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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated July 23, 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)

  • Lots of growing pains across all functional groups (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Jewel of a tech company in Seattle"

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    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. Helpful (7)

    "Painful and extremely difficult to work cross-functionally."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel for the business. Needs of the business dictated travel (approved by management) to Asia and Europe. Some time available for sightseeing.

    Cons

    Very difficult to impossible to work collaboratively / cross-functionally. Most employees were only willing to work as a team when it was absolutely necesssary.

    Advice to Management

    Create an effective feedback system to really listen to employee concerns. For example, have the opportunity for "skip level", confidential meetings with a persons amnagers manager.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Good company but .."

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

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

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchens in HQ. decent work life balance. Generally smart people around. Too many team lunches, events and team meetings.

    Cons

    Poor and mismanaged engineering systems. Management stays miles away from ground realities.
    Build system is pathetic. Releases are prolonged because of poor planning. Lack of communication between teams outside the HQ. micro management is prominent in my team. Lately, the standards of hiring have dropped and some poor engineers and managers have come in. Such people make it tough for interested and smart employees to do their best work.

    Advice to Management

    Show slight interest in technical aspects of the work. Plan releases better and invest time in improving the stupid internal engineering systems. Increase compensation to match other companies in the area.


  4. Helpful (18)

    "where cronyism reigns"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good technology, in the right market place

    Cons

    politics, politics, cronyism, cronyism.
    talent, contribution and excellence mean little. it is all about relationships and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    root out long timers who are there only for the money. they don't work, they dont let others work they are all about favors and cronyism


  5. Helpful (12)

    "F5 not the best place to work"

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Gym :: good coworkers::Job security - nobody is fired :::

    Cons

    Too much politics ::: nobody is ever fired no matter how incompetent: :: lack of good management; middle management is filled with yes men (and women) ::: Lowball salary offers ::: Lack of training ::: few growth opportunities ::: 18 months until you get a spot in the garage ::: horrible parking otherwise::: horrible commute ::: not much to eat nearby ::: dangerous parking lot ::: no game room ::: voted best to work based on email blasts to marketing and sales employees, while others are too busy working to care::: work/life balance is inconsistent between groups ::: good 'ol boy network is strong ::: company values brown-nosing over competence ::: engineering building lacks adequate restroom facilities (imagine going up and downstairs and across the campus just to find a stall) ::: horrible new "open" spaces where you cannot concentrate without headphones - collaboration was killed with this new waste of company money ::: support engineers forced to work without lights, under some terrible managers ::: extremely high cost of living ::: traffic is a mess and is about to get much worse with 2 huge companies moving closeby. F5 is very inconveniently located as nobody can live nearby with the miniscule salaries they pay and it can take an hour just to get i5 . :::: Much happens in secret at F5.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing the CEO to resign for "personal conduct reasons" was probably a good start (so long has his parachute was not too golden), but a lot of incompetence must still have to go::: ::: Focus on product quality ::: Fire underperformers ::: increase pay ::: :: Sales is all about revenue instead of profit - it is OK to fire customers that cost more than they are worth. ::: Let people work at home. Spend more money on employees. Listen to employees and do not force them to work for incompetent managers. Competition brings out the best in the best people; it is OK to encourage it a little. Getting along versus getting it done seems to be the F5 culture. It has worked so far, I suppose.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Very political company for its' size."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    The compensation is OK and is slightly higher than some of its competitors.
    There are good snacks in the kitchen. The product is interesting.

    Cons

    Non existent HR policies. The HR is more like a bullying organization to
    keep people silent despite management abuse.
    Very bad treatment of employees by the management. It is a very political organization. In fact I would say
    this is one of the most political companies for the size.
    There is mistrust between Seattle and San Jose employees.

    Advice to Management

    No advice can be given to redeem this management that is corrupted at every level.
    The only reason people stick around is for the temporary gratification of a few extra bucks.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Non Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newman Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newman Lake, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Pay is the reason why I stayed

    Cons

    nepotism and narcissism is rampant ; If you have not been in the .com world do not invest your career with this company

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not a good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nothing really comes up for any pros

    Cons

    Second class citizen if you are not at headquarter
    Kiss-up managers, try to micro-manage but have little technical skills


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible management"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, still leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Sales management has been bad for past 3 years and I think the new leadership is making it worst.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Principal engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    More than 40% market share.

    Cons

    Ship ship ship mentality with crucial quality decisions made by non technical managers (their goal being to just keep their superiors happy - only manage up). Such choices are driven by senior leadership (VP level) which is willing to cut any corners to just "win" over other peers in Seattle. Culture of this place has gone down substantially. Most new hires are from "surrounding" big companies (think networking behemoth) , where they can find management that stays quiet and is totally non-ambitious. Morale is very low. Manager quality is completely dismal. A lot of people have left because they were wronged and did not align with bad decisions. It doesn't matter how long you work here, you cannot build a career at this place. Instead go work for another big company that pays better.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the incompetent and incapable management. They have made themselves comfortable here by being extremely political. If you loose a lot of talent, F5 won't maintain its leadership in its product line.


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