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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated May 3, 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 (3)

    "Good company overall, career path not clear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company overall and market leader in ADC

    Cons

    career path is not clear, and the standard for promotion is not even across the entire organization. Pay is market level but do not expect top tier one especially when the stock price flat lined


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great products. Great talent. Weak middle management. Losing its soul."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Edmonds, WA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Edmonds, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was compelling, stock grants were appropriate, good mix of achievement and challenge, excellent products and some of the most talented engineers on the planet. Proud of my time there.

    Cons

    Middle management is aloof, mostly because they weren't brought up with F5. The influx of Cisco execs and management brings lots of talent and know-how, but they lack cultural relevance. Culture is one of the things that made F5 fantastic and it's being eroded. F5 also lacks any kind of formalized employee development program. As a result, good employees are passed over for promotion in favor of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Find your culture again. Develop your employees. Try to manage with a heart for your people rather than just from the numbers. Quit hoarding cash and invest in your business and people before it's too late.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great company but trouble seems afoot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life style balance seems up to par. Beer Fridays.

    Cons

    Conservative on budget. Seems only to care about shareholders as of late. Has tons of cash. Sees only the bottom line. Employees and managers are soloed from other groups. Mrs lack leadership training.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your team. Team build.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "The slide from great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Management Engineer II in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Product Management Engineer II in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of smart people
    Generally enjoyable co-workers
    CEO is one of the best out there
    Pay and benefits definitely compelling

    Cons

    Reorgs are terrible and frequent
    While top level management is great, bottom level is the opposite
    Decreasing work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Clean up bottom layers of management (already started, I hear)
    Stop reorging every few months, figure out what is needed for the future and do it once
    Even in growth, cling to the values that got you where you are
    Find a viable successor to John


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stable, but too big and slow and business-heavy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Stable company with amazing benefits. Being an industry leader with a positive cash flow makes this a safe and secure employer that will be around for a long time. The health care offered is absolutely top-notch with good 401k match, RSUs, and ESPP programs. There is a large and diverse range of opportunities and teams throughout the company with opportunities to move internally to other teams/groups.

    Cons

    Teams and groups within the company are incredibly siloed, which leads to a lot of "not our job" kinds of mentalities or throwing things over the wall rather than collaborating. Deadlocks or bottlenecks due to lack of collaboration are common.

    Many large projects end up with incomplete or unreasonable requirements from non-technical business people or those same people push ill-advised technology decisions onto technical people to implement that do not and cannot meet the given requirements, when the technical people would have been able to do better given well-drafted requirements and left to implement/design/choose a solution.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Fine... but in decline"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many smart people-- there is a lot to learn here
    Work/life balance is good
    Great Benefits
    Beer on Friday
    Free gym
    Free coffee/soda pop/sparkling water
    Cheap parking or fully paid bus pass
    Employee recognition trip to Hawaii for high performers
    Good place for bicyclists
    Location is near the water
    Better than amazon

    Cons

    Company is very political. The term "old boys club" fits.
    New IT upper management in the past year has resulted in morale declining rapidly. It used to be a supportive place to work but the blame game is picking up fast. Bad managers who drive away employees are kept, and good managers are leaving. Too many managers per employee.
    Management strategy seems to consists of generalized process improvement and platitudes.
    Expect to work with lots of consultants/contractors
    Fun group activities have been much less frequent since management changes.
    Commute is bad unless you live in Magnolia, Ballard or LQA.
    High expectations for new hires who end up doing fairly basic tasks.
    Hardware sales slowing and new offerings don't seem to be catching on. The Street has noticed. Stock price is down and appears stuck.
    Best company to work for ratings are the result of marketing blasts.

    Overall, it's probably as good or better than many places. The great benefits speak to that. It is sad how much the quality of work life has fallen in the past 2 years. It's like going from a Ferrari to a Ford. It is still fine, but not amazing.

    Advice to Management

    The answer to everything isn't just more process and then extra managers to dream up more process. Sometimes it is adding individual contributors.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Company but lacking support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is great, they are good to their employees. The benefits are really good and bonuses and commissions were great as well especially on my team. Beer Fridays were fun and there was always entertainment and events going on in the summer time.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional teams that were constantly undermanned and forced to get more and more revenue without more support.

    Advice to Management

    Make more time for your employees and realize that they are looking to you for advice and guidance.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "Honest advice about F5 Networks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is for the San Jose office only, and does not reflect Seattle. Also, I'm re-posting from something glassdoor had me remove cause it was too honest a few months back, so I'll try to choose my words carefully.

    - work life balance

    - decent office perks

    - location of office, short commutes

    - mostly decent people

    Advice to people looking to F5 for employment, use F5 has a stepping stone if you must, if you're a new grad try looking else where cause F5 will low ball you big time. This place is great to hibernate, collect a pay check, get really good medical benefits, and study your way into a much better company.

    Cons

    - some really terrible peers, in terms of character, lots of politics and backstabing, lots of cc with manager emails for no good reason

    - some teams over worked, 12-14 hour days

    - rhetoric of the company does not match the reality, they say one thing, but there's always an excuse to not follow through

    - People in HR / Hiring has personally told me they will bid the lowest they can go, and only recently have they starting to offer slightly more due to lack of talent / interest

    - culture is slowly degenerating due to influx of low talent hires from " surrounding " companies, you can figure it out on your own what I mean

    - nepotism is very high, growth is nearly impossible if you don't play the political game or know someone who will go to bat for you

    - middle management is often handcuffed to get the resources they need or are lied to by upper management due to politics.

    Advice to Management

    change what you do, match up what you offer and say, employees are people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Fast Moving Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at F5 Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great product, but complicated, steep learning curve. They get it that they need to diversify by adding new products, acquisitions.

    Cons

    Leadership was workaholic, not interested in any work/life balance. Quarterly beatings of non-performers in front of your peers. High stress.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are key. Invest in them.


  10. "Web Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at F5 Networks as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team
    Fantastic people
    Nice culture
    Easy to work with
    Best experience

    Cons

    Stressful work
    I was not told the reason why contract was terminated


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