Sandvine
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www.sandvine.com Waterloo, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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Sandvine President and CEO Dave Caputo

Dave Caputo

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Pros:
  • "Leading edge technology, exciting space to be in, the people"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Good management and smart people"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Top management has no new blood and no vision of where the company will go"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Too much work most of the time, constant high pressure for more output"
    in 3 reviews
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    4 people found this helpful  

    OK Company with poor management.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsSandvine has some good people working with it.
    Compensation is good even if the hikes are not.
    Free lunches and friendly HR.

    ConsVery poor management.
    No respect for personal space. People get calls at night time to start working on stuff.
    Individualism is an absolute no-no in this company. People dont want to hear what you have to say.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people some space and listen to them some of them have really good opinions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOther employees, corporate culture and management team

    ConsInternal communications is an area that needs improvement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top 10 reasons not to go to Sandvine

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsVery good software practices. (code reviews, unit tests, automated and performance tests)

    One of the better implementations of automated testing that I have witnessed.

    People are hard working and there is a "can do" attitude in the company.

    Cons1. Lack of focus/accountability: Even after 7+ years after an IPO, some management still describe Sandvine as a startup. Its not. They have to have a very mature processes to make sure the software is well developed to a high standard. However the long tenured developers are allowed to do what ever they wish against the standard policy.

    2. Poor management experience: Management is mostly made up of people that have been there 10+ years directly out of school and are set in their ways. Best management practices are only stumbled upon and not developed.

    3. Lack of planning: Many times the engineering dept has been left trying to fast track new product development becasue there was not sufficient planning on EOL parts on existing products. This resulted in EOL parts being bought on e-bay and products pushed out long before they are truely ready for a tier 1 network. Engineers are expected to suck up the overtime and dont complain.

    4. Lack of support: There is no career development. Its sink or swim. Your training is on the job and dont expect anyone to train you about the product.

    5. Lack of architecture: Dont ask for an architecture diagram or document. They dont exist and the architects like it that way. Causes mass confusion for all developers and makes it very difficult to understand the whole system.

    6. Low quality tests: They have 1000s of tests, But the infrastrucutre is so unreliable they only have to have a single PASS of each test after dozens of executions. It takes over a week to find regressions. Near a release, many testers repeat tests executions multiple times until all of them PASS once.

    7. Departmental fifedoms: there is a constant struggle between all departments and very little collaboration to work together. Causees stress and conflict and drags productivity down.

    8. Lack of Product reliability: Sandvines equipment is often placed in tier one networks, but their system is not robust to failures. Fault tolerance is not designed into the product and as a result, a small army of engineers comb through the hot issues on customers networks daily. Its not profitable to add reliabilty so they throw people at it and bill it as support contracts.

    9. Customers force Sandvine around. Sandvine sells to some very large corporations. As a result Sandvine has had to spend a lot of extra efffort back porting features onto older releases which they were not designed for. A lot of wasted effort for a single sale (although a large one).

    10. Product space is heavily regulated: Sandvine is a DPI company. Prorotcols change and break regularly. But the main thrust of their products is on Usage Based Billing. The public is largely against UBB and govenermetns heavily regulate network operators. This environment causes very slow changes in network management which Sandvine advocates. However buisness is great in less regulated sections of the world. You can find skype calls blocked thanks to Sandvine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some true managers into the company. Forcing people to work tones of over time weakens morale. Get your departments working together instead of against each other.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sandvine is good but cool place to work at

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSandvine has a team of talented engineers. The culture is pretty open, and the company gives the employees flexible working hours.

    ConsPeople usually have to work for extra hours in order to get job done, and this is usually the case all through the year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a place to work if you have career aspirations.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    Pros+ Engineering Process
    + Free lunch/evening snacks/beverages.

    ConsGuess the positive reviews down were propaganda posts from someone closer to either HR or the newly promoted AVP. I see lot of false praises in those posts which can't possibly come from neutral employees.

    - Zero trust on employees. Highlight is that recently they went to an extent of getting 'writing confirmation' from every team member working in a project that "assigned work will be completed on time". They have problem in trusting their own employees.

    -Management do not take any responsibility/ownership should a project slip time lines. Entire blame would befell on the poor developer for none of his/her fault of wrong estimates or incomplete requirements passed down.

    -Things follow hierarchical order from top down. No opinions/suggestions are considered from bottom to top. AVPs and Managers in Bangalore are too scared of their Canadian counterparts may be the fear of their jobs.

    -Lack of product vision. They have started and scrapped lot of projects.

    -Job insecurity. You may be fired any time for none of your fault but even due to project budgeting reasons or to show up quarterly earnings. And in the subsequent quarter, they will start hiring again and even encouraging employees for referrals. Doubt any saner organisation would do. About four Directors have left the organisation in the last one year and some of these have left or fired within months they joined.

    -No parity in pay scale and it is not even based on performance. Average hike of 6 or 7 % max.

    Advice to Senior Management-> Empower the employees and trust them. Show a little transparency.

    -> Keep the upper management accountable for every project that is being scrapped. It is unacceptable for playing with company's R&D fund in scrapping and starting projects.

