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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated May 26, 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 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Annonamous"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life management and also flexible work life

    Cons

    The sales are not good and since the Opnet acquisition the focus has not been the same

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and concentrate on the strengths


  2. "Member Technical Staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good work-life balance.
    2. Quality of work/projects offered to engineers is improving.

    Cons

    1. Though the company has a great work culture in the US, the current crop of managers, who are incompetent and lack technical knowledge, are ruining it for everyone to ensure their own growth is smooth.
    2. No perks whatsoever.
    3. Inadequate compensation.
    4.

    Advice to Management

    1. While hiring people in management roles, evaluate their technical prowess as well.
    2. Listen to the engineers' pleas and concerns.


  3. "Great technology, no strategy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of excellent and interesting technology in digital experience management and cloud-ready network edge. Lots of smart, talented software and sales engineers in many technology domains. Some excellent sellers. Strong partner ecosystem.

    Cons

    Company strategy has not kept up with the accumulation of technical assets. Engineering time and effort is focused on rationalizing and integrating these diverse assets, but we don't have a unifying mission or direction (hint: everything we do needs either to move to the cloud or get left behind). Management seems inclined to address problems by tweaking the organization and acquiring even more new technology assets, which further amplifies the problems with focus and identity.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify our company strategy, focus all resources behind it, encourage in-house innovation to pursue it, and create a stable, safe, supportive environment to execute on it.


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    "Riverbed used to be a great place to work"

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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 previously was a company that respected the knowledge and experience of it's workforce, particularly those in the field.

    Cons

    Riverbed has become a mini-Cisco with almost the entire executive leadership and many of their direct subordinates having come from there. They are destroying the culture at Riverbed and driving people and customers away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the people that make a difference and get rid of the chaff instead of the other way around.


  6. "Good Perks and Salary"

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    Current Employee - Performance Consultant II in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Performance Consultant II in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good perks and salary. The technology is interesting. The culture is also very good, and people are willing to help you if you have a question or problem.

    Cons

    Very diverse portfolio of products, and customers sometimes expect you to know it all. This can be very stressful especially if you lack the proper training on a particular product.

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide more training opportunities to employees.


  7. "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly evolving portfolio with fast paced development

    Cons

    Small time politics at field level


  8. "Member of technical staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology leadership.
    Good salary and perks.
    San Francisco head quarters.
    Opportunities for advancement.
    Tech guided company.
    Clear company message and motivation

    Cons

    Recent lay offs and restructuring
    Most tech leaders left
    Very focused on main product range
    Unhelpful HR
    Very US focused engineering team

    Advice to Management

    Try to balance tech leadership and corporate needs.
    Invest in top quality HR representatives
    Invest in sales organisation capable of selling multiple product lines


  9. Helpful (1)

    "revenue analysis"

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    Former Employee - Revenue Analysis in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Revenue Analysis in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, 401K plan,

    Cons

    Working during weekend sometimes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Riverbed Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with there.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be good before the acquisition"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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