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. 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 Management

    Hold on to employees that add value


  2. A lot of work but a lot of fun!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  3. Great Company doing new an innovative work in Smart Grid Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making the world a better place, deploying new technology that is exciting to talk about and making a real difference for our customer. You will get to work with the best and brightest people in smart grid technology and many of the concepts and innovations that will and in the industry are being conceived here, and all of them are experiencing some form of implementation.

    Cons

    It's a challenge to introduce our technology into a industry that has very long sales cycles and so the traditional / agile silicon valley release and pivot approach is a bit more challenging. For such a small company (SSN has under 1000 employees) it can sometimes be overwhelming to realize how many hundreds of products need to be created - that will change over time as SSN continues to grow.


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  5. A hard charging company trying to change the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting new technology working to improve a mission-critical industry Innovation and new development New technologies International

    Cons

    Long hours Waiting to go public forever!

    Advice to Management

    Internal promotions are difficult making retaining talent difficult


  6. There are lots of smart, enthusiastic people but they are generally spread very thin across many projects.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Free lunch four days a week and baristas at headquarters once a week Great vacation policy

    Cons

    No 401k matching Hard to get people at headquarters to work on your requests if you are working remotely

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to do work (engineers and operations resources)


  7. Helpful (1)

    Company operates at 150mph+. Works for me.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The people these days all care about the company. They're all trying to just get the job done. Whatever it takes attitude is consistent amongst most of the folks I deal with everyday.

    Cons

    Need to be better about setting priorities correctly. Not everything needs to be done yesterday and assigned a HIGH priority value.

    Advice to Management

    Take a minute and listen to the ideas of the folks reporting into you. A lot of smart folks with great ideas that just need to be listened to.


  8. A Fast Improving Company with Great Vision and Products

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Tremendous opportunity to take part in changing the world

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Still finding its way but with a lot of potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Win more big deals.


  11. Great opportunities ahead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    + 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



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