F5 Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2021

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F5 President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
Francois Locoh-Donou
281 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance overall(in 149 reviews)

  • "Excellent company, great benefits, great leadership(in 62 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Continued issues with middle management chains not on board with changes(in 32 reviews)

  • "Huge management and upper management team that has no idea what to do(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      great place to work

      Jun 10, 2021 - Associate Solutions Engineer First Year in Reston, VA
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      Pros

      great company with a lot of resources to help you self develop. amazing culture.

      Cons

      lot of middle management but overall not a big deal

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Kind company, not all rowing in the same direction with regard to product design strategy.

      Jun 1, 2021 - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      They support their employees and treat them like humans. Very caring response to Covid. They don't support A**holes in the company which removes a lot of the toxic nature you get from tech companies. The leadership truly appears to care about human health. Have strong market strategy that they are clear on articulating. Though don't seem to have clear plan of how to deliver the product portfolio vision for that market strategy.

      Cons

      - unclear on their product portfolio architectural strategy - not a lot of strong architectural vision in any department - no clear plan of how to get decision alignment. so departments silo up in order to make local decisions and move faster. - Quality of work comes second to volume of work. - live and die by heroics by individual contributors.

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Interesting on Paper, Execution Needs Lots of Work

      Jun 7, 2021 - Enterprise Account Executive in San Jose, CA
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      Pros

      - Great work/life balance is possible at F5. 4 to 5 weeks of vacation depending on tenure. - Stock is running for the first time in a long-time and seems steady up near $200. Employees with existing stock grants are making actual money on them for the first time in a while! - Generally pays at the top end of market rate for sales positions (not above market rate though)

      Cons

      - Existing middle management has proven incapable of executing on the majority of the company's long-term initiatives. Running theme across all of these reviews and very true. - Nobody seems to actually own projects "soup to nuts" at F5. Everyone managing large internal projects passes any questions around like a hot potato hoping someone else will deal with it. - Front-line sales teams and customers are rarely consulted about changes within the org or products. It's kind of incredible to watch unused products continue to get tons of resources while some of the most leveraged extensions and platforms have a hard time getting any engineering resources for political reasons or because those products were more sponsored by sales engineering, not traditional PM. - F5 is virtually irrelevant in cloud software accounts, some of the largest and most lucrative app delivery and security opps out there. Management continues to use the same tired hardware sales tactics in a new world where they need to solution sell, be a good partner, and bring in the open source guys in the NGINX BU to salvage some of these relationships. They tend to wait until business is already lost and/or the customer is in an exasperated, antagonized state before picking up the phone. - The Big-IP product organization is somehow going downhill despite many leadership shake-ups to try to course correct. Seems like product is being driven by confused engineers in other parts of the world because US-based product leadership has not been able to provide direction. This has led to incredibly buggy, CVE ridden code releases that are only further exasperating cloud customers who are constantly beholden to up-time SLA's with their own customers. - Hardware reps are leading relationships as the company switches to software. This will not work and is already presenting major issues. It's also a huge waste of money. - Completely inept at executing any business through existing vendor relationships. F5 continues to grow and is starting to sign sizable cloud software contracts for a variety of use cases internally. The companies buyers are totally incapable of putting pressure on these orgs to leverage or to continue to leverage our enterprise products in their delivery/security stacks though. Generally seems like F5 is taken advantage of more often than not and management who isn't directly responsible for closing business has a hard time understanding how business is done this way in other organizations. Seems like folks are very uncomfortable having a conversation that places value on F5's products with our own vendors who could consume. This makes selling on the west coast that much more challenging as vendors and relationships have to be large enough to get CEO escalation before real progress is potentially made. -Sometimes it's not who you hire, it's who you don't fire. And F5 HR basically doesn't leave room for folks to get fired, even when very necessary. - Enterprise sales is beyond homogenous. Everyone looks like they were in the same frat in college and just graduated a few years apart.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Wonderful Place to Work

      Jun 2, 2021 - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Great colleagues, human-first culture, amazing diversity & inclusion trainings, good work/life balance, wonderful benefits

      Cons

      sometimes communication between teams could be better

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Can be great depending on manager

      Jun 15, 2021 - Global Services Lab Engineer in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Great opportunity to learn anything and everything, flexible work hours.

      Cons

      The commute and required on-call and after-hours availability. Job happiness really comes down to your direct report.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Don't Join Marketing / Customer Experience

      May 26, 2021 - Marketing Program Manager in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Company has good benefits, values, and legacy culture (mostly by team). Stock grants are usually generous for high-performers and two-year quarterly vesting cycle is sweet.

      Cons

      Marketing org has been overrun by CMO's hires and friends (usually under qualified), creating a toxic environment and inability to advance for those not in the "inner circle." Ever changing goals make success impossible and direction/decisions often come from the top down without any input. Disconnect between leadership and the ones actually doing the work has resulted in a lot of departures lately.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Going to be the great company in future

      May 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Company really cares for its employees Number of initiatives have been helpful Monthly wellness day off and zoom out days are great initiative Overall technology stack is really relevant and lot of opportunities to learn

      Cons

      Many small companies were acquired in past 2 years These companies have their own culture and its not exactly F5 culture Expectations are really not clear from the start

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      F5

      May 23, 2021 - Executive in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Excellent human first, family like culture

      Cons

      Multiple priorities within transformation impact some teams' work life balance

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Strong company going through significant transition

      Jun 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Great leadership w/ amazing balance sheet

      Cons

      F5 leaders haven't met a business tactic they don't fall in love with.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good company

      Jun 9, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      - WLB - Cool leadership - Downtown Seattle - Benefits

      Cons

      - Compensation - Poor middle management

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