F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
245 Reviews
4.4
245 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company for sales professionals!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    F5 have the best of breed technology coupled with an excellent compensation package - the perfect combination for any sales professional.

    Cons

    Sales management had changed several times, this created some instability, although this has not happened in the last 12 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay with F5 and help to create more stability for the sales teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    I love this job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    F5 gives you all the tools you need to improve, learn and be happy

    Cons

    The preasure we have every Quarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fantastic - Nicest and most supportive place I have ever worked

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, supportive, non-political work environment. Flat company without too many layers of decision makers. A company that does the right thing for the employee and genuinely cares. Good benefits including generous paid time off, RSUs, health and flex benefits. Great people. Like my boss and my team. We have fun at work, but we do work hard.

    Cons

    Compensation is not industry leading. But with the RSUs which are very lucrative at the minute with our rising stock price, it does somewhat make up for it. And anyway, if you have been around the industry long enough, you know that money is not everything. Pay isn't bad mind you. Just not necessarily top 20% of the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! Like the strategy and the execution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company. Perfect work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefit, salary and opportunity

    Cons

    Commute, no no no no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    I am a consultant in professional services team have over 10 years experience in telecommunications 3G/4G

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services and QA in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Professional Services and QA in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Experience
    Professionalism
    Personality
    Eager to learn new skills
    Training ability

    Cons

    Getting many projects at a time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knowledge sharing and weekly training sessions are very helpful and contribute to mastering the area you are responsible for.

  9. 15 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
  10.  

    Best technology company to work for

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, and management. Great team collaboration and advancement to further pursue career goals.

    Cons

    Some growing pains due to F5 is no longer a smaller companym Dealing with those growing pain issues can be cumbersome.

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

    Good company, insane workload

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

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

    Pros

    Best employee training I've seen anywhere
    you feel valued
    given the opportunity to rise to your potential
    Good benefits
    Beer friday

    Cons

    Once you've finished the intro training you won't have time to do the update training
    update training is not as good as the intro training
    Current workload is crushing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not laying people off makes you able to feel like a nice company, and with the ammount of money you spend on training, that's understandable, but doing a better job of projecting and hiring to meet needs would go a long way to making F5 not just world class to work for, but make working in support a valid career rather than a stepping stone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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