F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
218 Reviews
4.4
218 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
John McAdam
172 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 24 reviews)

  • Very competitive salary, great benefits that challenge the huge multi-nationals (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Only con I can think of is just the growing pains of scaling from a small to a large company (in 16 reviews)

  • San Jose office depends a lot on Seattle (in 7 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 (more than an 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.  

    A great company with exceptional culture, products, management and people

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    F5 Networks is a truly global company with exceptional people. The products are great, particularly so in comparison to any competitive solutions available on the market. Based on what I've seen so far, I expect nothing but strong growth in all product fields in the future. An exceptional CEO Management approval of 97% here on glassdoor is something you also feel internally. Just listen to any John McAdams speech or comment and you'll get why everybody likes him.

    Cooperation between different company departments is very good. I highly recommend F5 Networks as a great company to work for, offering personal freedom for development and recognizing and rewarding commitment. By the way, people at F5 work hard, but they also know how to party!

    Cons

    Honestly, nothing really that I could think of. I just have to observe the 20 word minimum of glassdoor.com. Well, I'd like to highlight that everybody at F5 was very welcoming to me as a new employee, but that's just another positive aspect of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple: Please just continue in the same manner, for the benefit of the company, of our customers and that of all employees. Happy employees really make the difference. Not just a phrase here at F5.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Still a solid company, and growing, but facing challenges on execution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good management team at home office and Regional management is strong on the sales side. Strong core technologies and good foundation to add other security and network elements that should make for easier cross sell and up sell. Good benefits and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Overall marketing strategy is a bit muddled. Trying to be a security company without putting enough effort into that space to instantiate that claim despite the strength of the products (in addition to core abilities for its load balancers). Products are solid, but support on some of the core products are not where they should be for a company this mature. Sales growth, or desire to maintain it, causes changes in regional positions and inside sales efforts and focus is in need of fixing and overhaul. Pro services team is strong but understaffed and stretched. Channel program is good, but could use some tweaking on details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight on the inside sales teams. Integrate acquired solutions more deftly and in half the time it takes to do so today (which is too long). Acquire or partner with some other solutions that open new doors for F5 and ones with some track record of success that only strengthen the security and management solutions thereof. Move "partnerships" with major vendors (ergo Cisco and VM) further and faster so execution in field is in synch (faster) with the story sales is asked to spin with current product sets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company I have worked so far!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company is moving towards right strategy. Currently, best networking/security company to work for. The focus is in the right places - have a great product and have the smartest people in industry.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think so far. Career development can be challenging in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great going. Keep stock moving higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    F5 networks is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    I've been working at F5 networks for about 4 years now as a software developer and conldn't be happier about it.

    Cons

    There are occasional crunch times but what software job doesn't have crunch times? There are also periods of "feast and famine" in which sometimes there is little work to do, and others where there is tons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Louisville, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Louisville, CO (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed, but driven team and environment

    Cons

    Open floor plan makes it hard to concentrate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great team work and lively place to work wt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Insides Account Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Insides Account Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team work which colleague are friendly and the environment is familial. Intense training is provided.

    Cons

    Gossiping and rumors are spreading fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    awesome company with trustworthy and proven leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most people you will meet are smarter than you in one more more dimensions. You can learn and develop, and have fun along the way.

    Cons

    growth pain needs to be anticipated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Declining culture of once great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    work life balance
    skills development
    no one bothers you at work

    Cons

    pay is in the mid range
    constantly hiring people that were layed off from cisco to swell ranks
    no real upward mobility unless you know people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring people 45 and above, all of your younger employees are leaving or have left. half the time i have no idea how people make it past the phone screens, all of these senior people have little to no knowledge of how to actually do the job and can barely address bullet points on their resumes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    A lot of really smart people work there and you learn quite a bit.

    Free coffee

    Cons

    Too much office politics and out-of-control egos.

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