Sandvine Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. 8 people found this helpful

    Make a well informed choice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Finally I decided to take some time off and write a review. Not to rant but to help others make an informed decision for their career. Sandvine is a company having a good product and lot of talented engineers. The top management is experienced and capable to steering company to success. Good work culture, flexible working hours, opportunity to work on latest technologies, industry standard pay and free food are of avail. When Sandvine started it's center in India it was a great place to work. These were the reasons I joined Sandvine during the time when Sandvine started it's development center in India. I enjoyed working for the organization for most of the time I was with Sandvine. While Sandvine Canada continues to be a great place to work, unfortunately India center couldn't keep up the goodness it started with.

    Cons

    As I wrote in the "Pros" section, Sandvine India started great but it couldn't maintain the initial spirit to stay a great place to work. Within two years "club of well connected" have took over the control of Sandvine India to most extent. Though zero politics is one of the Sandvine ways but in it's not the chosen way in Sandvine India's day to day activities.
    Sandvine hired many talented professionals, managers and engineers, but most of the talented engineers and managers either moved out or forced to make a move. Many times engineers will be asked to do odds jobs. Not because of business need but to sideline the engineer so that the favorites can be given good pie and their accomplishments can be highlighted.

    Most of the reviews invariably mention longer work hours and slogging during weekends. Management will give an excuse that Sandvine works a startup company but it is all due to wrong effort estimation and poor planning by the management. If successive projects slip the schedule by weeks or months even when more resources were pooled in, it is only due to gross mismanagement. India management has no clue about code complexity and only looks into number of lines of code when it comes to effort estimation. And the result is that whole team slogging over 10 to 12 hours on daily basis. At the end management pushes the blame to engineers.

    Managers are more into micro management rather than understanding the complexities of the technology and product that can help them plan projects better. But they are all interested in giving very tight (most of the times, impossible targets to please the masters in Canada).

    When Sandvine started in India, all the good activities like lunch and learn sessions, idea generation and innovation generation were promoted and practiced regularly, but all these activities eventually stopped and all you are expected to do is fixing bugs.

    The top management is experienced and open. Even few senior people in India office are very good but most of the control is highjacked by a set of "well connected people" who aren't open to an honest feedback. So forget about difference of opinion!

    Sandvine India was planned as a development center but has reduced to a service center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no doubt that top management is visionary, experienced and dedicated towards success of the company. They are working very hard to make Sandvine a billion dollar company. But it is important for top management to weed out politics from Sandvine for once and all. It's not hard to find the political brains inside the organization, just need to take smart decision of promoting the non-political, sincere, talented employees and show door to those who are surviving in the company due to their connections and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Exciting at first and then gets monotonous and lot of pressure to complete work in short deadlines

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Compensation is very good.
    You will get good at your coding skills
    Free food and cab
    Amazing team members

    Cons

    Too much pressure to complete work.
    You keep getting shifted to different teams.
    At times work-life balance takes a hit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Sandvine calture

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    You may find a very small pocket of people who try hard to make a difference.

    Cons

    Worst company ever. During the first month, CEO will try get your Drinking the Kool-Aid. He'll tell you that Sandvine is the best company ever. He'll ask you if you know a better company. If you say yes, he'll tell you. Life is too short, you are not happy, you better move on.

    Top executives constantly fight in meetings and use "I cancel you", what about the rest. That reminded me of high school time.

    They don't honour contracts. You can lawyer up all you want. They have bigger pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Good technology at a rapid pace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Founders / CEO are really focused and friendly. Also, they seem to care about the customers and employees.

    Cons

    The development environment is very challenging. I'm not a fan of the code controls and the complexity of the environment. It takes too long to get up to speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in simplifying and making it easier for new employees to contribute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Good people, loads of work and long hours

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

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

    Pros

    people make the environment fun
    lots of things to see and do

    Cons

    zero work life balance
    14h work days crammed into 8hours of pay
    there are no spurts of work, just more and more of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really examine the workload of staff vs clients needs. It would be good to push back on a demanding customer once in a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Great place to learn technologies and can take up the work

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

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

    Pros

    1. Explore to various verticals in end to end core Networking Domain, Can have loads of work if you are really workaholic :)
    2. Work recognition
    3. Challenging and competitive environment, good learning
    4. A hard working and intense workplace. Great brand name to have on your portfolio in view of its extensive successes in international shores. Great cooperation between Chinese and Indians under one roof
    5. You will never feel bored of not getting work
    6. If you really want to learn things from the very beginning ,this is the place to start.Exposure to technologies at the start of your career will put in a good stead to progress in industry. Perks are good.Good place to start if you are keen on network and telecommunication technologies.

    Cons

    Cons – Depending upon team , the work schedule can get hectic . Deadlines are short sometimes, as a result may have to work overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Company is growing at a pace like never before!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Good management and smart people. They treat interns like full-time employees. Great work-life balance. Feeling of being a part of the team.

    Cons

    Cannot come up with any cons. Senior co-workers are sometimes not much helpful because of the intense work. Challenging for junior programmers.

  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Tread with caution -

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible timings and free food

    Cons

    They hire people from wrong domain & render them unemployable in the future.
    Can be fired anytime for whatever the reason. No job security at all.
    Big time & unnecessary micromanagement by aged out seniors sitting outside India.
    Less respect to Indian employees.
    Be expected to work during the weekends for how many ever hours it takes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Open a 360 degree feedback for seniors
    - Be open to ideas coming from all quarters
    - Compensate adequately for the extra slogging hours as per industry standards.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Very badly managed company - Technical as well as HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Good for freshers only. Not a company to work more than 2 years.

    Cons

    Because bad management and unwarranted pressure and scoldings from top level management, lower management tries to hide their backs, and many a times make engineers scapegoats in the process. Not a practical management. Lots of politics in the process in the process. I believe, management is aware of their deeds but succumbs to pressure from higher ups and have no bone to standby their decision. This makes a collapsed state of affairs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Bangalore team only: be practical and avoid politics. That wont help in long run.

  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Used to be a good place

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

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

    Pros

    Great team work. People are nice and caring in general.

    Cons

    Working extra hours to finish work. Documentation is poor. New comer remains upset as he hears different answers for the same questions. Company will loose all its strength if employees with the longer duration leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much hiring from RIM may spoil the culture. Already employees are not happy with the decision making of those who joined from RIM. Discrimination is felt especially towards promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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