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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated August 9, 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)

    "Not what it once was."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Riverbed was once the best. New technology and encouraged learning. Management had the ability to inspire and support was strong.
    - Flexible working style

    Cons

    After going private Riverbed lost is't way. Not sure what they want to be or do. WAN optimization or VPN application monitoring.
    - Down sizing for financial reasons.

    Advice to Management

    - Remember what made the company successful and feed that engineer. Stay the course to success


  2. Helpful (9)

    "On the downward slide....."

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Riverbed used to be a great place to work where management appeared to care about the employees.

    Cons

    Since going private, it's become apparent that the only real concern is for the equity firm to get their money out of the company. Sales are declining, particularly for the core SteelHead products. Management, which now mostly consists of Cisco castoffs, is extremely myopic and although states new directions supporting major partners for managed services, continues to deliver products solely focused on the Enterprise which is in turn causing major revenue shortfalls with those same partners. Recent job actions (RIF) resulted in the loss of good people while many that contribute little to the company were retained.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to actually follow through with its commitments to changing the way they do business regarding major SI/SP partners. They also need to recognize that most of the new products, particularly the SD-WAN and SDP (orchestration) solutions are heavily behind the curve compared to other vendor's offering and therefore are being ignored by the same partners.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director of Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Culture, Solid Legacy Products

    Cons

    Market is disappearing, back office operational efficiency issues, channel relevancy.

    Advice to Management

    Make big investments and acquisition in SD and cloud space. Need to transition off of legacy technology quickly.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "marketing leadership is problematic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing 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

    Some great people, SF HQ is a great facility to work in

    Cons

    leadership doesn't value opinions of smart experts on their teams, people are afraid to speak openly

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experts on the teams


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Missing arms and legs"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some very talented coworkers. Core products are well defined and easily marketable. Very good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Since buying Opnet, the subsequent going private, being purchased, and then further purchasing more products that have absolutely nothing to do with the original core products that made Riverbed great, this company has been going downhill -- and fast. Multiple RIFs have occurred because the number of workers are too many for the products that Riverbed actually plans to support; Riverbed only cares about a handful of the products it owns and buys other companies to simply knock out the potential competition. As a result, the company cuts out high quality workers, some of whom have been with company for 10+ years, thereby losing some seriously valuable staff. I can only assume their motivation for doing so is because the people they acquire are less expensive to retain than some of their other other best workers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting go your best employees. Stop with the silly acquisitions and spend more on making your great products even greater, not buying out the competition.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "On a downhill trajectory"

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    Former Employee - Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a corporate job, nice perks, good work/life balance, good location.
    The technology is generally good.

    Cons

    Upper management is really disconnected from technical leadership. There is no direction and teams operate in silos rarely interacting with one another. The future of the company is all dependent upon the success of the SDWAN solution which started late and is trying to catch up to many competitors that are years ahead.
    New acquisitions are happening yearly or monthly frequent with superficial attention to how, or if, they will ever be properly assimilated.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the top layer of management with new blood who have some level of technical understanding of the products. Allow for 360 reviews of upper management by their subordinates.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be good before the acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Some flexibility to work from home
    People are generally nice

    Cons

    Management doesn't have a clear direction
    Product which was innovative a decade ago is now stagnating
    Senior people are leaving in droves. Pretty much the only ones staying are those stuck because of their H1B status.

    Advice to Management

    The company really, really needs to have a clear vision and communicate that to the troops.

    Riverbed Technology Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – VP, Recruiting and Talent

    Since going private, Riverbed has exceeded all market expectations. Our quarterly revenue target numbers where hit three quarters in a row and the service expectations of our 28,000+ customers were... More

  8. Helpful (6)

    "running a sweatshop in sunnyvale"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    free food; flexible work hours.

    Cons

    unrealistic schedules. poor architecture on the new product. used to be an engineering team that focused on very high quality products, but no longer. cram features in and worry about quality later. upper management in engineering is willing to drive their teams into the ground just so they can say they are meeting schedule.

    Advice to Management

    sell the company if you still can


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be such a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World class products, world class post sale tech support, fantastic customer satisfaction, well received technology (optimization only) which leads the market. Great market share.

    Cons

    WAY to much turnover due to the company going private last year and going thru a severe reduction in force leading to customer confusion and internal strife. No equity due to how they formatted the privatization (except execs). No celebration for new wins/logos - just another 6 figure deal, where's the next one? No care for anything except driving a number 24/7. No mid nor VP level relationships with customers. Core market shrinking, selling powerpoint slides for the rest of the products.

    Advice to Management

    At least act like you care about the people who work for you. Give employees the tools and training to become better at their given assignment rather than just say 'go do this' with no direction. Figure out a way to distribute stock - this is silicon valley which makes this imperative. Don't take people for granted - they are people not numbers. Develop at a much higher speed or lose to the competition in sdwan, monitoring, and remote storage spaces or sell them off. Do something/anything in your commitment to your channel (read 'apply some budget to activity).


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lax management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few people who know their jobs and technology they are supporting.

    Cons

    Many employees put their best foot forward and provide more than 100% of their share, however management puts a blind eye and recognizes and rewards people who are new to the organization. It appears that people who complain the most are getting recognized.

    There are also several employees whose contribution is less than 50%, however they are placed in a higher position.

    Advice to Management

    If you want transparency as you boast, recognize individuals who are providing maximum service. There is extremely low morale, however due to repercussions associated with raising an issue, many employees just work and be satisfied with their conttibutions.


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