Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
475 Reviews

4.2
475 Reviews
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
Jerry M. Kennelly
414 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 38 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is growing faster than its engineering process is evolving (in 12 reviews)

  • Still suffering from some growing pains from quickly expanding the workforce over the past 4 years (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Leaders in WAN optimization

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    Former Employee - Customer Facing
    Former Employee - Customer Facing

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    WAN optimization was, is, and will likely be their claim to fame for the foreseeable future. Lots of smart people floating around the place.

    Cons

    Overpaying for the OPNET acquisition will continue to put them in a precarious position to meet the demands of investors whose expectations will likely exceed the companies ability to extract value from a big bet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good culture, some home run products, others struggle in their market

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    Great management, large amount of independence, solid benefits, good compensation. The companies polices incentivize winning behavior without being overwhelmingly overbearing or encouraging cut-throat behavior.

    Cons

    The company has pressure from the financial markets to increase their growth rate and have been taken some slightly unnatural acquisition steps to achieve goals. There is currently turmoil around the company's identity and value prop

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product domain and technology, lousy management, pushing new products offshore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and domain to work in.

    Cons

    Leadership allows lousy managers to stay in place. Pushing new development offshore. They do not match well the 401K. A very low matching amount. Also, vacation max is 4 weeks. Product features are unrealistic and development time is short causing a lot of overtime to be required to make the release.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent Company, but Cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    The company generally has smart people that work. The products are good as well, but the industry is not sexy.

    Cons

    The companies has some glaring cons:

    - No annual bonuses
    - There are no clear career paths at this company and not enough emphasis on career development
    - There are some people that have been with the company from the beginning (or earlier years) that think the firm will fall apart if they are not around - very opinionated and egocentric
    - The company (management, especially) is obsessed with quarterly earnings - the executive team could do a better job at conveying the long-term vision and strategy
    - The fiscal year coincides with the calendar year, so some departments work over the Christmas holiday season (no real break, just a few days)
    - RSU compensation could be more competitive (especially given the historically low stock price)
    - The company could offer better perks, such as corporate phones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Use 2 be good. Needs some introspection

    Cons

    Environment now is poisoned with new process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introspect

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship great!

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    Current Employee - Support Survey  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Support Survey in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company culture was great, friendly and open. Good place to get your feet wet, since they will treat you well as an intern and give you good starter projects.

    Cons

    You can't move up if you are in the RAP program, but still great for meeting great connections and starting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company and good managers

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) Challenging job role
    2) Supportive (direct) superiors
    3) Flexible - allowing full creativity in execution

    Cons

    Execution in some areas needs improvement. Some geography has "top-heavy-bottom-light" hierarchy that limits growth and usually bottleneck in "bottom" level execution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Riverbed has a great work life balance, great benefits, best products in our tech space, and awesome colleagues to work with. Great and abundant professional development as well. Brand new facility in downtown SF that is spectacular.

    Cons

    Salaries here are on the smaller side compared to similar companies in the SF bay area. There has been some difficultly integrating some of our acquisitions but upper management is generally good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employee's a more competitive salary that is comparable to our competitors and this would be the best place to work ever!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very happy, will be here for awhile

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are extremely friendly. Once you understand what Riverbed is about and each product, it's very easy to see why they're great and that the company has a top of the line product platform. Very good benefits. Good work life balance. The company treats you as an adult and doesn't micro manage. Lots of resources to help you grow as an employee so that you can be the best in your role as you can possibly be.

    Cons

    None that are too bad for now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see more official processes in place. Ex: SFDC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology as an intern

    Pros

    Very smart people, lots of enthusiasm about what we do and how we do it.

    Cons

    Strong work life balance can lean too far in the life direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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