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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
243 Reviews
4.4
243 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
John McAdam
186 Ratings

Review Highlights

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. 13 people found this helpful  

    Best Company/Culture Hands Down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR

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

    Pros

    There are so many pros to working at F5. I would say that the top of the list is the company culture is one of integrity, and one that values the employee as a human, not as a cog in the machine.
    The Salary and benefits are amazing. I have full family health insurance that is 100% paid by F5. I do not have $ taken out of my check for the premium. Stock grants, ESPP, 401k matching, donation matching, and vacation time are at or above what I consider standard for the Tech industry. Did I mention "Beer Friday"?
    The company is growing, and that means career opportunities are plentiful, F5 is very consciously protecting the company culture even though the company has doubled in size in less than five years. I've been at other companies where rapid growth destroyed the company culture.

    Cons

    F5 is growing at a rapid pace and some of the backend systems have yet to be upgraded. But hey if the only real pain I have to experience is struggling with an antiquated system to request PTO then I'll deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. 2 Billion here we come....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant III
    Current Employee - Consultant III

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

    Pros

    F5 treats everyone as an adult and proactively rewards contributors. You can count on working on the cutting edge of any and all technologies in the application delivery space. Compensation is excellent and industry leading.

    Cons

    The pace of growth can be a challenge if you aren't prepared for it, otherwise it's an opportunity, as always.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. Pick someone in-house to succeed McAdam!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent Company to Work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    F5's culture is fun, competitive and rewarding to eager and passionate employees. Compensation and benefits are excellent. Industry leading, evolving- cutting edge technologies in the application delivery space keep products top of the game.

    Cons

    With growth comes change and the necessary support to fulfill this expansion both internally and externally. These growing pains are contributing to bottlenecks in processes, infrastructure and direction woes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on internal processes as a function of efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sensational company to work with a lot of opportunity to grow!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Only been working for a few months but its simply an amazing place to work at. People are immensely helpful as it takes time to learn their product. Co-workers are great and managers give you a sense of direction as to where they want you to be heading. On top of that, having Beer Fridays and occasional free food every other week just tops off the incredible work atmosphere that I love working in. Great compensation package and benefits as well

    Cons

    I really can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place To Work!

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

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

    Pros

    Good start up feel, opportunity to grow in various directions! Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Ive noticed that depending on the manager, it can be somewhat surrounded in office politics. Also, some of the teams are also not adequately supported with enough people-forcing more over time needed to work than imagined, I hope they hire a balanced amount of workers to do the job instead of having the bare minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great People to Work With

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun perks like Beer Friday and occasional free food. Great opportunies for learning new skills. Good compensation. Great work environment with great coworkers.

    Cons

    Growth has been rapid and creates more fast-paced and heavy workloads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand how heavy workloads can become and compensate hardworking employees for great effort to maintain great service to customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Good place to work at. Many perks and good environement

    Cons

    Salary is less and needs more diversity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lowell, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and it was improving each year. There were several interesting projects that I worked for.
    Smart people around. Established procedures help to avoid silly mistakes.

    Cons

    There was a big shift in the development process the old problems mostly disappeared, new problems have not appeared yet at the time when I left company. There were some downsides. but it was mostly localized into certain groups within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people. Great technology.

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    F5 is THE place to work to build secure, fast, and reliable load balancing and network management. This is where we turn the dirt roads into interstate highways. The best, smartest people work here. Benefits are good. Salaries are at or above the top!

    Cons

    We're getting to be a larger company, which impacts company culture. That's sad. And now that we are the best, the pressure is on to stay the best and that is challenging. Really going in too many directions at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommend focusing the vision. Trust that we have the best and stop trying to be all things to all customers. Don't sell the cheap stuff to those who won't be happy with it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very hit and miss depending on your team

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, on higher end. Decent hardware to work on. Some interesting technical challenges, except if you get buried doing customer support issues. Friday afternoon social event is a nice break.

    Cons

    Management is very political, and a lot of them are old timers who don't understand the company is much larger than when they started out. Favoritism in upper ranks is palpable and creates a very demoralizing culture for most. You might get lucky and get a good manager, but odds are you will not. Test managers are rarely technical and frustrating to deal with as they often do not understand either the business or the technology, and technical skill among dev managers is very hit and miss. Expect to do a lot of brown nosing to "architects" (few of whom really deserve the title) if you want to get promoted beyond the senior level as a software engineer, and only then if your manager really likes you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in management. An exec ranting about the parking lot not being full enough at the end of the day is so 1990s, you need someone who understands that work/life balance is actually in the company's interests and especially that a network company should facilitate remote work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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