Riverbed Technology Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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Riverbed Technology Chairman, President, and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly
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Pros
  • Having worked at some other places I find a great work life balance here" (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people, although that can vary widely depending on the group you're in (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is growing faster than its engineering process is evolving (in 12 reviews)

  • Growing pains associated with transforming sales team to a multi-product solution sales team (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Riverbed is great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Riverbed Technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, amazing products, amazing work culture. Great place to work for getting work-life balance.

    Cons

    None that I can think off, the only time you really appreciate working culture or people at riverbed is when you move out of riverbed.

    Advice to Management

    Management have to really rethink how to structure the sales team to improve on the sales.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Absolutely awesome

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

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is key, people work for people not companies.

    Cons

    My office is a bit drab, but we are moving!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, great perks, fantastic management that leaves us to do our job.

    Cons

    Very hard to think of any, not the best paid in the industry would be about it :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep the small/mid size company attitude as we get bigger, don't let things get to process driven

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  5. Creative, innovative and empowering!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major Strategic Sales in Sydney
    Current Employee - Major Strategic Sales in Sydney

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Riverbed is an amazing company that drives both real value for its customers, as well as being rewarding for the employee.

    Cons

    As a rapidly growing company, systems and processes struggle to keep up.

  6. Fast moving, dynamic, flexible company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people from the top all the way down, no internal issues with ego's and politics, everyone driving to the same common goal and theme. Can do environment, with people actively supported to bring new ideas to the table and apply their own, unique initiatives.

    Cons

    Growing company, and whilst not encumbered by process/paperwork, some internal processes can be a little lacking at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus, keep the open, honest, frank internal communications. Apply just a little more focus on internal processes to help drive the career development of individuals. HR processes/systems a little lacking at times.

  7. excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Vice President in North Sydney

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great open, cooperative culture.
    Great people. Great technology. Great customer service.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is difficult, most liekly my own fault, as I find because the opportunities are so many and the culture is immersive.

  8. Helpful (1)

    The beatings will continue until morale improves

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people work here.
    Market-leading products, and good brand-recognition.
    Office location makes it easy to maintain my caffeine addiction.

    Cons

    Doesn't eat all of its own dog-food - if you don't believe in the product, why should we?
    IT and internal systems don't help - get your head in the game, or get out of the way!
    Management directives lack the "why" - if you're making changes that affect me, "because" is not a valid answer. And making "verbal" offers to me without putting it in writing just smells like you're doing something dodgy.

    Advice to Management

    If management one and two levels up don't listen to the ground troops, it's unlikely the higher levels will either.
    It's cheaper to retain good staff than having to re-recruit and train new ones.
    Stock options are only useful if the share price is high enough to make it worthwhile to sell.

  9. Great company to work for, looks after employees well

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Employees looked after very well (health care, life insurance, shares etc...)
    -Ability for employees to venture out to different areas of the company and expand their horizons they see a need/niche
    -Open door policy

    Cons

    -HR have been known to be a little shady when dealing with confidential situations. Approach carefully
    -As with all companies, if you get a dodgy manager it can ruin your experiences. Unfortunately, Riverbed is not exempt from this as I have known of managers who play favorites. Room for growth can be limited

    Advice to Management

    Implement several checks to ensure managers are making the correct decisions. Some decisions are passed through on the implication that the manager is doing what is best for RVBD, but this may not always be the case

  10. Sr. Mgmt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company with one of the best cultures in silicon valley. trustworthy leadership doing the best they can in a tough situation of change

    Cons

    the deal closing took way too long and caused people to be in limbo.....now that its all done, expect the company to get back to the business of growth!

    Advice to Management

    better, more regular communication

  11. Helpful (7)

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riverbed Technology (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work and home life is balanced. Management empowers employees to be decide how work is to be done. Work environment is geared toward trust that employee will do the right thing.

    Cons

    Since the announcement that the company is going private, the upper management has gone mute. The time that has taken to take the company private has taken way too long. I don't think the management want to say anything until the deal is done. This is causing some wait and see.

    Advice to Management

    Lead, be direct with the company on what its vision is and how it is going to get there. Be honest.

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