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F5 Networks Overview

www.f5.com
Seattle, WA
1001 to 5000 employees
1996
Company - Public (FFIV)
Computer Hardware & Software
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Today, business is about people, applications, and the services they need to work more efficiently. F5, a global company entrusted by more than 16,000 of the world’s largest enterprises and government, develops technology solutions that keep applications running ... Read more

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Best Places to Work: 2016 (#33), 2015 (#4)

Company Updates

  • You can overcome multi-cloud challenges to deliver any app anywhere with confidence and security. Whether you’re deploying your app in a public or private cloud—using automation toolkits or containers—F5 gives you the freedom to choose the best cloud for you and your app. Check out this video to learn more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQphD

  • In the latest installment of Lightboard Lessons, F5's Devcentral's Jason Rahm covers the F5 software life cycle.

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    Lightboard Lessons: F5 software lifecycle

    In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, Jason discusses the F5 software lifecycle for BIG-IP as detailed in knowledge base article K8986. Additional Resources K5903: BIG-IP software support policy K2200: Most recent versions of F5...

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F5 Networks – Why Work For Us?


F5 develops technology that ensures businesses have secure, fast, high-performing applications that they and their customers can access at any time, on any device, from any location. As the global leader in application solutions, 48 of the Fortune 50 companies, rely on F5 to keep their applications performing. F5 products are highly programmable and integrate into any data environment. They’re also made by passionate people who work creatively to transform ideas into technology that makes our digital world run better.


Our corporate values are always top of mind. Everyday, we take initiative-with integrity and courage-to make our company better. We make thoughtful decisions quickly, execute them with intensity, and simplify where we can. Our differences- when embraced with humility and respect-drive smarter decisions, increased innovation, stronger performance, and a culture where everyone can be themselves. We value all interactions with our customers and- by partnering with them to understand and analyze their needs-we build solutions that they love. We show up as real, vulnerable, transparent human beings who speak from the heart, value others’ contributions, and invest in each other’s growth.

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EMPLOYEES' EXPERIENCES
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Challenging opportunities, competitive compensation, work-life balance, and great teammates are what put the zing in F5 life. Read what F5’ers say.

"When considering where to work, I wanted the challenge of new and exciting technologies, financial and personal reward, and a pleasant work environment. Both the salary and personal satisfaction are as they should be. And the people I work with are absolutely great team players. The fact that F5 offers its employees all sorts of training and other tools is something very precious.”
Shay, Manager, Test Engineering, Tel Aviv

"I picked F5 because I had good rapport with my manager and a good fit with the culture at F5—it is open to innovation and people get to build solutions they love.”
Dennis, Manager, Product Development, San Jose


"As a developer at F5, I have this constant sense of being at the forefront of cutting edge technologies that will make the Internet and networking experience better, faster, and more secure, for everyone. I am proud of this work.”
Julian, Senior Software Engineer, Seattle

"F5 technology really stands apart from competitors because of performance. It’s exciting to know that F5 products are at the core of technology that people use every day."
David, Manager, Test Engineer, Seattle






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Our Awards and Accolades

COMMUNITY GIVING
We treasure the communities where our employees live, work, and play. Through our corporate giving program, employees can participate in our employee matching program or organize an event to raise funds for their favorite charity. For years, we’ve sponsored the annual Bike to Work Day and rain or shine, we pedal to work alongside our neighbors and colleagues. Each spring we shake off our dust and dress in as much green as we can for The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash. This family event attracts as many as 13,000 runners and the funds we raise are directed to local organizations which provide critical services to youth in our community. Other organizations we’re proud to support have included Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mercy Corp and The American Red Cross.

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JOIN US!
F5 is looking for people with a can-do attitude and a passion for breakthrough ideas. You’d be part of a diverse and dynamic team excited to bring advanced technology solutions to our world-wide customers. See examples of the talent we’re seeking, and when you’re done apply to any one of our open positions or contact our recruiting team to discuss other opportunities.

 

PROFESSIONAL GLOBAL SERVICES
We offer a range of services that help customers use our products to their fullest capacity. Technical support, diagnostic tools, consultations, training and certification programs on F5 technology are services that help our customers maximize their investment.


Positions:
Network Support Engineers, Security Operations Analysts, Security Operations Engineers, Enterprise Account Engineers, Enterprise Network Engineers, Consultants, Field Customer Engineers, and Service Delivery Managers

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (PD)
When over 16,000 organizations trust your technology to conduct business critical functions, you feel more than a sense of pride; you feel obligated to raise the bar. F5 Product Development teams build the leading-edge technologies that solve tough performance, security, and scalability problems. Bring your knowledge of the latest protocols, application frameworks, and hardware components to our PD team.


