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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. "Great culture, benefits and leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I hear many companies preach a corporate culture that is inclusive with all sorts of benefits to check off boxes, but F5 actually lives this. There are huge numbers of females in leadership roles across the whole company. There are countless opportunities from mentorship to continued education to help you be successful in your career. The benefits are unmatched with very flexible working from home options, maternity leave,...

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    Cons

    If you don't come from a tech/network security background it can be difficult to fully understand the business at first, but there are many resources made available to get up to speed.

    F5 Networks2019-04-24
  2. Helpful (7)

    "Change is coming... hopefully the good kind"

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    Current Employee - Configuration Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has good benefits and pay scale Good work life balance most of the time

    Cons

    Current employee base is running scared. Everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else to ensure that they aren't the next spotlighted employee to find the ax from the bean counters. Not a great time to be an employee, but if you can weather it, things will probably be fine.

    Advice to Management

    You've got to ensure your middle-management people are boosting moral - people are scared and need reassurance and it doesn't help that you are reprimanding people for taking PTO.

    F5 Networks2019-03-08
  3. "Great benefits; challenges migrating to a software-centric, cloud-based model"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Excellent, cost-effective health plan. Generous RSU refreshes. Reasonable salary/PTO. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Company is in the midst of figuring out how to help its customers adopt cloud-based solutions. Not much forward progress. NGINX acquisition was an excellent move. Time will tell if the company is able to capitalize.

    F5 Networks2019-03-20
  4. Helpful (7)

    "mediocre place for women"

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

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

    Pros

    work life balance. good benefits.

    Cons

    women have to work harder just to get noticed or promoted. men putting in average effort getting rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    longitudinal tracking on promotion velocity, pay, and etc for recent history and going forward.

    F5 Networks2019-03-04
  5. 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
  6. 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 leaving little time to get the work done. It...

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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
  7. "Very Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Great engineering culture and focus on quality. * Friendly and inclusive work culture. * Flexible working hours. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    F5 Networks2019-01-16
  8. "Great work life balance"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

      Pros

      work life balance, good responsibilities

      Cons

      Liberty lake is a commute from spokane

      F5 Networks2018-12-04
    • Helpful (45)

      "A slow moving trainwreck"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at F5 Networks full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      * Relatively diverse for a tech company * Good work/life balance * Compensation and benefits are generally good * Core ADC market is steadily growing, despite the cloud

      Cons

      * Career prognosis depends on position in org chart. The higher up you are, the more secure you are. It's full on Game of Thrones here. * Teams operate independently as silos, without strong PM leadership * Poor technical planning. Specs are mostly absent or seriously deficient. * Poor learning culture * Actively outsourcing hundreds of jobs to India/Mexico

      Advice to Management

      Live your values. Be honest. I was a fan of the current CEO until the layoffs a couple months ago. I wasn't personally affected, but know folks that were. The execution was shameful, and they targeted layoffs based on org chart position, as opposed to evaluating skills/performance/compensation. And just to be clear, most of those positions weren't "eliminated", they were outsourced out of the US. Part of my beef...

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      F5 Networks2018-09-09
    • Helpful (16)

      "F5 IT"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      As others have said, the pay's good, work-life-balance is pretty good, as are the benefits.

      Cons

      So yeah, the RIF sucked, but I don't fault the C-levels for it. F5 needed to start it's digital transformation years ago under the previous regime and they flitted away the time. Now a new regime is here and they have to make some major strategic changes to not be left in the dust. Are they making those changes? Who knows. I work in IT and that's the department I know so this review is just the IT department. ...

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      Advice to Management

      For Sr. leadership in IT, retire...or work at a non-high-tech company where new technology and ideas don't need to be fostered. Tony (the CIO), this includes you. You are a smart guy but this isn't the right fit for you.

      F5 Networks2018-10-10
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