F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
253 Reviews
4.4
253 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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191 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great Company. Period.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great people, culture, and company

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company!

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    People, challenging technology, benefits, treat employees well.

    Cons

    No place is perfect, but they get most things right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better long term incentives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 16 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work!

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

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

    Pros

    Good start up feel, opportunity to grow in various directions! Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Ive noticed that depending on the manager, it can be somewhat surrounded in office politics. Also, some of the teams are also not adequately supported with enough people-forcing more over time needed to work than imagined, I hope they hire a balanced amount of workers to do the job instead of having the bare minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sensational company to work with a lot of opportunity to grow!

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Only been working for a few months but its simply an amazing place to work at. People are immensely helpful as it takes time to learn their product. Co-workers are great and managers give you a sense of direction as to where they want you to be heading. On top of that, having Beer Fridays and occasional free food every other week just tops off the incredible work atmosphere that I love working in. Great compensation package and benefits as well

    Cons

    I really can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company!

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    F5 treats everyone as an adult and proactively rewards contributors. You can count on working on the cutting edge of any and all technologies in the application delivery space. Compensation is excellent and industry leading.

    Cons

    The pace of growth can be a challenge if you aren't prepared for it, otherwise it's an opportunity, as always.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. Pick someone in-house to succeed McAdam!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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