F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 30 January, 2015
Updated 30 January, 2015
245 Reviews
4.4
245 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
John McAdam
188 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 23 reviews)

  • Very competitive salary, great benefits that challenge the huge multi-nationals (in 22 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 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 (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. 15 people found this helpful  

    Best Company/Culture Hands Down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    There are so many pros to working at F5. I would say that the top of the list is the company culture is one of integrity, and one that values the employee as a human, not as a cog in the machine.
    The Salary and benefits are amazing. I have full family health insurance that is 100% paid by F5. I do not have $ taken out of my check for the premium. Stock grants, ESPP, 401k matching, donation matching, and vacation time are at or above what I consider standard for the Tech industry. Did I mention "Beer Friday"?
    The company is growing, and that means career opportunities are plentiful, F5 is very consciously protecting the company culture even though the company has doubled in size in less than five years. I've been at other companies where rapid growth destroyed the company culture.

    Cons

    F5 is growing at a rapid pace and some of the backend systems have yet to be upgraded. But hey if the only real pain I have to experience is struggling with an antiquated system to request PTO then I'll deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. 2 Billion here we come....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good start up feel, opportunity to grow in various directions! Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Ive noticed that depending on the manager, it can be somewhat surrounded in office politics. Also, some of the teams are also not adequately supported with enough people-forcing more over time needed to work than imagined, I hope they hire a balanced amount of workers to do the job instead of having the bare minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Great people, great products and enough opportunities to grow within the organization

    Cons

    A lot of changes, specifically on management level.

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

    Excellent company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant III
    Current Employee - Consultant III

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

    Pros

    F5 treats everyone as an adult and proactively rewards contributors. You can count on working on the cutting edge of any and all technologies in the application delivery space. Compensation is excellent and industry leading.

    Cons

    The pace of growth can be a challenge if you aren't prepared for it, otherwise it's an opportunity, as always.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. Pick someone in-house to succeed McAdam!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent Company to Work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    F5's culture is fun, competitive and rewarding to eager and passionate employees. Compensation and benefits are excellent. Industry leading, evolving- cutting edge technologies in the application delivery space keep products top of the game.

    Cons

    With growth comes change and the necessary support to fulfill this expansion both internally and externally. These growing pains are contributing to bottlenecks in processes, infrastructure and direction woes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on internal processes as a function of efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company for sales professionals!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    F5 have the best of breed technology coupled with an excellent compensation package - the perfect combination for any sales professional.

    Cons

    Sales management had changed several times, this created some instability, although this has not happened in the last 12 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay with F5 and help to create more stability for the sales teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Sensational company to work with a lot of opportunity to grow!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Lowell, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Lowell, MA (US)

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Only been working for a few months but its simply an amazing place to work at. People are immensely helpful as it takes time to learn their product. Co-workers are great and managers give you a sense of direction as to where they want you to be heading. On top of that, having Beer Fridays and occasional free food every other week just tops off the incredible work atmosphere that I love working in. Great compensation package and benefits as well

    Cons

    I really can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People to Work With

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun perks like Beer Friday and occasional free food. Great opportunies for learning new skills. Good compensation. Great work environment with great coworkers.

    Cons

    Growth has been rapid and creates more fast-paced and heavy workloads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand how heavy workloads can become and compensate hardworking employees for great effort to maintain great service to customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lowell, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lowell, MA (US)

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and it was improving each year. There were several interesting projects that I worked for.
    Smart people around. Established procedures help to avoid silly mistakes.

    Cons

    There was a big shift in the development process the old problems mostly disappeared, new problems have not appeared yet at the time when I left company. There were some downsides. but it was mostly localized into certain groups within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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