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Great place to work

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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

Pros

Relationship oriented, really care about people. Very talented and smart teams. Always something new happening so lots to learn.

Cons

Hours can be long.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focused and deliberate strategy is appreciated.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful

    Our CIO is TERRIBLE

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay along with flex work hours

    Cons

    Our CIO Beth Devin has turned out to be a nightmare. I used to be filled with hope when she first joined a year + back, but she has steadily proven through her actions that she doesn't have a clue--and doesn't care to get a clue. She let go one of our best senior leaders in engineering recently and that seems to be the nail in the coffin. He was the only one seemingly with a vision as our CIO keeps flip flopping from one priority to another depending on the week. Now, nobody in the senior management team is trustworthy and they are all tainted--everyone is scared and out for themselves at the expense of the company and IT which is the real tragedy unfolding here. The CIO actually gave a speech after she made her "breath of fresh air" moves that if your not with her on her latest moves, get out of the company. Inspiring. Great values. Message: agree with me or get fired. Others in the company who are really outstanding contributors and know their stuff are getting sidelined and marginalized---a disaster in the making as they scramble for the exits. Who is going to be left to do the work? Im sure the CIO will continue to blame others for her own failures as she likes to prattle on constantly about taking more ownership and accountability yet doesn't follow her own rules. The two posts on here applauding the CIO are very poorly done plants--its well known in IT that she asked her remaining leadership team to post positive items due to prospective recruits reading what is really going on. Don't listen to them, IT is truly hell. CIO has done nothing in over a year except demotivate and disrupt the entire IT operation. Her new hires in management are weak--either know nothing about IT or are slow, scared, and ineffective. Don't know much about the last CIO, but it had to have been better than this!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly, fire your CIO and save IT. At the same time, hold your COO accountable as well---he is the mover behind the scenes allowing this nightmare to begin and continue. CEO needs to be more involved and accountable.

  2. 7 people found this helpful

    CIO is killing entire IT Department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    SVB has a great culture and stands behind their employees with the exception of their new CIO Beth Devin.

    Cons

    IT morale is at an all time low. The CIO has had IT in a re-org for over a year now and still not finished. She has dissolved one of the highest performing departments and split them up across all the other depts. She moved people and created new teams before even having job descriptions or team charters. She spends more time in the business side instead of leading her IT dept. She gives more responsibility to a department that is known throughout the organization to be under performing, then goes ahead and fires the head of that department les then two month after making the change. At the same time, she fires the head of the department she dissolved even though that person successfully build a brand new team and was delivering on his tasks. She is now just cutting anyone that does not agree with her whether they are performing or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to get ahead of their CIO and take the reins before she ruins a great department and lose more people then they already have

    Doesn't Recommend
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