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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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4.0 164 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam

John McAdam

(134 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    A great place to learn!

    Intern - Technical (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsAs an intern, the software engineers are all very willing to help you and work with you. There is opportunity to take on different types of projects depending on your experience. Most managers are relaxed and friendly

    ConsWaterfall rather than Agile style of development... doesn't matter so much as an intern though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSmaller teams, more frequent status meetings. Try to get more of a sense of "team" rather than just folks who work on the same code and talk to each other about it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe enviroment at Sales Management team is very good everyone try to help each other.

    ConsThere is no much space to grow since the team is small and most of the decision are in USA. So from the people outside is very difficult to have a promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work if you like to travel for business; you'll see many new places. Benefits are generally good.

    ConsTraveling might reach up 90% of your time at some periods. It's not so easy to change roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent Place to Work

    Professional Services Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people around. Godd benifit , provide decent Bonus and other perks is also good.

    ConsOverseas Development group need better management.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing good work. better time managemnt

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    F5 is a great company to work for

    Development Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIn 4 years I received 3 promotions, got RSUs, and yearly salary increases. They sent me on an international all expenses paid trip with my family for doing outstanding work. My time is extremely flexible, and they pay me to ride my bike to work instead of driving.

    F5 is a company that puts some effort behind their belief that their employees matter, from very flexible about work hours, to pay, to matching 401k contributions, great health coverage, and good salary.

    Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly.

    Promotion from within is very common, and working your way up from the starting position is absolutely achievable.

    ConsBecause there are a lot of smart people, sometimes it's hard to get cross-organizational change to happen, as everyone has a good reason for their own agenda.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore cross-organizational projects with management buy-off and guidance would make this an even better place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Human Resources Professional (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsGreat product, great people, great culture and a very positive environment. People believe in the company and there is immense satisfaction. Team work, collaboration, innovation and customer focus has been the key vision for the company and every person lives by that.

    Being a part of HR it is much easier to sell the opportunity to future prospects if you believe in the company and it feels really great when they experience the same after getting here.

    Great benefits, great view, work life balance and working on the cutting edge technology. Our CEO emphasizes to work hard but not to forget to have FUN.

    Open door policy, you are allowed to speak your mind.

    ConsCompany still operates like a start up. Though it is good in a lot of ways but to be in the game we need to invest in tools and processes so that we are ahead in the game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore visibility to the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A truly outstanding company to work for.

    Web Developer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsAmazing group of people to work with. Teammates are cooperative rather than competitive. The business is growing quickly and while it has the normal growing pains leadership is aware and focused on ensuring success.

    ConsComplex and wide range of products can be confusing for new employees. Some teams are under resourced and need to grow talent at mid level management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing company, amazing work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company encourages constant learning in a fast paced environment, and has a great culture and sense of cohesion among employees. The benefits are great, the pay is great, and the work is very interesting and cutting edge. It's the best place I've ever worked!

    ConsLong hours and weekends are sometimes expected to make deadlines, but I was aware of that before working here. The large amounts of PTO and the company parties make up for this. This company's fast growth also means that some resources such as space are becoming severely limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider expanding satellite offices that are becoming a bit cramped.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Large company really trying to keep small company feel in Product Development

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsCustomer focused culture.
    Care for employees and their 'whole person', not just job performance.
    Not stingy about equipment (Apple or Windows or Linux, your choice)
    Great IT department supporting operations (not over-burdened)
    Use their own gear religiously (and it works great)
    Beer Friday's still exist and appear to be engrained tightly
    No debt.
    Lots of employee centric events.
    Charitable giving is easy and encouraged
    Meaningful work
    Great location in Seattle ... if you like water front views!
    Product Development Boot-camp and other training is available and easy to get to.
    Free refreshments
    Once a year meeting of Principal and above engineering to help align forward motion.

    ConsRight downtown Seattle ... commute issues depending on where you live.
    Getting tight on office space in various locations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStill have some work to do on refining the development process, but progress is being made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So far, so great

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsI really enjoy the "big company small feel" you get at working at F5. Even though its a global business with 4,000 employees and growing the day to day can sometimes feel almost like a startup. It's an exciting place to work. Plus there is beer in the break room fridge. I'm a pretty new here so this is a first impression.

    ConsYou can tell there are growing pains as the company does transition into that larger point in its lifecycle. Some things around the development process can be confusing and resources can be difficult to find. Overall the company is handling them well but they are there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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