F5 Networks Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is pretty good: managers show by example that time off is not only acceptable but a good thing (in 23 reviews)

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

Cons
  • You can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle (in 16 reviews)

  • Too much politics between Seattle and San Jose office (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Technical Recruiter

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Partnerships with hiring managers, work-life balance, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    commute, non-consistent interview process at times; outreach to college talent needs to improve

    Advice to Management

    Continue to emphasis Core Values and provide updates on business groups.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is where I began my career. It will always be precious. I was pampered enough when I was an intern. I was given some amazing work to do. Very different from interns in other companies. I received great help within and outside the team. I was converted to full-time based on my work. Full-time is way more challenging. Everyone seems very nice and smart. And the kitchen supplies keep getting bigger :D And it's all free :P

    Cons

    The company is at a peak. Will it be able to sustain a fall?

    Advice to Management

    Careful with your hiring there. Get some young crowd out here. F5 is known to be difficult to get into. Let's keep it that way.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Manager, Product Development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Civilized work environment- it's good to work for human beings. A good work-life balance is easy to maintain. People here are actually trying to make things better.

    Cons

    Waterfall model development rooted in the 70s. Monolithic releases that drag on and on (deathmarch). Upper management in development seems to have their head in the sand. Inadequate resource allocation for test, program management. Etc.

    Advice to Management

    Start by recognizing that everything has changed. What you knew in the past may not help now or in the future.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Senior Test Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is cutting edge with almost no competition
    People are friendly and diverse

    Cons

    Management can do a better job of keeping teams on the same page
    Not a friendly place for women
    CTO does not have vision

    Advice to Management

    Encourage women leadership across all levels in the organization
    Transparency from the top down is important to foster confidence


  6. Helpful (13)

    Senior Test Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best place to find smart people. Great work life balance, benefits and more.

    Cons

    Middle management is getting worse day by day, people coming from bigger brand companies start to spoil F5 culture by playing politics


  7. Helpful (8)

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Atmosphere, Technology, Work ethic, benefits

    Cons

    Documentation light, Growing pains, old/no processes remain


  8. Helpful (1)

    F5 Networks

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, people are all top notch!

    Cons

    I do not have any so far.


  9. Helpful (3)

    opinions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    some of the best people I've ever met and worked with are at F5.
    there is something interesting for everyone to work on
    nice culture and work environment

    Cons

    MUCH of the leadership is in need of coaching and mentoring


  10. Helpful (2)

    A great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of Smart People work here. Interesting technology, open to innovations, lots of different areas to explore. Good vibes here :)

    Cons

    Focus of the business is Enterprise accounts. Those of us with jobs that are focused elsewhere tend to be forgotten when it comes time to set product and personnel priorities.


  11. Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, where every day is a new and exciting challenge.

    Cons

    Honestly, I can't think of any. Work here!



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