F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
218 Reviews
4.4
218 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.  

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

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    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
  2.  

    Best company I have worked so far!

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    F5 networks is a great place to work

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    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team!

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    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Declining culture of once great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    work life balance
    skills development
    no one bothers you at work

    Cons

    pay is in the mid range
    constantly hiring people that were layed off from cisco to swell ranks
    no real upward mobility unless you know people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring people 45 and above, all of your younger employees are leaving or have left. half the time i have no idea how people make it past the phone screens, all of these senior people have little to no knowledge of how to actually do the job and can barely address bullet points on their resumes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person 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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Employer, but losing site of the big picture

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    Current Employee - NSE II in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - NSE II in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot. You gain experience above all other employers can offer. If you can work as a team you can be successful. Benefits are incredible. A great place to work to beef up skills.

    Cons

    You have high case load and can be extremely stressful if you aren't prepared. This is causing high turnover. PD is constantly adding new features that NSE's struggle to find time to learn. Documentation is behind. Management for NSE's is poor and the Director seems to care less about solving problems then gaining bonus. (like every Director).
    You have to work one holiday a year, You cannot take Personal Sick days with out reprocussions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn how to work together to keep employees trained and excited about the job. Keep in mind if the Ground Floor is stable, the walls don't crumble as much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Employee benefits, great environment, and down-to-earth leadership team.

    Cons

    No major cons so far! Although, parking is limited, so that's unfortunate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

    Benefits and salary are very good and it's a flexible work environment. Leadership seems genuinely concerned.

    Cons

    Less collaborative than other places I've worked. Not the friendliest, in general. My first job in the tech sector, so maybe this is the norm?
    Awkward location for a commute and transit benefit isn't very good compared to others in the Seattle area.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Root-cause analysis -- not business as usual

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is great at identifying (really and honestly) what the sticking points are. They discuss setbacks openly and almost welcome them as the inevitable price you pay to build better stuff. It's refreshing to work in a company so motivated to deal with their own issues -- and not have it just be lip-service, as in other places I have worked.

    Cons

    Continuous improvement is one mainstay of the culture, and productivity is the other. It seems like most employees have to *improve* their jobs and *do* their jobs at the same time. (There is no "steady state.") Because of this dual mandate, the work day is just packed -- there's little down-time to soak it all in, to stop and have lunch with coworkers, etc. Once at work, you are at work, period. (It's a good thing that most people like the work that they do.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the candor, the self-reflection, and the listening to employees in the trenches. It'll pay dividends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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