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Sandvine Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
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Pros
  • Free food, beverages, anything you need :) (in 13 reviews)

  • Unbelievingly cutting edge technology (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Working extra hours to finish work (in 5 reviews)

  • India management has no clue about code complexity and only looks into number of lines of code when it comes to effort estimation (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sandvine calture

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    You may find a very small pocket of people who try hard to make a difference.

    Cons

    Worst company ever. During the first month, CEO will try get your Drinking the Kool-Aid. He'll tell you that Sandvine is the best company ever. He'll ask you if you know a better company. If you say yes, he'll tell you. Life is too short, you are not happy, you better move on.

    Top executives constantly fight in meetings and use "I cancel you", what about the rest. That reminded me of high school time.

    They don't honour contracts. You can lawyer up all you want. They have bigger pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tread with caution -

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible timings and free food

    Cons

    They hire people from wrong domain & render them unemployable in the future.
    Can be fired anytime for whatever the reason. No job security at all.
    Big time & unnecessary micromanagement by aged out seniors sitting outside India.
    Less respect to Indian employees.
    Be expected to work during the weekends for how many ever hours it takes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Open a 360 degree feedback for seniors
    - Be open to ideas coming from all quarters
    - Compensate adequately for the extra slogging hours as per industry standards.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Very badly managed company - Technical as well as HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Good for freshers only. Not a company to work more than 2 years.

    Cons

    Because bad management and unwarranted pressure and scoldings from top level management, lower management tries to hide their backs, and many a times make engineers scapegoats in the process. Not a practical management. Lots of politics in the process in the process. I believe, management is aware of their deeds but succumbs to pressure from higher ups and have no bone to standby their decision. This makes a collapsed state of affairs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Bangalore team only: be practical and avoid politics. That wont help in long run.

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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to work if you have career aspirations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    + Engineering Process
    + Free lunch/evening snacks/beverages.

    Cons

    Guess the positive reviews down were propaganda posts from someone closer to either HR or the newly promoted AVP. I see lot of false praises in those posts which can't possibly come from neutral employees.

    - Zero trust on employees. Highlight is that recently they went to an extent of getting 'writing confirmation' from every team member working in a project that "assigned work will be completed on time". They have problem in trusting their own employees.

    -Management do not take any responsibility/ownership should a project slip time lines. Entire blame would befell on the poor developer for none of his/her fault of wrong estimates or incomplete requirements passed down.

    -Things follow hierarchical order from top down. No opinions/suggestions are considered from bottom to top. AVPs and Managers in Bangalore are too scared of their Canadian counterparts may be the fear of their jobs.

    -Lack of product vision. They have started and scrapped lot of projects.

    -Job insecurity. You may be fired any time for none of your fault but even due to project budgeting reasons or to show up quarterly earnings. And in the subsequent quarter, they will start hiring again and even encouraging employees for referrals. Doubt any saner organisation would do. About four Directors have left the organisation in the last one year and some of these have left or fired within months they joined.

    -No parity in pay scale and it is not even based on performance. Average hike of 6 or 7 % max.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -> Empower the employees and trust them. Show a little transparency.

    -> Keep the upper management accountable for every project that is being scrapped. It is unacceptable for playing with company's R&D fund in scrapping and starting projects.

    -> Impart training on 'soft skills and human relations' to all AVPs, Managers and HRs.

    -> Hire experienced guys in project/product management from Industry.

    -> Run a annual anonymous reverse evaluation(or survey) on every Managers & AVPs from their reportees and evaluate the score. Manager/AVP who has failed to score the minimum must be put on improvement training to improve themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you are creative type, it isn't a place for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Competitive pay in KW area. This may translate to "okay" pay in bigger cities.
    - A small shop so you get to know everyone.
    - Popcorn machines and beer on tap.
    - You get to play with the top of the line networking equipment.
    - No creativity required.

