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A place that lets you own your career

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Management believes in the Sandvine way, and though there are problems with the company (every company has issues), everyone is trying to do the right thing - and people are open to improving process. I've seen a lot of change over the years, some good and some bad, most necessary to adapt to no longer being a startup.

If you are an ambitious person, and want to work in a certain area - you are empowered to do so. The less you need management because you know how to find work and excel, the more the company will like you and the more opportunities will open for you. Do the right thing, work hard and you will thrive. If you expect work to be doled out to you, someone else to help gauge your priorities, then you're less likely to succeed there. I love this.
If you are a leader and believe in zero politics - then there is ample room for growth at Sandvine

Cons

There is higher attrition in engineering amidst senior roles. I expect this to come from a couple of problems:
- Management: People managers are somewhat iconic. I suspect that they don't have time alloted to people managing (people managers are also project managers who have a ton of work), so managing an employee's mental health, how much you're working, are you over working, are other managers over working you, etc.... doesn't really happen. The end result is people who show themselves flexible and who don't say 'no' get serious amounts of work and responsibility. Leads get leaned on heavily.
- They really expect you to pay your dues before getting promotions/salary raises.
- Worth noting of course that I haven't reported to everyone, so take it for what it is....the above is at least what I experienced.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

People who are overworked will burn out and leave the company, this is bad...you lose your most valuable people because they can't say no (they want to be a team player) and this has adverse affects on their mental health and on their families. It is critical to have good managers who track employee time and ensures they are not overworking. The manager should go to bat for the people they are managing...and it should be considered a strike against a manager when one of their staff leaves.
- More soft skills training on leadership to managers
- More soft skills training for employees
- More little perks. Telling someone to take their wife out to dinner after working a bunch of week ends goes a long way to job satisfaction. They used to do a lot of this, but much much less now

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    I don't recommend Sandvine

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    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The 'Sandvine Way' actually means to just put out fires and let the status quo remain.

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

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

    Pros

    The salary was good, the benefits are okay and they have some formalized (although mostly not too good) training for new hires. The product is world-class and great. There are a lot of talented engineers/software developers.

    Cons

    Middle management is inexperienced (typically all or most experience is from Sandvine) and they use intimidation a lot. They still believe that they are a start-up company and that explains and justifies why their code base is terrible with no plans to fix it. They have a lot of junior people without the experience to make things better and they are just used to fix immediate 'fires'. Experienced (at Sandvine) developers seem to mostly be relaxing and not too involved or interested in changing or fixing things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to have more experience from outside of Sandvine to have more wisdom and different perspectives. They need to have more forward thinking instead of just keeping things as they are. They seem to just expect people to work weekends and make the product and the development infrastructure more complicated out of necessity. From their perspective, this must help to make their management positions more secure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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