Silver Spring Networks Inc.

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Updated June 23, 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. 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.


  2. Treading water

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    • 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 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.


  3. circling the drain

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Highly competent and well-meaning people

    Cons

    Obscure & confusing organizational roles and responsibilites, muddy strategy

    Advice to Management

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


  6. Helpful (5)

    Among the worst contracts I've performed

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Treat people better.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Needs leadership refresh

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    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Technology holds great promise!
    Lot of potential to continue to be the market leader
    Free food...

    Cons

    Leadership is clueless on how to move the company forward
    Poor communication across the board
    Too political to get anything accomplished

    Advice to Management

    If you have been with the company for more than 7 years, please look for a change. It is good for the company, good for the employees and I am sure it will be good for you too. Most of the exec team has been around since the initial days and should be commended for the success story of SSN. However, it is unable to take it to the next level, please make way for the next set of leaders to take this forward.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Avoid at all cost - unless you need the money till something else comes in.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is good, and the working conditions are easy. Come in / leave when you want, and don't really get anything done ... its OK.

    Cons

    The technical bar is low, really low.
    The place is all about politics and spin.

    The only useful things you will learn, is how *not* to do things.
    If you want a place where you can collect a paycheck while your technical skills rot, this is the place.

    Advice to Management

    Get bought out by a company that has a clue.


  10. Lost its way for while but hopefully is getting back on track

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Financially stable company with no debt and a lot of money in the bank. There is a big opportunity for whoever wins in the smart grid and internet of things markets. Some recent org changes look positive.

    Cons

    The IoT and smart grid markets are both slow moving today so the pay off for Silver Spring is probably several years away. That assumes they win a good a share of the market of course which will require more focus than the company currently displays.

    Advice to Management

    Have a strategy.


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

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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 (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



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