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IT Is An Awful Place to Work

Systems Administrator (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

Pros-Great individual contributors
-Inspiring business model
-fast paced

ConsNew CIO is in over her head. Totally disconnected from IT, promotes and hands large sections of her IT group that was highly motivated, cost effective, and functioning well to the worst IT leadership members in the group but great talkers which seems to now be the only way to now get recognized. Meanwhile, a few good IT leadership members (engineering and client services) that have fallen out of favor (not surprised) and im sure wont be around for long while the IT leaders who kiss up and talk about what they are going to do get love. Meanwhile, folks that have been in IT before the CIO came on board are constantly reminded how bad we are at what we do. That comes from the new CIO. Don't worry, ill be leaving soon.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to the COO and steering committee: Get your CIO some coaching or fire her. She treats people like dirt and casts the wrong shadow, seems to pump herself up at others expense. Real inspiring. Advice for the CIO: Stop promoting and giving more functions (at the expense of your competent leaders) to your incompetent leadership members before the whole department collapses. Try spending time in IT and finding out the entire story rather than jumping to conclusions off snap judgments. Your the problem, recognize it and seek help.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great niche, distracted execution of strategy.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros: Fantastic niche - dominant player for venture backed start-up companies which… Cons: Spread too thinly and chasing too many initiatives that seem unprofitable (e.g. global… Advice to Senior Management: Focus. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    I would not recommend this company to an IT engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros: If you are looking for a career in finance and banking, this is a good place because SVB is primarily an investment bank, and not… Cons: IT dept is chaotic and has not enough SVB people - a lot of IT functions… Advice to Senior Management: It is OK to hire SVB people who are then motivated and incented to… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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