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Riverbed Technology San Francisco Reviews

Updated June 27, 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 14 reviews)

  • Like many companies of this size, there are some growing pains (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "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).


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people. Work life balance. Great location

    Cons

    The company seems to have lost its way. It was such a wonderful place and I was proud to work there, but it just can't seem to sell its new solutions.

    Advice to Management

    I wish you the best of luck.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "marketing leadership is problematic"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Annonamous"

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    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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "On a downhill trajectory"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Products - Very Political"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good core Network Performance products with strong customer base.

    Cons

    Middle management in the wrong roles. Too much attachment to the past glory.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Recruiter"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be good before the acquisition"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a great work/life balance and many great benefits

    Cons

    Senior management needs to adapt to change


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