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80%
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F5 Networks CEO Francois Locoh-Donou
Francois Locoh-Donou
123 Ratings
Pros
  • "They highly value work-life balance/employee morale and are quick to bring in consultants or new hires if someone becomes overloaded(in 114 reviews)

  • "Great benefits: family plans for HDHP health are at no monthly cost to the employee(in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "Company is behind the curve on the cloud(in 35 reviews)

  • "Middle management (below VP), horrendous(in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Some good, some bad"

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance (team-dependent) Generally collaborative environment Predictable work

    Cons

    Middle management is pretty incompetent Little advancement opportunity Slow to fix problematic process or strategy

    F5 Networks2019-02-21
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Don't Believe the Hype"

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      Current Employee - Cloud Architect 

      I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great market share in ADC, solid compensation.

      Cons

      Too many moving parts with technology offerings, no sales support, cloud strategy is lacking, and middle management is useless.

      Advice to Management

      Practice what you preach!

      F5 Networks2019-03-04
    • Helpful (20)

      "Not for individual contributors/very poor management"

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

      I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      -- Great benefits: family plans for HDHP health are at no monthly cost to the employee -- Work/life balance: flexible schedule and ability to work from home -- Smart individual contributors: most of the people I work with are incredibly smart for their field and want to make improvements and take ownership

      Cons

      -- Clueless middle management: There are far too many middle managers with no experience with the teams they're managing, making it difficult for individual contributors to make any difference or own anything. -- Lots of politics: Making needed improvements will take at least a year and most of that will be trying to get answers and approvals. There are a lot of plans made...

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      Advice to Management

      Allow your individual contributors to have the authority to be an owner or remove that core value. Remove the unnecessary approvals to make improvements for the customer or remove the values of obsessing over customer needs and choosing speed. Hire management with diverse background and experience with the team they're managing and experience as a manager. The culture/values look great in writing but need to be followed...

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      F5 Networks2019-01-14
    • Helpful (31)

      "Have you seen the movie "Office Space"? Yeah...its like that..."

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      Current Employee - Generic Customer Support Title Here in Seattle, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      -You will meet so many incredible and bright people working here -Pay is decent & benefits are okay

      Cons

      -The new CEO (Francois) is doing to F5 what he did to his last company (Ciena)...cutting budget, laying off entire offices and outsourcing to non US locations, cutting benefits, destroying morale. This new CEO also changed our company values from being based on work ethic/being good people to our new values about money/speed -The HR department is a joke. Remote offices dont even have HR reps. I've been groped, harassed,...

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      Advice to Management

      -Gain some integrity, and while you're at it, get a heart as well -Stop catering to suck ups -Get rid of useless middle managers who sleep at their desk all day

      F5 Networks2018-09-12
    • Helpful (5)

      "Great Company / Poor Management"

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

      I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

      Pros

      Overall, the company has a welcoming culture with a new CEO who I believe will help drive this company into success in the future. The benefits are great and the pay is decent.

      Cons

      While I can't speak to other teams, I know my team is suffering from low morale due to a lack of leadership, direction and support. Middle management issues need to be addressed.

      Advice to Management

      Own your responsibilities, address issues (stop ignoring them), learn from other successful managers, provide solutions (not just complaints), recognize your team members successes and strengths. Leverage these!

      F5 Networks2017-08-15
    • Helpful (6)

      "Great to Bad"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than 9 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.

      F5 Networks2017-06-27
    • Helpful (6)

      "Great products. Great talent. Weak middle management. Losing its soul."

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      Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Edmonds, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at F5 Networks for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Pay was compelling, stock grants were appropriate, good mix of achievement and challenge, excellent products and some of the most talented engineers on the planet. Proud of my time there.

      Cons

      Middle management is aloof, mostly because they weren't brought up with F5. The influx of Cisco execs and management brings lots of talent and know-how, but they lack cultural relevance. Culture is one of the things that made F5 fantastic and it's being eroded. F5 also lacks any kind of formalized employee development program. As a result, good employees are passed over for...

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      Advice to Management

      Find your culture again. Develop your employees. Try to manage with a heart for your people rather than just from the numbers. Quit hoarding cash and invest in your business and people before it's too late.

      F5 Networks2016-07-21
    • Helpful (4)

      "Global Account Manager"

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      Former Employee - Major Accounts Manager in Corinth, TX
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Two things I walked away with: Some of the most amazing technology on the market and some of the most incredibly intelligent people I have ever worked with throughout my career.

      Cons

      The management struggled supporting Service Providers properly and the middle management teams were a lacked in experience, knowledge and people skills.

      Advice to Management

      In effort to build long-term business success it is imperative that your leadership be goaled to do the same as opposed to changes every 6 months. It would be great to work for leaders/managers who looked more than 6 months to 1 year down the road.

      F5 Networks2016-06-28
    • Helpful (14)

      "F5 not the best place to work"

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      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 for more than 9 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...

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      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...

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      F5 Networks2015-12-24
    • Helpful (10)

      "Confused Leadership, Middle management politics in PD"

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

      I have been working at F5 Networks

      Pros

      Casual and relaxed atmosphere. Work life balance. Quarterly bonus . Awesome new CEO. Good health benefits. Excellent commute options (paid vanpool) Nice office location (Seattle)

      Cons

      Company vision and direction still evolving under new CEO. Too much confusion around product priorities Poor collaboration between different groups. Too much politics and castle building in Product Development middle management. One can grow in PD only if he actively participates in dirty politics. Top is full of old timers who have only worked in F5 all their life and most...

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      Advice to Management

      Get the product vision and direction sorted out soon, Fire unproductive middle management.

      F5 Networks2015-11-04
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