    Cons

    - Pressure to work overtime without any compensation.
    - Micro-management. Work here if you'd like to be asked how a bug fix is going every hour or so.
    - "Do what I tell you." attitude.
    - Management do not have enough variety of industry experience. This usually translates into "I'm stressed so should you."
    - A metric drive company. Metrics are absolute unlike you will be told. However, nobody will question how metrics are derived.
    - A small shop so you need to be a clique.
    - Development environment is slow and ineffective. Server administrators have sub-par knowledge of the system. Outage is common.
    - One of VPs literally screams a lot for no apparent reason.
    - Software side needs to work unreasonable overtime to catch up with hardware delay.
    - Senior developers are just good junior programmers.
    - Writing over-engineered and pretty code is very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider and investigate reasons for a high turn over rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sa(n)dvine ,India - Management&HR failure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Good salary
    free food
    good location
    team outings sometimes

    Cons

    No clear management
    No transparency
    Poor HR function,HR manager is good for nothing
    Politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take out all worthless people
    Have good hardworking,talented people in team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Make the choice carefully

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandvine

    Pros

    Initial offer
    free food
    automated test environment
    occasional outings

    Cons

    heavy work load
    not transparent ,poor cascading of information
    no bonus
    bare minimum pf from employer (not more than 10k per year )
    zero HR process, HR is not powerful or effective
    Management level people are not that great
    No understanding about cultural differences between IN and CA
    No great respect for induviduals
    Less Appreciation for work done
    IMO IN office is junk yard when it comes to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont consider IN office as secondary to CA,we have lot of great product companies here that gives great respect to indian counterparts.

    People are not resource blocks that can be played around

    Give deserving hikes

    Understand Indian culture

    There might be lots of "YES" guys in here, understand that these guys are burning out people under them.

    Don't be sarcastic, be friendly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    I don't recommend Sandvine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    Only Canadian office is good.

    Cons

    1.No flexibilities in office timings.
    2.Weekend working.
    3. Warnings given when you do WFH. HR will say benefits are same as top companies like cisco before joining.
    4. Peer relationship will not be good. Poor attitude shown to the new employees.
    5. India office is always noisy so no calm place to work.
    6. Inexperienced Managers and leaders do lot of micromanagement and politics. Fear of Sandvine Canadian counterparts because they are treated as customers not as counterparts.
    7. Service company work culture so people never say No. If you are not shrewd enough you will overwhelmed with more work.
    8. Don't spoil your profile by joining this company as you will not have work relevant to your profile and later regret for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.Replace all managers with experienced Manager from big product Companies (not from Service companies) because they can build good work culture for the employees. Sandvine has good prospect to grow but they are wasting because of this bad and inexperienced managers.
    2.Bring flat reporting structure back and remove non technical directors/managers.
    3. I request VPs to get employee feedback directly and not rely on Managers/Lead input. I think management is feeling heat now as they are struggling to find the replacement for the vacant positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Be ready to Get fired any time , Take my advice NEVER JOIN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    No work pressure at all.
    Free Food

    Cons

    Company being run by a bunch of sycophants particularly India center
    Management has no vision at all.
    You can be fired anytime without any reason. Continuous uncertainty.
    Pathetic hiring process. Below average talent being hired for unrealistic salaries with very poor technical skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful in hiring at all levels
    Have long term vision
    Hire somebody experienced to run India center not 7-8 year experience guy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company without vision and transparency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    1) Free Food
    2) Good Pay

    Cons

    1) No transparency for the decisions made at the senior management level.
    2) You should be an Yes man to work in this company. Even the senior managers/VPs are Yes men in this company. :)
    3) There is no value for you as an employee; you are just a machine to fix the CQs.
    4) There is no good management/leadership in India which can change the course of the company.
    5) You will be the odd man out of this company if you want to make any good change to the company.
    6) Finally, you can be fired at any moment, with no proper reason. Even the Senior Manager/Director will not be able to explain the reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all of the sycophants in the company; then only there will be a good change in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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