Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
Greg Becker
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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)

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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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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  5. Helpful (5)

    Depends which dept. you work in

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's apparent to me which departments are happy and which are struggling after reading the reviews. Each area and dept is managed differently and employees have a wide range of experiences because of that. In my position, we have great culture, and pretty good management.

    Cons

    The bank has changed over the last year or 2. Morale is lower, stress is higher, and salaries are lower than industry average. There has been large turnover in specific teams because of employee frustrations in combination with competitor poaching.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on taking care of your employees. The culture is changing and not for the better.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Start-up bank with great culture

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There are so many great things about SVB: great benefits, the culture, and the start-up ecosystem. The Bank is well known in the start- ups and venture community; they bank close to 60% or more of the start-ups. You will learn a lot about business development, underwriting and portfolio management.

    Cons

    Politics and favoritism are what is killing the culture that the company built since its founding. Some managers are incompetent, weak and will throw you under the bus. Other than this, most people are pleasure to work with and you will make life long friends.

    Advice to Management

    People are company's greatest assets. Please focus on developing talent; otherwise, the bank will continue to lose its top talent to competition.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great bank, subpar middle management

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Get to work with great clients
    - Great camaraderie with fellow co workers
    - Good benefits
    - Pay is competitive

    Cons

    - Middle management is ineffective
    - Lack of strategic direction for non lending units
    - Does not pay attention to career growth

    Advice to Management

    Do something of the ineffective middle management


  8. Helpful (2)

    Very Bro

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

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

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

    Pros

    Culturally very bro. The work is very simple.

    Cons

    Comp, hours, career trajectory, management clueless


  9. Helpful (1)

    A roller coaster of experiences

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility
    great benefits
    always something new
    great respect to our clients

    Cons

    bank mentality - this could be good sometimes though

    Advice to Management

    keep rocking!


  10. good and challenging

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to learn and to continue to hone in skill building set

    Cons

    Too many initiatives with limited number of staffs

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on talent development



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