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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated June 21, 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. "Sr. Solutions Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer, Major Accounts in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer, Major Accounts in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people that love to help you. Great benefits - best health plans I've seen. Solid company all around. I've worked for many companies including the several of the worlds largest and never been more impressed than with Riverbed.

    Cons

    No real cons, just need to continue to improve on boarding.


  2. "Member of Technical Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff 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

    Folks are very good, work atmosphere is good as well and free snacks and sometime free food is good

    Cons

    i cant think of anything major except focal since there are no stock so higher pay raises are expected

    Advice to Management

    while giving focal take into account there are no stocks so pay raise should be higher

  3. "A big small company"

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Riverbed is a growing company that is willing to venture into uncharted territory but at the same time wants to maintain its lead in the market with other products. This gives engineers a lot of opportunity to do what they like doing without the red tape that big companies require or the level of risk that small companies are exposed to. Many development groups are given a good deal of independence, but there are always a few on each team that work to integrate the product lines, too.
    Acceptable IT department.
    Responsive to employee requests.
    No skimping on the free drinks and snacks.

    Cons

    Private companies don't have a good mechanism to issue options or stocks, so the only ones with a share in the profits have been there a couple years. If that share of the company turns out to be a windfall, there could be a divide between the haves and have-nots.
    IT is actually better at Riverbed than nearly every company I've worked at (6), but it still is tedious. Often the laptops issued to employees are last years models and the support for OS X is pitiful (i.e., still using Office 2012).

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to invest in new products even if some of them fail. Don't live and die by ebidta alone.


  4. "Great and technically interesting environment to work in."

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

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

    Pros

    * Productive but low-stress environment.
    * Good management that I respect.
    * I do a lot of design and coding.
    * Flat organizational structure.
    * Agile development process.
    * Generous benefits.

    Cons

    In the transition from a more waterfall process to Agile, QA at Riverbed is going through some growing pains as teams integrate QA. QA is seen as valuable and they add great benefit to the organization, but integrating them with development in a collaborative way is taking time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue integrating QA as a part of the development process.


  5. "Riverbed still a great place to work even after all the chages"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Still a great open work environment, laid back and working in great technology. Going private was bumpy as usual but Riverbed still has great Engineering and technology. A lot of people left and but many of them (including myself) came back after working on startups and other technology companies.
    Riverbed started being more pro-active with career paths, mentoring and training.

    Cons

    Lost all of the previous incentives like ESPP and nothing was implemented to replace it so far.

    Advice to Management

    Replace some of lost monetary incentives


  6. "Ideals of Silicon Valley Still Alive Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Assistance Center in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Assistance Center in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am doing support where there is a real appreciation of work and life balance not usually seen in support. they have their processes worked out and you can walk out after your shift guilt free, and encouraged to. A lot of great team building and spirit stuff and a really good product. CEO is a real person who spends time with his people, very old school valley entrepreneur who believes in his people.

    Cons

    Privately owned so no stock options or share ownership scheme but all the other benefits are just great.

    Advice to Management

    If it does go public, I hope it stays the same personality and culture it has now.


  7. "Awesome place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, great health benefits, easy access to top management.

    Cons

    Lots of work, which is better than the converse.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more R&D into SteelHead usability

  8. "Riverbed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive culture, great work environment, flexible work locations.

    Cons

    Still operates as a startup. Internal processes could use improvement,


  9. "The Best company to work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    we're treated like family, good work / life balance.

    Cons

    can't think of any thing that we are not doing. .

    Advice to Management

    stay the course you are doing a great job!


  10. "Flexibility, opportunity and amazing colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Riverbed offers great opportunities for advancement based on merit, and the politics is relatively minimal given the growth through multiple acquisitions. There are great benefits for health, dental, vision, and on-site yoga, professional espresso machine, etc. Riverbed offers access to career advancement training, freedom to use the latest Macs and PCs, and BYOD for mobile. The company is transitioning to being more agile, and is trying to reuse more technology across teams. Jerry is a great CEO and cares for all employees, and values engineers highly. Decisions are communicated effectively, and internal marketing has done a great job.

    Cons

    Riverbed, as a private company, doesn't have the same ESPP options it had when public. The growth through acquisition shows challenges to get some groups to work together, but that has shown recent improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize collaboration of BUs from top to bottom (product management as well as engineering). Prioritize SteelCentral and SteelHead collaboration efforts.


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