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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
183 Reviews

4.3
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much politics between Seattle and San Jose office (in 6 reviews)

  • You can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best. Job. Ever.

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

    Pros

    I could go on forever about the technical chops I've developed due to the never-ending assembly line of new products to learn, but what keeps me excited to be a part of team F5 is the people. From the CEO to the receptionists, everyone has a great attitude and it's a welcome change from earlier environments to work with incredibly smart yet humble and helpful coworkers. Salary/benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    Only con I can think of is just the growing pains of scaling from a small to a large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over-communicating as we grow and reorganize is preferable to silence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work

    Current Employee - Field Customer Engineer  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Field Customer Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Pros

    Give me many change to get in touch with complicated IT DC environment.

    Cons

    Too busy to have time to learn more tech.

  3.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the productive and friendly environment at F5. The level of cooperation, both intra- and inter- team, is really outstanding. While the company is growing rapidly, there is still a sense of making an impact as an individual. For many, seeing the results of the work well done helps deriving a great level of satisfaction. The compensation is competitive, the growth opportunities are plenty, the work environment is comfortable (larger working spaces, remote access, etc.) and there is a variaty of nice perks available (depending on the location). No wonder many people stick with the company for very long time.

    Cons

    Some growth pain does shows up, but that is a good problem to have. The products are large and complex, which may represent a significant challenge for the new employees. The flip side of this is that the company encourages the employees to stay longer; obviously, the management understands the cost of bringing the replacement up to speed...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I wouldn't work anywhere else

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Architect  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Architect in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    F5 has a great campus and you work with very bright and talented people. The fact that there are as many 15+ year employees at a 18 year old company is telling in itself. Great challenging and fulfilling work with great compensation and benefits don't hurt either. From the great health benefits, to the employee recognition program, to the Friday happy hours, F5 treats the employees well and it shows.

    Cons

    There are some growing pains from going from a small to medium/large company but the management is doing a fair job at handling it while maintaining the "small company" culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employee satisfaction. Salary. Technology and learning opps.

    Cons

    Slow career growth and promo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work so far...

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

    Pros

    Good management. Trust in people. Good employees to work with. Very happy, all round.

    Cons

    able to retain their market share in their core competency area., but very conservative in trying to enter into new markets, and growing into a even bigger company in terms of revenue and market cap.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great hi-tech company

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

    Pros

    Lot of cutting edge technologies. Great people.

    Cons

    Need to grow faster to accomodate all new projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A growing company with lots of opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    strong growth, industry-leading products, fun culture. F5 is right in the center of both today and tomorrow's technology. Tons of super smart people.

    Cons

    some growing pains. Sometimes explaining what we do in "non-geek" language is a challenge. Not everyone wants to read a 10-page white paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quality over quantity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Progressive

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

    Pros

    Most valuable thing for me has been the kind of work I do and the people I work with. Have to say that this place is great when it comes to these aspects. People are smart, helpful and open. This is my view of things on the engineering side. There is free flow of knowledge and an open culture.

    Compensation matches the industry.

    They don't have a cafeteria but the lunch room is filled with snacks. If you plan to work an hour or two late, grabbing a snack keeps you going.

    Management has driven the company through interesting phases and have managed to find growth. Although in its history of acquiring companies it may have faltered in one or two, but that is still good. Overall they have grown the company well (both organically and through acquisitions), and that can be seen in its stock price.

    Cons

    Tough competition. Need to constantly reinvent things.

    A lot of decisions are still wait and watch what happens with incremental investments. This gets frustrating since you need clarity and strength from leadership. Needs clear thought leadership from product management. The execution has been great so far but they need to continue doing this to keep themselves relevant.

    San Jose office depends a lot on Seattle. It works out but there is inter branch things that delay things sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take bigger risks. F5 has survived a lot of competition and come out stronger because the risks it took. You have to be more confident and take bigger risks to increase the addressable market of F5.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting place to work on the edge of new technology!

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

    Pros

    The company is growing rapidly, which presents great challenges for people who like taking companies through the maturation process. Compensation is ahead of market and work demand expectations are reasonable. Benefits are great including one high deductible plan with no employee premium payments at all. Beer Friday is a regular event that helps keep that small company feel; everyone knows your name in the game room. And don't forget the views of Elliott Bay from the three headquarters buildings!

    Cons

    Some people have been here a very long time. Although it demonstrates commitment and great environment, the challenge is that there can be some resistance to change and some people promoted ahead of their leadership abilities.

    There is some silo effect in the organization structure. Strong EVP leaders are not always unified in their vision and direction which can cause some inefficiencies.

    Very limited ability to work remotely. Company leaders are not flexible on this idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on the great culture, encourage people to be open to adapting to more mature company process and make sure the leadership is aligned on company priorities. Consider options to ease the stress of commuting by allowing trusted employees to work remotely, even if it is only on occasion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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