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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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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. "Compensation does not jive with revenue"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    It may have been great place to work, but it is now same as any other average technology company.

    Cons

    Organization has started to get TOP HEAVY. For deferred compensation, there is no match with the Actual Revenue. Though announcements are made saying that revenue is greater than 10% from the same time 2016 quarter, deferred compensation is actually less than the same period last year. It is very discouraging given the fact that organization has gotten TOP HEAVY.

    Advice to Management

    Please look out for your people or it will continue to be a REVOLVING DOOR.


  2. "Individual contributor"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, freedom to chose work, complete ownership and execute things on your own

    Cons

    Benefits such as mobile, broadband reimbursement not provided.

  3. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    young and active engineering environment, including the management team. Diversified team that can bring every one together

    Cons

    some technologies are pretty old, and the process took some time too, although it didn't affect the productivity.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "It was a great place to work. No longer."

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and a great location.

    Cons

    Management lost direction and brought in a bunch of vipers.

    Advice to Management

    Jerry should quit.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Direct Channels Engineering"

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    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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away!!"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wan optimization product and vision on SD-WAN, even if not supported by a real mature enterprise ready product portfolio

    Cons

    EMEA and South Europe management need a more solid guidance. Shows lack of capabilities to drive the company consistently in order to deliver results. People satisfaction is very low and it will impact Customers very soon. Hire and fire attitude with respect for people

    Advice to Management

    Refresh COO, think to EMEA strategy, count on local teams and bring the Company towards a more bright and brillant future. The product message is good on the paper while the execution is the worst ever.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Run as fast as you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good.
    Great technology.

    Cons

    Ethics is a huge problem as long as you're dealing with that.
    Definitely not a problem at Riverbed as they are treating their employees like cheap furniture.
    Their strategy is weak. They had a great oppotunity with WanOp but SD-WAN is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    None, 0, they're too smart.


  10. "Great technolgy and innovative solutions"

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

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

    Pros

    Tomorrow's technology available today. Addressing spot-on the customers needs.

    Cons

    Management philosophy needs to move away from transactional business and box selling and move into account management and longer-term horizon thinking to build and nourish customer relationships

    Advice to Management

    Look at the "Cons". Need to live by letting your sales teams work on account management and selling solutions. This is time-consuming, but rewarding in the end. Need to move away from constant box-pushing focus and mandate your sales teams to deliver on their annual budgets, not the monthly quarterly hassle.


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