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F5 Networks Seattle Reviews

Updated December 4, 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

    Helpful (3)

    "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 (1)

    "4 Months in and very happy at F5"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great there is a strong collaboration ethic in the F5 culture . You do not have the Zero Sum Game mentality that is common at most tech companies.
    It is a smaller company so you can have a great impact in the business and feel more connected to the broader company as a whole.

    Cons

    The pay is comparable but the benefits like medical does not cover as much. Other than that no real down side so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the community feel that the company has built.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "Great place to work, but tough times are coming (if not already here)"

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    Former Employee - Sales Ops in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Ops in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Great people
    - Fun culture

    Cons

    The biggest con is that F5 is a dinosaur in the technology world but is stuck in denial about that fact. The world is shifting to the cloud, and while they talk a good game about making that shift, recent product development priorities say otherwise. The most recent hardware platform release was supposed to start revenue growing again, but I'd be surprised if next week's earnings report shows that to be the case. The purpose built security appliances appear to be a disaster. They saw the cloud wave coming, talked a big game like they were pivoting, but addiction to hardware margins caused them to miss it.

    The other con (closely related to the first) is that they care so much about what the Street thinks of them that every decision is a short term one to maximize the current quarter. No long term thinking or willingness to see short term pain for long term gain.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - the technology world is passing you by, and you're missing it. You talk a lot about your partner AWS and how amazing what they're doing is, yet you take none of the lessons from that success. Focus on the long term over the short term. Start product development from the customer and work backwards, not the other way around. Change is going to be painful, but as the alternative is death it's time to start putting your development efforts toward where your marketing says you are going.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "goodbye F5"

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

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

    Pros

    good benefit, stock unit and espp

    Cons

    not much chance for career growth


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work but suffers from unstable management and priorities"

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    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the culture are the best things about F5.

    Cons

    Management is constantly changing and priorities are constantly shifting.

    Advice to Management

    Stick around for a while before trying to make changes, and focus on enabling and investing in your own employees.


  7. "Excellent growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing coworkers, compelling work.

    Cons

    Parts are still in an infant/incubatory phase. Really not a con, but still a ways to go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in new business prospects. I'm really impressed with Francois!

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, Uncertain Quality in Management, Lacks Moving Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked at F5 for almost 4 years, great experience with the teams/ people I've worked with. Benefits are also excellent, and competitive pay. Work life balance is good too.

    Cons

    Not many, but i do believe your experience at a company relies heavily on the type of manager you work for. Even after numerous complaints about said manager, nothing drastic was done to alleviate the situation. Of course every team is different, just make sure to vet out the type of manager you want before joining a team. Also moving up was difficult unless in a higher role within a team.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your employees and their feedback regarding person or persons. It's not just to complain but a real issue that needs to be addressed.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "they dont recognize your job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good manage and free food at the office

    Cons

    the dont recognize your job and eventually they will tell you good bye


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