    -> Impart training on 'soft skills and human relations' to all AVPs, Managers and HRs.

    -> Hire experienced guys in project/product management from Industry.

    -> Run a annual anonymous reverse evaluation(or survey) on every Managers & AVPs from their reportees and evaluate the score. Manager/AVP who has failed to score the minimum must be put on improvement training to improve themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company's policy is driven by quarterly performance, promotes conformity.

    Manufacturing Eng Technologist (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsFree beverages and beer for employees, and a large screen TV with Playstation. Other "kids'" stuff, like free pizza and sandwiches.

    ConsThe company does not want you to be creative, or to think outside the box: just follow the orders.
    Every quarter end the hell broke loose: Manufacturing department was a chaotic place, a mess, where people were expected to stay till 5 am sometimes.
    Small clique politics replace any common sense, people tell on other people.
    Cover up of manufacturing quality issues - continuously.
    Say something, and you're out policy, it's as simple as that. People are afraid to speak their mind.
    Unqualified people assigned important tasks, especially in the mid-management level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice? I can't give advice to arrogant and self-assured people. The arrogance is clear: they call themselves "the founding fathers" (wow!), while only looking for quarterly profit to satisfy investors and themselves, without realizing that a company's greatest asset is its personnel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A cool place to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsI have been working in Sandvine Bangalore office for more than a year now, has been really a good experience so far.
    Responsibilities given based on capabilities and not on experience.
    A very good Engineering organization, Chance to interact with highly talented and knowledgeable people.
    Lots of co curricular activities conducted. "Work hard, party harder" perfectly suits here.
    Bangalore's new AVP is really good, increasing employees hopes about the future of organisation
    Very good pay
    Company doing really good since last 3 quarters

    ConsEmployees may have to bear with some abrupt decisions taken by management w.r.t product/feature portfolio. This may lead to lots of context switches, which can annoy us a little bit.
    Since this is a product based company, very few (or none) onsite opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease increase the product portfolio to help organization become bigger and better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you are creative type, it isn't a place for you.

    (Former Employee)

    Pros- Competitive pay in KW area. This may translate to "okay" pay in bigger cities.
    - A small shop so you get to know everyone.
    - Popcorn machines and beer on tap.
    - You get to play with the top of the line networking equipment.
    - No creativity required.

    Cons- Pressure to work overtime without any compensation.
    - Micro-management. Work here if you'd like to be asked how a bug fix is going every hour or so.
    - "Do what I tell you." attitude.
    - Management do not have enough variety of industry experience. This usually translates into "I'm stressed so should you."
    - A metric drive company. Metrics are absolute unlike you will be told. However, nobody will question how metrics are derived.
    - A small shop so you need to be a clique.
    - Development environment is slow and ineffective. Server administrators have sub-par knowledge of the system. Outage is common.
    - One of VPs literally screams a lot for no apparent reason.
    - Software side needs to work unreasonable overtime to catch up with hardware delay.
    - Senior developers are just good junior programmers.
    - Writing over-engineered and pretty code is very important.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReconsider and investigate reasons for a high turn over rate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Provided opportunities to drive home my ideas and let me the do it flexibility of when,where or how I do it !!

    Senior Quality Assurance Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsWorking on cutting-edge technology like LTE, Policy Control, Usage Management, Business Intelligence; Your ideas are valued; Small enough so that your voice is heard; Free food and a lot of fun; I especially love playing my video games as part of my job. Also, I am directly interacting with customers and understand the real market challenges

    ConsNot a place for someone who wants to hide or buried in a large organization. Sometime the time difference is frustrating since we do not have full technical know how.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow do we make it a billion dollar company with organic growth. Buy some companies and make more money by sheer volume. India is India, value its culture too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for, if you are serious about your career

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsThis is for an india office as I work here for over an year.

    Good initial offer.
    Performance driven, and performance recognized. Good for hardworking and average or above average performers.
    Heavy product focus.
    One of the few telecom companies that use C++ heavily. I enjoyed the learning.
    Product development previous experience of some guys is very good. Can guide and train others.
    New AVP has outstanding product and delivery focus. Reasonable in general, but sometimes unnecessary aggressive.
    Free breakfast, lunch and evening snacks if you are on time.
    Centrally located office (near Intel and ecospace)

    Most of the bad reviews appear to be from guys who were fired. So untrue.

    ConsManagers watch too much on time spend in office. They themselves are required to spend more time in office.
    Salary disparity at recruitment.
    Managers too difficult to deal for deadlines. Unnecessary focus on how to save an hour, or a day.
    Unnecessary initiatives to justify Manager's presence.
    Stupid expectations on solving number of CQs per day.
    Low chances of bonus.
    Low tolerance to under performance. Just fired. Under performance is defined by the Manager. Hard working works. Smart working doesn't.
    A large part of development uses TCL.
    Sometime bad review culture. Reviewers ask for unnecessary changes in the name of code quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't have cheap thoughts on work hours and performance. Look at bigger pic.
    Increase your product portfolio.
    Be goal oriented for everything, not timestamp oriented.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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