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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated March 20, 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 company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had good experience overall in the company.

    Cons

    None that I could remember


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mostly satisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of events, a good choice of projects to work on, still lots of very smart people.

    Cons

    Some key people have left recently, working hard might not be rewarded as much as would be at a start up.


  3. "Great intern experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from.
    Great environment and snacks
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Communication can be inefficient sometimes you have to actively ask for updates


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  5. "F5 Networks - Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Exec management needs to get new strategies moving fwd. quickly.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    F5 compensates their employees well.

    Cons

    never seen many politics in one roof. Everyone wants to get credit.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Quickly falling apart."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly skilled peers, excellent training options, great people. Average to above average pay and bonuses.

    Cons

    Massive influx of middle and high level management has made the company feel extraordinarily top-heavy. Many policy, culture and benefit changes have been announced in the last 6-12 months. At this time, it has been made obvious that ONLY the investors matter in the long run at the expense of customers and employees. Quality of product releases have dropped drastically.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganizations and addition of high level management can only mask the negatives for a short period.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Technically solid people

    Cons

    Lots of politics creeping in as lots of new hires are coming with political baggage.

    Advice to Management

    - Some undeserving people getting promotions raises points to bad review process.
    - Incorrect work culture is encouraged. Quality vs quantity.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, struggling to continue growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mukilteo, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mukilteo, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool technologies and great people. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Company tries hard to maintain profit margins which has meant holding back investing in the business over the past couple of years because product revenue growth has slowed. You might have great big ideas there, but getting resources and budget to actually make things happen may be wishful thinking

    Advice to Management

    Commit more resources to efforts that will drive revenue growth for the future - take a risk


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Matured company struggling to grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits even for mediocre talent. Stable company for folks who want to just do a day job and earn their pay-check. Heavily dependent on the current CEO.

    Cons

    No growth seen on horizon as it is the leader in an already matured market. Horrible acquisitions in recent history. Micro-management in certain pockets. High-level executive decisions are questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the strategy sooner than later.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Active Innovations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The pursuit of technological superiority at F5 is impressive. PM and engineering never stop to explore new and latest advancement in networking and security arena.

    Cons

    Culture is a little quiet. Need more vibrant spirits in technology communication and bring liveness into daily routines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep company synchronized to the latest development.



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