Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Riverbed is great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Great people, amazing products, amazing work culture. Great place to work for getting work-life balance.

    Cons

    None that I can think off, the only time you really appreciate working culture or people at riverbed is when you move out of riverbed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management have to really rethink how to structure the sales team to improve on the sales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    SR Manager, IT

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

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

    Pros

    Not a big company, so there are opportunities to work in multiple areas
    Open environment

    Cons

    Growth opportunity is limited
    No bonus below the level of Directors
    Few cronies of CIO in the top level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. Open environment, lots of opportunities to learn and grow

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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Encouraged to learn from colleagues
    Good mentors in the organization

    Cons

    Some product groups do not have strong leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great company. Unfortunately in a shallow market space.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - Awesome people
    - Flat hierarchy hence no fighting for promotions. People try to work together to get things done.
    - Minimal management interference
    - Tech is given the room to get the product/feature working
    - Excellent focus on developer driven quality
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Very minimal review process, almost no feedback
    - Employee levels are kept internal, its hard to say if you are doing a great job or not
    - No cash bonus
    - Flat stock price, hence no new projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Engineering culture is awesome, but need to get more projects going

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work atmosphere, good work/life balance, fair compensation, and a lot of smart engineers always willing to help if you have a problem.

    Cons

    Communication between engineering teams, and with other business teams (PM, Support) has room for improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Internship great!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Support Survey in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - Support Survey in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture was great, friendly and open. Good place to get your feet wet, since they will treat you well as an intern and give you good starter projects.

    Cons

    You can't move up if you are in the RAP program, but still great for meeting great connections and starting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Riverbed Technology Response

    Sep 30, 2014HR Recruiting

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your internship! The RAP program is a summer program offered to family members of employees to gain work experience. We do offer other ... More

  8. Strictly OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Awesome company to work for!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, Technology, Friendly people, Happy employees

    Cons

    No cash bonus, only RSUs (but very generous with RSUs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rocking!!

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

    Awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (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
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    Friendly envrionment, but company is struggling to find itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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