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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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  • Lots of growing pains across all functional groups (in 24 reviews)

  • Drastic change of leadership causes middle management to be tactical (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Jewel of a tech company in Seattle"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many companies these days talk about employees as their greatest asset. But very few actually walk this talk, especially in the technology sector. The F5 Networks is unique because while it's wildly succesful it still treats the employees with respect, as human beings should be treated. To quote Simon Sinek, "Great companies take care of their employees, who take care of the customers, who take care of the shareholders -- so everyone wins".

    Cons

    Potential for the "Innovator's Dilemma" trap -- to remain successful in the cloud era F5 needs to innovate, disrupt itself, elevate their solutions offering and earn loyalty of the new customer personas. Fortunately the new executive leadership is doing exactly that!

    Advice to Management

    Keep reinventing the company with the sense of urgency, embrace the cloud, and promote mechanisms for rapid innovation on the customer's behalf!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "4 Months in and very happy at F5"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great there is a strong collaboration ethic in the F5 culture . You do not have the Zero Sum Game mentality that is common at most tech companies.
    It is a smaller company so you can have a great impact in the business and feel more connected to the broader company as a whole.

    Cons

    The pay is comparable but the benefits like medical does not cover as much. Other than that no real down side so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the community feel that the company has built.

  3. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great products and great culture.

    Cons

    Market is saturated and hitting revenue goals difficult


  4. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture, employee benefits and Leadership

    Cons

    Recent changes in executive staff, numerous... some needed

    Advice to Management

    keep communications open with the field, maintain the transparency of vision and strategy with the field


  5. "It was a good learning experience"

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    -Learned a lot
    -A lot of experience in the company
    -Food and drinks in the office is a plus

    Cons

    - Older average age in the office
    - Some power politics

    Advice to Management

    Keep on evolving


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Hot and cold"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Market leader and well regarded in the IT industry

    Cons

    Falling behind with Innovation and evolution from on prem to cloud

    Advice to Management

    Review performance towards metrics outward facing rather than internal facing and the company will do well again. Old timers very comfortable not wanting change and maintaining the status quo.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, okay products, behind the technology curve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance

    Good but not the best pay in the industry

    Challenging work on some projects with somewhat limited resources

    Cons

    Huge amount of turmoil in the last year due to management changes and politics. The product is very complex and hardware-centric, and the market is moving away from that toward easy to deploy cloud-based (read rent-as-you-go) services. There hasn't been significant technological innovation in that direction in three to four years (quote from the CEO). Everyone is confused about the future direction of the company and there is virtually no direction or effective leadership at present.

    There is virtually no career progression with all this turmoil, and management is least concerned with developing their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Punt the losing product lines and stop wasting resources. Go all-in with a cloud-based product line and market it to the max. Provide solid direction down the management chain. and stop the confusion. Hire some better top-level managers to stop all the turmoil.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits and they try and do the right thing

    Cons

    Too many long term employees who think what they have done in the last 15 years actually validates the next 15 years

    Advice to Management

    Shed the engineer focus and listen to the market.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Great place to work, but tough times are coming (if not already here)"

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    Former Employee - Sales Ops in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Ops in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Great people
    - Fun culture

    Cons

    The biggest con is that F5 is a dinosaur in the technology world but is stuck in denial about that fact. The world is shifting to the cloud, and while they talk a good game about making that shift, recent product development priorities say otherwise. The most recent hardware platform release was supposed to start revenue growing again, but I'd be surprised if next week's earnings report shows that to be the case. The purpose built security appliances appear to be a disaster. They saw the cloud wave coming, talked a big game like they were pivoting, but addiction to hardware margins caused them to miss it.

    The other con (closely related to the first) is that they care so much about what the Street thinks of them that every decision is a short term one to maximize the current quarter. No long term thinking or willingness to see short term pain for long term gain.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - the technology world is passing you by, and you're missing it. You talk a lot about your partner AWS and how amazing what they're doing is, yet you take none of the lessons from that success. Focus on the long term over the short term. Start product development from the customer and work backwards, not the other way around. Change is going to be painful, but as the alternative is death it's time to start putting your development efforts toward where your marketing says you are going.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Nice sallary, Great culture, Great W/L balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice sallary
    Great culture
    Great W/L balance

    Cons

    Bad management
    Managers, even inside one team, can't reconcile simple things


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