Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

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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.  

    A great place to work, with great people, and a great work environment.

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Market leader in its space. Great product, satisfied customers. Not too big, not too small, a true "Goldilocks" company.

    Cons

    Still growing and thus learning how to work remotely (using teleconferencing).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent in South Bay will benefit with teleconferencing equipment between Sunnyvale and SFO. The time spent in commuting will be reinvested in working. If not, a shuttle service with a table to work on (and wireless) will lead to a productive commute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    various work experience and growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Riverbed is a place that really allows you to be yourself. I love working here because it is a fast-paced environment where there is always something to do, constantly. Everyone is treated like family at the office and says hello to each other. I enjoy the free snacks in the break room. We can work remotely as we are provided with a laptop. We are compensated well for our work but I am also required to work weekends various times.

    Cons

    Heavy workload (if you cannot handle it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire more headcount as our company is growing we need more support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I'm surrounded by smart people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Riverbed are... SMART! It doesn't matter what department I'm working with I find myself amazed at the number of highly intelligent and creative people who are all willing to share ideas and pitch in to find a solution to a problem. The executive team doesn't hid the fact that they prioritize family which allows employees to do the same.

    Cons

    Still a little bit slow in creating processes to exponentially expand with our growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The best work experience in 18 years of IT Sales.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Strong management focused on getting customers what they need in a timely manner.
    Responsive to customers resulting in high customer satisfaction.
    Positive, can do attitude from the top down.

    Cons

    Need for more realistic first year goals when starting new product line in territory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need for formalized POC process that is differentiated by product line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of smart people working together to solve real problems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Product Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Product Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exciting place to work with a great culture. It's great to see so many smart people pulling in one direction to get the job done.

    Cons

    Business travel involving flights over 8 hours should qualify for business class upgrades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help maintain the culture. I think you guys got it right and I hope we don't stray as we get bigger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, High quality people and a market-leading technology

    Cons

    Love to see investment into growth of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Average place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Engineers are good/smart and get things done.

    Cons

    Lot of good engineers have left the company and the trend continues. People leave but it's bad when they leave because their reasonable expectations are not met.
    Company tends to hire managers from outside. Company is not for you if you want to climb up the ladder and be a Manager.
    You have to commute to the other office in the Bay Area at least once a week and arrange your transportation yourself. It costs you around 80 bucks a month if you live in SF like me and use Caltrain/Muni ($13.5 Caltrain, $4 Muni + Coffee at Caltrain station) to go to Sunnyvale once a week.
    Perks/compensation are pretty mediocre for a company in the valley.
    No tuition reimbursement. If you consider growing you career by taking courses while working this is not the place for you.
    Insider trading applies to everyone even if you have no clue about the financial health of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address/understand employee needs. Invest in people It's people that make or break a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Small company flexibility at a medium-size company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They treat their employees well, and engineers especially are given a better status than at many companies. There is a good amount of money and thought put into how to reward the employees, and the upper management takes part in company events. For engineers, Riverbed allows a great flexibility to schedules - people are judged on performance, not on hours logged.

    Cons

    Riverbed could use some improvement on getting all the departments in sync. This is actually a growing pain which all companies of our size must encounter. We have made a couple of acquisitions, and started a couple of new departments, and now the work just needs to be done to help all the people across those different areas share knowledge, and feel like we're all working toward the same goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Riverbed is a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is refreshing to work at a company that has good, smart, and nice people. Riverbed has taken notes from the dotcom boom and strategically applied the best practices: hire the best, pay them well, give them great benefits, then make the place cool, comfortable, and fun to work at.

    Cons

    It is growing so fast that it is difficult to stay nimble and responsive while maintaining the levels of quality. There is simply too much information and too much growth to keep track of everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company culture as we grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just "ok"

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great technology, smart employees, better than great engineering team, excellent tech support team, and good health benefits (if important).

    Cons

    poor compensation, poor career path opportunities or promotion opportunities. If one is performing well in their current position they will keep them there and hire from the outside. Tend to hire from outside vs promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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