F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
Updated 4 March 2015
255 Reviews
4.4
255 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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192 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.  

    Excellent company for sales professionals!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    F5 have the best of breed technology coupled with an excellent compensation package - the perfect combination for any sales professional.

    Cons

    Sales management had changed several times, this created some instability, although this has not happened in the last 12 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay with F5 and help to create more stability for the sales teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Fantastic - Nicest and most supportive place I have ever worked

    • 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

    Smart, supportive, non-political work environment. Flat company without too many layers of decision makers. A company that does the right thing for the employee and genuinely cares. Good benefits including generous paid time off, RSUs, health and flex benefits. Great people. Like my boss and my team. We have fun at work, but we do work hard.

    Cons

    Compensation is not industry leading. But with the RSUs which are very lucrative at the minute with our rising stock price, it does somewhat make up for it. And anyway, if you have been around the industry long enough, you know that money is not everything. Pay isn't bad mind you. Just not necessarily top 20% of the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! Like the strategy and the execution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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 a 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
  7. 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 a 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    Love everything about it here

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

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, upper level management is easily accessible, Beer Friday!!! Feel very valued and honored to be an F5 employee.

    Cons

    There is a slight air of passive aggressiveness within the sales teams and if you're a direct communicator it can come across as aggressive (passive aggressive people HATE direct communication).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the source when it comes to complaints and such.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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