Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
134 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.5
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
Greg Becker
69 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance is encouraged (in 11 reviews)

  • good benefits good job opportunity (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • They've taken the "Client First" mantra to the extreme where there is no work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • New CIO Beth Devin completly ruined the IT organization (in 8 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

134 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, hours, clients, company success

    Cons

    regulation of a bank causes so much extra work, definitely the biggest downside of working for a bank.


  2. Good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment, people are very kind and open-minded

    Cons

    Most resources are devoted to the relationship managers and sales teams; more quantitative positions are neglected from a pay and resource perspective

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IT and R&D or you will fall behind


  3. Great client exposure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate II in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High velocity of clients, so easy to gain experience fast.

    Cons

    Teams are typically understaffed, which can lead to burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more associates to help manage the load on the team.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Awesome

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This bank has a really friendly environment and there's always opportunities to grow within the bank. I have never met a disgruntled employee

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to say about working here.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, sad salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate I in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate I in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Everyone is very friendly. Great reputation in the Valley. Many opportunities to learn and develop.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry average. Bank systems are old and outdated. Very little top down transparency.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep your talent, you need to incentivize them to stay with the bank.


  7. Helpful (2)

    VP 2

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VP2 in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - VP2 in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative bank, interesting work, great clients and I enjoy the deep niche focus we have.

    Cons

    Work life balance has been converted to work life integration, I-banker hours on commercial banking pay, lack of resources and support, slow and dated systems that crash or rarely are working at full speed and lots of pressure to conform or move on.

    Advice to Management

    Mix up the ranks and promote some younger more diverse managers to bring this Bank back to its greatness!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company and culture with some pain points

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and work environment. A culture all its own.

    Cons

    Depending on which department you are in, career growth and development can be hard to non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that those in operations that save and protect the money are just as important as those that bring it in. Also to embrace those within the company that are passionate and help foster their careers instead of losing them to other companies.


  9. Top Management

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast Growing bank, Technology savvy, Executive ambitions. Legacy of a People centric culture.

    Cons

    Management and Leadership need improvements in ability attract and retain talent in Technology Department.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate people and give them clear goals and make them value. Define their purpose and give them accountability.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Relationship Advisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Relationship Advisor in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Relationship Advisor in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Company really cares about delivering excellent client service and tries to be as technology savvy as you can be for a bank

    Cons

    growing so fast that it's hard to keep up. the work-life balance has been challenging

    Advice to Management

    Allocate more resources to client service teams, we are drowning


  11. Business system analyst

    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank (Less than a year)

    Pros

    SVB has very good work culture.

    Cons

    has nothing to point out as of now.



Showing 134 of 150 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

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