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A place that lets you own your career

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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 (More than 5 years)

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

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 Management

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. Fun times, punctuated with the occasional bouts of work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Platform in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Platform in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sandvine as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart. interesting, and friendly people. Interesting work and internal dynamics. The company tries to feel as flat as possible, with regular interaction between anyone at any level. Lots of creature comforts designed to help ease stress and encourage socialization among peers.

    Cons

    Some of the internal tech infrastructure needs to be hardened against failure. The build/ticketing systems are a bit convoluted, and were prone to the occasional global failure. Arguably, a poor selection of beers on tap at the company bar.

    Advice to Management

    Innovation and research is an important part of staying ahead in this field, and one shouldn't be so quick to cut those teams.


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    I don't recommend Sandvine

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

    I worked at Sandvine full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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