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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. "Great networking company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Number one player in their market

    Cons

    Getting bigger and more political


  2. "Decent company if you get in a good team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people to work with, perks are nice.

    Cons

    Bad management, most people who leave F5 is due to poor management.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome culture"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The absence of ego means you can get stuff done here, work across groups, meet with different levels of leaders and get decisions made

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a low tolerance for risk that means it can be hard to push new ideas through or to try new ways of doing things

    Advice to Management

    Find the balance of protecting what makes F5 great from the past while allowing new ideas or ways of doing things to occur


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  5. "Within a year"

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

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

    Pros

    Good company. Growing with a stable engine of LTM and DNS. Strategy are nice and market oriented. Aggressive approach to security filed.

    Cons

    Small in scale. Systems are restructuring. People are growing up with a big company culture. Changing field of focus lacks of experienced and knowledgable personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Product positioning beyond traffic management is blur. Lack of experienced personnel to drive new segment and new products.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "F5 Networks -- The diamond still in the rough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    F5 is a successful mid-size enterprise offering sought after solutions for secure application delivery. They boast highly skilled and experiences professionals throughout the world working within development, research, sales and more. Their product mix is exciting - with cloud, security, network solutions.

    Cons

    F5 has become a culture of nepotism and nefarious behavior that is driven from and rewarded by those in powerful positions. Several leaders exhibit hostile behaviour towards others within their organization or beyond. Hostility is generally used as a means to get what wants in terms of power, practice, policies or plans. If you are thinking of being a part of the team outside of sales, and do not tend to fit into the "old boy's environments" common in tech, look elsewhere. No matter what you do or how good you may be, or what you achieve for F5, you will never be allowed to fit in -- and that alone will make your experience very uncomfortable. Leadership also tends to insert itself where its not needed creating confusion and polarizing teams. I have never worked in such a more hostile, stressful environment before. The good people are smothered by the bad.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat all employees as if they are valued.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Security Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome pay matched with great benefits. F5 is a great place to work. With respect for individual and culture, you get to work with the brightest minds of the word.

    Cons

    Nothing i could think of


  8. "Healthy place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is valued;
    Teams are kind, helpful, and respectful.
    We are a diverse bunch.
    Our work is challenging but the product is satisfying.

    Cons

    I'm just a junior software engineer but I honestly cannot think of any.


  9. "F5 is the most employee-friendly place I've ever worked."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    F5 has excellent pay, perks, and benefits. Work culture is inclusive, respectful, and values input from all levels. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    F5 can be very bureaucratic, and has fumbled through reorgs in recent years. Work culture in the non-technical departments is less favorable.

    Advice to Management

    Communication of company direction, relative to the market or to internal affairs, needs to be prompt, clear, and authoritative. Recent indecision in upper management has resulted in a substantial increase in political maneuvering at lower levels, which does not benefit the company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    From the from the board of directors to the CEO on down the culture at F5 values employees. This culture is evident in high moral among co-workers and an extremely low turn over rate. With over 20 years in the tech industry F5 is the best company I have ever worked for by far.

    Cons

    The only con is the continued questions surrounding the rumors that there is interest in F5 Networks being acquired. Nobody who works at F5 wants this to happen as they like how the company is run now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing your employees and they will in turn continue taking care of customers and make them happy.


  11. "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaboration is encouraged and opinions are valued in my business unit.

    Cons

    Some long term employees in leadership roles prevent the company from utilizing better ways of doing things brought in by newer employees.



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