to customers

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep John McAdam. He has created trust with the employees and an approach-ability to the executive team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Was great, now becoming painful.

    Development (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood location
    Fantastic benefits
    Decent facilities
    Good reputation (for now)

    ConsUnrealistic expectations from VPs to come in evenings and weekends to meet unrealistic release goals made my management, only to cut features to make the release date. This happens with every release.
    Very noisy atmosphere that makes it difficult to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to plan better and stop punishing employees for unattainable goals.
    Making ALL dev employees come in on weekends to meet goals they aren't contributing towards is ridiculous.
    Award system is completely unfair and arbitrary, investigate.
    Middle management is ineffective and apathetic. Do not just promote employees to mgmt because of seniority, promote because of leadership and people skills.
    Do NOT transition us to cubes that offer less privacy and more distractions than the current cubes. It is already difficult enough to concentrate. Sure fire way to decrease productivity.
    Allow development team to work from home without penalty!
    Free pizza does not make up for loss of family time.

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