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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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4.0 166 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam

John McAdam

(136 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much politics between Seattle and San Jose office (in 6 reviews)

  • You can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle (in 8 reviews)

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    A great place to learn!

    Intern - Technical (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAs an intern, the software engineers are all very willing to help you and work with you. There is opportunity to take on different types of projects depending on your experience. Most managers are relaxed and friendly

    ConsWaterfall rather than Agile style of development... doesn't matter so much as an intern though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSmaller teams, more frequent status meetings. Try to get more of a sense of "team" rather than just folks who work on the same code and talk to each other about it

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

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    Excellent Place to Work

    Professional Services Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people around. Godd benifit , provide decent Bonus and other perks is also good.

    ConsOverseas Development group need better management.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing good work. better time managemnt

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

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    F5 is a great company to work for

    Development Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIn 4 years I received 3 promotions, got RSUs, and yearly salary increases. They sent me on an international all expenses paid trip with my family for doing outstanding work. My time is extremely flexible, and they pay me to ride my bike to work instead of driving.

    F5 is a company that puts some effort behind their belief that their employees matter, from very flexible about work hours, to pay, to matching 401k contributions, great health coverage, and good salary.

    Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly.

    Promotion from within is very common, and working your way up from the starting position is absolutely achievable.

    ConsBecause there are a lot of smart people, sometimes it's hard to get cross-organizational change to happen, as everyone has a good reason for their own agenda.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore cross-organizational projects with management buy-off and guidance would make this an even better place to work.

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

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    Human Resources Professional (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat product, great people, great culture and a very positive environment. People believe in the company and there is immense satisfaction. Team work, collaboration, innovation and customer focus has been the key vision for the company and every person lives by that.

    Being a part of HR it is much easier to sell the opportunity to future prospects if you believe in the company and it feels really great when they experience the same after getting here.

    Great benefits, great view, work life balance and working on the cutting edge technology. Our CEO emphasizes to work hard but not to forget to have FUN.

    Open door policy, you are allowed to speak your mind.

    ConsCompany still operates like a start up. Though it is good in a lot of ways but to be in the game we need to invest in tools and processes so that we are ahead in the game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore visibility to the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A truly outstanding company to work for.

    Web Developer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAmazing group of people to work with. Teammates are cooperative rather than competitive. The business is growing quickly and while it has the normal growing pains leadership is aware and focused on ensuring success.

    ConsComplex and wide range of products can be confusing for new employees. Some teams are under resourced and need to grow talent at mid level management.

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

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    Amazing company, amazing work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company encourages constant learning in a fast paced environment, and has a great culture and sense of cohesion among employees. The benefits are great, the pay is great, and the work is very interesting and cutting edge. It's the best place I've ever worked!

    ConsLong hours and weekends are sometimes expected to make deadlines, but I was aware of that before working here. The large amounts of PTO and the company parties make up for this. This company's fast growth also means that some resources such as space are becoming severely limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider expanding satellite offices that are becoming a bit cramped.

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

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    Large company really trying to keep small company feel in Product Development

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsCustomer focused culture.
    Care for employees and their 'whole person', not just job performance.
    Not stingy about equipment (Apple or Windows or Linux, your choice)
    Great IT department supporting operations (not over-burdened)
    Use their own gear religiously (and it works great)
    Beer Friday's still exist and appear to be engrained tightly
    No debt.
    Lots of employee centric events.
    Charitable giving is easy and encouraged
    Meaningful work
    Great location in Seattle ... if you like water front views!
    Product Development Boot-camp and other training is available and easy to get to.
    Free refreshments
    Once a year meeting of Principal and above engineering to help align forward motion.

    ConsRight downtown Seattle ... commute issues depending on where you live.
    Getting tight on office space in various locations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStill have some work to do on refining the development process, but progress is being made.

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

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    So far, so great

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsI really enjoy the "big company small feel" you get at working at F5. Even though its a global business with 4,000 employees and growing the day to day can sometimes feel almost like a startup. It's an exciting place to work. Plus there is beer in the break room fridge. I'm a pretty new here so this is a first impression.

    ConsYou can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle. Some things around the development process can be confusing and resources can be difficult to find. Overall the company is handling them well but they are there.

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

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    Awesome place to work and enjoy life.

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat relaxed culture where people are supportive and helpful. People are friendly, knowledgeable, easy to talk to and get help from when needed. This has been the experience with other new hires as well in other groups. I get a mentor and plenty of support from my team and manager. As long as you are productive and able to do your job well the work load is fair and enables you to have a balanced life.

    Compensation: salary, benefits and time off is generous and above industry average.

    ConsThere doesn't seem to be a clear path to career develop like training etc., but that is pretty much the case everywhere. You need to drive your career no matter where you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy all the employee events from the BBQ, game nights etc. Be nice to have family events.

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

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    A wonderful company to work for - with tons of perks!

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsF5 Networks is a wonderful place to work. I work within Product Development and the organization is filled with brilliant, driven people that for the most part, love their job. Making a career switch from Oracle to F5 has made my life significantly better. People around the office have a smile on their face and the morale is primarily upbeat. For the most part, the environment is very relaxed and management offers a flexible work schedule and free rein to work, given you work diligently.

    Despite the fact that they are moving towards being a larger company, they still have MANY perks that great big companies do not offer (Microsoft/Oracle/HP etc). Last week, F5 put on a large event where you could dunk executives and John Adams in a water tank, win raffle prizes, and order food free of charge (from a catering company & food trucks), drink beer/wine, and listen to a live band in the courtyard (all while supporting Children's Hospital).

    When offered a job at F5, I was given an increase in salary, stock options, bonus's, full benefits, and 401K match. They also have a gym with free workout classes, offer parking stipends, beer/wine Fridays, and allow you to take 1-4 hr classes for career development (management, leadership, technology, brownbags etc). In addition, when I was hired, I also got the opportunity to sign up for "Wine with the Executives" in which I got to socialize with John Adams and half of the executives in the company. They also encourage an open door policy with the executives so you have the ability to stop into one of their offices if you'd like to chat. Pretty cool!

    I've been here for just under a year now and all I can say is good things about management, the company, and where we're going in the next coming years.

    ConsAn area Product Development needs to improve upon is coordination and communication when new companies are acquired by F5 Networks. This can get increasingly difficult when purchasing companies over seas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work! Although it may get more difficult to keep the feel of a small of company, remember that it is crucial component to keeping the best talent within F5.

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

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