F5 Networks Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Best technology company to work for

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    The most exciting, fast paced and high tech company I have had the privilege to work for. A great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Internal Trainer
    Former Employee - Senior Internal Trainer

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Hands off managers that keep you challenged. Great state-of-the-art products and a company with a vision.They are a global company with many opportunities for employment and professional growth.

    Cons

    I worked support for many years, it's fast paced, must be able to multi-task and change direction on a dime. Very high stress environment and workload is endless. Hi burn out rate. Supports a good place to get your hands-wet and learn the product. It's just a jump platform to get into other areas of the company. IE Consulting, Field Service, Systems Engineer. Lots of opportunity within F5 Networks. Traffic in the Puget Sound is very dense. If you live outside of Seattle in the suburbs, be prepared for a commute.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create and provide in-depth training to the folks in the trenches. The product is so complex that training needs to stay ahead of the curve.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Best high tech employer in Seattle

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

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, corporate culture, never a dull moment, unlimited learning opportunities

    Cons

    We have a start up mentality that is not scaling to our swelling payroll
    Our ambitions are wide and tall; resulting in product quality issues
    New hires are not as skilled as "the olde guarde"

    Advice to Management

    Company values are excellent. Continue focus on increasing cross-enterprise collaboration. Consider not being quite so date driven in the product release cycle. Market early "beta" access with customers and reward customers with discounts.


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  5. F5 Inside Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, Compensation, Values and great products

    Cons

    A fantastic place to work. Negatives are hard to think of.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good technology to learn, well defined MBOs help in evaluating employees, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Open bias against ex Cisco employees, lot of politics between San Jose and Seattle office.


  7. Great company to work for, but it all depends what you do

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits
    Great team
    Very nice facilities
    everything is done in order to improve the environment where you work in.

    Cons

    Not happy with Pay, management not willing to budge on requests. It will be great if there was some consideration into what the employees are suggesting since they are doing it for the benefit of the company. There is a need to put more trust in employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the little employees, they really want the company to grow more and succeed!


  8. Internship

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company that really cares about their employees. My manager was great and took the time to coach me up.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management disconnected themselves from the employees below them


  9. Best company I have worked so far!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Great going. Keep stock moving higher.


  10. Helpful (4)

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good company but ..

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchens in HQ. decent work life balance. Generally smart people around. Too many team lunches, events and team meetings.

    Cons

    Poor and mismanaged engineering systems. Management stays miles away from ground realities.
    Build system is pathetic. Releases are prolonged because of poor planning. Lack of communication between teams outside the HQ. micro management is prominent in my team. Lately, the standards of hiring have dropped and some poor engineers and managers have come in. Such people make it tough for interested and smart employees to do their best work.

    Advice to Management

    Show slight interest in technical aspects of the work. Plan releases better and invest time in improving the stupid internal engineering systems. Increase compensation to match other companies in the area.



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