Sandvine

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Sandvine Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
79 Reviews
3.7
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Sandvine President and CEO Dave Caputo
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Review Highlights

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.  

    A very good company to work at except for few glitches

    • 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

    You can fix your timinings as long as your tasks are completed by dates.

    Your ideas can be heard by higher communication directly, no need to go through many layers and get affected by petty politics

    Cons

    Too much work, not many benefits for employees apart usual perks like internet etc.

    Since a small company, will end up doing many things (scripting, integration etc) other than just coding. This might be a con few people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are no in mood to listen anyway, so waste of time to type.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Make a well informed choice

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Finally I decided to take some time off and write a review. Not to rant but to help others make an informed decision for their career. Sandvine is a company having a good product and lot of talented engineers. The top management is experienced and capable to steering company to success. Good work culture, flexible working hours, opportunity to work on latest technologies, industry standard pay and free food are of avail. When Sandvine started it's center in India it was a great place to work. These were the reasons I joined Sandvine during the time when Sandvine started it's development center in India. I enjoyed working for the organization for most of the time I was with Sandvine. While Sandvine Canada continues to be a great place to work, unfortunately India center couldn't keep up the goodness it started with.

    Cons

    As I wrote in the "Pros" section, Sandvine India started great but it couldn't maintain the initial spirit to stay a great place to work. Within two years "club of well connected" have took over the control of Sandvine India to most extent. Though zero politics is one of the Sandvine ways but in it's not the chosen way in Sandvine India's day to day activities.
    Sandvine hired many talented professionals, managers and engineers, but most of the talented engineers and managers either moved out or forced to make a move. Many times engineers will be asked to do odds jobs. Not because of business need but to sideline the engineer so that the favorites can be given good pie and their accomplishments can be highlighted.

    Most of the reviews invariably mention longer work hours and slogging during weekends. Management will give an excuse that Sandvine works a startup company but it is all due to wrong effort estimation and poor planning by the management. If successive projects slip the schedule by weeks or months even when more resources were pooled in, it is only due to gross mismanagement. India management has no clue about code complexity and only looks into number of lines of code when it comes to effort estimation. And the result is that whole team slogging over 10 to 12 hours on daily basis. At the end management pushes the blame to engineers.

    Managers are more into micro management rather than understanding the complexities of the technology and product that can help them plan projects better. But they are all interested in giving very tight (most of the times, impossible targets to please the masters in Canada).

    When Sandvine started in India, all the good activities like lunch and learn sessions, idea generation and innovation generation were promoted and practiced regularly, but all these activities eventually stopped and all you are expected to do is fixing bugs.

    The top management is experienced and open. Even few senior people in India office are very good but most of the control is highjacked by a set of "well connected people" who aren't open to an honest feedback. So forget about difference of opinion!

    Sandvine India was planned as a development center but has reduced to a service center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no doubt that top management is visionary, experienced and dedicated towards success of the company. They are working very hard to make Sandvine a billion dollar company. But it is important for top management to weed out politics from Sandvine for once and all. It's not hard to find the political brains inside the organization, just need to take smart decision of promoting the non-political, sincere, talented employees and show door to those who are surviving in the company due to their connections and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Startup Culture.Leading edge technology.below par management

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, good product and some of the management team and product managers are really accessible and great. knowledge sharing is facilitated.

    Cons

    some micro managers ruining things, below par salary and benefits..paltry raises and no scope of promotion considering people have been in their roles for 7+ years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start taking more interest in employees progression and create a progression path

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting at first and then gets monotonous and lot of pressure to complete work in short deadlines

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is very good.
    You will get good at your coding skills
    Free food and cab
    Amazing team members

    Cons

    Too much pressure to complete work.
    You keep getting shifted to different teams.
    At times work-life balance takes a hit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team work. People are nice and caring in general.

    Cons

    Working extra hours to finish work. Documentation is poor. New comer remains upset as he hears different answers for the same questions. Company will loose all its strength if employees with the longer duration leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much hiring from RIM may spoil the culture. Already employees are not happy with the decision making of those who joined from RIM. Discrimination is felt especially towards promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good so far

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Freshers does not get appropriate training but still would be a very good start up company for their career.

    Cons

    Totally different style of working

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sandvine is good but cool place to work at

    • 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

    Pros

    Sandvine has a team of talented engineers. The culture is pretty open, and the company gives the employees flexible working hours.

    Cons

    People usually have to work for extra hours in order to get job done, and this is usually the case all through the year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too much Tcl

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandvine

    Pros

    Learning experience, there are dedicated programm and classes

    Cons

    Tcl is sucks, managers are young

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please grow up a bit faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cutting edge technology and great people.

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

    I worked at Sandvine

    Pros

    Big company, lots of opportunity to for smart young people who want to work hard.

    Cons

    Their motto is "Work hard, play hard." but there's so much work there's hardly time for play, and no time for rest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential but not with current management

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    very smart and dedicated people, competitive products
    nice employee benefits in Canadian office
    proper pay

    Cons

    lrecently the management change turned down the cuture significantly
    no care about the employees in the field
    unlimited authority given to very weak field management (inc recently started VPs)
    do not talk to the employees, even when they leave
    Customer first - is a major declaration in SV way
    No focus, any business is good, despite the efforts involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust people and travel to the regions. Do not underinvest. There are other cultures and business practices outside of Canada, it is important to learn them. If you think that the person is not talented enough to work for SV, be open, no need to hide the actions. Everything is open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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