F5 Networks Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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F5 Networks President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director Manny Rivelo
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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. Prinicipal engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I work here for more than 5 years. It is good.

    Cons

    The company is losing focus recently.


  2. Awesome Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Benefits, Co-workers, work culture, Challenging work

    Cons

    I cant really think of any cons.

    F5 Networks Response

    Jul 28, 2015 – Sr. Manager, Internal Communications

    Thanks for the positive and productive review!


  3. senior software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Many amazing smart people, eager to help each other out. Conducive environment for learning/growth .

    Cons

    Sometimes work can be bit hectic. Communication from the management can be improved. Some teams doesn't share the ethos of F5 culture

    F5 Networks Response

    Jul 28, 2015 – Sr. Manager, Internal Communications

    Thanks for the honest review! Please know that F5 management is committed to enhancing employee communications, and they even hired a new senior manager of internal communications.


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  5. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Intern
    Current Employee - Technical Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Open door policy, an intern can walk in a director's office and ask questions. Good organization between teams, good benefits, ability to move within the company provided you stay at least one year in a position.

    Cons

    No good systems to lead interns into a permanent position, each team gets a headcount for each quarter and it is up to the intern and to luck to find an adequate job offer and go for it.

    Advice to Management

    More efforts to get interns who perform well into permanent positions.

    F5 Networks Response

    Jul 24, 2015 – Sr. Manager, Internal Communications

    Thanks for taking the time to review!


  6. #iheartf5

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Your integrity is a key factor on getting a job with F5. I look forward to going to work - and truly feel that I work with people that are passionate about what they do. Many companies in the Seattle area claim the same, F5 is the company where you can see it. Good benefits Neutral on salary Much needed changes and upgrades to HR systems are finally being done

    Cons

    Very limited flexibility on working remotely - yet space is almost at capacity and parking is over capacity Little opportunity in continuing education type courses - lack of budget

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight on where we have come from- F5's culture is what we brag about.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Growing pains

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A stable company with a fantastic compensation plan, a mature and well established product line and a leader in its industry, F5 is a place to be if you want to work for a Seattle technology company with local roots. F5 is a bit of a different company in the way its organized and there's still a lot of departments where talent is rewarded and appreciated.

    Cons

    One of the best companies in Puget Sound, unfortunately F5 is a shadow of its former self as a result of growing pains and the loss of its once amazing culture. Be prepared for a lot of politics where how you play the game is more important than your skill or technical chops.


  8. Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay structure with great benefits. Dynamic and exciting environment filled with smart, fun and inviting coworker community. Good knowledge and support system/tools available for transition, higher learning or self motivation.

    Cons

    With any hyper-growth company, there usually follows growth challenges with supply/demand, infrastructure and internal processes. The latter definitely contributed to bottlenecks on the operations side, trickling slowly outward to deliverables. Movement in management had caused subtle-mild changes climate and moral.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on with what has worked previously, modifying minor tweaks along the way to continued success.


  9. F5 Networks

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great technology, cool perks.

    Cons

    Bigger company, that is growing even bigger.

    F5 Networks Response

    Jul 24, 2015 – Sr. Manager, Internal Communications

    Thanks for taking the time to review!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Technical Recruiter

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    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.

    F5 Networks Response

    Jul 10, 2015 – Sr. Manager, Internal Communications

    Thanks for sharing your advice to management. Given your interest in Core Values, hopefully you have had an opportunity to take the Values and Culture course. If not, you might want to check it out ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    Growth challenges ahead affecting current company

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has good technology. People and culture overall, are very personable and good. There are some very smart folks working at the company. F5 is a market leader for a reason, though that remains to be seen as the company transitions with new management. The current expansion phase into other markets such as security and other non-ADC technologies is distracting from the core F5 capabilities and strengths.

    Cons

    F5 is going through a growth transition. There are internal struggles to understand what technologies to focus on, and what vertical markets to target. Power struggles exist between the product development, product management, and marketing organizations on strategy and execution. Overall strategy is not clear moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Dictate direction, assign responsibilities, and let the teams focus on producing and collaborating instead of fighting with each other. Ensure openness instead of a closed protective mentality.



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