Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated May 22, 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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    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. Sales Operations

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    Current Employee - Senior Order Management Representative in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Order Management Representative in Bowie, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Work with a great group of people.

    Cons

    . . . . .

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. Seems the company is dying

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits. The company treats its employees very well. Relaxed environment. Flexibility of working from SF or Sunnyvale.

    Cons

    Slow pace. Not much interaction among coworkers. Just had a big layoff. It is eerily quite in the office and depressing.

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  5. ...meh...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Close to home, free coffee

    Cons

    Seemingly no co-operation amongst the business units, even though Riverbed promote themselves as a Platform company. Managers manage up, with little meaningful guidance reaching individual contributors.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half of the VPs -- most are ill-equipped for the job.

  6. Uncoordinated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work / life balance. Good use of tools. Frequent training.

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from what is actually happening on the ground. The best talent in the company is or has left.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to engage with all levels of the company. Management needs to reach down more that one level. HR processes are inconsistent and confusing.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, relaxed office atmosphere, convenient location next to alewife station and free onsite parking, gym across the street.

    Cons

    Tight work schedule, very close knit group of people that's been together for a while so sometimes it feels a little closed off

    Advice to Management

    good luck with the buy out, hopefully, TB knows what they're buying and get the company back on track and isn't just looking for a quick profit in the near term

  8. Waiting to see what is going to happen next. The company is going through a leverage buy out.

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

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

    Pros

    Sf head quarter. Great benefits. Potential equity benefit with new stock program

    Cons

    Uncertainty as to how company will perform with old timers all gone (some to competitors).

  9. Overly political. Unable to move beyond a single product company

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    WAN Op product considered the gold standard.

    Cons

    Riverbed is a very political environment. If you suck up to the right people you get promoted. If not, good luck.

    The company made it's name in the WAN Optimization space and aggressively tried to expand beyond that. The purchase of Zeus was an utter failure and it was sold. Steelstore, the internally developed cloud storage gateway product had lackluster sales and was sold to NetApp who has sold the hell out of it and made it a success.

    The billion dollar acquisition of OPNET has again proven to be an underperforming asset and forced the company to go private after multiple quarters of soft sales.

    The reality is that the company appears to be incapable of moving beyond it's single product and the employees are paying the price. A 30% layoff happened recently with more likely to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some Cisco sales execs. They seem to be able to sell a portfolio instead of a product.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Once Good Company But Not anymore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

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

    Pros

    Once it was full of great engineers where you can have healthy discussions but now as good engineers are leaving.

    New hires have a chance of getting into early stage of stock options strike price, existing employees can grow as more people leave from the company.

    Cons

    Currently the company is in total disarray. No clear direction and no one to take control and answer hard questions. Management needs to step up and perform and keep the good employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, vocal, talk to engineers and don't use the scripted language to answer all the questions. Riverbed has lot of smart people and they understand when you don't answer directly.

  11. Lack of Mgmt Understanding of APM

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bethesda, MD

    I worked 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

    There were some really great engineers at Riverbed.
    In some projects, there was a very good collaboration among the different teams, and some serious work was accomplished.
    Best in breed products.

    Cons

    Management was unable to understand the APM space and the complexities, and thus did not value the OPNET staff inputs. Those people are mostly gone or marginalized. The Riverbed team is run by new-hire outsiders without any tie in the the culture that built Riverbed, or the companies that were acquired - OPNET, Cascade, ...
    There is much more emphasis on marketing than actual innovation or continuing innovation in the product suite. What was state of the art for WAN acceleration and APM/NPM is now just middle of the road, without a true cloud strategy for instance.

    Advice to Management

    Until mgmt understands that APM is more complicated and requires significant continuing investment, the products may wither on the vine. Similar for the WAN acceleration, which is not growing as it cannot deal with the problems of cloud - we are not just talking about reducing bandwidth, but a slew of other issues.


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