Silver Spring Networks Inc.

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Updated July 21, 2015
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Silver Spring Networks Inc. CEO Scott Lang
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Pros
  • Free lunch four days a week and baristas at headquarters once a week (in 8 reviews)

  • There is a big opportunity for whoever wins in the smart grid and internet of things markets (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Salaries below Director level are averagem not keeping up with Silicon Valley (in 4 reviews)

  • Management does not know in what direction to move the company, they change their opinion every week, actually they have no central leadership (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great niche

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Upward momentum with mesh technology

    Cons

    Too many silos amongst product managment

    Advice to Management

    Remove silos...create enterprise design approach


  2. Intern experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Work environment, Opportunity to work on some of the latest networking protocols, IoT etc

    Cons

    Working in remote location (most of the teams are in California) has its own challenges, but over all very capable and helpul team.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Where's the CEO?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great story and game changing products for utility sector Market leader operating in challenging and evolving space with lots of promise to expand offerings to other sectors Oppty to learn a lot and be at forefront of IoT Easy to get noticed by outside recruiters

    Cons

    Rudder-less. CEO chair empty since fall 2014. Low morale; massive staff turnover; great people leaving every week, execs in denial No bonuses. Options value-less while execs award themselves stock. Poorly organized with overlapping and conflicting org units. Little/no investment to improve operations; every project is a diving catch, rescue operation.

    Advice to Management

    Quarterly investor calls are not same as leadership team engagement and corporate communication. Get engaged - build teams. Take care of your people and they'll take care of the business.


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  5. Treading water

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of projects, market leader, very reliable technology that delivers real-world performance

    Cons

    Long sales cycle, high turnover, limited internal promotional opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why people are leaving, and figure out how to retain them - good people are leaving the company.


  6. Resistant to anything new or different

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good quality control processes that match their customers needs (the power industry). SSN apparently leads the industry (my house has their meter).

    Cons

    Constant, non-stop meetings from a twisted interpretation of Agile software processes. Ie., instead of the daily 15 minute stand-up, we get a 1 hour drone every freaking day. Thick politics. I was in and out of there for less time than to make good coffee. Still completely confused as to why.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lacks direction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atascadero, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atascadero, CA

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good wage, lunch on-site. Some of the managers are good and a lot of the employees work very hard and well over 40 hours a week to get the job done.

    Cons

    Bonuses are based on overall customer survey results which are often dependent on the customer support team. You can do everything right and still not get a bonus. No 401k match. A lot of talented people are leaving and right now SSN can't seem to hire new people. Instead of increasing salaries or benefits they are raising referral bonuses. That only works if your employees actually want to recommend you as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of news about signing new deals and all these great opportunities, but hiring doesn't match the expected increase in workload. People will only work extra hard for so long. Management needs to create a short and long-term resourcing plan.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Grass is always greener ..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous learning opportunities if you want it.

    Cons

    Its run like a big company! parking lot empty over the weekend. Can do with more zest!

    Advice to Management

    It is always more credible to lead at the front.


  9. Needs Direction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart people and promising technology

    Cons

    Wall Street is not kind on it.

    Advice to Management

    Need to give a clear direction to the company.


  10. circling the drain

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    Former Employee - Developer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    no long hours -- home by 3:00 easily

    Cons

    lots of flailing, no direction, no leadership

    Advice to Management

    prepare 3 envelopes


  11. A company in transition

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large installed base, and market share.

    Cons

    Difficulty defining/finding it's way forward. Extremely change/risk averse. Afraid to improve on previous success.

    Advice to Management

    Create a vision for the future. Invest in it. Modify it along the way. In short - leadership.



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