F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
253 Reviews
4.4
253 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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191 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    - Low Stress
    - Ability to leave work at work
    - Competitive Salary
    - Great benefits (including some unique ones)
    - Growing rapidly
    - Very Intelligent and helpful team members

    Cons

    *I must preface this section with the fact that all the cons are due to the rapid growth of the company and learning to scale with that growth
    - Need to hire more headcount to meet the growing work flow
    -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide a regular and scheduled trainings to employees in the technical fields

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great team work and lively place to work wt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Great team work which colleague are friendly and the environment is familial. Intense training is provided.

    Cons

    Gossiping and rumors are spreading fast in the past but those 2-3 malaysian chinese support engineers from Singapore who rumors about company internals were forced to leave since last year and now everything is back to normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad hiring cause a lot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    great work culture co-operative work force

    Cons

    open office culture is noisy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company. Period.

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Broad and expanding array of industry-leading products
    - Disciplined and profitable business model
    - Sterling balance sheet
    - Culture that encourages innovation, teamwork, critical thinking, and promotes from within

    Cons

    - Engineering might need to reign in a few maverick projects and redirect resources to some of the companies primary development efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep up the good work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great people, culture, and company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Managers are there to answer questions and help. Good compensation. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not a clear path for moving up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build career path vision for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Company is a great place to learn new products and technologies especially their security products.

    Cons

    Demanding workload. Very little work/life balance at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    People, challenging technology, benefits, treat employees well.

    Cons

    No place is perfect, but they get most things right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better long term incentives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 16 people found this helpful  

    Best Company/Culture Hands Down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, toxic Inside Sales environment

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

    I worked at F5 Networks

    Pros

    Great vision, leadership and product. Overall corporate culture and benefits.

    Cons

    Inside Sales management... Corp politics at its worst, micromanagement, too much bureaucracy, constantly changing direction on the Sales Team, lack of focus. Not only were the Inside Sales Team micromanaged on a daily basis, we also had to fill out a daily excel spreadsheet on what we were doing every hour. if that wasn't turned in at the end of every work day, we were told that we should start looking for a new job. Constant finger pointing and always under pressure to justify your job and worth. Very toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new Inside Sales Leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    F5 Networks Response

    Feb 05, 2015Director, Staffing

    The company has seen incredible growth over the last few years, with Inside Sales feeling some of those growing pains. This includes some administrative overhead that has added to their work. Sales ... More

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