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F5 President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Solid Company

    Aug 21, 2016 - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance Great engineers Close interaction with upper management

    Cons

    Some toggling in upper management, e.g. CEO.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good until the end

    Sep 30, 2021 - QA Engineer in Lowell, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    It was a decent place to work until the last 6 months. Or so I thought. In retrospect, I feel I stagnated quite a bit while there. It's the kind of place that can lull you into a false sense of security, and so you might be inclined to give up your professional development for such security. I would recommend picking your skillset above whatever security you think you are getting at F5 or any other large corporation. Regardless of the evenings and weekends you have offered up, in the end when you need them to be there for you the most -- they will likely let you down. If you have to work for a large corporation, make sure you stay balanced and do not give too much. Set limits and work on keeping up your skillset outside of your work obligations.

    Cons

    F5 reorganized our division in the Boston area. They began to apply unreasonable pressure on various groups. In my group we had to develop and test a new app from scratch in 6 months. Turns out they were planning to shut down our division for some time. Upper management were in the know, but none of the middle managers knew. I was the only QA for stressed out engineers trying to make unreasonable goals. During this time I had a family member who desperately needed my help, but my new manager refused to give me any time off to fly to see her. I was relieved when we were all abruptly laid off, but I can never get that time back because she died a few months later. I remain traumatized by the experience. No one should ever have to go through something like this to meet an unreasonable expectation at a company that is already planning to lay you off.

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    8 people found this review helpful
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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Good company if you prefer stability

    Jul 21, 2020 - Software Test Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Compensations and work/life balance is good

    Cons

    Too much focus on rituals and procedures instead of development and general productivity. Huge management and upper management team that has no idea what to do.

    5 people found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    was a good company, but failing quickly

    Dec 13, 2018 - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    *Excellent* benefits. With the right manager (I had one): decent feedback, comprehensive review cycles (although less frequent than I could wish), a large degree of autonomy.

    Cons

    Increasingly non-technical middle- and upper-management. Company is a walking corpse unless it can figure out relevancy in the cloud world. IT organization has excellent end-user services but is otherwise out of the stone age and the entire upper management including the CIO (Tony) needs to be replaced with people who have a modern vision and who actually understand networking, serverless, cloud, and other modern concepts. The new CISO, Mary, is an empty suit. IT has a slavish attachment to Microsoft/Azure, building servers, on-premises or slightly hybrid vs pure cloud, and mostly just wants to preserve legacy skillsets or offshore to cheap Indian employees as fast as possible. Marketing is seemingly oblivious to irrelevancy of current offerings in the cloud world; PD is aware but 3-4 years behind the curve. Sales is not well-positioned to tackle the new world as it emerges (and might get entirely left behind). F5 is becoming an Office / Office Space / Dilbert company.

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    26 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Mixed outlook

    Dec 16, 2018 - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good company with great benefits and recognition

    Cons

    Latest changes by upper management very questionable.

    4 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Engineer

    Sep 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, great coworkers

    Cons

    Not even sure where to start. This company (under John McAdams) was all about loyalty and a sense of family. That is all gone now under Francois. It is now all about outsourcing and "maintaining control". A major reason for the recent layoffs and desire to close the Lowell office was to maintain a certain margin so the board didn't gain control over the current executive staff. This company would have been much better served if the board DID take control. Upper management is in disarray. One comes to Lowell and states"there is no future for Product Development here". To have another come in and be confronted with that statement to backtrack and deny it. There is no future in Lowell. Anyone still working here should be it looking for a new opportunity before they are unceremoniously dumped. Once the current project is done, everyone will be gone.

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    18 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Software Engineer II

    Sep 27, 2018 - Software Engineer-II in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse culture, Stable work life

    Cons

    Not able to keep up with the standard competitive market pay rates, atleast not in San Jose. Not able to utilize the employees properly. Too much politics in the upper management is not allowing good projects to come to San Jose which is really pathetic

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    7 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Software Test Engineer

    Sep 18, 2018 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very good benefits including health, dental and 401K

    Cons

    Latest changes made by upper management seem very questionable. Stability has been lost.

    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    If you thrive under relentless pressure -- this is the place for you.

    Jul 28, 2018 - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You will learn a lot from very talented people. You will like your co-workers because they are genuinely decent and hard-working people.

    Cons

    Culture now promotes a cruel sweatshop work ethic. All new upper management have been brought in to drive the company into the cloud, and they have effectively manipulated the middle managers into driving their people to work unreasonably long hours. Bonus structure is dependent on this work ethic. If you don't go along with the F5 way, then you risk getting sidelined by people who don't set limits. The layoffs, in particular, have been unnecessarily cruel. People have been driven relentlessly hard before being unceremoniously laid off as part of restructuring efforts. People with 10 years of experience with F5 have been told they are laid off by phone and their personal items will be shipped to them. I have never seen a company that is doing well treat loyal and hard-working employees this poorly.

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    38 people found this review helpful
  11. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Principal Solution Engineer

    Apr 8, 2018 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good visibility and a good company to work for

    Cons

    Not much direction, upper management can be more methodical

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