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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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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 (1)

    "Amazing place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fall in love with this place since day 1.Open environment, everyone works hard and play hard. Really appreciate the transparency between upper mgmt and it's employees. You are working on cutting edge technology with the highest talent and brightest mind. Everyone here is friendly. (RVBD is #1 in WAN optimization as of today) Free perks and the game rooms are always a plus. Awesome location for both SF and Sunnyvale, lots of great food around the office, and Sunnyvale is moving to the brand new balling building soon. Best place to work in the valley.

    Cons

    Cannot think of anything negative about Riverbed. Work can be little fast paced at times.

    Advice to Management

    Need free Cal train passes : )


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture + great people + great products = great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Riverbed are among the best I have ever worked with. Not only is everyone bright, creative, passionate, and dedicated, but they are also incredibly welcoming and supportive. My experience has shown less politics than at other companies and more collaboration between organizations. The Technical Support organization is the exceptional.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of pressure to be at the San Francisco HQ, but the company needs to get comfortable with spreading out responsibilities and decision making to other locations as the company is growing at a fast clip. It is great that the company maintains the small company feeling, but it feels like leadership takes that for granted and they really should be nurturing that through more all hands events and touching base with every team.

    Advice to Management

    It would be extremely motivating to have Jerry hold more all hands events to rally the team and share his passion with all of us.

  3. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    - flexable work environment; interesting work
    - regular pay increases and benefits are almost 100% paid for by the company.

    Cons

    - can be long work hours for periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    For longer term staff, 3+ years, provide some sabbatical leave for reenergizing. Perhaps 30 days paid leave.


  4. "Manager at Riverbed Technology"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic environment, you are left to shine and do a GREAT job. It is a happy place to work and really enjoy my job. The compensation is above average. There are snacks and cold drinks available for everyone. A place I hope to work at for a long while. Many classes available free of charge and can be taken during work hours, I have really enjoyed these and have gained alot.

    Cons

    It is hard for me to think of any cons, except for the desks everyone is too close together and this can cause problems with privacy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same culture and keep doing what you are doing.


  5. "Inside Sales in HQ is fantastic so far"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    50% market share in primary market
    Name recognition and good customer feedback
    Competitive salary and bonus
    Friendly and communicative bosses

    Cons

    Complicated systems
    Lots of responsibilities and fast pace

    Advice to Management

    Restructure to avoid internal competition for leads and opps
    Update and rebuild salesforce, buy Chatter piece already. They brag about how tricked out their salesforce environment is, but its complicated, clunky, and overall doesn't quickly give me what I need


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, with cool technology and strong engineering teams"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    * Strong engineers
    * Great work culture
    * Two locations in the bay area for commuting convenience (SF & SV)
    * Great product portfolio to take advantage of emerging trends in Enterprise IT

    Cons

    * Salaries are about industry average rather than above
    * Occasional management missteps


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding and Frustrating at the same time -(just like everything in life)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Riverbed has a great group of people working there and you will never be bored because there is always something new happening. The work is challenging and fast-paced but you don't feel that you are the only one pulling your weight. Everyone works hard there and for the most part, there is always someone willing to pitch in. Great teamwork atmosphere as well.

    Cons

    It can sometimes seem that people who are really not doing their job, are given too many chances to improve. They will be moved to different positions or promoted, when the general consensus is they are not high caliber employees. Sometimes it seems that the company has a problem with changing course too much and following the new and shiny object. We need to stay on top but we also have to look like we have a plan.

    Advice to Management

    For the most part it is a great company to work for and this is advice may seem strange, but hold people accountable more. Define the company strategy and stick to it for more than a quarter.

  8. "Riverbed is the company that does things the right way"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineering talent; Best chance for a young engineer to develop in a stable company and yet contribute significantly to some amazing technology; Management has the right attitude to solve problems without taking shortcuts; Its a very supportive (read - "not" cut-throat) work environment which fosters personal development and learning; Career growth is almost completely (as far as realistic) determined by self-motivation; Extremely flexible and friendly work schedule - you can truly work from home or remote locations when you have/need to without worry of judgement

    Cons

    Growing pains as the company scales; Inability to stave off fancier suitors like Google/Facebook/HotStartups coz Riverbed doesn't exude the same oomph

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation;


  9. "Best company I have ever worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Member in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Member in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Riverbed provides a collegial, open, collaborative, upbeat, balanced atmosphere.

    Cons

    Riverbed is growing so fast, it's hard to keep up some times.

    Advice to Management

    This management team has worked together for years. They know how to get things done as a team. The rest of the company works well together because of the tight relationships at the executive level. Keep up the good work.


  10. "Excellent place to learn and have fun at the same time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting products and Technology, Fun place, Compensation, Team and management is open to ideas and suggestions

    Cons

    Did not come across any till now


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