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Not the best place to work and get ahead
Undisclosed (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WADecember 18, 2018
Check reviews for f5 on glassdoor and you'll see why I've rated them so low here as well. My experience here has been less than desirable. They seem to have a lot of unconscious bias training and unconscious bias continues to affect the careers of minorities. Management is completely oblivious and more concerned with creating a tower in downtown Seattle rather than employee retention.
Pros
free drinks, good pay
Cons
dead end job, aloof management
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5.0
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Very productive
Sr. Drafter / Designer (Former Employee) –  Liberty Lake, WANovember 29, 2018
Great company to work for and many opportunities for advancement. F5 offers so much in the way of training, self-improvement and education. It will be interesting to follow F5's new direction.
Pros
Great insurance, free beverages, great group of peers
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Benefits were great
Technical Support Coordinator II (Former Employee) –  Lowell, MAOctober 29, 2018
Issues RSUs based on performance

Was granted ESPP

Quarterly bonuses

Compensated based on skill level and performance

Good work hours

Great networking and technical environment
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Culture could be improved
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Good place for work/life balance
Software Engineering Manager (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAOctober 18, 2018
This is a good place to work. However the company, like many other hardware vendor companies, is undergoing a transition to delivering software solutions that make company. The company is making efforts in this direction, and time will tell if they are successful. Not impressed by the management chain.
Pros
Snacks
Cons
Too much focus on certain projects/teams
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Productive and fun workplace
Global Campaigns Marketing Intern (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 1, 2018
I came in everyday knowing exactly what I needed to do. Everyone was really friendly and accommodating. I never hesitated if I needed assistance. Interns and higher-ups were all great.
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4.0
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good networking SW company
Principal Software Engineer, Network core team (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CASeptember 26, 2018
1. Developing a new features.
2. Testing and debugging
3. Solve fields problems.
4. Help troubleshooting compicate use cases.
5. Most enjoyable part is design and implementation new features.
6. I do like workplace culture in f5.
Pros
Good stable company, good compensation..
Cons
Company is too stable, not enough flexible.
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4.0
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Changes are coming
Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 19, 2018
This is a required field. More characters are required to use the Indeed site. Am I being held over a barrel by Indeed? What are the similarities to f5? Just ask.
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The New F5 is not the F5 of old
Principal Systems Engineer (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 17, 2018
F5, has a new management team in place. Which has changed the direction, and vibe of the company. They are now having yearly layoff's. So if you want any form of Job Security, it is not the place for you.
Pros
Free Snacks, Great Medical.
Cons
Lack of job security
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F5 is a great place to work.
Enterprise Network Engineer (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 12, 2018
F5 Networks is a great place to work, with great teams and people that are dedicated to whatever they do.
it is an enabling environment, giving opportunities for the individual to grow, and with lots of opportunities internally as well.
It offers great remunerations and benefits too.

A good place to build knowledge and a career.
Pros
Great place to work, great people, great benefits, calm environment, and unpretentious.
Cons
Work load might be significant sometimes depending on what part of the organisation you work.
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Dynamic workplace with challenging tasks and supportive employees
Information Management and Reporting Intern (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 4, 2018
F5 aims at making networks more secure and less congested through their load balancers and proxy services. They follow agile methodology and develop software in sprints.
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Productive most days, lots of re-inventing the wheel on other days
Principal Test Engineer - CMI (Current Employee) –  Lowell, MASeptember 4, 2018
The team around me was always a pleasure to work with, as were the people I worked closely with at remote sites. Unfortunately, Seattle, where the talent was thinnest, was in charge. The satellite sites (like ours) had almost 100% senior people with great attitudes, but the Seattle site had to share all the local talent with many other companies. This left decision making often in the wrong hands, which sometimes led to rewriting work that was already fine, introducing replacements for tools that didn't need replacing, and other time-consuming misfires.
Pros
Great pay, time off, etc.
Cons
A lot of effort on re-work.
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Productive workplace, very helpful and supportive colleagues, supervisors and managers
Application Development Intern (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 4, 2018
F5 is an awesome place to be at! The work life balance is great and there are a lot of learning/networking opportunities. I got to work with the latest tools and technologies. It was a great experience working with other employees. Everyone is really collaborative and striving to do the best!
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Nice place to work
Manager Technical Support (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 3, 2018
F5 is a nice place to work. The advancement is very limited and there is not much guidance for advancing your career within the company. It is mainly up to you to figure out who to network with and hopefully find someone who will help mentor/guide you in the direction/job you would like to strive for.
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Not growth oriented.
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  San JoseAugust 31, 2018
F5 has never been growth oriented for employees.
Managers need to be trained properly.
Even when I as PTO once in blue moon my manager gets freaked out.
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Great company with great potential
Principle Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAAugust 16, 2018
It was a great experience working at F5 Networks. People are smart and proactive in solving critical engineering problems, and management are apt to respond to customer needs. However, although I admire the hard-working ethics and engineering ingenuity of everyone in the company, I do feel that the culture was strongly and predominantly biased towards Indian colleagues, and felt many time being left out of the conversations.
Pros
Free snacks, drinks.
Cons
Culture bias.
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5.0
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Fun and Nice
Business Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAAugust 1, 2018
Fun and Nice environment to work .

Lots of new technologies.

good collaboration with different teams.Nice salary and work life balance.Enough vacation.
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4.0
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Challenging, supportive
Sr. Software Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 31, 2018
The environment I experienced was one of regular challenges, with supportive, easy to work with teams across the company. One of managements goals was to help you achieve your goals, including personal growth which you could have a hand in.
Pros
Health care, compensation, culture, growth, advancement
Cons
It seems to be changing
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Positive and collaborative
Network Support Engineer II /Provide Tier (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 18, 2018
A positive learning environmt with readily available opportunity for advancement. Senior resources which are easy to engage for your most difficult issues.
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4.0
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A lot has changed recently
Revenue Operations Specialist (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 10, 2018
Due to recent changes in leadership it has become a more stressful and competitive work environment.

Workplace culture varies among teams, if you are not in sales or PD and are administrative your culture and "fun" benefits such as team outings or catered lunches are scarce.
Pros
Great Benefits, Nice People
Cons
Culture has changed
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3.0
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Evolving culture
Finance (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJune 8, 2018
Culture is in transition and focused on speed and extended hours of work. Exciting place to be, but burnout is prevalent and employee value is not respected by executive team. Somehow we all became Amazon employees. If you enjoy perpetual unending change then this is the place for you.
Pros
Beer Friday
Cons
Strong vision and strategy, but at the expense of individual well being
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