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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Riverbed Technology Chairman and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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  • work/life balance is not super great (in 14 reviews)

  • Like many companies of this size, there are some growing pains (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Need fresh blood and ideas"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Contrary to popular beliefs, the move to SaaS applications and direct-to-net provide great opportunities for Riverbed.

    Solid technologies that, if applied correctly, could make the company great again.

    Cons

    Disproportionate amount of resources allocated to the SteelConnect product while the product only brings in a tiny fraction of the revenue.

    For a company of this size, there's far too much politics involved.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the myopic view of betting everything in SDWAN. While SDWAN is important, there are other products in the portfolio that could be generating a lot more money for Riverbed. Also, consider a change in personnel when things are not moving in the right direction.

    Cut the red tape and allow the company to truly innovate once again.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Direct Channels Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Director for Global SI/SP Channe; L in Rochester, NH
    Current Employee - Engineering Director for Global SI/SP Channe; L in Rochester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging, Large and diverse portfolio, dynamic environment, great people, good combination of company size not too big but not too small

    Cons

    Not ready for services creation, the business is run by the business units, portfolio is geared to end customer but no consideration for the partner, private company with no transparency to limited stock program

    Advice to Management

    transparency is the value of any stocks, difficult to recruit and retain talent when there is no insight to the value of stock options. Career pathing especially for channels engineers is very limited. Channels poorly treated and considered

  3. "Used to be a great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. 401K partial matching.

    Cons

    No bonus after it went private.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good space, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Managment turnover and lack of market awareness

    Advice to Management

    TBD


  5. "Tech Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work & life balance

    Cons

    increasing market share with riverbed products

    Advice to Management

    Hire people at senior levels who could bring products that aligned to market/industry trends and customer needs.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great work- life balance. But that depends on the team
    - Very friendly people
    - No politics crap.
    - The company is small enough you feel you make an impact

    Cons

    - I've been with the company for 5 years and can't think of any. Feeling blessed every day to be working here.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing comes to mind at the moment


  7. "IT was a great ride"

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Some managers empowered their employees to succeed.

    Cons

    Mix of Sr Management talent - some had the title on the job for some affected morale

    Advice to Management

    Hire management who really care about their employees

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Headed in the wrong direction"

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks, work from home as needed

    Cons

    Market they do well is shrinking, becoming obsolete with cloud computing. New directions pursing not executed well, traction questionable


  9. Helpful (7)

    "You can do better than this depressing fallen star"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance
    Genteel nature of office / co-worker relationships

    Cons

    Lacks strategy
    In a funk - can't figure out how to grow
    Poor ethics - treats employees like cattle

    Advice to Management

    Riverbed was a great place to work when we were on a growth trajectory in the WAN optimization space. The only problem is that was a decade ago....

    And then the Internet happened.

    Since then, Riverbed has been dabbling in SD-WAN and doing things like acquiring WiFi companies and trying to glue that story onto SD-WAN ---- as if somehow that is going to turbocharge growth.

    I won't get into here, but I saw some serious ethnical violations in my last few years at Riverbed - especially after Thoma Bravo bought it and revenue targets were missed by an ever increasing margin .... run --- don't walk from this place. You can do WAY BETTER.


  10. "Love Riverbed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, open door policy, senior management are a pleasure to work for

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind right now


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