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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  • The expectations for performance are very high (although they come with commensurate rewards) and work-life balance can be an issue in some roles (in 15 reviews)

  • The company is expanding so rapidly that there are some growing pains (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Jewel of a tech company in Seattle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Really good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Wonderful people. Beautiful view.

    Cons

    Seattle is raining all the time.


  3. "Excellent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer 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 opportunities to learn and work.

    Cons

    Some teams may be more task focused to complete tasks.

    Advice to Management

    As an engineering driven organization, be open to ideas from employees.


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  5. "NEO survey"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture of F5 is amazing. The staff is extremely professional, warm and welcoming and wiling to step in and help any time they are needed.

    Cons

    I have no Cons at the present time


  6. "Great company to work with that helps shaping your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Manager and Leads really helps defining your career path.
    - Ample opportunities to showcase your skill and talent.
    - New learning opportunities within the team.
    - Great support provided by your manager.
    - Great PTO plans. You get 18 PTO during your first year.
    - Competitive Salary.

    Cons

    - No open policy to work remotely. But you do get the opportunity to work remotely in case of any urgent need.

    Advice to Management

    - Please keep doing what you're presently doing and continue to support your employees the way you are currently doing.


  7. "Technology and engineering driven inside a progressive and socially mindful company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best minds in the industry. In my group, an excellent working relationship between product management and engineering allowing us to create great things together. Good work/life balance. Flexible working arrangements. Invests in people and their needs.

    Cons

    A little slow to react to the fact that we need to be more software and as-a-service first. That said, great strides are being made in this area.


  8. "Solid Engineers, Great Work-Life Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Progressive culture (teaching each other: lunch and learns, informal presentations, shared books)
    - Staying on the leading edge of the market (keeping each other informed about latest developments via email and presentations)
    - Great work-life balance
    - Free beer and wine on Fridays

    Cons

    - Tough transition to being a large company (still too much tribal knowledge, not enough processes and adherence to them)

    Advice to Management

    Synchronize the team. As we've grown quickly and internationally, we've neglected to properly keep everybody up-to-date on the company processes and shared resources.


  9. "nothing to add here, done"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good trampolin for next job

    Cons

    you will get stuck in burocracia


  10. "American sweatshop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NSE in New York, NY
    Current Employee - NSE in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    no need to list because all the big companies provide those they are not just at F5. You can learned a lot no limits on that or sky is the limit

    Cons

    it takes very long to train a new hire till they stat contribute to the work or bring something to the table. Not to mentioned that as soon as those newly trained ones get some experience and they leave the company because they almost double their salaries in other companies. it is expected it is IT security always will be in high demand.
    Very complex product nobody can make any comments on the issues because they can mean very different things depending on what modules the product has, its a real struggle for the employees that are pulled to bridge call and they have no clue what is up with the product or code.

    Advice to Management

    try to keep those new hired and trained employees it takes very long to train them and make a use out of them what is it so easy to let them go. Basically F5 is training high end security engineers for the other companies. WHY??


  11. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive direction with new CEO hire
    Concentration on security products
    Lots of great people
    Positive corporate responsibility direction

    Cons

    Growth has some challenges in terms of matrix structure of the organiza



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