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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
220 Reviews
4.4
220 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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173 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keeping a good work/life balance is not penalized, even implicitly (in 24 reviews)

  • Very competitive salary, great benefits that challenge the huge multi-nationals (in 24 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 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A really great company to work for in the software and networking industry!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Chertsey, England
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Chertsey, England

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A fast growing company which is very successful in the networking industry. F5 is evolving fast and will continue to go from strength to strength. If you want to work for a company that has a strong vision, determination and direction and successfully competes with other networking giants then work for F5. The culture of the company is very calm, supportive and mature with excellent senior leadership.

    Cons

    You need a positive, proactive and mature attitude to succeed in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is evolving fast be open to positive suggestions and look for strengths within internal staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company in transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support Function in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Support Function in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great people, good products, good partner landscape, good benefits

    Cons

    Under-resourced if you're not in sales, starting to get 'large corporate' feel - and not in a good way. pressurized, sometimes uncompromising, emergence of 'busy' people looking for ways to score points with senior management whilst undermining colleagues and creating an overall unpleasant culture of success at 'all costs'. People taking credit and aligning with other peoples work and then doing a full 360 back when the project isn't a success.
    Because of low resource, EMEA heads do lots of business travel - they put you in cattle class for long-haul (no exceptions) and insist that you fly easyjet, ryanair and low cost airlines from ridiculous airports at ridiculous times in order to save costs which compounds your misery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with your employee's
    Stop the manifestation of point scoring/finger pointing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Balance of work with home life

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Negotiable flexible work hours and friendly atmosphere which makes one feel welcome. Very multicultural and inclusive. Opportunities for career growth as company is expanding.

    Cons

    Hiring process is long so might need to wait it out. Entry positions sometimes do not renumerate at the same rate as competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    a lot confusion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NSE in Chertsey, England
    Current Employee - NSE in Chertsey, England

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -nice technology and opportunity to learn a lot
    -chance to see a company that is doing well finally
    -many interesting people to meet
    -if you can play politic you can definitely success there
    -good benefits

    Cons

    -they don't focus on employees. they don't care if you stay with them or not
    -overall communication with management is terrible. There are some 1st level mgmt that are fine but majority of them are only interested in their own carrier and bonuses
    -commuting to chertsay is really bad
    -there are really nice people who work there but because work balance is bad you don't have a chance to socialize
    -stats driven environment; a lot of politic
    -came to Glassdoor because I'm looking for a new job. seeing so many high positive review about the company I'm very suspicious that many of these can be fakes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -listen to your employees
    -stats are not the only way to evaluate employee; when they speak listen to them instead of criticize
    -it is nice to see that a company grows and have money but you are not sharing this with everyone

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Network Security Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Chertsey, England
    Former Employee - Network Security Engineer in Chertsey, England

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

    Pros

    - it was definitely a nice place 3-5 years ago
    - if you are coming from outside you have a chance to negotiate something
    - if you are a beginner you are going to learn a lot of nice networking stuff, but you will learn this as well as by any other company

