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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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  • Lots of growing pains across all functional groups (in 24 reviews)

  • Drastic change of leadership causes middle management to be tactical (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Jewel of a tech company in Seattle"

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    • 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. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture, employee benefits and Leadership

    Cons

    Recent changes in executive staff, numerous... some needed

    Advice to Management

    keep communications open with the field, maintain the transparency of vision and strategy with the field

  3. "Great place to work and learn with work-life balance"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Lowell, MA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Lowell, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and good mentors to get ramp up quickly.
    platform to learn as much as you can
    nice salary

    Cons

    No Cafeteria serving good food though


  4. "Great place, tough times."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, teams. Exposure to leading edge technologies and processes.

    Cons

    Can be exhausting. Upward mobility can be tough in certain positions.

    Advice to Management

    Survive the current struggles, reassure people, need more clarity on strategy.


  5. "Great company to work"

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Very open culture.
    2. Great people around.
    3. Innovating and broad mindset.
    5. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    1. As the company is growing the company is introducing more and more processes as part of development. It sometimes reduces delivery efficiency.


  6. "Great Company, culture and work life balance"

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    Former Intern - Information Management Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Information Management Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks as an intern

    Pros

    I loved my internship experience, the environment is very conducive to growth and learning. My manager did everything possible to ensure project success!

    Cons

    None, absolute delightful place to work for


  7. "Principal Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality software development team

    Cons

    not much innovation in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused and keep innovation

  8. "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks as an intern

    Pros

    - Incredible work ethic of employees
    - Great sense of team, and they made you feel that we were contributing to the bigger picture/bottom line (which we were)
    - Meaningful work given to interns
    - Great benefits (401k, overtime, medical/dental)
    - New CEO has clear direction for the company, clearly communicated to all employees.
    - Beer Friday's!

    Cons

    Nothing. Fantastic company, heading in the right direction.


  9. "Very good experience working with F5's project"

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    Former Freelancer - Student Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Freelancer - Student Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Super nice people to work with, my manager is helpful and patient, so as other employees.

    Cons

    Very few job openings on their website.


  10. "Senior software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work culture. Awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities over time.


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