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

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Updated Jun 26, 2014
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4.3 463 reviews

                             

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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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    Strictly OK

    Senior Escalation Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsFree time. Very laid back.

    ConsVery haphazard for a big company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet procedures in place for smoother operation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I will have an interview tomorrow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosi do not yet, but i will say later

    Conssuch a question when i do not know yet

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    Culture changing not for the better.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsRiverbed Technology has always been a place to work, where you want to give more than your best. Just a great place to work.

    ConsThe new Senior Management is trying to bring up the stock price, with negative changes to the work place. Good talent is leaving, while others looking around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are losing the Riverbed magic. The approach of you are free to leave, if you do not like it , was never Riverbed.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SOLID TEAM

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Senior Riverbed Management Team is very solid

    ConsThe OPNET team had a very different culture that is taking time to improve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep Going

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

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    Escalation Engineer IN UK

    Escalation Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bracknell, England (UK)

    ProsAwesome flexibility, opportunities to grow, Good stock plans and stock bonuses

    ConsNone at the moment so nothing bad to report

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

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    Awesome company to work for!

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent Technology. Nice Organizational Culture. Company invest in its employees.

    ConsLack of support for the company newest solutions for regions different than US

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

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    Keeps trundling along, somehow

    Software Engineer Networks (MTS) (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat work-life balance! Engineers arrive at work at about 11AM on average. The exodus begins at 5PM and is almost complete by 6. The Pingpong and Foosball tables are in continuous use after 1PM. A lot of people don't come in until lunchtime. Most engineers are away from their desks most of the time. Hard to say how much people work from home, of course, but no way no how is this one of those (mythical?) companies where people work around the clock. You can see that from the productivity alone.

    For about a year-long period, I was depressed about work and putting about two hours of concentrated effort a day into my job. It didn't affect my performance review at all.

    ConsProduct release dates were "soft" even six years ago, when I joined, but over time they've become fluid to the point of near meaninglessness. Management wasn't unaware of this and a year ago we were given the solution: Agile Development. Meh...some good ideas, but long on magic bullets and paperwork, while short on common sense.

    Also, the language/communication problem has gotten worse. There were always a lot of Indian and Chinese engineers, but when I started they by and large spoke and wrote good English. But the more recent hires, it seems, have been brought in with no regard to their command of English. The result: unproductive meetings, strange variable/function/file names in code, near-worthless technical specifications, confusing bug and field reports.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApart from dealing with the issues I've mentioned above:
    Try to hire people for, explicitly, either San Francisco or Sunnyvale, so an entire team can be in one place or the other. The typical two-days-a-week Caltrain trip is a wearying, and expensive, time-sink. Besides that, people would bond with their teammates better if they really worked next to them all the time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good technology with a good culture

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsCompany focuses on customer needs and employees as well as driving revenue. Best in class solutions

    ConsSolutions need more integration. Sales quotas need to be right-sized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdjust sales quotas to be achievable.

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

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    FUN!! Tenure from $240M to $1.1B+

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people and great CEO! We'll see about their vision but at least their not afraid to make serious moves and try to execute. To work there, you have to buy into their vision as if it's your own.

    ConsOPNET guys need to get on board! They're still stuck thinking that the Cascade stuff sucks. But the Cascade stuff is THE leader in the Gartner MQ in the NPM&D. OPNET is NOT the leader but is in the leader's quadrant. There's still a cultural issue on the RPM side. OPNET needs to let the old ways of doing things go and learn the new ways.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't give titles to managers without the same level of authority. Waste of time and money; give them the authority to execute. Also, channel sales teams need quotas. The channel training has always suffered as there's no accountability with these teams and I just never valued any partner. Lastly, get rid of RPM RSMs. One sales guy with a core SE and overlay SE's/Consultants for OPNET, Cascade, Stingray, Whitewater and Granite.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Prosthe customer requirement grow very quickly, it is good to sell.

    Consthe quote grow too quickly

    Advice to Senior Managementgreat opportunity to be a part of your team

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

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