Sandvine Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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Sandvine President and CEO Dave Caputo
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Pros
  • Free food, beverages, anything you need :) (in 13 reviews)

  • Unbelievingly cutting edge technology (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Working extra hours to finish work (in 5 reviews)

  • India management has no clue about code complexity and only looks into number of lines of code when it comes to effort estimation (in 3 reviews)

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  1. One of the best places to work for!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-culture,
    Cutting-edge technology,
    Perks(i.e. free food, cab)

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Will not matter if you love what you do..!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good Place to work, contribution within department is well received.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - S E in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - S E in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sandvine

    Pros

    Great Team, well organised. Army of people working in waterloo and Bengaluru.
    A extensive training department, sole duty is to train customers and internal staff.
    Great tools.
    Lots of internal collaboration opportunity.

    Cons

    Lots of after hours work. Product is not so user friendly. Very difficult to use it just of the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think enterprise ease , but produce Telco grade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great place to work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    - Great experiences with always more and more new customers
    - Training on new topics and technologies
    - Exceptional lifestyle for global employees
    - Good salaries

    Cons

    Sometimes the amount of work becomes uncontrollable, and you find yourself happy to do more than your job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Service Product Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Good culture but unforgiving management

    Cons

    Your on your own good luck

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company culture and working environment but very poor, stubborn, and lazy/comfortable upper management (Director and higher) makes it impossible and frustrating to do anything but keep status quo.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company culture tries to make it a good fun place to work. Profit sharing gives a few extra bucks now and then (not significant). Small teams so you still can feel important, though of course that means working harder sometimes. If you're a mediocre employee and like clocking in and out (9 to 5) and do as you are told you'll love this place.

    Cons

    Upper management (director and higher) are very lazy and comfortable in their jobs. So much so that they stifle creativity and progress. If you are top talent you will get bored and frustrated to the point of either having to quit, or worse, getting let go if you try too hard to disturb them with fresh or useful ideas. There is also lots of preferential treatment. You either kiss a** and have it easy no matter how poor of an employee you are or you don't and are mistreated, abused, and eventually let go or quit. Don't expect fair performance evaluations or salary increases; FYI the two are strangely unrelated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management, drop the know-it-all attitude because you rarely seem to know the truth or what is really happening, make a genuine effort to listen and understand what is happening, admit when you are wrong (don't worry it's ok), stop worrying only about your safety and your bloated paycheques, and if you cannot find a way to get stuff done just get out of the way because chances are those on your teams are trying to but you are the roadblocks and speed-bumps getting in the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A very good company to work at except for few glitches

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can fix your timinings as long as your tasks are completed by dates.

    Your ideas can be heard by higher communication directly, no need to go through many layers and get affected by petty politics

    Cons

    Too much work, not many benefits for employees apart usual perks like internet etc.

    Since a small company, will end up doing many things (scripting, integration etc) other than just coding. This might be a con few people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are no in mood to listen anyway, so waste of time to type.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Worth every minute spend kind of a company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The first among the Pros that i shud mention about Sandvine is the culture they develop over here. On Day1, you would be meeting individually with the entire staff of Sandvine, which i feel is a great practise because everyone recognises you from the day one, and it avoids the awkward feeling of being a stranger among the crowd when you share the table with them at some point of time.
    The coworkers are also smart enough that you get the feeling that this is the right place you are meant to be.
    The quality of work is good and combined with the pace that you are to do work, it definitely boosts your career.
    And ofcourse, who wouldn't be pleased with getting free food and drinks.

    Cons

    It seems the timeline that is given to finish a feature is too short that you would have to work extra hours almost everyday that leaving home early would become history to you. You do as much work here that i feel each week spend here is comparable to a month at other companies. But again, its a Con only for a specific age group, because as long you remain a bachelor/-rette wud it matter really!.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I haven't been long here to judge the management here, but I would definitely want the upper management to be more realistic when commiting timelines to customers so that the employees can put in quality work for the time that they spent in developing features.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Startup Culture.Leading edge technology.below par management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, good product and some of the management team and product managers are really accessible and great. knowledge sharing is facilitated.

    Cons

    some micro managers ruining things, below par salary and benefits..paltry raises and no scope of promotion considering people have been in their roles for 7+ years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start taking more interest in employees progression and create a progression path

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. QA team is strong

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I work for the QA team, which is very strong. Almost everything is automated and cutting edge. There are people in this team that are very bright and know a tonne.

    Cons

    Information flow from Product Developers to QA Developers is poor. Often QA need to ask Product Dev. many clarifying questions before we can start automating our stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring up the product related knowledge within QA team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Smart people. Leading edge technology.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of smart people work in Engineering (Programmers and QA, most of who are also developers).
    Unbelievingly cutting edge technology. Literally will be exposed to ideas and tech. that no other company anywhere has tried yet.

    Cons

    Might not be the best environment for people who need a lot of support and guidance (i.e., documentation is something not clear).
    You are expected to be self starter who can figure things out, investigate when things go wrong, and drive processes without needing to be spoon fed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh internal docs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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