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 (4)

    Honest advice about F5 Networks

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    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.


  2. Web Developer

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at F5 Networks as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team Fantastic people Nice culture Easy to work with Best experience

    Cons

    Stressful work I was not told the reason why contract was terminated


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fast Moving Culture

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Professional Services Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    professional environment. talented people. great people to work with. benefits decent

    Cons

    too much travel. management does not seem to care engineer spent weeks on end traveling all over the country and getting burned out.

    Advice to Management

    lack of advancement opportunities. there is really no where to advance within. only opportunities are becoming a SE or find a job at HQ in seatle


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company but some dead wood hanging about

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary and facilities.

    Cons

    some dead wood people who make life really difficult for others continue to exist and sometimes excel within the company. HR and higher up's have ignored this for far to long. old boys network is alive and well also.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Growing pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A stable company with a fantastic compensation plan, a mature and well established product line and a leader in its industry, F5 is a place to be if you want to work for a Seattle technology company with local roots. F5 is a bit of a different company in the way its organized and there's still a lot of departments where talent is rewarded and appreciated.

    Cons

    One of the best companies in Puget Sound, unfortunately F5 is a shadow of its former self as a result of growing pains and the loss of its once amazing culture. Be prepared for a lot of politics where how you play the game is more important than your skill or technical chops.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Growth challenges ahead affecting current company

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has good technology. People and culture overall, are very personable and good. There are some very smart folks working at the company. F5 is a market leader for a reason, though that remains to be seen as the company transitions with new management. The current expansion phase into other markets such as security and other non-ADC technologies is distracting from the core F5 capabilities and strengths.

    Cons

    F5 is going through a growth transition. There are internal struggles to understand what technologies to focus on, and what vertical markets to target. Power struggles exist between the product development, product management, and marketing organizations on strategy and execution. Overall strategy is not clear moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Dictate direction, assign responsibilities, and let the teams focus on producing and collaborating instead of fighting with each other. Ensure openness instead of a closed protective mentality.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Senior Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is cutting edge with almost no competition People are friendly and diverse

    Cons

    Management can do a better job of keeping teams on the same page Not a friendly place for women CTO does not have vision

    Advice to Management

    Encourage women leadership across all levels in the organization Transparency from the top down is important to foster confidence


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good bordering on great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, good workload, challenging tech, smart people, good benefits, food, kitchen, bonus plan

    Cons

    Location is in a high-traffic area, not easy to get to. New workspaces are atrocious, no privacy, building is very crowded, very loud, few meeting spaces available

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility is key, provide good path for promotion to employees, be competitive with salaries for long-term employees, people need some private space to work in


  11. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Technical Trainer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    F5 has some of the best people you will ever work with. They also have done a gr eat job on providing good benefits and compensation. Most departments do a great job of hiring good people that work well with others.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are crazy long... and this is happening more and more. We tend to act like a startup, which makes the culture fun, but makes it hard to do business in a company of over 4000 people.

    Advice to Management

    hold people accountable at every level for ensuring important information gets to everyone.



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