Silver Spring Networks Inc.

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Silver Spring Networks Inc. Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
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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 company in transition

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks Inc.

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good compensation

    Cons

    Major layoff and low moral.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No leadership, No direction

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, Free snacks, flexible time, good amount of work to keep you busy.

    Cons

    While I was there, I had 3 different managers over a time span of roughly 1 year. They shuffle around so much that you just weren't really sure what was going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to quit and let another management team take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A very bad company to work for or with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc.

    Pros

    Great technology and market opportunity.

    Cons

    Scott Lang is the main problem along with his poor management skills and large ego.
    He runs a poor executive team and supports his decisions without facts.
    Silver Spring Networks could have been one of the worlds great companies except for Scott Lang.
    So many proven and successful senior and mid level executives have resigned because of Scott Lang and his attitude and incompetence .
    His you tube video that states he likes to see his people develop is the biggest joke of all.
    His manner and style are ignorant, dismissive, dictatorial and destructive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all your staff with respect and value their contribution. Equally.
    Drop the executive team defensive bullying approach. Often behaving with intimidation like schoolyard bullies.
    If your staff bring real issues to the team with solutions , don't shoot the messenger and try to hide the issues.
    Face facts and improve on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Case Study in Missed Opportunities

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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

    It was fantastic to work on something so important to the environment and a change that's happening all over the world. The "green" angle is inspiring.

    Cons

    The company suffers from terrible leadership, constant re-arranging of the deck chairs with no real change, and a lack of new ideas. The same core team keeps cycling through the same agenda, and only one has any prior Silicon Valley background. For a company that was so pioneering, there's a shocking lack of vision. Plus, selling to utilities is just unbearably hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company changes the world, but don't try to change the company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many exciting innovations to learn about
    Free lunches, snacks, and sometimes perks
    Great benefits and unlimited vacation
    Hard to get let fired

    Cons

    Difficult to engage with other teams (lots of "pass the buck" people)
    Many disparate products to learn that do not co-integrate in the code
    Sales makes impossible contracts (like, literally impossible. The product doesn't function in ways the contracts claims it can)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay less attention to your reputation and ego and more attention to making a better product and better experience
    Learn how to adequately train new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People but Hard luck

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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)

    Pros

    Some of the smart Tech folks I have ever work with. Innovative products. People works their butt off to get the job done. Really positive environment to work. Free food :) , Unlimited PTO with manager approval , free parking , flexible timing

    Cons

    Too many confusions about product which no body in the technical team understands fully. Everybody works on their part but when something goes wrong its kinda hard to determine the issue is in product or in implementation process.
    No cash bonus which is a great bummer. Lot of blame game is going around when there is an issue with customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not consider your employees robot. Customer is important to us for sure but the root cause analysis should be done to advice and improve the process so that mistakes doesn't happen again. It should not be a warning to managers and employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Among the worst contracts I've performed

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks Inc. as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    food served Monday through Thursday, Friday work from home, free beverages and snacks, convenient parking, free espresso on Thursdays, the QA members of my team were extremely skilled.

    Cons

    The quality of Enterprise Software (as opposed to the low level embedded development done within other groups) is very poor; there were ceiling high piles of steamy spaghetti code within every code repository. There is no software architecture here. Poor communication in my team. Managers don't know much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some extremely good people at SSN and there are others. SSN's portfolio of Enterprise Software is very poor. It is a simple problem of hiring great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Future-oriented green industry, but company is strategically and organizationally challenged

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

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

    Pros

    Highly competent and well-meaning people

    Cons

    Obscure & confusing organizational roles and responsibilites, muddy strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate strategy more clearly, and especially how the specific short-term goals align with strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    Challenging future, terrible CEO

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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

    If you worked at the company in 2005 - 2010, it was a wonderful, highly focused time of accelerated innovation, comparatively little politics, and a great mission statement of changing the world. It was a small company that was just starting to see some success.

    The company has since deployed game changing technology at large scale and largely fulfilled its early promise.

    On the other hand, selling to utilities is hard, the hardware business is tough, and margins are low. Most CEOs and founding teams want to run a stand alone company, but few can actually do it. A more lucrative sale to Siemens or Cisco could have been in the cards, but the investors and management team were enthralled by an IPO and misjudged the medium term value prospects of the company.

    There is some really great technology that has been developed over time, but further developing it and extracting the most value from it will likely require a change in leadership.

    Cons

    There are many negative reviews because, I think, ultimately the company's share price was unable to meet the expectations and aspirations of the people it recruited and hired. And being in Silicon Valley, it's difficult to not compare.

    During one year, revenue grew from $10 million to $100 million, and the natural expectations were that the hockey stick of growth would continue. Didn't happen.

    The CEO has been and always will be a sales guy with very few leadership instincts that are appropriate for a Silicon Valley technology company.

    From a "get it" point of view, you should know that when Scott, the CEO, first joined the company, someone needed to teach him how to use Google. We had a CFO that had his emails and calendar printed out for him, and the CEO put a contractor who happened to be his neighbor in charge of one of the few growth areas of the company. If I had to guess, I would guess that our CEO doesn't know the difference between a resistor and a capacitor, but he could spend an hour talking about his golf game and another hour about how he's a visionary.

    If the stock price was way higher, I think people would complain less. But a slow moving industry, a CEO who expects others to lead without knowing how to lead himself, and ho-hum growth prospects contribute to significant employee dissatisfaction combined with a talent drain that has been well under way for the past year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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