Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
107 Reviews

2.9
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, very focused on their employees and work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • good benefits, interesting work (in 15 reviews)


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

  • Its too late in IT, its to damaged thanks to the depredations of the new CIO (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ambitious company with an amazing Brand and client focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Dedicated senior managers
    Great culture and values
    Amazing business opportunities
    Credit policy discipline
    Global business

    Cons

    IT challenged to keep up with bank growth
    Sales team paid by commission = bad habits
    Fast changing environment - need to be even more nimble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think differently about IT - adopt a new cloud based flexible/easy to customise platform and ditch old ASAP
    New CIO is a very good person and will lead us to new great things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong, collaborative/team oriented culture; management has good strategic focus/objectives; strong benefit package; ability to move around to different roles internally; work/life balance

    Cons

    Visibility around employee compensation relative to competitors; can be overly slow to make big decisions; minor growing pains (real estate challenges, hiring strategy) as bank continues to rapidly scale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote from within, proactively take care of "best people" through empowerment, compensation and attention from highest levels in organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Proud to be an SVBer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    *smart people
    *great culture
    *AWESOME benefits
    *community consciousness
    *challenging environment that embraces creative thinking and willingness to take risks
    *the most hardworking, committed, and fun place I've had the pleasure to work
    *sincere concern and relationships among peers, managers, clients and partners
    *an amazing bank, working with amazing clients who strive to do amazing things

    Cons

    *amount of projects/changes can feel excessive- can be a lot to manage and keep up with at times
    *work/life balance - due to workload and the overall desire to go the extra mile (it's just the DNA of an SVBer)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *allow for more time to digest change before the next big change hits
    *take time to celebrate the wins - big and small

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Recall the CIO!

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    Former Employee - Applications Support
    Former Employee - Applications Support

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    SVB has great product, most innovative debt financing portfolios, and has a lot do focus on pay for performance.

    Cons

    The CIO is able to say all the Buzz words (culture, transformation, game changing) without any substances or depth. If you are looking for a broken recorder than repeats what's wrong but doesn't have strategy nor ability to rally the team to fix them, you got the right lady. IT spending is at all time high, so much money wasted with no result. Surprisingly I year after being part of IT, she can still talk about IT issues as if she is an outsider. Absolutely no demonstration of ownership nor accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't want SVB drags down by her like California did during Arnols S' regime, it is not too late to recall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Intern

    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Newton, MA

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The company atmosphere was very fun and the people are interesting and easy to work with. Everyone was willing to help and answer my questions. I participated in a lot of out of office activities and community service. It was an overall great experience

    Cons

    Sometimes a little boring, but I think this was because they are slow in the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    SVB is like family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I started as a contractor and was able to land a full time job. Throughout the years I was able to work my way up and be asked to relocate to the Tempe office and be a part of mgmt. I feel so honored to be working for such a great company. I see myself retiring from SVB as they have been on an upswing and growing with so many opportunities.

    Cons

    We are still learning to grow as a company yet keep that small company feel. Its a good thing but sometimes I wonder if they are biting more than they can handle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work as I trust and cherish their leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Company Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated group of people who want to have a positive impact on clients. The senior leaders inspire teams to do great work. If you want to enjoy work and be involved, this is the place to work!

    Cons

    None. This company is constantly improving.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Pros

    Great benefit, compensation as well as 401k. Good ESPP since SIVB stock usually go up. Friendly work environment and have a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Politic and favor. It happens in all of corporation. Some people don't know to play game and end up they don't get what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obviously you keep doing whatever you have been done, so far the business grows.

  10.  

    wonderful culture - great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    love working with the diverse set of clients

    Cons

    fast paced environment - need to be able to handle the challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for contractors as well

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Beautiful surroundings. Professional people. Everyone I work with is genuinely nice and cooperative.

    Cons

    I am a temp so this does not really apply to me. I think people work very hard here and overtime as well so free time may be an issue for some.

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