F5 Employee Reviews about "middle management"

Updated Oct 2, 2020

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  • "Great work life balance overall(in 149 reviews)

  • "Excellent company, great benefits, great leadership(in 62 reviews)

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  • "Continued issues with middle management chains not on board with changes(in 32 reviews)

  • "Huge management and upper management team that has no idea what to do(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good decors, full stack pantry, legacy work and messed up management

      Jun 12, 2020 - Software Engineer in Hyderābād
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. The company have office in skyview hyderabad building near bio diversity park, the office is quite new and the decor and office staffs are impeccable. 2. Flexi time and good wfh facilities, (its okay to take once/twice a month more than that you will get eyed by your manager). 3. Pantry is excellent all kinds of cookies, soft drinks, snacks, fruits and different variants of coffees at your disposal. 4. Some teams are doing work in bleeding edge technology. 5. One of the best paymasters in this sector. 6. Fundoo Friday - (previously known as Beer Friday) - The company shifted to new SEZ building, where alcoholic consumption is prohibited inside the building, you have to get settled with DIY indoor games every alternate fridays.

      Cons

      1. Higher Management (aka director, vp) puts no transparency in their decisions. Its put them in the bad books of the employees. Eg - There is a time when a woman put misbehaving allegations by some higher management people, they fired the woman and just poker faced the situation as nothing happened. People were left clueless. 2. Middle Management Team (aka senior managers, managers) have no power vested on them, all they do is resource allocation and convey the same messages from higher management to sub-ordinates, which is anyway conveyed over mail or townhall meetings. 3. The only time you will get recognized is in the time of appraisal and the increments are not very happening. 4. Interview standards are really low as per the salary provided. They should strengthen their hiring policy and put some regulations over the process. 5. Some teams are blessed with good work, but their product don't perform well in the market, some teams are working in boring legacy product but they are the breadearners of the company. 6. The agile manifesto - The company have invested heavily to embed SAFE practices in the company DNA. There is a whole bunch of scrum masters, who schedule/cancel meetings all day long, asks you "Do you have any blockers?" each and every day. Also draws, heavy paycheck for this.

      13 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Experience may vary greatly between departments. It all de

      Oct 2, 2020 - Quality Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great "golden handcuffs" benefits. Good work-life balance.

      Cons

      Some false representation from low and middle management up. Worktime invested just to create a soothing and convincing image. As a result, decisions made by upper mgmt are sometimes detached from reality.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Teams and Strong Leadership

      Oct 2, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits package, wonderful people. New CEO has moved F5 inline with the new market direction after its period of stagnation.

      Cons

      Continued issues with middle management chains not on board with changes. Some departments have a lack of direction and cohesion with company strategy.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Lost it charm

      Dec 9, 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good work life balance , good campus

      Cons

      worst middle management ,so many changes so often .

      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Decent Company

      Sep 13, 2019 - Systems Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is a decent company with good benefit's. Company culture has changed over the last couple of years.

      Cons

      Layers of Middle management, that at times can micro manage. Still trying to find it's self with Cloud, and loosing customer base. Not much career growth opportunities unless you want to travel. Does a quarterly survey, but not seen any action on it.

      5 people found this review helpful

      F5 Response

      Director, Employee Engagement

      Thanks for your feedback. We just had another pulse survey and the results should be available soon. I'll share your comments with the team.

    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Run Away

      Jun 26, 2019 - Senior Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits package is very good for the most part. Flexible/Alternate work schedules and work from home are finally permitted.

      Cons

      F5 has far too many initiatives and all have unrealistic timelines and expectations. Their top performers are burnt out because F5 will not bring on adequate resources. Middle management takes on zero responsibility, yet has a control freak out whenever Agile is mentioned. There is no career path for anyone. Promotions are random and based purely on relationships not goals or performance (in spite of what the CIO openly states). If you are a woman with a strong view point, you will not be wanted in this org. Yes, they want women, but only those that fit the male ideal of what a woman says and does.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A slow death

      May 10, 2019 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good compensation - Flexible working conditions

      Cons

      - Way behind on cloud with no idea how to differentiate (it might be too late) - Clueless middle management, no idea who the actual workers are and constantly rearranging the deck chairs while the ship sinks. I was there for 5 years and had new management every 12 months. - Stop paying lip service on diversity, it will only hurt in the long term and focus on solving the world's problems instead.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Goods and Bads

      Apr 14, 2019 - Project Manager in Tel Aviv-Yafo
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Salary, good benefit, technology leader, great work / life balance

      Cons

      Middle management (below VP), horrendous. A very clique company, the Israel team is based of original M&A team acquired > 10 years ago. Most development teams work together to hide caveats from upper management. Criticism is never accepted, it's my way or the highway

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      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Don't Believe the Hype

      Mar 4, 2019 - Cloud Architect 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great market share in ADC, solid compensation.

      Cons

      Too many moving parts with technology offerings, no sales support, cloud strategy is lacking, and middle management is useless.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Some good, some bad

      Feb 21, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work/life balance (team-dependent) Generally collaborative environment Predictable work

      Cons

      Middle management is pretty incompetent Little advancement opportunity Slow to fix problematic process or strategy

      4 people found this review helpful
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