F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
221 Reviews
4.3
221 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 24 reviews)

  • Very competitive salary, great benefits that challenge the huge multi-nationals (in 24 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 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great company to work for, but it all depends what you do

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

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

    Pros

    great benefits
    Great team
    Very nice facilities
    everything is done in order to improve the environment where you work in.

    Cons

    Not happy with Pay, management not willing to budge on requests. It will be great if there was some consideration into what the employees are suggesting since they are doing it for the benefit of the company. There is a need to put more trust in employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the little employees, they really want the company to grow more and succeed!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Still a solid company, and growing, but facing challenges on execution

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good management team at home office and Regional management is strong on the sales side. Strong core technologies and good foundation to add other security and network elements that should make for easier cross sell and up sell. Good benefits and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Overall marketing strategy is a bit muddled. Trying to be a security company without putting enough effort into that space to instantiate that claim despite the strength of the products (in addition to core abilities for its load balancers). Products are solid, but support on some of the core products are not where they should be for a company this mature. Sales growth, or desire to maintain it, causes changes in regional positions and inside sales efforts and focus is in need of fixing and overhaul. Pro services team is strong but understaffed and stretched. Channel program is good, but could use some tweaking on details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight on the inside sales teams. Integrate acquired solutions more deftly and in half the time it takes to do so today (which is too long). Acquire or partner with some other solutions that open new doors for F5 and ones with some track record of success that only strengthen the security and management solutions thereof. Move "partnerships" with major vendors (ergo Cisco and VM) further and faster so execution in field is in synch (faster) with the story sales is asked to spin with current product sets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best company I have worked so far!

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

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

    Pros

    Company is moving towards right strategy. Currently, best networking/security company to work for. The focus is in the right places - have a great product and have the smartest people in industry.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think so far. Career development can be challenging in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great going. Keep stock moving higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    F5 networks is a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    I've been working at F5 networks for about 4 years now as a software developer and conldn't be happier about it.

    Cons

    There are occasional crunch times but what software job doesn't have crunch times? There are also periods of "feast and famine" in which sometimes there is little work to do, and others where there is tons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team!

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, but driven team and environment

    Cons

    Open floor plan makes it hard to concentrate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    A lot of really smart people work there and you learn quite a bit.

    Free coffee

    Cons

    Too much office politics and out-of-control egos.

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