Positions:
Architects, Principal Software Engineers, Principal System Engineers, Software Development Managers, Sr. Software Engineers, Software Engineers, Test Engineers, Lab Infrastructure Engineers, Technical Writers, and Technical Program Managers


MARKETING
F5 depends on marketing teams to keep our brand strong. Whether it’s Barcelona or Berlin, its serious business creating fun events and material that educate and build relationships with our customers, resellers and partners. Working with departments company-wide, Marketing is always on point to spot and build F5 opportunities.


Positions:
Solution Architects, Product Marketing Managers, Product Managers, Graphic Design, Copywriters, Copyeditors, Technical Writers, and Developers


SALES
Our technologies and services help customers ensure that their business applications are secure, fast, and always available. The focus of our sales team is to help customers understand their business challenges and identify which F5 solution best solves the problem.


Positions:
Territory Account Managers and Major Account Managers.



INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Much of our competitive advantage is because IT keeps their boots on the ground. By combining an array of technical skills with a high-octane work ethic, our IT team guides, supports, and implements F5’s technical direction.


Positions:
.NET or SQL Developers, Workday Systems Analysts, and QA Engineers


FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
Our Finance and Accounting team has the knowledge and experience that gives us the confidence to take opportunities that help our organization grow. Bring your talents in financial planning, revenue accounting, Oracle or data warehouses to a team committed to managing our day-to-day operations and financial strategy.


Positions
: Credit Analysis Manager, Tax Accountant,Auditors, Budget Analysts, Assistant Controller, Cost Accountant Manager, Senior Financial Analyst



To see all available positions, go to f5.com/careers.



Whether you want to win awards that cause envy, own the title ‘Rock Star’ outright, or build high-performing technology that’s used globally, at F5 it’s possible for you to design your career path.

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DO WHAT YOU DO BEST
We get that your experience and technical skills come from your passion to make things work perfectly. We also understand that talent thrives on stimulation. F5 wants your career to flourish. That’s why we promote personal responsibility and value employees for their expertise and contributions. From your first day, you’ll be inspired by exciting, new challenges, and the strong team support that helps you build momentum.

WORK ON CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY
Innovation is our strong suit. It’s reassuring to work for a profitable company whose products are used globally. With expertise ranging from algorithms to architecting data structures, our engineers and product development teams build products that solve performance, security, and scalability issues our customers face. Give yourself the best of both worlds—the excitement of working on technology that stays ahead of changing trends and the kaleidoscope of possibilities that come from working with an established industry leader.

REALIZE REWARDS
It’s an ambitious journey we’re on, building technology that keeps our digital world connected. Investing in our employee’s happiness is what enables us to build teams of smart, passionate members. F5 offers comprehensive, very competitive compensation that includes a friendly work environment, transportation stipend, and 401(k) with a generous company match. When you join F5 you’ll feel the difference your work makes and you’re rewarded—handsomely—for the contributions you make.

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F5 has offices in 20 countries. This speaks to the demand for our products, and the appreciation we have for diverse skills and perspectives. Find out more about the primary functions at these office locations and explore what’s happening in the neighboring communities around them.

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    Pros

    Great engineering culture and focus on quality. Work in complex projects that allow for creativity and custom integrations. Environment encourages you to continously do self learning of new technologies and programming languages. Great team in EMEA, everyone wants you to succeed! Managers are top! Best company and professional experience so far.

    Cons

    Rather than cons, I would call it uncertainties. With cloud architectures the Big-IP product loses some relevancy. Nevertheless competitor products are nowhere good and flexible as Big-IP

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Speed up the release of cloud products.

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F5 Networks Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at F5 Networks in March 2017.

    Interview

    I got employee referral by networking in February and had two rounds of phone/video interviews in early March. The interview was less focused on algorithm/data structure questions than other technical interviews. They asked about my past experience and resume during the interview, and not much about writing code for algorithm questions. Two weeks later the HR called me to offer the position.

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F5 Networks Awards & Accolades

  • Networking Innovation Award, SearchNetworking, 2014
  • 2013 Executive Excellence Award, Seattle Business Magazine, 2013
  • Fast Tech 25, Forbes, 2013
  • AllianceOne Partner of the Year, HP, 2013
  • The 50 Most Powerfull People in Enterprise Tech (John McAdam), Business Insider, 2013
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