Silicon Valley Bank

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mixed experience

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

good benefits, interesting work. unpleasant culture.

Cons

passive aggressive culture. dishonesty, little support.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great Company if you can get in...

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    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, very focused on their employees and work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management accountability, and not willing to hire in California.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learn a lot, work with high profile tech and life science deals.

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    Current Employee - Associate II in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate II in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting to be working with fast growing tech and life science companies that are backed by some of the top VCs in the market. No deal is the same. You'll learn a lot about the role of debt and equity in Corp Finance and will get a lot of exposure to the local market.

    Overall compensation and benefits were good, but not amazing. Salary was one of the weaker points as it was slightly below market, especially if you want to live in the downtown area of the nearest city rather than a suburb. Vacation, health, 401k match, bonus made up for it. Also, flexibility in work schedule.

    Work load fluctuated with deal flow. Some days you'll work late and have to be plugged in responding to emails at all hours. Other times you can take a long lunch and focus on your own networking or career development.

    The people are all good to work with.

    Cons

    Commercial bank means you'll be fitting each deal into the bank's credit matrix. The deals are not as far out on the risk curve as one might expect, particularly for a bank working with companies operating at a high risk, high growth stage. Less strategic operating involvement with companies as well. Understand what you are getting into, as this is not a VC or PE.

    Smaller offices in smaller VC markets might not give you the growth trajectory or career opportunities you are looking for. Boston, Boulder and Santa Clara are the big offices and it often felt like young employees in these offices got promoted faster and got more diverse opportunities than those in the other smaller offices. Promotions in smaller offices tended to be based on vacancies above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generic "do more" feedback during reviews was not constructive, particularly for junior employees looking to move up. Specific, quantifiable goals would be better and keep people more engaged.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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