F5 Networks Reviews

Updated August 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. Helpful (5)

    Awesome Company to Advance Your Career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and great internal career opportunity. Good work-life balance. Surrounded by very sharp and smart people. Overall, I really like this company as they are not treating employees as just an expendable resource but pay respect to individuals who are willing to contribute.

    Cons

    Start to see too many middle management tiers that makes the company not as agile as it used be and lost focus on things. But overall it is still far better than typical enterprise-ish organization where managements are doing nothing but political games.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work with

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Exciting technology, smart people, great culture. There is always something new and exciting going on particularly in our field: security and cloud. Can't say enough positive things about this company

    Cons

    The company runs a tight ship and each employee is expected to perform at their best. It isn't necessarily a con, but if you are the one that just want to cruise and be lazy, this company isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    I think my suggestion only is to continue to innovate like F5 always has, and stay on top of the technology trends. I would have to say that F5 is doing a very good job at this at the moment.


  3. Helpful (4)

    It's ok

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Make some pretty good money. Benefits are pretty solid. Commute in is easy and the company comp's you for almost the entire cost of commuting. HR and CorpOps are very active promoting culture and continually enhancing the work environment. Work can be stimulating depending on who you work with and for. There are a lot of smart people to chat about various networking things with. Many people have been there 7+ years. I guess that says something about the company in general.

    Cons

    Line management really needs to be connected or else you get into situations where nobody provides any guidance. Feels like a company full of people with Asperger syndrome. Many engineers with senior titles have just been promoted from the support org; they're not trained engineers. Office feels like a bank with the outdated padded walls and individual cubes. Middle management also can stop being so insistent that you be in your chair from 9 to 5. For a place that is seriously limited in office space they should leverage remote working more often than they do.

    Advice to Management

    Can't speak for upper management much. Perhaps start focusing more on software and less on hardware. Hardware will always be needed for the giant service providers, but the rest of the world runs on software. Middle management needs to collaborate more and plan together to reduce the work redundancy between teams. Middle management can also stop micromanaging while they're at it.


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  5. Honest advice about F5 Networks

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is for the San Jose office only, and does not reflect Seattle. Also, I'm re-posting from something glassdoor had me remove cause it was too honest a few months back, so I'll try to choose my words carefully. - work life balance - decent office perks - location of office, short commutes - mostly decent people Advice to people looking to F5 for employment, use F5 has a stepping stone if you must, if you're a new grad try looking else where cause F5 will low ball you big time. This place is great to hibernate, collect a pay check, get really good medical benefits, and study your way into a much better company.

    Cons

    - some really terrible peers, in terms of character, lots of politics and backstabing, lots of cc with manager emails for no good reason - some teams over worked, 12-14 hour days - rhetoric of the company does not match the reality, they say one thing, but there's always an excuse to not follow through - People in HR / Hiring has personally told me they will bid the lowest they can go, and only recently have they starting to offer slightly more due to lack of talent / interest - culture is slowly degenerating due to influx of low talent hires from " surrounding " companies, you can figure it out on your own what I mean - nepotism is very high, growth is nearly impossible if you don't play the political game or know someone who will go to bat for you - middle management is often handcuffed to get the resources they need or are lied to by upper management due to politics.

    Advice to Management

    change what you do, match up what you offer and say, employees are people.


  6. Account Manager

    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager - Software and Hardware Sales in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager - Software and Hardware Sales in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company Great product, great growth

    Cons

    Turning too big, losing some culture. There are too many politics now, which is common with large grown company


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fast Moving Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at F5 Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great product, but complicated, steep learning curve. They get it that they need to diversify by adding new products, acquisitions.

    Cons

    Leadership was workaholic, not interested in any work/life balance. Quarterly beatings of non-performers in front of your peers. High stress.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are key. Invest in them.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Excellent work/life balance, and very smart technical people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SOC Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - SOC Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is encouraged. Employees are truly valued. Excellent collaboration, and education.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to start a career because so many positions are highly technical.

    Advice to Management

    Ask not what your employees can do for you, but what you can do for your employees.


  9. Overall Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of Good Opportunity Amazing Engineering talent Good Work life balance

    Cons

    Slow decision making process Slow paced releases.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Admin

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, parking and commuting options.

    Cons

    No life/work balance. Turning into Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    If you sincerely want to repair cultural damage it will only work from the top down. We need to see action, not lip service. The "culture" class for employees isn't going to fix anything.


  11. Helpful (1)

    good company going through growing pain

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company that has grown well over past years. Many talented people that are great to work with. Decent/Competitive compensation. The company reward top performer well and provide good career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Work/life balance varies depending on the organization and location. Many good talented people left F5. The company is much agile years ago and it's becoming much heavier now. This is not uncommon for a company growing rapidly. However, it is yet to be seen how the company maintain/evolve the culture and keep a good balance between heavy/inefficient process and agility (for both internal and customer challenges). Overall, F5 is still one of the best networking company in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have better focus on people (Especially listen to employees), and make F5 an even better work place for sustainable growth in the future.



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