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Updated Jul 25, 2014

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3.5 22 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Sandvine President and CEO Dave Caputo

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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)

  • Work a lot of extra hours closer to a release date(in 3 reviews)

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    Good technology at a rapid pace

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

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementInvest in simplifying and making it easier for new employees to contribute

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, loads of work and long hours

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a good place

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    ConsWorking 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 Senior ManagementToo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company to work for with great leadership!

    RFP Team (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros-Competitive salary and benefits package
    -Fun place to work. Everyone works hard and plays hard
    -A learning environment
    -Leadership team has open door policy. They are immersed in the culture and very hands-on
    -Employees are encouraged to take risks and be creative
    -Management care about fostering the growth and development of employees
    -Spirited debate is encouraged

    Cons-Silos exist but collaboration and information sharing is improving

    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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    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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    Great place to work, great place to prove yourself and succeed!

    Senior Quality Assurance Analyst (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsCompany Motto: "Work Hard, Play Hard"

    Let's talk about the "Play Hard":

    There are regular social events globally within the company at HQ, and as well within individual teams and groups (for the most part). Some teams have participated in fun team outtings including: learn-to-play Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Rock Climbing, Paintball, Dodgeball, the list goes on! Company-wide (per location) events are generous to their employees in beverages and food.

    Other fun events include: ice-cream truck on-site, lunch BBQ events, monthly social, monthly "Birthday & Anniversary" snacks, annual PC-gaming LAN party.

    On-site includes free beverages (pop, coffee, hot chocolate), ping-ping, foosball, PS3, & beer!

    Let's talk about the "Work Hard":

    If you're a work-aholic, you'll absolutely fit in at Sandvine. Everyone is doing what it takes to make the company successful. Sandvine strives to find intelligent, ingenuitive, and hard working employees.

    Project work has high demand on throughput and task deadlines/commitments.

    Think you've got what it takes? Prove it! Apply for a position at Sandvine and show off your skills and create your own successes.

    ConsThe "Work Hard" mentallity, if unmanaged will cause employee burnout. Employees and management need to constantly self-evaluate themselves and their staff to know when they need a break. Don't be deterred though; a good balance can be achieved simply by communicating with your manager!

    Business and market changes can cause churn in project work. Be prepared to showcase flexibility and adapt to the changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your employees when they go above and beyond. Don't let consistent over-achievers go un-noticed.

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

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    Sandvine Way is mostly real

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Prosarticulated culture framework called Sandvine Way
    top performers are impowered
    Free pop, beer and food during working lunch meetings

    Consbusiness success is not what it has needed to be for the past few years despite efforts to change underlining drivers....

    Advice to Senior Managementsuccess is what drives success....figure it out as it is the only way to eliminate second guessers. be careful hiring too many Senior RIM managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work hard; play hard.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat work environment. Spacious cubicals. Competitive salary. Complete benefits packages. Regular company social events. Year after year ranked one of Canada's best places to work. New hires are provided modern equipment and everything they need to get started the day they join. World class colleagues from all over. Travel opportunities and opportunities to move around within the company. Great HR department. Free beer as in free beer.

    ConsNot many know who Sandvine is and what they do. We may be the most popular company in our niche market, but I always fear much of what we do is not understood or transferable in the eyes of other who may be hiring in the future (outside direct competitors and target customers). That may not be a problem if you are planning on working for the company forever but, there is no pension plan and doing so will only broaden ones horizon so far.

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

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    Nice place to work

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

    ProsNice techie people to work with

    ConsFar from major canadian cities

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your good producers

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

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