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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated October 17, 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 24 reviews)

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  1. "Riverbed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great start up feel, cool company vibe, flexible on work/life balance

    Cons

    Continuous changes to the sales teams and customer coverage

    Advice to Management

    Customer relationships are paramount, ensure the sales teams keep calling on the same customers, avoid mixing up accounts and sales teams every year


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Best days are behind"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Riverbed is a great company with lots of high energy individuals.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, through the multiple acquisitions to increase the product portfolio, the company suffered.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the product portfolio so the Sales folks can concentrate on a specific market. Too many products to support right now (e.g. WAN opt, SD-WAN, APM, NPM).

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Renewal Specialist
    Former Employee - Renewal Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment, Fast paced,

    Cons

    Really nothing. It's a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "On shaky ground"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Generous benefits, convenient locations, good people.

    Cons

    Management is confused, engineering discipline is non-existent


  5. Helpful (3)

    "marketing leadership is problematic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyed working there"

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

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere. Great employees. No hidden agendas.

    Cons

    Struggling with fine-tuning their products. Outsourcing development. Experiencing growing pains. I'd still be there if they hadn't cut a couple of products.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Missing arms and legs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Escalation Engineer"

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

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    A lot to learn on a daily basis.
    Friendly team members and Manager.

    Cons

    No Job Stability as employees are laid off every year.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Annonamous"

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "On a downhill trajectory"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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