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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated June 27, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Great to Bad"

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

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was a supportive environment, things have changed a lot. Free drinks, stock gifting if you meet numbers

    Cons

    Too much below average middle management, case loads have probably tripled yet Customer Sat numbers have been made harder to meet. Growth has been painful as numbers have become more important than customers or employees. Very cliquey

    Advice to Management

    None, it wouldn't matter.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "From great to blah"

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    Current Employee - Network Security Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Network Security Engineer 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

    F5 game room is nice, the people are hard workers

    Cons

    The leadership has lost sight of where to go and how to lead. The new CEO is trying, but fighting against entrenched old guard who "know how it should be".

    Advice to Management

    Stop being stuck in the way it was.
    Hire more diversity... it sucks having 1 woman in a meeting of 35 people...

  3. Helpful (2)

    "American sweatshop"

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    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??


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Very good company, but not in Lowell MA"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People work hard, pay and benefits are good, but technology in my group is not interesting.

    You have to suffer seniority and internal politics

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities, meanwhile you will be out of market if staying longer.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people equally, examine compensation fairly based on their contribution to product, instead of your friendship and their loyalty


  5. Helpful (4)

    "f5 isn't what it used t be"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    f5 was built on fantastic technology and a great culture by hard working, very smart creative people. The sales organization was a self-starter, entrepreneurial, sales and prospecting focused atmosphere. f5 has generous compensation and benefit packages. The campus is beautiful with amazing waterfront views.

    Cons

    The culture has eroded over the past couple of years. The turnover rate has been disruptive and costly, especially at the executive and senior management level. Career advancement is difficult in the sales department if you are not willing to move from the Seattle area.

    Advice to Management

    Find your MOJO again! and treat your most valuable assets (your people) with care and respect.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Not many opportunities for advancement, or even lateral moves..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good medical benefits. Nice view of Elliott Bay.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to grow or move up. Applying for another job in the company can get you branded as "disloyal" to your "team" and damage your career. (It happened to me, which is why I'm back at Microsoft now.)
    Weak manager ranks. You won't be working with the best and the brightest. Retired CEO had to return when his replacement was fired by the board of directors.
    F5 is not investing in infrastructure, software, facilities.
    A significant percentage of employees don't have university degrees.; you'll be working with trade school types.
    F5 technology is still on premises when everyone is moving to the cloud.
    Confused product portfolio and roadmap.

    Advice to Management

    Enable your staff to interview for other jobs at the company without career penalty.
    Get some infrastructure in place--invest in what you have before bloating any more.
    Accept that the cloud is here to stay and you're not in the cloud yet. Keep up or become irrelevant!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Inexperienced Management"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, but no work/life balance.

    Cons

    People hired in management positions are not qualified and therefore provide little value to the company. Degrees in Psychology and Sociology provide little to no value in the technical realm.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified people with experience in the industry.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Inside Sales Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, laid back culture

    Cons

    Divesting in Inside Sales, new upper sales management leaving company feeling directionless


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits and perks all great. The company and many of the employees are big on charitable contributions and care about the community.

    Cons

    IT really frowns upon remote work, which is so surprising for a high-tech company. There were some REALLY bad managers who caused multiple good employees to leave, but even though HR and upper management was aware of the problems they did nothing. As the company grew, a lot of new management came in and the culture began to change. Less work-life balance - those putting in really long hours were the most valued. High turn-over in IT.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Outsourcing IT work"

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

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

    Pros

    The company benefits are outstanding. The work/life balance is very good.

    Cons

    f5 suffers from the fate of being a relatively small company while rapidly growing. As such they tend to cut corners to get things done quickly without considering the long term consequences. Currently they are actively outsourcing much of their IT applications work instead of using in-house talent. This is driving the in-house employees to consider seeking other employers. Also the management within the IT department is scattered. They are not interested in engaging with their employees and tend to turn a blind eye to their employees' concerns, particularly when it comes to work that has been outsourced to 3rd parties that are providing low quality results.

    Advice to Management

    Projects are important to the long term benefits for f5. Do not be swayed by outside consulting firms "slick talk". Properly assess your in-house talent and put confidence in them that they can get the work done in a timely matter and with high quality. If you eliminate roadblocks and prioritize work properly, your in house team can get the job done. If outsourcing is necessary, seek out case studies from other companies that have used the 3rd party you are planning to utilize.


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