Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
517 Reviews
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology as an intern

    Pros

    Very smart people, lots of enthusiasm about what we do and how we do it.

    Cons

    Strong work life balance can lean too far in the life direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great start, terrible finish

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, excellent benefits, liberal expense policy, great products that you can be excited to sell to your customers with plenty of new features that come along very regularly

    Cons

    Very arrogant culture, both among long-time technology and sales middle to upper management, questionable ethics practices when it comes to HR policies and their enforcement. Much of the "new blood" coming into sales upper management have brought in old colleagues, swapping out one "good old boy" network for another, except this new group knows less about Riverbed's culture, products, and customers, but does have the arrogance and harassment mentality that must have been high on the hiring criteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More thoughtful consideration to the impact on culture, employee and customer satisfaction when hiring sales and product management leadership during the transition to a larger company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Individual Contributor Going No Where

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    If you like chaos and zero accountability, zero career expectations and unkept promises, high management turnover, poorly performing stock options and perpetual takeover rumors... This place is for you!

    Cons

    Zero upward mobility, lowball salary with no way of doing anything about it, underperform over perform all the same rewards. Be prepared to rewind your career while your manager is underperforming, putting the pressure to manage the gap upward with false or no pretense for reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively retain your best people by offering some kind of career next hop, demonstrate something that represents opportunity/hope, reason to stay, end the churn cycle. Chop the fat, there are tons of ineffective people being propped up by a few hardcore contributors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Culture changing not for the better.

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strictly OK

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

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

    Pros

    Free time. Very laid back.

    Cons

    Very haphazard for a big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get procedures in place for smoother operation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    SOLID TEAM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    The Senior Riverbed Management Team is very solid

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    OPNET 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good technology with a good culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Culture - Great People - Outstanding Work/Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Keeps trundling along, somehow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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