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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated December 7, 2018
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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  • "Useless/brainless middle management and uncaring higher ups (who all seem to have absolutely no employee loyalty)" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Latest changes made by upper management seem very questionable" (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "PS Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PS Consultant in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PS Consultant in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    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.


  2. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, good responsibilities

    Cons

    Liberty lake is a commute from spokane

  3. "Good work culture and nice people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1, work culture is good
    2. Talented and helpful engineers to work with
    3. Good benefits

    Cons

    1. Late to cloud market
    2. ADC market is becoming more saturated and growth of business is slowed.


  4. "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and good product.

    Cons

    Not many process and tool for employees to be productive

    Advice to Management

    Invest in internal tools.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, Smart colleagues, Good medical plan (health, dental, vision), Fair investment in employee's personal growth

    Cons

    NO Work from home, annual performance review system is flawed and doesnt reward performers, Average 401(k) 1:2 match upto 6%.

    Advice to Management

    If you cant trust your employees to work from home why hire them in the first place.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for women and minorities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Lots of job opportunities because most of the good people have left or were forced out by the new anonymous tip line.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover at the top, strategy and execution are murky at best.

    Advice to Management

    You've got a nice little cash machine there, keep it going as a long as you can.


  7. "Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely accommodating to their interns.

    Cons

    Not always a lot to do. Wish I could have learned more applications

  8. Helpful (36)

    "A slow moving trainwreck"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Relatively diverse for a tech company
    * Good work/life balance
    * Compensation and benefits are generally good
    * Core ADC market is steadily growing, despite the cloud

    Cons

    * Career prognosis depends on position in org chart. The higher up you are, the more secure you are. It's full on Game of Thrones here.
    * Teams operate independently as silos, without strong PM leadership
    * Poor technical planning. Specs are mostly absent or seriously deficient.
    * Poor learning culture
    * Actively outsourcing hundreds of jobs to India/Mexico

    Advice to Management

    Live your values.
    Be honest.

    I was a fan of the current CEO until the layoffs a couple months ago. I wasn't personally affected, but know folks that were. The execution was shameful, and they targeted layoffs based on org chart position, as opposed to evaluating skills/performance/compensation. And just to be clear, most of those positions weren't "eliminated", they were outsourced out of the US.

    Part of my beef with the layoffs is that the CEO was very clear about the India location *not* being a means for outsourcing US jobs. This turned out to be a lie.


  9. "Good entry gig"

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    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing health benefits, progressive intelligent co workers. Lots of high tech toys and technology to learn.

    Good bonus and incentive plan.

    Awesome stock options and the stock is worth a lot if you stay two+ years.

    Lots of cool security tech to learn.

    Company is moving to a big tower building next to Columbia tower by January, so commute will get better soon.

    Cons

    Company is very late the the cloud market and playing catch up. Virtual edition of Big IP was released a few years ago but should be been released 6 years ago during the cloud boom

    The current Seattle commute sucks if you’re farther south than Renton or farther north than North Gate. Also for NSE 2 role there is no current work from home option.

    Pay isn’t good for current Seattle housing/rental market if you want to support a family with 1 earner.

    Very little openings to advance at the company to tier 3 (engineering). It seems they are choosy on filling those very limited slots.

    Recently an entire east coast support office (300 employees or so) got laid off. And a new office in Mexico opened, makes sense because cheaper wages... they told us not to worry about our jobs but I’m skeptical.

    Support policies make it difficult to say no kindly to some very pushy and demanding customers that expect much more than they pay for.

    Consulting still has huge communication gaps with support, especially for large unsupported super custom setups that are essentially a giant coding project. Yet customers expect to call support and get it fixed free..

    Advice to Management

    Open up more advancement options for seasoned and qualified candidates. Don’t let skilled support staff get bored and burn out.

    Set better limits on what customers can call support for, don’t even accept calls or emails once it’s clear a large customized deployment is he problem and this setup never worked before. They need to go directly to consulting every time.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be a great company"

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    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good product, good people

    Cons

    change is the only constant

    Advice to Management

    stop changing for the sake of change