F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
230 Reviews
4.4
230 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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Review Highlights

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  

    Best Company/Culture Hands Down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, insane workload

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best employee training I've seen anywhere
    you feel valued
    given the opportunity to rise to your potential
    Good benefits
    Beer friday

    Cons

    Once you've finished the intro training you won't have time to do the update training
    update training is not as good as the intro training
    Current workload is crushing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not laying people off makes you able to feel like a nice company, and with the ammount of money you spend on training, that's understandable, but doing a better job of projecting and hiring to meet needs would go a long way to making F5 not just world class to work for, but make working in support a valid career rather than a stepping stone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent company. Perfect work life balance

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefit, salary and opportunity

    Cons

    Commute, no no no no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Best technology company to work for

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, and management. Great team collaboration and advancement to further pursue career goals.

    Cons

    Some growing pains due to F5 is no longer a smaller companym Dealing with those growing pain issues can be cumbersome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive Outlook

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at F5 Networks as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible & easy-going atmosphere. Lots of new hires, so company outlook is strong. Free snacks. People are nice. There's lots of support if you have any questions or concerns.

    Cons

    Could use more structure on policies & processes. Offices are packed since the space is at capacity. This is a branch office, so a lot of things have to be ran through Corporate in Seattle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The most exciting, fast paced and high tech company I have had the privilege to work for. A great place to work!

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Hands off managers that keep you challenged. Great state-of-the-art products and a company with a vision.They are a global company with many opportunities for employment and professional growth.

    Cons

    I worked support for many years, it's fast paced, must be able to multi-task and change direction on a dime. Very high stress environment and workload is endless. Hi burn out rate. Supports a good place to get your hands-wet and learn the product. It's just a jump platform to get into other areas of the company. IE Consulting, Field Service, Systems Engineer. Lots of opportunity within F5 Networks. Traffic in the Puget Sound is very dense. If you live outside of Seattle in the suburbs, be prepared for a commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to create and provide in-depth training to the folks in the trenches. The product is so complex that training needs to stay ahead of the curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best high tech employer in Seattle

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, corporate culture, never a dull moment, unlimited learning opportunities

    Cons

    We have a start up mentality that is not scaling to our swelling payroll
    Our ambitions are wide and tall; resulting in product quality issues
    New hires are not as skilled as "the olde guarde"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are excellent. Continue focus on increasing cross-enterprise collaboration. Consider not being quite so date driven in the product release cycle. Market early "beta" access with customers and reward customers with discounts.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    F5 Inside Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Culture, Compensation, Values and great products

    Cons

    A fantastic place to work. Negatives are hard to think of.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship

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

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

    Pros

    Great company that really cares about their employees. My manager was great and took the time to coach me up.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management disconnected themselves from the employees below them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good technology to learn, well defined MBOs help in evaluating employees, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Open bias against ex Cisco employees, lot of politics between San Jose and Seattle office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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