F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2020

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3.8
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
Francois Locoh-Donou
186 Ratings
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  1. "Marketing Coordinator"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can't say enough good things about working at F5. The people are amazing, work life balance is awesome, and so many opportunities to learn and grow!

    Cons

    I'd like to see more opportunities for new graduates and early career development.

  2. "'Human First' approach during tough times"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I appreciate the company's Human First approach during the pandemic. No layoffs, added benefits, increased C-level communication, etc

    Cons

    Some of the recent changes surrounding hiring and recruiting seem rushed and not very well thought out

  3. "Good place!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of fun activities. Good health insurance. Friendly environment. Good work environment (food, coffee, gym...etc) The company is changing. Therefore, more things to learn.

    Cons

    Things are moving slower. Multiple things are going on. Goals seem ambiguous.

  4. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * People-centric * Human first * Flexible/remote work options

    Cons

    * Frequent reorgs but smart about it

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company but Mixed Experiences"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in San Jose, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall, I feel the company is putting in the necessary hard work to recreate itself in a cloud world. Literally every colleague I've met has been extremely committed to their work, so I have faith this company will execute its plans successfully on a macro level.

    Cons

    Since joining, I noticed there is a rampant problem with people between sites and organizational levels making poor or expensive decisions and ignoring the consequences because they can toss them over the fence for someone else to deal with. It reminds me of an episode of King of the Hill when Kahn's father demanded Kahn use drag-and-drop to turn an analog watch into an MP3 player. Despite the great relationships I've developed here, it constantly feels like somebody external to our team is chucking immediate requirements over the fence without our approval, which is ironically the least Agile thing imaginable. In my experience, this tends to lead to conflict, long hours, burnout, and eventual turnover.

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  6. "Excellent"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and Best WLB

    Cons

    None As far as I can see

  7. "Great Place to Work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Salary, Great People

    Cons

    Some management wants "yes" men more than honesty.

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  8. COVID-19
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    "Great Company, Fun Culture & Lots of Opportunity"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many talented nice people to work with. In my experience, the culture has always been positive & cohesive. The business transformation appears to be working under Francois' leadership. Software growth is really taking off, I feel we are well positioned for the foreseeable future. The tower in Seattle is a very nice place to work.

    Cons

    As with most tech companies, there is a left leaning undertone. If you are more conservative, you'll just have to make a little effort to play along with the nonsense.

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  9. "Great company with competent leadership"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Competent leadership - Industry leader - Dedication to improving - Rich technical platforms (Big- IP, NGINX, Shape) - Hardware if that's your cup of tea - The F5 Tower is pretty cool

    Cons

    - Each team has it's quirks so choose wisely - Acquisitions (NGINX and Shape) were smart, and challenging to integrate - Lots of tribal knowledge which makes it challenging when key people leave

  10. "Sales Professional"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Client Director in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Family friendly; great work life balance; excellent leadership

    Cons

    Often different business units have differing motives

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