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"IT has gone from being a decent place to total misery"

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Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Tempe, AZ
Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Tempe, AZ
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Competitive pay package/salary
Flexible time away from work policy

Cons

Agree with all the reviews stated before. CIO has completely lost it. She is clueless about how to run an IT shop. Fired 2 Leadership team members this week, after promoting both of them 5 months back. How can someone be so fickle minded. Apparently they were not exhibiting OneIT culture and whatever that means. One of them was known to express his dissent if he didn't agree with her opinions. The clear message is that you either suck up to her and not have your own opinion, or leave the bank.

Don't think we even need her, she is never around for her employees anywyas. She is either attending conferences or going around bad mouthing IT to the business. How messed up we were before and how this transformational journey is going to take us to the moon. Someone should question what has she accomplished in the last one year. Besides completely messing up the morale of the team.

Advice to Management

Advice to COO: you need to take over IT. You have appointed a leader who is totally clueless and creating a culture worse than what we had before. Intervene now before it's too late.

Other Employee Reviews for Silicon Valley Bank

  1. Helpful (5)

    "IT Is An Awful Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great individual contributors
    -Inspiring business model
    -fast paced

    Cons

    New CIO is in over her head. Totally disconnected from IT, promotes and hands large sections of her IT group that was highly motivated, cost effective, and functioning well to the worst IT leadership members in the group but great talkers which seems to now be the only way to now get recognized. Meanwhile, a few good IT leadership members (engineering and client services) that have fallen out of favor (not surprised) and im sure wont be around for long while the IT leaders who kiss up and talk about what they are going to do get love. Meanwhile, folks that have been in IT before the CIO came on board are constantly reminded how bad we are at what we do. That comes from the new CIO. Don't worry, ill be leaving soon.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the COO and steering committee: Get your CIO some coaching or fire her. She treats people like dirt and casts the wrong shadow, seems to pump herself up at others expense. Real inspiring. Advice for the CIO: Stop promoting and giving more functions (at the expense of your competent leaders) to your incompetent leadership members before the whole department collapses. Try spending time in IT and finding out the entire story rather than jumping to conclusions off snap judgments. Your the problem, recognize it and seek help.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great niche, distracted execution of strategy."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic niche - dominant player for venture backed start-up companies which drives great deposits, fee income, loans, warrants (albeit a finite market).

    Cons

    Spread too thinly and chasing too many initiatives that seem unprofitable (e.g. global offices). Reorganize the company frequently and retain poorer performers. Distracted execution.

    Advice to Management

    Focus.

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