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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated September 5, 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 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Nice office in SF and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Needs a new CEO and Chief Sales Officer. No bonus, no shares and low salaries.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good Products - Very Political"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good core Network Performance products with strong customer base.

    Cons

    Middle management in the wrong roles. Too much attachment to the past glory.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great product set, Great market timing BUT Uniquely unqualified sales leadership."

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    The right product set for the coming seismic shift in spending
    -EUE: Great technology, smart acquisition
    -NPM/APM- A little long in the tooth, but competitive
    -WanOp- natural flow into SDWan
    -SDWan- Late but great

    Market validated by recent acquisitions by Cisco . Customers see the value in our approach.

    Cons

    -unbelievably inept, nepotistic sales leadership who are clearly out of their depth and lack the skills to have an effective strategy to sell into nascent high growth markets with disruptive technology.
    - No real customer-focused sales strategy. A myopic focus on the Channell Partners (particularly the SI/SP) who, more often are competitors.
    -short sighted and panic-stricken sales management, with a hysteria that sets in the end of every quarter(rapidly becoming panic-stricken at the end of every week).
    -Training our customers/partners to always wait for the end of the quarter to purchase anything.
    -Destroying the future value (and revenue) of our solutions by always going to "discounts" as a strategy.
    -NOT a meritocracy (if your FOR, then quota is irrelevant). Seems we can always find a spot for a buddy somewhere inside the company if they fail in the current job.
    -No HR oversight of anything, if there even is an HR department in Riverbed is questionable
    - Ugly signs of things to come including Stealth Layoffs, Vailed threats about numbers related layoffs in the future by Sales Executives.
    -Sales Executives are completely transaction driven to the point of hobbling future deals with short-sighted panic driven behavior.
    -Completely broken process on the back end, weeks to get quotes through a broken model
    -When/If? the wheels come off the Panic Driven sales executive management will cause even more damage ( maybe even fatal) to more than just the sales force
    -Maybe this is just a way to force attrition?

    Advice to Management

    Triage before its too late!
    -Sales executive leadership is not/has not been up for the job. They are largely nepotists and agents of the status quo. Sales Executive Management seems to have no discernable plan other than survival of the cabal. The Sales management's idea of "Leadership" consists of staring at secret spreadsheets and grind the sales teams. This after years of putting unqualified old friends in critical positions. Morale is bad and is going to get far worse if nothing changes very soon. People don't quit companies, they quit managers.
    - understand that its a little different this time! Cisco is fighting for their life with SDWan. This is not the same dynamics when we introduced WanOp. Back then we were a sharp stick in the eye, now we are a dagger at their throat! We need to take that into consideration and adjust the playbook accordingly.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "You used to be great."

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Installed base from WAN Opt to sell other products to and a few customers still need WAN Opt. There are snacks at corporate.

    Cons

    WAN Opt market is shrinking. New products don't work well, management provides little to no value, and the talent pool is drastically shrinking.

    Advice to Management

    Dissolve and the company.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Its a disaster!!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was good before privatization!

    Cons

    All is lost now. Almost all the wonderful people quit after it became private. Almost everyone in the company are now new hires. Riverbed used to be know for its people, now its a mess. No stocks/options. The work is terrible. Managers and upper management could not care less. Managers do not have an even little technical knowledge. Talking to them is like talking to HR. Hard workers are not rewarded nor heard. People are least motivated. They have lost market share and competitors are doing much better. The list goes on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awful internal outdated interview process"

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    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. The internal recruiter should retire. He is stuck in the 80's. They put processes in place not to hire quality individuals, based on outdated processes that have no merit. They use a program that some recruiter put in place that justifies his job.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Run! The communication level the respect or lack there of does not exist. This is a company you did not want to work for

    Advice to Management

    Get real with yourself.

    Riverbed Technology Response

    Jan 6, 2017 – VP, Recruiting and Talent

    Riverbed aspires to provide each candidate with the most positive and seamless interview experience that we are able to provide. We hope that our Recruiting staff is most helpful throughout the... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No appreciation for the work contributed"

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Innovative Technology and building new products from ground up is exciting.

    Cons

    Politics in play! If you are not into politics you will not come out winning. Upper Management heavily believes in the concept of "perception", and the reality of matter does not carry value. No matter how great or wonderful your contribution is, it can easily be pushed aside & overlooked.

    Experiencing harassment and torture!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate the contributions of your employees. Be open minded! And not act like you know-it-all. Sitting on your high chair up above sure gives you a bird's eye view, but remember that it is indeed a bird's eye view only. Perception and Reality can differ a lot, and don't make decisions based from your view up there.

    Most importantly, do NOT torture your employees.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Workplace Review"

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    a flexible schedule and a good group of co-workers

    Cons

    Management's change of style which has caused a deterioration of morale and has gone against the previous culture of the group.
    Increasing micro management of team.
    Implementation of burdensome rules and procedures.
    Lack of respect for employees, no transparency and lack of trust of management going all the way to the VP level.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrific Company !"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great company. Lots of collaboration and teamwork. People genuinely care about each other, Upper management very sensitive to the needs of employees.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing !


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Stagnant Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Managers are so preoccupied with their own job searches, it's easy to just slack off most days.

    Cons

    IT Department is being run by a suckup left by a CIO that used to rap at her staff meetings. Yes, she would rap and lead staff in some motivational song she enjoyed torturing everyone with. She hired all her buddies from that company (Taos) and then contracted out over a million dollars in IT project work to her best friend. Yeah, that's the type of company Riverbed is now. Everybody is just there to make money for themselves and their friends. Run away if you get asked to interview at this shell of a company!!!

    Advice to Management

    It's pointless to even offer any advice.....


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