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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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  • "Drastic change of leadership causes middle management to be tactical" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Some toggling in upper management, e" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent but tense"

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    You'll work with some of the finest minds in the industry
    Committed to employee benefits and making the most of their time
    Good tech gear to do your job with
    Bicycle friendly, on site showers, active in the community

    Cons

    The market can muddle managements predictions and schedules
    While the CEO outlook is good there was a lot of turnover there recently.

  3. "Senior Technical Trainer"

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, excellent benefits

    Cons

    I haven't seen any problem so far.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Dinosaurs and Vultures"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, great benefits, internal transfer options.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics among middle and upper management as well as between development teams and architects. Everything is bottlenecked by one or two people up the chain who want full control of what is being built and how it's built, even if it's not their area of expertise.

    The company has an old mentality of measuring hard work by number of people in their cubicles instead of amount of work delivered. Middle management has no leadership qualities and has to rely on micro-managing. This results in a general disdain and distrust for allowing remote work.

    Advice to Management

    Find the bottlenecks and get rid of them. Hire top talent and trust them to do their jobs. Allow flexible working conditions and build a healthier culture around trust, respect and delivery.


  5. "Lots of Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great organization with a high interest in growth and bringing in good people.

    Cons

    So much leadership change makes it tough to focus on longer term personal growth. Very high workloads in certain parts of the organization.


  6. "Good Company to work"

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Product is very strategic in network, customers love it, overall very good employees

    Cons

    engineering focused company, now its changing


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Overall fine, high-performers are punished by carrying dead weight without many career advancement opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation
    World-class product
    high-performing stock
    Cool office space

    Cons

    Not a lot of top-cover when dealing with aggressive [mean] personalities
    Bloated management layer, not enough "doers"

    Advice to Management

    You could probably cut middle management by a third and have it have no impact at all on company performance

  8. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks!

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for internal advancement


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away...no direction...no employee loyalty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Health benefits for the most part.

    Cons

    Read the most recent reviews. Management has no employee loyalty, especially NA Consulting team.

    Advice to Management

    Get some integrity and look after your employees.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    They take care of their employees. Great benefits and work environment!

    Cons

    Communication from Senior Execs and employees could be improved

    Advice to Management

    Share the view of the future


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