Silver Spring Networks Inc.

  www.silverspringnet.com
  www.silverspringnet.com
There are newer employer reviews for Silver Spring Networks Inc.

7 people found this helpful  

Don't work here!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Paychecks don't bounce.

Free parking in Redwood City right beside the office.

Free access to a mediocre gym.

Your own desk, which comes with a light so you can see.

Quarterly all hands meetings when the CEO stands up and talks about his golf swing but ignores the company's real issues.

Free unhealthy lunch for the first 150 employees who show up. Scraps for everyone else.

Cons

Almost nobody at the company understands the customers (least of all most of the executives), so everyone ends up scrambling and responding to executive fire drills and customer escalations.

The executive team is not the A Team and not even a B or a C team. There is absolutely zero trust and teamwork among the executive staff. Execs blatantly bad mouth and undermine other execs in front of employees all the time.

Revolving door of employees who keep quitting

The more evil or incompetent you are, the greater the chance you'll have of being promoted

Unless you have a customer threatening to sue, you'll never get the company to do anything. But once that lawsuit comes in, you can do whatever you want.

Some execs bully their employees to compensate for their otherwise spineless behavior

Because everyone is so poorly managed, the company is horribly inefficient. Way too many employees with nothing productive to do.

There are about five or six good managers across the whole company. Everyone else is awful.

And don't believe any of the positive reviews! They were filled out by HR recruiters in an attempt to make the place seem less awful than it is. It's much easier to get new hires than improve the actual workplace. Of course HR recruiting is a revolving door too because nobody wants to have the stigma of bringing someone into this hellhole of a work environment.

In summary, if you're risking deportation or foreclosure, you may want to work here. Otherwise, go somewhere else. Seriously.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sell the company. It is beyond repair in its current form.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

55 Other Employee Reviews for Silver Spring Networks Inc. (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Complete lack of management and organization.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free, although mediocre lunch, generous vacation policy, generous travel policies if you end up in a role where travel is part of your job. They pay for business class for all longer flights, although it appears this policy is under scrutiny. As someone else said, you also get a (used) chair, a desk and a light to help you read...

    Cons

    The company is mostly completely lacking management and their approach to organized work is that of 5-year olds in a sandbox. The software products are somewhere between bad and horrible shape and are mostly outdated. There is close to zero attention paid to maintainability and the approach is to throw enough engineers at tightening leaks left and right to keep the ship afloat instead of fixing fundamental issues.

    Very little attention is paid to any real skills, and promotions are given randomly to whoever happens to be the best "street hustler", without any consideration for prior execution or knowledge. The general feel of the company is more of a blue collar environment than that of a high-tech business in the region.

    There is also a tremendous amount of money spent on travel and outrageous "entertainment" - great if you are invited, but a moral sink if you're not part of the club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more attention to internal problems. Invite and listen to advice from your employees or you won't survive in your current shape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time, there are better companies in Silicone Valley

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, free lunches, break rooms with free snacks. This is NOT enough to keep your employees happy

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about the employees, over worked, over loaded, expect to work more than 50hrs/week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees, listen to their concerns, act accordingly! you will lose good employees to better companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Silver Spring Networks Inc.

Work at Silver Spring Networks Inc.? Share Your Experiences

Silver Spring Networks Inc.

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.