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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated February 17, 2019
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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Pros
  • "work life balance, good responsibilities" (in 107 reviews)

  • "Great benefits: family plans for HDHP health are at no monthly cost to the employee" (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unless you're ok with not advancing your career and nothing to add to your resume in exchange for some benefits and work/life balance flexibility" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Useless/brainless middle management and uncaring higher ups (who all seem to have absolutely no employee loyalty)" (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "PS Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "very good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    people oriented culture, great technology,

    Cons

    better strategic alignment is needed

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ambitious projects, good benefits, interesting people, cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    A lot of new people and quick growth can be unsettling or overwhelming for some.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Horrible place for women - stay away"

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    Current Employee - Technical
    Current Employee - Technical

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

    Pros

    Company seems to be doing good. OK salary.

    Cons

    Despite of all the internal marketing techniques HR is using to brand our company as a diverse and inclusive place, this company is hell on earth for women. F5 is still an old boy's club. Women have to work at least 5 times harder than a man to merely be noticed. Men putting just average effort into their job are celebrated, their accomplishments exaggerated, and easily promoted. Sexist comments and downplaying women's accomplishments is just a fact of life to most women around here, especially those of us working in a technical capacity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop those meaningless marketing campaigns, stop the lies, and do something about the big women inequality and micro-aggressions problem we have.


  5. "A lot of opportunity, struggling to find its feet"

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    Current Employee - Senior Pre-Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Pre-Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology, tons of things to do, industry standard sales plan

    Cons

    Comp plan was recently neutered, cloud strategy is still finding its feet


  6. "Great Company to work"

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

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

    Pros

    good pay and great work

    Cons

    hard to move from one team to other


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Not for individual contributors/very poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -- Great benefits: family plans for HDHP health are at no monthly cost to the employee
    -- Work/life balance: flexible schedule and ability to work from home
    -- Smart individual contributors: most of the people I work with are incredibly smart for their field and want to make improvements and take ownership

    Cons

    -- Clueless middle management: There are far too many middle managers with no experience with the teams they're managing, making it difficult for individual contributors to make any difference or own anything.
    -- Lots of politics: Making needed improvements will take at least a year and most of that will be trying to get answers and approvals. There are a lot of plans made leaving little time to get the work done. It takes half the year to make the plan so you only have half a year to execute.
    -- Management turnover: Several people have had 5+ managers in the last 5 years. When review time comes, this means you never get a full review because each time your manager hasn't had enough time with you. Which equates to very little chances of promotions or raises.
    --Management ego: Most manager I know have an ego that gets in the way of necessary cross-team collaboration and pressure to get everything done right now with no space to make sure you're doing things right. They want the credit to themselves and will sacrifice quality to get it.
    -- Sexism: If you are a woman, you will have to work at least twice as hard to prove yourself. You will have less options to advance your career and you may have to deal with sexist comments.

    All of this is bad news, especially for individual contributors. Unless you're ok with not advancing your career and nothing to add to your resume in exchange for some benefits and work/life balance flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your individual contributors to have the authority to be an owner or remove that core value. Remove the unnecessary approvals to make improvements for the customer or remove the values of obsessing over customer needs and choosing speed. Hire management with diverse background and experience with the team they're managing and experience as a manager. The culture/values look great in writing but need to be followed through to have any meaning.

  8. "Very Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great engineering culture and focus on quality.
    * Friendly and inclusive work culture.
    * Flexible working hours. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Network Support Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, benefits, and pay. Reasonable workload.

    Cons

    New CEO is not afraid to cut entire teams or offices to make company profitable.
    Top-down change coming quickly.
    Bottom-up change rather slow.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Uncertain times ahead"

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Higher than average compensation
    Still many talented individuals employed

    Cons

    Senior leadership lacks authority to make product decisions
    Employees have little opportunity for growth
    Unable to quickly pivot to new world of SDN from legacy hardware sales
    Fragmented geography of teams makes working hours difficult

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time sending emails about corporate diversity. Company is in need of innovation from within. Lead with inspiration instead of the whip. Centralize product development efforts instead of spreading them around the world.