Riverbed Technology

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Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated 12 November, 2014
Updated 12 November, 2014
497 Reviews
4.2
497 Reviews
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
Jerry M. Kennelly
430 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 44 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 27 reviews)


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

  • Growing pains associated with transforming sales team to a multi-product solution sales team (in 21 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 (more than an 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.  

    Decent and stable place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    - Practically 0 office politics.
    - Extremely good HR and immigration benefits (the former OPNET paid for everything).
    - Loose hierarchy, informal relationships with superiors.

    Cons

    - Not in an exciting field. Opportunities are limited.
    - Many of OPNET products are legacy and work in a sandbox like environment. Still no services offered in cloud.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great technology and company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SEM
    Current Employee - SEM

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Pros

    great technical team including SEs+GCEs. Open arms environment between techies.

    Cons

    big challenge to integrate networking, NPM, APM mentality of Sales reps/SEs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retention/payrise system has to be more clear and flexible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Riverbed

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The facilities are nice and so is the location (although I prefer our old 199 Fremont location). Snacks in the breakroom is also a plus.

    Cons

    Like any place of employment, some people are great to work with, others not so much. Working here has its ups and downs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with very smart and interesting people and excellent products that actually work.

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Riverbed is a great place to work. Hard working people who are very open and friendly. Work/life balance is good. Products work extremely well and generally people are very happy here.

    Cons

    Currently undergoing many changes and company is at an inflection point. Concerns over losing good people during such fluctuations due to market pressures.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unstable environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Medical benefits, brand name,leave policies,maternity and paternity leave benefits are decent compared to other companies

    Cons

    1. Unstable job environment. Regular layoffs due to company not performing well
    2. No growth within the company
    3. Extremely volatile environment especially in APJ, bad,in human management...busy chucking employees every quarter
    4. Dying technology. SteelHeads used to be great...they are not needed now in cloud computing era...performance monitoring solutions are nice nut the company lacks employees who could show value in them to the prospect.
    5. Hiring anyone and then firing later realizing that the employees has no potential...why hire people not suited for the job
    6. Live in the fear of loosing your job. Performance doesnt matter...especially on APJ...
    7. ANZ not doing great...which is overall bad for APJ because major slice of the business comes from Australia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either close the company or otherwose give your employees a good and secure environment to work...failure of caompany in wall street is because of YOU...not becuase of your employees...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and vision, needs improvement on execution

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bethesda, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Great technology and vision for where the IT industry is going. A lot of smart, driven people to work with. Everyone works hard to make IT better for our customers and works in a collaborative environment for the benefit of our customers and bottom-line revenue.

    Cons

    The leadership is slow to execute their vision and communicate it through the ranks in order to get momentum for important initiatives. This is particularly prevalent in product roadmaps and marketing execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicating initiatives down through all levels of the company is important to ensure the great culture and to enable execution on the vision for the company. There are many times our own internal policies and processes are more of a roadblock than external industry forces.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology

    Pros

    There are some really talented people at Riverbed who truly believe in the value of the solutions offered. Great team work, and an over all great solution set.

    Cons

    Limited communication down through the ranks. Executive staff are great about the overall company, but regional and local management leave much to be desired in terms of communication.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly people and plenty of things to do

    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Member of Technical Staff) in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Member of Technical Staff) in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on diverse technologies, relatively low process overhead for product development. Good work-life balance possible.

    Cons

    Chilly office, long term vision for our bit of the company not entirely clear

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)

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

    Pros

    Great products and a great team - tremendous support and culture

    Cons

    company growth started reducing some of the pros outlined above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admittedly hard - try and preserve as much of the energy as enthusiasm as the early days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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