Sandvine Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
62 Reviews

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Pros
  • Leading edge technology, exciting space to be in, the people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good management and smart people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Top management has no new blood and no vision of where the company will go (in 4 reviews)

  • Work a lot of extra hours closer to a release date (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, loads of work and long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    people make the environment fun
    lots of things to see and do

    Cons

    zero work life balance
    14h work days crammed into 8hours of pay
    there are no spurts of work, just more and more of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really examine the workload of staff vs clients needs. It would be good to push back on a demanding customer once in a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    OK Company with poor management.

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Sandvine has some good people working with it.
    Compensation is good even if the hikes are not.
    Free lunches and friendly HR.

    Cons

    Very poor management.
    No respect for personal space. People get calls at night time to start working on stuff.
    Individualism is an absolute no-no in this company. People dont want to hear what you have to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people some space and listen to them some of them have really good opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Top 10 reasons not to go to Sandvine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good software practices. (code reviews, unit tests, automated and performance tests)

    One of the better implementations of automated testing that I have witnessed.

    People are hard working and there is a "can do" attitude in the company.

    Cons

    1. Lack of focus/accountability: Even after 7+ years after an IPO, some management still describe Sandvine as a startup. Its not. They have to have a very mature processes to make sure the software is well developed to a high standard. However the long tenured developers are allowed to do what ever they wish against the standard policy.

    2. Poor management experience: Management is mostly made up of people that have been there 10+ years directly out of school and are set in their ways. Best management practices are only stumbled upon and not developed.

    3. Lack of planning: Many times the engineering dept has been left trying to fast track new product development becasue there was not sufficient planning on EOL parts on existing products. This resulted in EOL parts being bought on e-bay and products pushed out long before they are truely ready for a tier 1 network. Engineers are expected to suck up the overtime and dont complain.

    4. Lack of support: There is no career development. Its sink or swim. Your training is on the job and dont expect anyone to train you about the product.

    5. Lack of architecture: Dont ask for an architecture diagram or document. They dont exist and the architects like it that way. Causes mass confusion for all developers and makes it very difficult to understand the whole system.

    6. Low quality tests: They have 1000s of tests, But the infrastrucutre is so unreliable they only have to have a single PASS of each test after dozens of executions. It takes over a week to find regressions. Near a release, many testers repeat tests executions multiple times until all of them PASS once.

    7. Departmental fifedoms: there is a constant struggle between all departments and very little collaboration to work together. Causees stress and conflict and drags productivity down.

    8. Lack of Product reliability: Sandvines equipment is often placed in tier one networks, but their system is not robust to failures. Fault tolerance is not designed into the product and as a result, a small army of engineers comb through the hot issues on customers networks daily. Its not profitable to add reliabilty so they throw people at it and bill it as support contracts.

    9. Customers force Sandvine around. Sandvine sells to some very large corporations. As a result Sandvine has had to spend a lot of extra efffort back porting features onto older releases which they were not designed for. A lot of wasted effort for a single sale (although a large one).

    10. Product space is heavily regulated: Sandvine is a DPI company. Prorotcols change and break regularly. But the main thrust of their products is on Usage Based Billing. The public is largely against UBB and govenermetns heavily regulate network operators. This environment causes very slow changes in network management which Sandvine advocates. However buisness is great in less regulated sections of the world. You can find skype calls blocked thanks to Sandvine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some true managers into the company. Forcing people to work tones of over time weakens morale. Get your departments working together instead of against each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company's policy is driven by quarterly performance, promotes conformity.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Eng Technologist  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Eng Technologist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free beverages and beer for employees, and a large screen TV with Playstation. Other "kids'" stuff, like free pizza and sandwiches.

    Cons

    The company does not want you to be creative, or to think outside the box: just follow the orders.
    Every quarter end the hell broke loose: Manufacturing department was a chaotic place, a mess, where people were expected to stay till 5 am sometimes.
    Small clique politics replace any common sense, people tell on other people.
    Cover up of manufacturing quality issues - continuously.
    Say something, and you're out policy, it's as simple as that. People are afraid to speak their mind.
    Unqualified people assigned important tasks, especially in the mid-management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice? I can't give advice to arrogant and self-assured people. The arrogance is clear: they call themselves "the founding fathers" (wow!), while only looking for quarterly profit to satisfy investors and themselves, without realizing that a company's greatest asset is its personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting technology, high exposure to telecom sector

    Cons

    Too much work most of the time, constant high pressure for more output

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to manage and simplify, accept different ways of doing things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the shaky company in Bangalore, you may get fired anytime, Please take decision wisely.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free foods, drinks and liberty at work and play.

    Cons

    Mgmt will fire you without even letting you giving any warning. I have seen my colleague got fired and I don't think he was not bad at work. And you are always given hell lot of work that you won't get time to look for job and then you can get fired anytime!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    India mgmt suck they don't have guts to say anything to their Waterlook counter part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management doesn't care about making money!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Free drinks, free coffee
    - Game in the cafeteria
    - Working with smart people

    Cons

    - Management plays favoritism
    - No chance of career advancement by merit or contribution
    - No agenda for getting profitable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent to employees about your turn around plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    unsatisfactory management procedures, attempts at waterfall development

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer In the Test  in  Jerusalem (Israel)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In the Test in Jerusalem (Israel)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some cutting-edge technology, a lot of people to learn from

    Cons

    Too much politics, an average employee is prevented from making an impact.
    The company sticks to the rules that are unevenly enforced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to technology that is not mainstream.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    A place where work hard, play hard is often quoted but they only ever expect you to work hard, harder, and insanely hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Smart people, high tech, difficult problems to solve, a really dedicated group of employees

    Cons

    Poor work environment. More work than you can handle and management only seems to be concerned with making the company and products look good without concern for their most valuable asset -- their employees. All the really good people have left and "founderitis" seems to have set in. The guys at the top don't seem to know how to take the company to the next level and don't realize this even though the employees all see it.

    Benefits are barely on par with everyone else, and if you are liked you'll do well but if you have ideas that don't fit the mold you are marked and will never succeed no matter what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let someone else take over the company before it runs into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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