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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 12 December, 2017
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F5 Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Francois Locoh-Donou
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  • Lots of growing pains across all functional groups (in 24 reviews)

  • Drastic change of leadership causes middle management to be tactical (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Enterprise Network Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    F5 is not like other corporates. Although F5 is considered a 'big' company with 4500+ employees, the company treats their employees as if it was a startup of 20 people.
    F5 is an industry leader and hardly ever lays off people. if you're looking for job security this is the place. processes are well defined and executed.
    The work-life balance is overall very pleasing in F5.

    Cons

    Not enough innovation and employees development plans / career opportunities. company needs to be more innovative to keep up with the industry otherwise it will be left behind.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "poor local leadership and lack of strategy and vision."

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    good tech, good story and loyal customers, compensation is good and accelerators are a bonus. training is pleantifull and available.

    Cons

    completely internally focused. the number is the only thing that matters. management is short sighted and lacks creativity and leadership. channel program is lackluster at best.

    Advice to Management

    your employees are your best assets...listen to their experiences and opinions....use their knowledge to help craft and execute a plan


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Global Support Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about F5. From top ranks down, the place is fantastic to work as everyone genuinely cares about the customers and each other.

    Cons

    Compensation based on location vs. job


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  5. "Personal Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Systems Engineer - Security in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Systems Engineer - Security in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    atmosphere is great; hires the best talent available anywhere in the world; team dynamics are great and important to the company; product is market leading and well recognized; customers are happy with the product; people who stay with the company are zealots... stay here 12 months and you're an advocate

    Cons

    customer support hinders sales; sometimes working remote all the time can be challenging to learn new products or minor changes in focus; promotion within is challenging, likely the largest frustration for field staff; company is 24/7 and travel is required - although that's explained coming in, most people don't realize it... likely the biggest reason for someone leaving within a year

    Advice to Management

    continue to team build for field staff; understand career growth paths for employees and foster that to keep the talent that has been searched for so diligently


  6. "I worked at F5 Networks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and exciting product line

    Cons

    High pressure and long hours

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Work hard, play hard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    "4 Months in and very happy at F5"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great there is a strong collaboration ethic in the F5 culture . You do not have the Zero Sum Game mentality that is common at most tech companies.
    It is a smaller company so you can have a great impact in the business and feel more connected to the broader company as a whole.

    Cons

    The pay is comparable but the benefits like medical does not cover as much. Other than that no real down side so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the community feel that the company has built.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good expierience"

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    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid product to sell
    Good teamwork and dedicated people to work especially in the technical departments

    Cons

    Very bad management
    Extremely politicized environment
    Lack of any reasonable chance of promotion unless you get into politics with some exec

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the well-being of the employees and their career paths.


  10. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture, employee benefits and Leadership

    Cons

    Recent changes in executive staff, numerous... some needed

    Advice to Management

    keep communications open with the field, maintain the transparency of vision and strategy with the field


  11. "It was a good learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at F5 Networks full-time

    Pros

    -Learned a lot
    -A lot of experience in the company
    -Food and drinks in the office is a plus

    Cons

    - Older average age in the office
    - Some power politics

    Advice to Management

    Keep on evolving


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