Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
482 Reviews
4.2
482 Reviews
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
Jerry M. Kennelly
419 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 38 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good technology with a good culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust sales quotas to be achievable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Positive atmosphere, good leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, competent managers. Seems like a well-run company. Integration of recent acquisitions seems to be going pretty well.

    Cons

    There's the usual obsession with quarterly results, but that goes with the territory. I guess you could say it's more of a marketing culture than an engineering one, which some people might find annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Culture - Great People - Outstanding Work/Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome people - very friendly, very helpful and very knowledgeable.
    No process for process sake - extremely practical
    Lightning fast response to customer issues and very sensitive to field input
    Such an approachable leadership everyone from CEO down - I have met Jerry several times and he is very open and honest.
    Extremely talented Marketing folks, social media greats and passionate sales.

    Modern workspace - new SF HQ is par excellence! Sunnyvale facility is more than functional.
    Free snacks, drinks, game rooms and open culture make it possible to have fun and work.

    All in all - in my 20+ years of experience, I have yet to see a company that is so well balanced as Riverbed.

    Cons

    Can't think of many but if you insist, lack of a proper intranet is sometimes stifling. The other is lack of cash bonus as some bigger employers pay - but then we are still a startup!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your top people, keep up the great work, keep promoting internally.
    Don't cave into Elliott!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work is really good. Hiring process is good so you can get good co-workers.

    Cons

    No Bonus at all. Management should start looking into this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start giving Bonus to Employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Keeps trundling along, somehow

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Product 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 ManagementAdvice

    Apart 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Work is really good. Hiring process is good so you can get good co-workers
    2. Enjoyed playing with foosball, table tenis, pool during free time.

    Cons

    Didn't find it yet, I will post it as soon as I find it :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is at crossroads

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    "Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here"

    Cons

    Career development can be challenging in certain departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to motivate employees and learn to absorb acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Riverbed SE

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've been at Riverbed for just over four years. Has been a lot of fun and challenging at times. Pay and perks are good.

    Cons

    The company is evolving so expect the headaches that go along with that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented individuals and great work culture. Compensation needs to be improved

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    it is a great culture where employees are encouraged to take responsibility and are empowered to innovate. The company is moving in the right direction with respect to vision and shareholder value.

    Cons

    Navigating all the team and processes involved in getting changes done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be improved. A lot of the salaries are below standard compensation in the industry. We need to stop churn with better compensation packages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    network engineer

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good perks and good work culture

    Cons

    not that I know of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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