F5 Networks Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 23 reviews)

  • Very competitive salary, great benefits that challenge the huge multi-nationals (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Only con I can think of is just the growing pains of scaling from a small to a large company (in 16 reviews)

  • San Jose office depends a lot on Seattle (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Excellent work environment and awesome coworkers.

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at F5 Networks as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    F5 is a great company to work for. They provide great benefits and the people you get to work with are amazing. It doesn't matter if you are an intern or full time employee, people will take time out of their day to help you out with whatever you need.

    Cons

    F5 hires a lot of interns full time and a lot of positions are filled from within. This leads to big competition for jobs that have been posted within the company. Job postings don't stay open long.

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    none

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  2. VP of SAles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Great leadership, products and people.

    Cons

    Hard sales culture and not for the faint of heart.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Love everything about it here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, upper level management is easily accessible, Beer Friday!!! Feel very valued and honored to be an F5 employee.

    Cons

    There is a slight air of passive aggressiveness within the sales teams and if you're a direct communicator it can come across as aggressive (passive aggressive people HATE direct communication).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the source when it comes to complaints and such.

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Good focused vision though lacks intangibles

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    Current Intern - Intern - Technical in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Intern - Technical in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Hardly see anyone here past six. Everyone is very dedicated to their job and very focused. The company itself doesn't seem very meeting-centric and is very relaxed if your work gets done. The free soda, coffee, and beer Fridays are nice and management seems to be doing a good job.

    As an intern F5 does a good job with school scheduling and full-time work. There's a lot of training on the product itself that can be good or bad.

    Cons

    The environment is good if you like a quiet place where everyone is doing regular work. Yet there really isn't much going on besides on Beer Fridays. It is kind of comparable to the Seattle atmosphere itself where everyone will go to work, chit chat a little in the kitchen, and then work quietly by themselves for most of the whole day. There really isn't much excitement in the office space and is good for people who are very introverted and just want to work diligently on the tasks at hand.

    There also isn't a very set internship program at this time and interns are basically treated as any other employee coming on board. Not too much of get-together with interns as most larger companies would try to put into place.

    Not enough bathroom stalls. F5 is growing rapidly and there are still just two men's bathroom stalls on each floor. Basically after lunch time, you're not going to be able to go number two anywhere. Also more snacks every day. People hoard the snacks on the two days they offer them because they know everyone else is going to hoard the snacks. By 10 o clock all of the snacks are basically gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As F5 grows into a bigger company, try to develop a new hire/internship program that's pretty standard to help with the on-boarding process a little smoother.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Outstanding place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Low Stress
    - Ability to leave work at work
    - Competitive Salary
    - Great benefits (including some unique ones)
    - Growing rapidly
    - Very Intelligent and helpful team members

    Cons

    *I must preface this section with the fact that all the cons are due to the rapid growth of the company and learning to scale with that growth
    - Need to hire more headcount to meet the growing work flow
    -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide a regular and scheduled trainings to employees in the technical fields

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  7. Awesome

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    great work culture co-operative work force

    Cons

    open office culture is noisy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great people, culture, and company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Managers are there to answer questions and help. Good compensation. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not a clear path for moving up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build career path vision for employees

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Company. Period.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Broad and expanding array of industry-leading products
    - Disciplined and profitable business model
    - Sterling balance sheet
    - Culture that encourages innovation, teamwork, critical thinking, and promotes from within

    Cons

    - Engineering might need to reign in a few maverick projects and redirect resources to some of the companies primary development efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep up the good work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 16 people found this helpful

    Best Company/Culture Hands Down

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are so many pros to working at F5. I would say that the top of the list is the company culture is one of integrity, and one that values the employee as a human, not as a cog in the machine.
    The Salary and benefits are amazing. I have full family health insurance that is 100% paid by F5. I do not have $ taken out of my check for the premium. Stock grants, ESPP, 401k matching, donation matching, and vacation time are at or above what I consider standard for the Tech industry. Did I mention "Beer Friday"?
    The company is growing, and that means career opportunities are plentiful, F5 is very consciously protecting the company culture even though the company has doubled in size in less than five years. I've been at other companies where rapid growth destroyed the company culture.

    Cons

    F5 is growing at a rapid pace and some of the backend systems have yet to be upgraded. But hey if the only real pain I have to experience is struggling with an antiquated system to request PTO then I'll deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. 2 Billion here we come....

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    Positive Outlook
  11. Great company!

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Company is a great place to learn new products and technologies especially their security products.

    Cons

    Demanding workload. Very little work/life balance at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

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