Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not what it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love the people that I work with

    Cons

    Culture and management has deteriorated over the past few years. Favoritism is rampant and not necessarily base on skill.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to address the issues identified in the employee surveys.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Company pays well- but strength of management on different teams can be weak. People suck up to get promoted.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good work-life balance. Fun environment, but weak managers in a lot of areas.

    Cons

    Management of certain teams. If you suck up enough, you will succeed. Just because you are good in some areas, doesn't mean you can manage people.

    Advice to Management

    Just because people are strong in some areas, doesn't mean they will be good at managing people. People don't quit companies, they quit managers.


  3. 17 year veteran of SVB

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and the people I get to work with are smart and care deeply about the organization and each other.

    Cons

    It is sometimes hard to keep up with the constant pace of change at SVB.

    Advice to Management

    Need to constantly balance the need for growth with the culture.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    System Support

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great parties and perks. Compensation is great. There are actually some great people who are willing to help you. They are not cheap and they still have team building activities.

    Cons

    Bad Managements stay and nothing being done!! They demoralize people and make people not productive. Especially if you are applying for the back office like Marketing or Finance or IT, RUN away or don't join this place. Moral is at all times low at these departments. Very high turnover. Some stayed 2 months, some don't give notices. Some left without jobs waiting. But all of these because they are so dissatisfied with management. These people are getting paid a lot of money and yet they leave! Some managers even had all of the workers left but 1 person. Lots of favoritisms. So if you are a favorite than your career can go up. No real growth.

    Advice to Management

    Put the money where your word is. United means that people get along. Look at the turnover rate. The only turnover should only because people retired. But it isn't the case. Get rid of managers who have a high turnover and lots of complaints. People in service industry is your greatest asset. You can't afford computing against all the Silicon Valley companies.


  6. Helpful (3)

    great for mothers

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits i.e. maternity leave

    Cons

    boys club, unless you are on the lending side of the bank, there is very little opportunities for growth


  7. Helpful (1)

    A great place with great people!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Working at SVB has been one of the best decisions in my professional career. I am challenged everyday and have the opportunity to help some of the most innovative companies in the world move forward. The collaborative culture and excellent benefits are just some of the amazing perks at SVB.

    Cons

    The on-boarding process can be like "drinking from a fire hose" but other than that and the occasional need to figure out some processes on your own it is a a fantastic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't change this place and stay true to what makes SVB a wonderful place to come every day.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Content working at SVB

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Love the people and benefits! The company makes their employees feel valued.

    Cons

    Training is not up to par.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great company that sits in the midst of a great sector

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed employees Interesting insights into some of the world's most creative companies Strong financial performance Deep commitment to culture, clients and community Seriously invests in people

    Cons

    SVB's culture is very gentle - sometimes that's great, but often it lets people be passive-aggressive and avoid legitimate conflict There's a strong "old boys network"


  10. Great Benefits and Great Clients

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits Great Clients Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Work hours can be long Decision making process can be long Salary less than competitive

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation Implement newer technology from clients make decisions more quickly


  11. Breath of fresh air

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great marketing team. Inspiring leadership and positive work environment. Lots of team-building activities and trainings so you feel very prepared to do your job and are excited to work for such a cool company.

    Cons

    At times, expectations are unclear. Growth trajectory is unclear as well.



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