F5 Networks

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F5 Networks Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
230 Reviews
4.4
230 Reviews
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F5 Networks President, CEO, and Director John McAdam
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176 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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  1.  

    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 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Company/Culture Hands Down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Eugene, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    There are so many pros to working at F5. I would say that the top of the list is the company culture is one of integrity, and one that values the employee as a human, not as a cog in the machine.
    The Salary and benefits are amazing. I have full family health insurance that is 100% paid by F5. I do not have $ taken out of my check for the premium. Stock grants, ESPP, 401k matching, donation matching, and vacation time are at or above what I consider standard for the Tech industry. Did I mention "Beer Friday"?
    The company is growing, and that means career opportunities are plentiful, F5 is very consciously protecting the company culture even though the company has doubled in size in less than five years. I've been at other companies where rapid growth destroyed the company culture.

    Cons

    F5 is growing at a rapid pace and some of the backend systems have yet to be upgraded. But hey if the only real pain I have to experience is struggling with an antiquated system to request PTO then I'll deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. 2 Billion here we come....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, insane workload

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

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

    Pros

    Best employee training I've seen anywhere
    you feel valued
    given the opportunity to rise to your potential
    Good benefits
    Beer friday

    Cons

    Once you've finished the intro training you won't have time to do the update training
    update training is not as good as the intro training
    Current workload is crushing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not laying people off makes you able to feel like a nice company, and with the ammount of money you spend on training, that's understandable, but doing a better job of projecting and hiring to meet needs would go a long way to making F5 not just world class to work for, but make working in support a valid career rather than a stepping stone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Excellent company. Perfect work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefit, salary and opportunity

    Cons

    Commute, no no no no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    I am a consultant in professional services team have over 10 years experience in telecommunications 3G/4G

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services and QA in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Professional Services and QA in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Experience
    Professionalism
    Personality
    Eager to learn new skills
    Training ability

    Cons

    Getting many projects at a time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knowledge sharing and weekly training sessions are very helpful and contribute to mastering the area you are responsible for.

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