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  • "Benefits are good but at at per market rate(in 178 reviews)
  • "The people are great and are happy with what they do.(in 138 reviews)
  • "Lots of interesting technical challenges and quite a good work life balance.(in 118 reviews)
  • "The culture is great at identifying (really and honestly) what the sticking points are.(in 108 reviews)
  • "The pay was good.(in 54 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
    Recommend
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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. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A failing company that wants to acquire rather than build success

    Apr 21, 2021 - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work is slow due to the political nature of every decision. Pay and benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Fat layer of middle management. Treated as cogs in a machine being reassigned as people see fit. No career growth or promotions unless you're a ladder climber attached to some Directors hip. People are hired to be "yes men" and not free thinkers.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good company

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

    - WLB - Cool leadership - Downtown Seattle - Benefits

    Cons

    - Compensation - Poor middle management

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Honest advice about F5 Networks

    Aug 28, 2015 - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    This is for the San Jose office only, and does not reflect Seattle. Also, I'm re-posting from something glassdoor had me remove cause it was too honest a few months back, so I'll try to choose my words carefully. - work life balance - decent office perks - location of office, short commutes - mostly decent people Advice to people looking to F5 for employment, use F5 has a stepping stone if you must, if you're a new grad try looking else where cause F5 will low ball you big time. This place is great to hibernate, collect a pay check, get really good medical benefits, and study your way into a much better company.

    Cons

    - some really terrible peers, in terms of character, lots of politics and backstabing, lots of cc with manager emails for no good reason - some teams over worked, 12-14 hour days - rhetoric of the company does not match the reality, they say one thing, but there's always an excuse to not follow through - People in HR / Hiring has personally told me they will bid the lowest they can go, and only recently have they starting to offer slightly more due to lack of talent / interest - culture is slowly degenerating due to influx of low talent hires from " surrounding " companies, you can figure it out on your own what I mean - nepotism is very high, growth is nearly impossible if you don't play the political game or know someone who will go to bat for you - middle management is often handcuffed to get the resources they need or are lied to by upper management due to politics.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Agree with most of the comments already posted

    Nov 3, 2013 - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Agree with most of the pros listed here: - The people at F5 are extremely talented, and fantastic to work with. - Small number of layers in the organization. Hard workers everywhere keeping everyone from feeling as though they are the only one rowing - F5 really values its engineers - Traffic handling code is amongst the most mature and interesting in the business. - Lots of latitude to work on what interests you

    Cons

    Agree with most of the cons already listed here: - F5 Struggles to keep its roots, and be open, flexible and pioneering while continually growing. - Very political upper management. Middle management does not care about employees - Salary, if negotiated well at hiring, can be competitive, otherwise you must leave the company and come back if you want to be paid fairly. The guy sitting next to you may be earning 10K more and be half as productive as you. - Growing pains right now impacting the organization can be frustrating and disruptive. - A lot of office politics in some groups, a lot of complex relationships, brothers, buddy, previous company co-workers. - Unrealistic expectations from VPs to come in evenings and weekends to meet unrealistic release goals made my management, only to cut features to make the release date. - Headquarter is located at Seattle. If you are working at their San Jose office, you will feel somewhat segregated. - Limited openness to new employees: Majority of attrition is from people who have been there less than a year. - Our stock is really hard to predict

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    7 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    It's ok

    Aug 20, 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Make some pretty good money. Benefits are pretty solid. Commute in is easy and the company comp's you for almost the entire cost of commuting. HR and CorpOps are very active promoting culture and continually enhancing the work environment. Work can be stimulating depending on who you work with and for. There are a lot of smart people to chat about various networking things with. Many people have been there 7+ years. I guess that says something about the company in general.

    Cons

    Line management really needs to be connected or else you get into situations where nobody provides any guidance. Feels like a company full of people with Asperger syndrome. Many engineers with senior titles have just been promoted from the support org; they're not trained engineers. Office feels like a bank with the outdated padded walls and individual cubes. Middle management also can stop being so insistent that you be in your chair from 9 to 5. For a place that is seriously limited in office space they should leverage remote working more often than they do.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    A very enjoyable (although sometimes frustrating) place to work.

    Jul 3, 2012 -  in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Overall, F5 is a great company to work for. Those looking for a fast-paced tech company with opportunities to move up the corporate ladder will be disappointed, while those willing to "sink in" to the culture and put there time in will appreciate the relatively laid-back environment, knowledgable coworkers, excellent work / life balance, better-than-average salaries, and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Product features obtained through acquisition have created a clear pecking order on the development side. If you're a dev looking for a chance to be recognized, the Seattle office -- specifically the BIG-IP team -- is where you want to be. If you find yourself in another office or on a team not related to BIG-IP, prepare to go unnoticed. For what it's worth, I worked on the BIG-IP team. Dev-side egos could definitely use a little reigning in, but his isn't unusual in the field. Opportunities for career advancement in product development are lacking, and the promotion process is inconsistent. There are *lots* of "old-timers" at F5. This speaks well for the work environment, but it can be frustrating watching middle-management make the same mistakes over... and over... and over again. These are smart people, but many choose to not rock the boat and simply follow the patterns established during their early days at F5.

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Terrible working conditions for some, decent for others. Sinking morale is infectious.

    Jun 4, 2013 - Senior Network Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Made good friends Nice Seattle location. Diversity in the workplace Cutting-edge technology that you may have time to explore.

    Cons

    Very political upper management. Middle management does not care about employees; they serve their masters. Extremely under-staffed in some departments. You will be worked to the breaking point. Benefits look good on paper, but in reality they are quite limited. Salary, if negotiated well at hiring, can be competitive, otherwise you must leave the company and come back if you want to be paid fairly. The guy sitting next to you may be earning 10K more and be half as productive as you. Getting anything paid for is like squeezing blood from a rock. The technical lab is a joke at this point. Hard work is rewarded with more work to do. Standards are not consistently applied. There has been very little investment in engineering. Most hiring is in sales. They cut corners now far more than any time in the past.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Best Company I've Worked For

    May 15, 2009 - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed work environment, excellent location. The knowledge exchange and learning potential is outstanding. Then there is "Beer Friday", even if one doesn't drink beer it's the principle. Every week the company says "Thanks for the hard work, have a beer on us." As a whole this is an excellent company who does a good job focusing on retaining the talent that has made them a success.

    Cons

    The company is a bit top heavy with middle management which becomes meddlesome in the pursuit of justifying their own existence.

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  11. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Run Away

    Jun 26, 2019 - Senior Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits package is very good for the most part. Flexible/Alternate work schedules and work from home are finally permitted.

    Cons

    F5 has far too many initiatives and all have unrealistic timelines and expectations. Their top performers are burnt out because F5 will not bring on adequate resources. Middle management takes on zero responsibility, yet has a control freak out whenever Agile is mentioned. There is no career path for anyone. Promotions are random and based purely on relationships not goals or performance (in spite of what the CIO openly states). If you are a woman with a strong view point, you will not be wanted in this org. Yes, they want women, but only those that fit the male ideal of what a woman says and does.

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    18 people found this review helpful
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