Silicon Valley Bank

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A once great company loosing the culture and ethics that made them great

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

ProsOutstanding benefits
Competitive pay
Good in a niche market
Has done very well in a bad market

ConsMiddle management progressively going from bad to worst

Major down trending of employee moral and management not able or willing to do anything about it

Senior Management team made of good, smart people but are ultimately responsible for trend of employee dissatisfaction

Erratic cost cutting measures. (Catch the bus from the airport to your room at the W)

Bizarre Mom & Pop review process that unnecessarily time consuming and complicated. Does not scale well to large organisations

VERY bloated IT department for the size of the company. Has the mentality of throwing money and outsourcing at the problem

The Bank wants very badly to have the prestige of being one of "the best places to work" but is not willing to focus resource to keep it

As others have mentioned before, favoritism is alive and raging in the company as never before. If you "drink the kool-aid" and swallow your ethics you can really go places

Advice to Senior ManagementBank trying very hard, and spending tons of money to advance it's international footprint. It needs to step back and focus on becoming a lean, mean, well oiled machine by cultivating the culture and technology that made it a great bank. This needed to happen before trying to conquer the world. Not doing so exposes the bank to too much risk. The road to success is littered with the companies that tried grow too fast.

Finally, clean house in IT from the top down. IT is the rudderless cancer that is killing SVB. A cancer that is killing profits and morale in an effort to keep up with the demands of a company growing too fast,

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, but way too political.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: Great, friendly, smart, motivated people. Small enough that you can have an impact. Amazing benefits. Cool… Cons: Clique-y with clear favorites, which has increased in the last year. Really want you to drink the kool-aid instead of think out of the box. Not good… Advice to Senior Management: You have great people. Use them. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    4 people found this helpful  

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    Operations (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Good Benefits Flexible work schedule for the most part Some good people… Cons: Incompetent Managers Favoritism Some Bad people Some people pretend to be your friend and then turns around and… Advice to Senior Management: Stop promoting people who cannot manage their team effectively due… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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