F5 Networks Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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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. Awesome company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    Company pays 100% of benefits, 4% match of 401K. It is obvious that the management team cares about retaining quality employees. From the CEO on down management is approachable and are involved in the day to day business. The overall culture of F5 is extremely positive. Employees are eager to help one another which is a sign that people are happy to be working for this company.

    Cons

    The company is expanding so rapidly that there are some growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Continue treating your employees well and they will continue to pass on that positive attitude to customers.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Network Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Totally love the work culture. F5 hires great people. I have never worked in an environment where people work in a collaborative way. We solve customers' problem as a team

    Cons

    Too much work at times but at the end of the day the work stays at work.

  3. Territory Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Great Team, Great products. Account focus ranges from SLED and Health Care to Commercial . F5's Security future is bright.

    Cons

    Trying to shake off the "they do Load balancing" label. F5 has a full product line that can help solve most problems CISO's face in security today.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the GREAT product Dev, stay hungry, stay focused. silverline and linerate will be nice additions to the already solid offering across the board.

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  5. Marketing Programs Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people and great work-life balance. A lot of room to grow with a quickly growing company. The Seattle HQ is in a beautiful location, overlooking the water.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to make change happen from a lower level. In some divisions, there are a lot of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire upper management/VPs to enforce particular policies, such as use of programs, etc.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Systems Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good reputation, financially sound. Good at core business.

    Cons

    Your worth is measured by how much routing and switching knowledge you have. Networking company that is trying to become a security company but has no real solutions or message. Spent 70% of time on post sales cases due to product instability and broken support model instead of selling.

    Advice to Management

    Fix product stability and back end. Ever heard of a TAM? You should look into the concept.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Love this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, work culture, technology. everything....

    Cons

    No cons yet. Increasing number of consulting contractors is a little scary.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Excellent work environment and awesome coworkers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at F5 Networks as an intern (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    F5 is a great company to work for. They provide great benefits and the people you get to work with are amazing. It doesn't matter if you are an intern or full time employee, people will take time out of their day to help you out with whatever you need.

    Cons

    F5 hires a lot of interns full time and a lot of positions are filled from within. This leads to big competition for jobs that have been posted within the company. Job postings don't stay open long.

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Helpful (7)

    Good focused vision though lacks intangibles

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    Current Intern - Intern - Technical in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Intern - Technical in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at F5 Networks as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Hardly see anyone here past six. Everyone is very dedicated to their job and very focused. The company itself doesn't seem very meeting-centric and is very relaxed if your work gets done. The free soda, coffee, and beer Fridays are nice and management seems to be doing a good job.

    As an intern F5 does a good job with school scheduling and full-time work. There's a lot of training on the product itself that can be good or bad.

    Cons

    The environment is good if you like a quiet place where everyone is doing regular work. Yet there really isn't much going on besides on Beer Fridays. It is kind of comparable to the Seattle atmosphere itself where everyone will go to work, chit chat a little in the kitchen, and then work quietly by themselves for most of the whole day. There really isn't much excitement in the office space and is good for people who are very introverted and just want to work diligently on the tasks at hand.

    There also isn't a very set internship program at this time and interns are basically treated as any other employee coming on board. Not too much of get-together with interns as most larger companies would try to put into place.

    Not enough bathroom stalls. F5 is growing rapidly and there are still just two men's bathroom stalls on each floor. Basically after lunch time, you're not going to be able to go number two anywhere. Also more snacks every day. People hoard the snacks on the two days they offer them because they know everyone else is going to hoard the snacks. By 10 o clock all of the snacks are basically gone.

    Advice to Management

    As F5 grows into a bigger company, try to develop a new hire/internship program that's pretty standard to help with the on-boarding process a little smoother.

  10. VP of SAles

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great leadership, products and people.

    Cons

    Hard sales culture and not for the faint of heart.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Love everything about it here

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, upper level management is easily accessible, Beer Friday!!! Feel very valued and honored to be an F5 employee.

    Cons

    There is a slight air of passive aggressiveness within the sales teams and if you're a direct communicator it can come across as aggressive (passive aggressive people HATE direct communication).

    Advice to Management

    Consider the source when it comes to complaints and such.

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