Silicon Valley Bank - Great culture, compelling niche, but uneven mix of mid-level managers | Glassdoor
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"Great culture, compelling niche, but uneven mix of mid-level managers"

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Current Employee - Managing Director in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Managing Director in Santa Clara, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Definitely earns its reputation for being a great place to work: supportive /team-focused culture, excellent benefits, surprisingly philanthropic, and a v.low "douche bag" quotient. Plus, dominates the tech / life science banking sector which seems to grow thru every economic downturn

Cons

The downside to a great culture is that nobody ever leaves. Its amazing how many people have been at the bank 10, 15, 20 years! This had led to a disappointing concentration of "B" players at the middle ranks of the company, which seriously limits the ability of the more promising people to be promoted.

Advice to Management

Don't be afraid to fire a few people. A few bad apples really will spoil the lot.

Other Employee Reviews for Silicon Valley Bank

  1. "Top company, great appreciation for employees."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Amazing senior management. Fun, edgy company. Small enough for your accomplishments to be noticed and appreciated. Gives back to the community.

    Cons

    Headquarters has a stiff environment.


  2. "Good, smart people, but you won't get rich here."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated employees who are really committed to offering cutting edge banking services to clients. Accountability is an important value.

    Cons

    The things that work well, they constantly tinker with--many times to their detriment. Management doesn't really listen to those who don't fully drink the Kool-Aid.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending so much on internal conferences, and hand out a decent bonus every now and then.

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