Redback Networks Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Created a wonderful learning environment

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    Former Employee - Operations Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposed me to many functions of the business. As a intern, this was very valuable.

    Cons

    At times I got the work no ones else wanted. Although that's the nature of being an Intern, not so much about Redback.


  2. Redback - now Ericsson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Redback Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Employees invariably have a life after work.

    Cons

    No direction or depth in Networking. Senior Leadership is all about process and goes by the books rather than real Engineering innovation


  3. software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Redback Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a great team of great people. The projects are excellent and mostly customer centric. Dynamic environment that keeps you busy always.

    Cons

    The management is in kind of a flux at the moment. Soon, things should start rolling hopefully. None


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Redback is waddling along not really making any breakthroughs in the market

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work practices are good. Technology is good. Environment is good.

    Cons

    Management and sales team is weak.

    Advice to Management

    Get some inspiration and start becoming go getters.


  6. OK place to work, great benefits but not much opportunity to grow

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -- Competitive salary & benefits -- Backed By Ericsson -- Stable

    Cons

    -- Not much opportunity to grow -- Not much mentoring - know it all old-timers -- Not too friendly atmosphere, people don't even say "Hi"

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should have interactions with staff to get the feel of workplace.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Check the pros and cons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can move easily between tech verticals very friendly atmosphere at work work is interesting in patches

    Cons

    reviews and promotions are not very clear management of projects is bad very political for such a small place

    Advice to Management

    Innovation is not being promoted


  8. Great people, but beware the Ericsson transition

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Terrific, smart, friendly, capable people. Teams and individuals work well together, and communication across organizations is for the most part excellent. There is a strong positive energy, a commitment to making things happen.

    Cons

    Redback is now part of Ericsson, a large Swedish company. All corporate takeovers involve integration pains, but this one has been bizarre. Walls are coming up, obstacles put into place. (Example: IT support outsourced, with local experts terminated. Simple "check this server" requests now take days). There is a big cultural disconnect.

    Advice to Management

    Process is important; so is standardization; but it's people who create value. Steamrollering is one approach to assimilation, but you might gain much by stepping back, observing, listening, and learning how things work in the Valley.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not so great company. OK if you have worked in similar conditions (cube sharing, poor infrastructure)

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good home grown network processor work, money

    Cons

    Poor infrastructure, below average employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop cube sharing Provide proper office equipments(such as laptop to employees)


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good overall place to work, some internal challenges that impact personal development

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Redback has a recognized name in the telecom / data networking industry. An early pioneer and leader in the subscriber management space, still carries weight in having been associated with the company. Ericsson acquisition was a good thing overall for the broader company while there is still some near term reshuffling. Company is growing at a healthy clip in terms of staffing up and hiring, scaling the organization to meet Ericsson's plans, but it will mostly be a technology resource to feed the broader Ericsson machine. As a stand-alone entity, will have limited success in the marketplace selling point products.

    Cons

    more political than usual for company size, different now with ericsson in the mix

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with communications


  11. Helpful (2)

    software engineering for the self-sufficient

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salaries are generally pretty high. Work roles and responsibilities are somewhat flexible; if you want to learn something new and you have time for it, nobody prevents you from digging into it. The patent program is rewarding. You can develop your skills here if you don't need much hand-holding.

    Cons

    Management is very reactive and has a hard time doing anything new. The company does not encourage innovation except in some superficial ways. Managers do not understand the product very well and only a few are technical. Some groups are swamped in work while some groups are quite overstaffed. I've seen both sides.

    Advice to Management

    Empower product groups to innovate, and also coordinate their actions. The sort of people that could innovate *despite* management are gone. Management now needs to put in some work to ensure that the product has a future. Do not assume that the "innovation" will happen spontaneously... you have to create the environment for it to grow.



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