Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
484 Reviews
4.2
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
Jerry M. Kennelly
420 Ratings

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Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 39 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)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management in the IT Dept was terrible for several years - New blood now has a chance to right the ship

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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

    Many high quality individuals throughout the company in different departments and at all levels.

    Cons

    The top three in charge of the IT dept stifled growth by instilling fear as a means to drive results. One in particular with a proud military background was probably the worst but was clearly convinced that such scare tactics were beneficial, all the while employees were leaving the company left and right. These top level "leaders" of the dept repeatedly made poor decisions, alienated business partners and employees alike, executed highly impacting mistakes, and spent more time and effort covering up such mistakes rather than take ownership and capture learning experiences. Great case study in how incompetence destroys an organization from the inside out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your own shortcomings and take action to grow rather than deceive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Friendly envrionment, but company is struggling to find itself

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The highlight of working at Riverbed is my colleagues. Everyone is quite friendly, good sense of humor, very smart, and always willing to help out. While everyone's work hours and habits are flexible (another big plus), everyone works to accommodate each other. This creates an environment of learning and collaboration that is great for junior and senior engineers alike.

    I also appreciate Riverbed's practice of integrating new tools and libraries into our work flow. At the same time, regular tech-talks are held to introduce said tools and libraries, to ensure everyone is on board with the selection and implementation. The best part is that everyone has the opportunity to introduce their favorite technology to the company.

    In that vein, Riverbed is still a company full of opportunity. Every employee is encouraged to find new problems to solve with our products, to take initiatives to make our product better, more reliable, more efficient. There isn't always time for every initiative, so some things have to be done on personal time, but initiatives can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Following the last of the Pros, it feels like there is never enough time to do things "the right way" at Riverbed. There is always a deadline looming, and designs / plans are constantly being shaved down to meet deadlines, even if it does not make sense. Part of the reason, I believe, is that many teams at Riverbed are understaffed. I hear this all the time: "we don't have the resources to complete this feature on time"

    Even though the Sunnyvale employees just moved into a brand new building, it already feels crowded. There aren't enough conference rooms, bathrooms, space in the break room is limited. The "open seating design" of the offices is great for collaboration, but horrible for concentration. Noise is a constant issue, be it your coworkers socializing, people talking loudly on phones, people leaving their cell phone ring tones at full volume, etc.

    Despite many years of growth, Riverbed has yet to figure out how to scale itself as an engineering organization. Processes, designs, frameworks are changing rapidly, often without time to fully "shake out the bugs". This leaves developers as perpetual guinea pigs, experiencing the pain of working through half-baked procedures and designs.

    As others have noted, compensation does not follow the market... especially since last year's $1BB acquisition of OPNET. It seems costs are being cut since this acquisition, and us employees are bearing the brunt of the cuts. There is little compensation besides salary: mostly stock-based incentives, and RVBD stock hasn't been very consistent in its growth. As a result, RVBD has higher than average turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the acquisitions! Let's focus on growing our core business, including growing and retaining in-house talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reality-Based Company With Lots of Competent People

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    * Interesting products to work on
    * coworkers are competent but not arrogant
    * good location (in downtown SF) ..and several other large offices in Sunnyvale, Boston, Bethesda.
    * we work well as distributed teams
    * we get our work done and have lives outside of work

    Cons

    There is always some process overhead and bureaucracy at a company this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep working to make the products best in class and let's keep some of the small company values that we still have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome experience, the people who work there are very friendly and helpful.

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    Former Employee - Internal Audit  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Audit in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The employee benefits and the relaxed California culture make coming to work easy. I was only an intern that worked for them over one summer, but I definitely had a great time showing up everyday.

    Cons

    As an intern I did not face many challenges throughout the day. I would say finding a place to live for two months while working there was the most challenging task I faced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Riverbed is growing up

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Overall company culture of excitement and pride for solutions. Good pay and benefits are very cost competitive.

    Cons

    The company is growing up and going through several changes right now, but I believe they are on the right direction.

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

    Great culture and work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    The open floor is great for teamwork and communication. Everyone is approachable and friendly.

    Cons

    Career development can be challenging in certain departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart company with great culture that focuses on growth and success

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

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

    Pros

    The focus is in the right places - have a great product and have the best sales reps around to sell it. Put processes in place that make it easy for the product to evolve and for sales to do its job.

    Cons

    Historically teams worked in silos and had very little contact with each other. It is hard to get synergy among the groups without several meetings to make sure each group is ok with the plan. Some groups historically have been resistant to change as they have been in their own world for some years.

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

    Look forward to go to work everyday!

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    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fully immersive experience into WAN acceleration technologies - there's nowhere to go but up - there's so much to learn - awesome co-workers - awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Haven't found one yet.
    Haven't found one yet.
    Haven't found one yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

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

    Member of Technical Staff

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, talented people, good exposure to customer issues.

    Cons

    Distractions from the wall street news.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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