Silver Spring Networks Inc.

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Silver Spring Networks Inc. Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
57 Reviews
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Silver Spring Networks Inc. CEO Scott Lang
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free lunch four days a week and baristas at headquarters once a week (in 8 reviews)

  • It was first in the smart grid space and booked a lot of good clients (in 7 reviews)


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

  • Silos implicitly supported by senior managers (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A lot of work but a lot of fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant folks with a heavy focus on collaboration
    Great exposure to executives
    I could walk up to the CEO, CFO, VP etc and have a genuine conversation
    Free food Monday - Thursday
    Free snacks/coffee/soda
    They play baseball/football/basketball/olympic games on the HUGE projector screen for sports fans to watch while they work
    My manager allowed me to try projects that peaked my interest.
    Flexible hours coming in and leaving

    Cons

    You may work extra hours
    Friday they do not provide lunch
    Need more healthy snacks/drinks
    Better food trucks on Fridays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Large company with small team mentality. Everyone is important.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc.

    Pros

    Great people and a great environment.

    Cons

    Free food leads to weight gain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to employees that add value

  3.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good food, great team, low stress, good opportunity to work in great projects.

    Cons

    Low pay, low stock grants, company is not doing too well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to exercise your leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have access to top executives and continually receive more projects when I ask for them. We have a sophisticated organization and seasoned execs from other companies, so I appreciate the maturity for a small company. Love the free food, flexibility, and the hours aren't bad either. Also, we are revolutionizing the energy market and the market opportunity is huge in the next 5 years, not just in the US, but more internationally.

    Cons

    The business is complex and it can take a while to understand all of the moving parts. Once we get more profitable, it seems we will add more benefits like 401k match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to employees, keep people accountable, and let's keep winning in the marketplace since we are small, nimble, and have a lot going for us!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work with really smart people, always learning new things, lots of opportunities to make a difference

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

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting vision that makes a difference for our planet, talented colleagues, cool projects and technology, global expansion, free lunch, snack, drinks, and weekly barrista. Lots of customer interaction, employees care about the customer, and employees can see how the company helps utilities, munis, and their customers.

    Cons

    Decisions sometimes take longer than they could, long and complex deals, versus widget sales. No 401K match, no food on Fridays. Our products are complex and it is hard to see how all the parts work together. Sometimes business groups do not collaborate as well as they could.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to the workforce, provide 401K match, make decisions faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great technology but lots of competition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has made it past the IPO, should have the resources to continue to expand R&D

    Cons

    still looking for its 2013 big customer win

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage SVPs to collaborate with their teams, try to rebuild a culture of shared mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities ahead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    + Significiant growth opportunity internationally and in adjacent technology markets
    + Market and technology leader
    + Proven in the market to deliver on existing commitments
    + Near-term direction is clearly defined
    + Down-to-earth culture
    + Senior leadership is willing to listen

    Cons

    + Business is currently focused on helping electric utilities in often highly regulated markets -- can be a challenge to motivate utilities to innovate
    + Path to achieve long-term strategy is still being defined
    + Motivation of some people is waning ..potentially as a result of the long road to IPO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    + Balance focus / resources on existing business and new opportunities that we are well suited to serve
    + Continue to bring in motivated talent that wants to drive the business
    + IPO is just a starting point, continue to push and motivate teams to get to the next level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still finding its way but with a lot of potential

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    SSN is clearly the market leader in a growing industry. There is a lot of scope to progress if you are a high performer. The work environment is pretty good, good location, free lunch on site, good facilities etc.

    Cons

    There is a lack of focus. There are a so many projects going on that it can be difficult to deliver them to a high standard. The utility industry is not particularly glamorous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Win more big deals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Tremendous opportunity to take part in changing the world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Silver Spring Networks is undertaking an ambitious effort to enable large-scale conversations about energy and consumption in a way that has never been attempted before. Working at this company is an opportunity to get in early with not only a disruptive technology, but also a technological approach to energy efficiency. If you want to help us reduce energy consumption, increase electric grid efficiency, and become more responsive when disaster strikes, while maintaining a high standard of living in our society, this is the right place for you!

    Cons

    Customers of Silver Spring Network are Utilities, and like any large company, Utilities have a great deal of internal political friction that makes things move slowly and sometimes unpredictably. They also are very conservative in how they roll out new technology. This culture leaks over to SSN's culture, and it cannot be avoided. However if one keeps in mind the big picture, that SSN is slowly but surely making major changes to the very fabric of our modern technological society, then the culture of the customers is simply an annoying but necessary fact of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management does have a tendency to be insular and somewhat silent. The workers of the company are kept abreast of possible deals, necessary direction, and general strategy, but more could and should be done to make everyone feel like they are part of the beating heart of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A Fast Improving Company with Great Vision and Products

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Proud to be a part of company that truly cares about changing the energy use. Smart grid is not about getting rid of the meter man, but provides the ability to conserve energy by dynamic pricing, dynamic response and stabilize the grid via distribution automation. I also like where the company is going with smart city initiative and providing the network for street lights, traffic lights, etc. This will be a game changer. I agree that management had problems last couple years, but is recognizing the issues and working actively to address them by putting the right people in charge and implementing good processes.

    Cons

    Lots of exciting products with too little people. It could be a bit chaotic at times. Contract awards do take a long time due to the nature of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve and put right people in charge and listen to the employees. Prioritize on projects that give the biggest bang for the buck. Vision is great, but execution is everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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