Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is growing faster than its engineering process is evolving (in 12 reviews)

  • Growing pains associated with transforming sales team to a multi-product solution sales team (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Riverbed is great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, amazing products, amazing work culture. Great place to work for getting work-life balance.

    Cons

    None that I can think off, the only time you really appreciate working culture or people at riverbed is when you move out of riverbed.

    Advice to Management

    Management have to really rethink how to structure the sales team to improve on the sales.

  2. Sr. Mgmt

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    Current Employee - Senior Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A great company with one of the best cultures in silicon valley. trustworthy leadership doing the best they can in a tough situation of change

    Cons

    the deal closing took way too long and caused people to be in limbo.....now that its all done, expect the company to get back to the business of growth!

    Advice to Management

    better, more regular communication

  3. Helpful (7)

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work and home life is balanced. Management empowers employees to be decide how work is to be done. Work environment is geared toward trust that employee will do the right thing.

    Cons

    Since the announcement that the company is going private, the upper management has gone mute. The time that has taken to take the company private has taken way too long. I don't think the management want to say anything until the deal is done. This is causing some wait and see.

    Advice to Management

    Lead, be direct with the company on what its vision is and how it is going to get there. Be honest.

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  5. QA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people on the engineering team, smart but no jerks. Good work/life balance. This list seems short compared with the cons, but day-to-day working at Riverbed is really nice.

    Cons

    Profusion of overlapping products shows lack of vision. Mobility isn't good -- I saw just one person get promoted during my tenure there. After going private in 2015 the company laid off a lot of people in all divisions. This wouldn't be so bad except that the CEO promised "no engineering layoffs" when asked point-blank at a meeting prior to the acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Honesty is the best policy.

  6. Performance Architect

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    Current Employee - Performance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Performance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Growing Company, Smart co-workers

    Cons

    currently in a unstable state after purchasing Opnet

  7. Tech Support

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great People, friendly environment, centrally located

    Cons

    Management communication downward needs improving

    Advice to Management

    Listen . Learn . Watch

  8. Helpful (9)

    Sr. Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great downtown office location near Moscone Center, and well stocked snacks.

    Cons

    Don't let all the positive reviews fool you...Riverbed is a flatlining company and the marketing team is diligently submitting reviews to keep the company in a positive light. With sales numbers dwindling, company layoffs, and the recent acquisition by Thoma Bravo looming...there's a huge sign of uncertainly with the future of Riverbed. Senior management is oblivious and just waiting for their payouts in the coming months. IT has the lowest moral in the entire organization as the CIO and her VP friends have butchered the culture with favoritism, backstabbing, and total disrespect of individuals talents. The lack of communication from IT is appalling and it makes me wonder when the management team is uplifted and replaced.

    Advice to Management

    This once was a company I admired when I first started several years ago, but now I feel its too late to save a sinking ship...

  9. network model analysis and simulation

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    Current Employee - NETWORK DESIGN ANALYSIS and SIMULATION in New York, NY
    Current Employee - NETWORK DESIGN ANALYSIS and SIMULATION in New York, NY

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    interested on opnet and it is a great opportunity to work as like as company environment.

    I just like and love it

    Cons

    various kinds of network operation like design analysis and performance mejorment ,simulation test over network

    Advice to Management

    GREAM IS LIFE BELIEVE IS POWER AND DREAM IS LIFE

  10. Helpful (4)

    Excellent technology, great opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Riverbed is full of great technology, that is being assembled into a strong portfolio of solutions. The Wan Optimization is the best, and when coupled with the Performance Management portfolio, you create a much more compelling and complete offer. Private Equity purchase will add some cash to pockets of people with Stock. The transition has great promise of success to move well past the $1B hurdle.

    Cons

    The market for WanOp has matured, requiring a bit more effort by the sales and product teams than in years past. Not everyone is willing to change, and that creates some issues in the transformation. Some of it is inability to change and adapt, some is just lack of desire or motivation. A cleansing rinse is in order and those ready to go to the next level with Riverbed will stay, others will leave or be left behind. This is makes for some uncomfortable environments. The lack of information on the buyout progress, the product roadmaps, future compensation/incentive programs, and anything beyond the buyout - all lead to people standing still rather than working toward a goal.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of what you can now - Product roadmaps, compensation plans, quotas, etc.. give people a goal to focus on. Communication is critical. Some of the changes are dragging on too long and causing people to doubt that new management is going to be be capable of leading the change needed. I believe it will be fine, but not everyone shares my view.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good People in a Stressful Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture is tries to affirm all employees are important. Every office is cubicle setup including all C-Suite executives all being in cubicles, which can honestly be somewhat uncomfortable. Every employee receives a SWEET Holiday present. For the last two years they have arranged for fairly expensive jackets to be given to all 2,600 employees globally. That's not a minor job nor cheap. Company holds many parties for employees and really tries to be a fun place to work.

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of administrative help. There are only eight administrative assistants for a global company of 2,600. Only four assistants in headquarters. Each EA supports at least two C-Suite executives. Most executive staff, SVP and below, is required to do all their own daily administration including calendaring, travel arrangements and expense reports. But honestly new executives pilfer time from existing assistants and work suffers because the EA are trying to do too much. HR systems are all self service based and requires managers to affect all changes in the systems, which put more responsibility on senior level staff that is already handling too much daily grind and cannot focus on the big picture.

    Advice to Management

    Look into into efficiency as well as cost savings. The cheapest thing is not always the best. Look at the ROI you are getting out of your senior staff. You get more out of people not from you ability to throw a good party but making sure they do not dread the deeds they know they have to complete in a day.

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