Riverbed Technology
4.3 of 5 463 reviews
www.riverbed.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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4.3 463 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly

Jerry M. Kennelly

(404 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here""
    in 36 reviews
  • "Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in"
    in 26 reviews
Cons:
  • "The company is growing faster than its engineering process is evolving"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Still suffering from some growing pains from quickly expanding the workforce over the past 4 years"
    in 20 reviews
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    Reality-Based Company With Lots of Competent People

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros* Interesting products to work on
    * coworkers are competent but not arrogant
    * good location (in downtown SF) ..and several other large offices in Sunnyvale, Boston, Bethesda.
    * we work well as distributed teams
    * we get our work done and have lives outside of work

    ConsThere is always some process overhead and bureaucracy at a company this size.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep working to make the products best in class and let's keep some of the small company values that we still have.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Riverbed is growing up

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall company culture of excitement and pride for solutions. Good pay and benefits are very cost competitive.

    ConsThe company is growing up and going through several changes right now, but I believe they are on the right direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart company with great culture that focuses on growth and success

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe focus is in the right places - have a great product and have the best sales reps around to sell it. Put processes in place that make it easy for the product to evolve and for sales to do its job.

    ConsHistorically teams worked in silos and had very little contact with each other. It is hard to get synergy among the groups without several meetings to make sure each group is ok with the plan. Some groups historically have been resistant to change as they have been in their own world for some years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friendly envrionment, but company is struggling to find itself

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe highlight of working at Riverbed is my colleagues. Everyone is quite friendly, good sense of humor, very smart, and always willing to help out. While everyone's work hours and habits are flexible (another big plus), everyone works to accommodate each other. This creates an environment of learning and collaboration that is great for junior and senior engineers alike.

    I also appreciate Riverbed's practice of integrating new tools and libraries into our work flow. At the same time, regular tech-talks are held to introduce said tools and libraries, to ensure everyone is on board with the selection and implementation. The best part is that everyone has the opportunity to introduce their favorite technology to the company.

    In that vein, Riverbed is still a company full of opportunity. Every employee is encouraged to find new problems to solve with our products, to take initiatives to make our product better, more reliable, more efficient. There isn't always time for every initiative, so some things have to be done on personal time, but initiatives can be rewarding.

    ConsFollowing the last of the Pros, it feels like there is never enough time to do things "the right way" at Riverbed. There is always a deadline looming, and designs / plans are constantly being shaved down to meet deadlines, even if it does not make sense. Part of the reason, I believe, is that many teams at Riverbed are understaffed. I hear this all the time: "we don't have the resources to complete this feature on time"

    Even though the Sunnyvale employees just moved into a brand new building, it already feels crowded. There aren't enough conference rooms, bathrooms, space in the break room is limited. The "open seating design" of the offices is great for collaboration, but horrible for concentration. Noise is a constant issue, be it your coworkers socializing, people talking loudly on phones, people leaving their cell phone ring tones at full volume, etc.

    Despite many years of growth, Riverbed has yet to figure out how to scale itself as an engineering organization. Processes, designs, frameworks are changing rapidly, often without time to fully "shake out the bugs". This leaves developers as perpetual guinea pigs, experiencing the pain of working through half-baked procedures and designs.

    As others have noted, compensation does not follow the market... especially since last year's $1BB acquisition of OPNET. It seems costs are being cut since this acquisition, and us employees are bearing the brunt of the cuts. There is little compensation besides salary: mostly stock-based incentives, and RVBD stock hasn't been very consistent in its growth. As a result, RVBD has higher than average turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnough with the acquisitions! Let's focus on growing our core business, including growing and retaining in-house talent.

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    Startup limitations without startup benefits

    Mots (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWork wise it is ok, just like any bay area tech company.
    Some work can be challenging with some amount of flexibility typical of any software company around.

    ConsAs the title mentions, low salary and bonus than the big software companies. But the stock is not doing well, so no advantages of being in a small company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat work environment, talented people, good exposure to customer issues.

    ConsDistractions from the wall street news.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Moving in the right direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsCompany is moving in the right direction with a clearer articulation of our portfolio of products, both internally and to the investment community. Enjoy my work team, and work-life balance can be achieved here. As a Bay Area employee, I love that the company still hosts an annual Christmas Gala at San Francisco City Hall, as well as the annual summer picnic in Menlo Park.

    ConsNeed more (frequent) communication to employees. San Francisco office is very cramped for space - hoping that the new office will address this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more departmental and company-wide all-hands meetings to keep employees informed, especially as we move to the next evolution of our company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Break-Out" Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat technology solutions and passionate people! Second to none!

    ConsRiverbed paid way too much for Opnet Technology in 2012 and did a poor job of business integration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCurrent CEO has had a great run! Time to retire and turnover the reigns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience of a next generation technology company

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    ProsGreat Culture, positive energy, ability to exceed, great work life balance, top talent, market leading technology

    ConsConstant rapide change, increased recent turnover

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue the focus of the company and include goals to become a multi-billion dollar company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good compnay, good benefits, good people and culture

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEveryone is cooperative and has a common goal. Everyone is willing to lend a hand.

    ConsLack of equitable treatment from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay better attention to your resources.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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