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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
194 Reviews

4.2
194 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much politics between Seattle and San Jose office (in 6 reviews)

  • You can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Work hard, play hard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and exciting product line

    Cons

    There can be long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep a fun atmosphere to overcome negative aspects of long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great partnerships in staffing and recruiting!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I really like how I have a seat at the table with my hiring teams. We collaborate on recruiting topics and how to leverage our respective networks to search out for the best network engineering talent in the country. The work environment is awesome. Quick access to Elliott Bay Trail for my lunch time runs and did I mention the food trucks that stop nearby? I love food trucks.

    Cons

    My commute isn't the best. It's lengthy, but F5 provides suitable options that make it easier and affordable (flex-plan, Orca Card, cheap parking, van/carpool options, lockers/shower facility onsite if I ride a bike).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great So Far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer II in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Just started a month ago. I have been very impressed with the onboarding and benefits and general culture I've found at F5.

    Cons

    Traffic. It's a bit hard to get to during commuter hours from most anywhere outside of downtown.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company I have worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome executive leadership team, market leading technology, competitive pay/perks/benefits, and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    "Growing pains"

    I had doubts about the company last year during a difficult period, but true to their word, executive management got the company back on track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel the company is run quarter by quarter and it would be nice to see longer term plans/goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Recruiter Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter Coordinator  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Recruiter Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks as a contractor

    Pros

    -- Very supportive team
    -- High learning curve for scheduling
    -- Love HR fun meetings, great way of learning upcoming changes and be a part of it

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are awesome and supportive !
    My two cents: since it's a technical company, I advice some in-house technical training at some level to all employees even at non technical positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salaries, chance to travel all around the world.

    Cons

    tough, pressure, and no human right when you`re a sales person in China

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Products, Excellent Leadership, Wonderful people, Competitive Pay & Benefits. What else you looking for?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong technical portfolio. Working with the best and brightest on leading edge products in a growing, dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Scaling the company from $1.9 to $3B and beyond comes with growing pains

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic place to work and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong work-life balance and a desire to see growth. The culture here is fantastic and the individuals who work here have a strong desire to see the company progress. We continue to produce high quality solutions surrounded by high quality individuals.

    Cons

    Weekly commit culture can put unnecessary stress on individuals. Sometimes this pressure on a weekly basis hurts the business and creates excess pressure on certain teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reaching out to people and really listen to what's going on. I do not feel that sr. management is connected enough to the people any longer. We are growing and that distance or connection is decreasing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work good core values and direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really like the team experience. the flow of data but up and down the chain of command are clear and open. the culture is open and looking for upward mobility. Pay for the area I live in is excellent. all around a great company!

    Cons

    I don't know if this is actually a con but since we are growing by leaps and bounds finding room for everyone is getting hard, as well as figuring out the growing pains of processes of a company that is growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You Rock keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great work environment where employees are valued, that provides great compensation and benefits.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Financially successful company with compelling products that solve real customer problems.
    Investment in new product directions/acquisitions that leverages the security capabilities of the existing product.
    Stable work environment, supportive team, with relatively low turnover for the industry.

    Cons

    Decision-making can be a challenge, as new ideas/approaches are continuously entertained.
    Despite being a global organization, F5 culture is at times very Seattle-centric.

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