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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
194 Reviews

4.2
194 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 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much politics between Seattle and San Jose office (in 6 reviews)

  • You can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A horrible experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The salaries at F5 are very good compared to the industry and they are a technology leader in their domain. If a customer is looking for a rock-solid load balancer, F5 is the choice.

    Cons

    Unethical management that get involved in channel stuffing and a lot of back-stabbing between employees. Employees are treated with disrespect at a company where the only thing that matters is getting the numbers at the end of the quarter at all costs. Their products are expensive and sometimes difficult to sell, and while they are strong in their main area of load balancers, they fall behind all the other sectors they tried to enter in. Work life balance does not exist. It is just work work work, and more work. We rarely got a company wide strategic direction from top leadership, and promotions were a rarity. In fact, since F5 is a small company, there were limited opportunity for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce better corporate governance to identify channel stuffing cases, and fight the current culture of back stabbing and disrespect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Network Security Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer  in  Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Chertsey, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - it was definitely a nice place 3-5 years ago
    - if you are coming from outside you have a chance to negotiate something
    - if you are a beginner you are going to learn a lot of nice networking stuff, but you will learn this as well as by any other company

    Cons

    - if you are experienced stay away from NSE and even ENE roles
    - if you agree to work as ENE you work for 60h and more. As there are very few account managers and technical account managers you are going to deal with a lot of not technical issues
    - the company has to changed internal hireing politic and they hire now a lot technically 'weak' NSE's. This means that ENE have a lot of job that were done before
    - support is visible as a worst place in the whole company
    - no matter how hard you work you are visible as a support tech and have no chance for anything else in the company
    - they rather higher people from outside than work, educate and promote its own personel
    - often an arrogance from lower to higher managers. You are there to do the work and any kind of complains that there is too few people and too much work is visible as a weakness.
    - people who got some luck (read connections, etc..) have no respect to others
    - you are seen in the company as an an employee and individual depending on the position you agreed to work on
    - it is expected that once accepted the NSE position you are going to do the job for 3 years and not even a day less. Should you complain during this time you can forget of any kind of progress and carrier at the company
    - in the EMEA there is noting than the Support and Professional services. If you see your self as an engineer with ambition to write code/scripts if needed forget about the NSE job.
    - They are going to deal with a lot of manual and not automated work. A work that either the managers failed to do right from processes point of view or techicaly it is something that no one wants to do
    - as the company roles out new products the NSE job became more and more about educating customers where to click on the GUI and what snat automap is etc.
    - a lot of good people have never been recognized and the tendency is rather to look for other jobs than to go for the extra mile and work for the company. At the end of the day you know you are not going to be payed or promoted for this
    - the internal tools are of low quialit (the still use a 7 years old php script to managed the lab)
    - team work doesn't matter. What matters are your stats. You are as good as your stats are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - move managers who have zero empathy away from managing your teams
    - be smart and know who are the best performers in the team. Stats are not always the only way to find this out
    - handle your people with respect, it is not only a tech fault that a customer get upset. This is a failure and lack of support structure in the EMEA region.
    - stop pretending that everything is ok and everyone is happy. Ask for honest feedback in an anonymous way and build motivated, team driven collaboration between the people
    - work recognition and bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Painful and extremely difficult to work cross-functionally.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel for the business. Needs of the business dictated travel (approved by management) to Asia and Europe. Some time available for sightseeing.

    Cons

    Very difficult to impossible to work collaboratively / cross-functionally. Most employees were only willing to work as a team when it was absolutely necesssary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an effective feedback system to really listen to employee concerns. For example, have the opportunity for "skip level", confidential meetings with a persons amnagers manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Inefficiencies restrict progress.

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    Former Employee - Field Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Systems Engineer

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Lots of technical information available to all employees. Information sharing/collaboration among knowledge workers was excellent.

    Cons

    Very little strategic direction. The products were very poorly aligned with the market needs. The functionality of the core product was excellent. A disconnect within the company regarding the user interface of the configuration utilities caused frustration among technical workers. Organizational structure was flawed; creating commodity workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your products are over engineered and cost too much. You have strategic direction, yet the perception among your customer base regarding that is the opposite. You lack a cohesive sales strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Getting used to it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Have been here for less than a year.
    Good opportunity for personal growth
    perks are like any other tech company out there. Good benefits and comparable to most tech companies.
    Work culture is generally good and people are friendly. You have to avoid some politics or find your way round it to get things done but this is true for most companies I suppose.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor communication between groups. This is really a problem when dealing with off-shore teams. Painful and monolithic release process. Pay is not great as compared to other companies in the area.
    Quarterly mindset is confusing, there is no clear long term picture of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time ensuring developing better communication across groups. Spend more time planning releases better.

    Define a different performance bonus structure that will actually make employees push harder. The current structure is good enough for people to just accomplish their targets - hardly offers any monetary incentive to surpass their goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Speak No Evil

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NSE
    Current Employee - NSE

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good people
    Decent pay if you negotiate in advance. Raises after the fact can be limited no matter how good you are.

    Cons

    Tired of watching good NSEs that care about good work leaving for other departments/companies out of frustration.

    Been told by upper management the last couple of years to not criticize a big project that was causing problems. This year saw co-workers get smaller raises for trying to address real issues in Support. Now we just keep our heads down waiting for changes that should have been made years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The drill seargent act of some of our managers makes it worse with this much work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management has lost their way

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly skilled employees that are often great to work with.
    Many opportunities to develop detailed skills in interesting technologies

    Cons

    Employees are worked to the point of exhaustion because hiring practices are based on sales not workload. In fact, they often don't even fully track workload across the organization.
    The business groups don't talk to each other and it feels like there is no coherent organizational plan.
    Middle and upper management only provide lip service to taking steps to correct ongoing issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes a long time to become good at this job and it is a mistake to force people out with indifference and inattention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    "Tyranny of the mediocrity"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation: Above market rate plus quarterly bonuses plus RSUs
    Trusted brand within the industry
    Well-run, responsive IT department
    In-demand technology, especially with the growth of rich media, mobile and social

    Cons

    Politics over productivity
    Flagship product losing global marketshare
    Limited openness to change: Long-timers more invested in keeping cushy bonuses / RSUs then working to set up the company for future success. Promotions based on politics rather than merit or even basic knowledge of the job
    Limited openness to new employees: Majority of attrition is from people who have been there less than a year. Those who stay chose the same path of politics over productivity
    Siloed organization up to the top: Executives more focused on looking good to analysts and "the market" rather than making the hard decisions to set up the company for success
    Current conditions point to a long, slow decline - Microsoft-style

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No pain , no gain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will have a lot of technical exposure and take away is political skills. You will learn patient.

    Cons

    A hostile working environment with bad politic to manipulate you. for example; they will ask you to close 2 cases every day even though it does not state in your employment contract initially. If you can't close 2 cases every day, your immediate boss will threaten or insult you. No equal opportunity. Ready to face for emotional depression and insomnia. Customer support engineers are Guinea pigs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote leadership skill instead of management skills. Mid management people need better education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    F5 Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major Channel Account Manager  in  Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - Major Channel Account Manager in Munich (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Very good technology and good partners

    Cons

    very high fluctuation rate, micro management style, not really a team spirit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the Managemnt in Germany

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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