Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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Pros
  • A good place for work/life balance (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 up and going through several changes right now, but I believe they are on the right direction (in 12 reviews)

  • lots of growing pains but its a growing company (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    Riverbed is great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. riverbed technology

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Work time is very flexible. Really very good people.

    Cons

    no free lunch provided :)


  3. Review Title

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Pay is good, work live balance is good, blah blah blah, 20 more words so I can submit this form.

    Cons

    Not much bad to say other than promotions are rare and the value of your work may not translate up the chain as far as you might think.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    The past is not prologue

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good camaraderie and collegiality. Life-work balance. Interesting people and projects. Reasonable ability to move between groups. Offices in both SF and the South Bay, and the ability to work from both or either. Overall, it has been a very good place to work.

    Cons

    No past review remains relevant, for good or ill. Riverbed has been acquired and taken private. With new owners, a 20% RIF, increased attrition and internal reformation underway, Riverbed is best considered a new company, and not entirely stable.

    Advice to Management

    I am no expert in company consolidation and liquidation. It seems to me that if the new owners do not want to lose many of their best developers to attrition in a booming tech economy, they need to rally R&D around a compelling purpose. But from a financial perspective, that attrition might be the right choice.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A Great Place To Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Excellent corporate culture. Helpful colleagues. Flexible working hours. The company pays attention to and offers training classes for employees' personal growth.

    Cons

    From a business point of view, Riverbed seems seeking growth through acquiring companies instead organically. This can be a bad thing for employees.


  7. Riverbed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good people who work hard and efficiently. Great benefits and vacation. The location in San Francisco is a plus in my book.

    Cons

    Company going through changes. Acquisition by private equity firm has cut (or pushed out) a lot of the long time employees. Lets see what the future holds...


  8. Helpful (1)

    Products and work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

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

    Pros

    Great place to work as an employee. Lots of very nice perks that make daily life nice. Free beverages and foods of all kinds. Employees are allowed VERY flexible work schedules and time off.

    Cons

    Hardware platform for products is a poor choice for the market and its requirements.
    A desktop Linux distribution used in a way not appropriate to the products purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Address the above product platform implementation issues.


  9. Field Sales Engineer

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

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

    Pros

    Great Products, good engineering. Fun culture

    Cons

    Disjointed portfolio of products. Looking for new direction in which to take the company


  10. A great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, flexible hours, first class work environment

    Cons

    Communication about overall direction could be a lot better. Moral for staff outside of the corporate office needs to be improved. Riverbed spread itself too thin by taking on too many large acquisitions in too short of a time period. Because of that the overall culture was not unified and it did not seem like management was interested in unifying the culture, or necessarily knew how to do this.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with everyday employees more


  11. Helpful (9)

    Era of Privatization: Rebuilding or Spinning Off?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The first 5 years had excellent technology and good management in key roles; the hands-off style of the CEO let some mistakes to come up in this period that caused some key employees to leave or switch roles to the detriment of the company, but it seemed possible lessons could be learned.
    Benefits in the US are fairly leading, although they aren't as good as some of the competition the most important stuff is covered well.
    Internationally, the benefits are far less competive on the important benefits, but the free snacks and drinks are maintained. After Riverbed learned some mistakes when expanding internationally, the priority should have been to make Riverbed a more competitive employer in the local market, rather than just duplicate what HR thinks is standard in the US market and replicate it outside the US rather than adapt policies to local IT markets. There are still significant HR issues in international offices to this day.

    Cons

    Riverbed lost focus, notably with an acquisition that:
    was not tightly screened enough for solution/trending market fit for Riverbed
    had issues working through the culture of the acquired firm
    was too expensive in cost for the value of the acquired company; the founders of the acquired firm were paid hundreds of millions USD and overstated the value of the firm; but their employees got very little and a wave of key employees with critical value for Riverbed left, adding to delays in integrating the companies
    had delays and confusing messages about the overlap in products and the timeline of updating or merging the products or dropping some products
    had a model for implementing overlay sales and SEs that had a lot of challenges
    was late in simplifying installation of the offerings that are a good market fit but too complex to install without SE/PS
    has a delayed, incomplete partner enablement plan on the new offerings.
    Some of the lessons learned with the Mazu acquisition happened again because of poor planning and introverted culture from a fair bit of the acquired employees and management that didn't focus on a partner enablement strategy.
    These were factors in disappointing Wall Street and turning to being bought out to go private. The acquisition was communicated very poorly and it seemed the benefit was mostly for the c-staff as there was a layoff that did not make sense for growing organically.
    The private equity firm's first call to employees pushed them to invest $5k of their own monies in the private company, rather than offering equity in lieu of RSUs or ESPP. This was a bad message at the wrong time.
    Losing the SVP TechOps, CTO, GM for the Storage Delivery BU, the Storage Delivery BU Technical Leader, and a key engineer for SteelCentral over the past several months after a previous worry when the co-founder left and took some key product talent and engineers to a startup has added to the uncertainty about Riverbed's ability to innovate and focus besides the distraction caused by the privatization.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees - alot of goodwill and trust was lost in the last year.
    Think twice before laying off or underutilizing champions that are skilled up and experienced and either hold a key role or are capable of handling several roles. Alot of the new employees and managers are inexperienced or brought over their skills from a large company without analysis on how to take the best points and add value to the current Riverbed state. Instead, it seems like alot of very talented stars were let go and underperforming folk were kept on because they cost less to the company. The company should encourage the A players to want to stay and find the right role if its a matter of restructuring; with the uncertainty in direction and rumors of more layoffs after the recent (over 30%) round.



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