F5 Networks
3.9 of 5 124 reviews
www.f5.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

F5 Networks Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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3.9 124 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam

John McAdam

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "F5 provides great benefits and people generally have good work-life balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Middle management does not care about employees"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Growing pains right now impacting the organization can be frustrating and disruptive"
    in 7 reviews
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Balance of work with home life

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

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

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a lot confusion

NSE (Current Employee)
Chertsey, England

I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for 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 Senior Management-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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Network Security Engineer (Former Employee)
Chertsey, England

I worked at F5 Networks full-time for 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 Senior Management- 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chertsey, England

I have been working at F5 Networks

ProsA 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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People stay here for a reason...

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

I have been working at F5 Networks full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInteresting and challenging problems to solve, extremely smart, yet humble co-workers, good compensation and work-life balance. As a developer, I've learned a lot and worked with some of the best and brightest.

ConsInterview process could be improved to be more structured an consistent (speaking only from a developer in PD) -- this would help F5 continue to find the best people and also make it a better experience for interviewees.

Like may multi-office companies, discord between offices sometimes gets out of hand.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile the problems are challenging and interesting, sometimes they are just incremental changes to an already very successful product or model. What are we going to do next to change the world?

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

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Great company!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at F5 Networks as an intern for less than a year

ProsSmart and caring people, strong company with good prospects
Beer Friday
Allowed to take ownership over work quickly

ConsLots of process work
Need to help interns meet each other

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

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

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F5 has a bright future, but ...

Analyst (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at F5 Networks as a contractor

ProsAccelerated professional growth (you must drive that, not your manager), individual contributors can make an impact, terrific benefits, smart people, fun and hardworking culture, innovative environment

ConsLiterally no departmental collaboration (silos), short-term focused, terrible hiring approach (you may be interviewing for a job but there's no guarantee there's budget to make an offer, verbal offers can be retracted based on quarterly earnings), middle-managers don't seem to care about employees, zero on-boarding process/procedures, complex product line, overall experiencing growing pains

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more concern for your people, including potential candidates who are making career decisions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Network Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

Prosfree drinks, onsite parking. great culture

Conssmall company w/ lots of large companies competing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company, great people

Marketing (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsThis is a great company moving in the right direction. Sound technology backed by some of the brightest people in the industry. Casual and friendly attitudes do not reflect upon the company's desire to dominate their market space.

ConsAs any company going from small->medium->large, there are growing pains and political battles to be fought.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the changes as the company continues to grow and expand beyond its origins. Capitalize on the changes in the technology landscape.

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

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Great company culture, innovative products and really smart people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsOpen environment - transparent feedback from the Executuve team all the way down. Great benefits and a true feeling that the company values employees and strong talent. Products are great and eveyone is passionate about quality/reputation.

ConsQuarterly focus - hard to scale the business when we are only looking at the end of our nose.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on ways to empower leaders to own more with a longer term vision of growth.

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

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