    Cons

    - if you are experienced stay away from NSE and even ENE roles
    - if you agree to work as ENE you work for 60h and more. As there are very few account managers and technical account managers you are going to deal with a lot of not technical issues
    - the company has to changed internal hireing politic and they hire now a lot technically 'weak' NSE's. This means that ENE have a lot of job that were done before
    - support is visible as a worst place in the whole company
    - no matter how hard you work you are visible as a support tech and have no chance for anything else in the company
    - they rather higher people from outside than work, educate and promote its own personel
    - often an arrogance from lower to higher managers. You are there to do the work and any kind of complains that there is too few people and too much work is visible as a weakness.
    - people who got some luck (read connections, etc..) have no respect to others
    - you are seen in the company as an an employee and individual depending on the position you agreed to work on
    - it is expected that once accepted the NSE position you are going to do the job for 3 years and not even a day less. Should you complain during this time you can forget of any kind of progress and carrier at the company
    - in the EMEA there is noting than the Support and Professional services. If you see your self as an engineer with ambition to write code/scripts if needed forget about the NSE job.
    - They are going to deal with a lot of manual and not automated work. A work that either the managers failed to do right from processes point of view or techicaly it is something that no one wants to do
    - as the company roles out new products the NSE job became more and more about educating customers where to click on the GUI and what snat automap is etc.
    - a lot of good people have never been recognized and the tendency is rather to look for other jobs than to go for the extra mile and work for the company. At the end of the day you know you are not going to be payed or promoted for this
    - the internal tools are of low quialit (the still use a 7 years old php script to managed the lab)
    - team work doesn't matter. What matters are your stats. You are as good as your stats are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - move managers who have zero empathy away from managing your teams
    - be smart and know who are the best performers in the team. Stats are not always the only way to find this out
    - handle your people with respect, it is not only a tech fault that a customer get upset. This is a failure and lack of support structure in the EMEA region.
    - stop pretending that everything is ok and everyone is happy. Ask for honest feedback in an anonymous way and build motivated, team driven collaboration between the people
    - work recognition and bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chertsey, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chertsey, England

    I have been working at F5 Networks

    Pros

    A very positive, happy environment, mainly because the company is doing so well al over the world, but also because they seem to be hiring some good people.

    Cons

    The UK HQ is in a bit of a backwater, hard to get to and its poor style gives the wrong impression of a very good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a bit more money on presentation and style. Considering they lead the market they could also do with some advertising to raise the profile.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company with exceptional culture, products, management and people

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

    I have been working at F5 Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    F5 Networks is a truly global company with exceptional people. The products are great, particularly so in comparison to any competitive solutions available on the market. Based on what I've seen so far, I expect nothing but strong growth in all product fields in the future. An exceptional CEO Management approval of 97% here on glassdoor is something you also feel internally. Just listen to any John McAdams speech or comment and you'll get why everybody likes him.

    Cooperation between different company departments is very good. I highly recommend F5 Networks as a great company to work for, offering personal freedom for development and recognizing and rewarding commitment. By the way, people at F5 work hard, but they also know how to party!

    Cons

    Honestly, nothing really that I could think of. I just have to observe the 20 word minimum of glassdoor.com. Well, I'd like to highlight that everybody at F5 was very welcoming to me as a new employee, but that's just another positive aspect of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple: Please just continue in the same manner, for the benefit of the company, of our customers and that of all employees. Happy employees really make the difference. Not just a phrase here at F5.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great workplace to grow

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Constantly innovating and gaining foothold in the market

    Cons

    Wide variety of skills thus hiring is very tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    across region policies

    Recommends
  10.  

    Still a solid company, and growing, but facing challenges on execution

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good management team at home office and Regional management is strong on the sales side. Strong core technologies and good foundation to add other security and network elements that should make for easier cross sell and up sell. Good benefits and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Overall marketing strategy is a bit muddled. Trying to be a security company without putting enough effort into that space to instantiate that claim despite the strength of the products (in addition to core abilities for its load balancers). Products are solid, but support on some of the core products are not where they should be for a company this mature. Sales growth, or desire to maintain it, causes changes in regional positions and inside sales efforts and focus is in need of fixing and overhaul. Pro services team is strong but understaffed and stretched. Channel program is good, but could use some tweaking on details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight on the inside sales teams. Integrate acquired solutions more deftly and in half the time it takes to do so today (which is too long). Acquire or partner with some other solutions that open new doors for F5 and ones with some track record of success that only strengthen the security and management solutions thereof. Move "partnerships" with major vendors (ergo Cisco and VM) further and faster so execution in field is in synch (faster) with the story sales is asked to spin with current product sets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best company I have worked so far!

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

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

    Pros

    Company is moving towards right strategy. Currently, best networking/security company to work for. The focus is in the right places - have a great product and have the smartest people in industry.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think so far. Career development can be challenging in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great going. Keep stock moving higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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