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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. Featured Review

    "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. "great company !!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company so far I have worked for.

    Cons

    need to catch up more with current technology.

    Advice to Management

    use your resources

  3. "ANZ management"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, strong brand, good pay package, great people and strong loyal customer base

    Cons

    Increase in competiton for core products and not enough clear focus on growing new products market. Poor local management and leadership creating bad company culture, almost every second year change in management at regional, country, state and district level with constant instability, no clear strategy with no accountability with leadership looks for scapegoats, churns & burns good talent.

    Advice to Management

    Recruite good leader and manager who can take responsibility and genuinely lead as leader by example by truly helping, support enabling teams rather scapegoating focused saving their role!


  4. "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.


  5. "Work hard, to play hard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Services Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Professional Services Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always something fun to get your mind off any road blocks incountered.

    Cons

    It can be a high stress environment if you let it.

    Advice to Management

    11 please to telecommute. Some people kids in the car for 3 1/2 hours a day, just to go be stressed out even more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging problems to solve everyday.

    Cons

    Conflicting priorities, which can be very frustrating.


  7. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior NSE in Liberty Lake, WA
    Current Employee - Senior NSE in Liberty Lake, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, constantly growing.

    Cons

    Have to relearn new tech constantly

  8. "Jo B"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Support Manager in Chertsey, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Support Manager in Chertsey, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Employee success, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence

    Cons

    Career advancement, Location, location, location


  9. "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Inside Territory Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Territory Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Great Products, Great work-life balance

    Cons

    The commute. It's a pain in the neck just getting from Elliott Bay to I-5. Hopefully we'll be much better off when we move into the new building in 2018.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great to Bad"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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