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Sandvine Reviews

Updated December 16, 2016
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Pros
  • Lots of employee perks - Profit sharing, stock purchase plan with 50% match, good benefits, lots of free food (in 13 reviews)

  • Good company Good values Good pay Flexible work timings good benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a bit tricky, but that can be compensated with extended vacation (in 6 reviews)

  • Too much work to be done in short span of time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "One of the shaky companies to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and if you are the manager's pet you can achieve anything in Sandvine.

    There is much learning of technology and tools as Sandvine uses the latest in these.

    Cons

    No job security;
    Sandvine's Bangalore HR have full support of Waterloo management to fire (or hire) any person from India office. The HR behave sweet once you join but if the manager from Waterloo gives any negative feedback on the employee, the Bangalore HR team fires the person within half a day. The fired employee is treated very badly and abused by the India manager and HR together.

    So in effect, you can lose your job anytime for any reason.

    Advice to Management

    After working in Sandvine and getting fired, i realized that human behavior has not advanced yet from the primitive behavioral characteristics that were found in early Neanderthal man.

    My advice to India HR and Waterloo Managers would be:
    Be human and treat people with due respect. If you aim to fire someone after clearing the accumulated backlog in projects, please recruit employees on contract. That saves time and emotional distress that the employee goes through while you fire them.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "QA Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beer keg in kitchen, frequent company paid pizza lunches

    Cons

    Work hard long hours, the work style is geared towards new graduates of which they typically do not have other life commitments to be spending time on (family? social?)
    Sandvine follows the Jack Welch method of trimming staff - a very poor way of motivating staff.

    Advice to Management

    Remove interim layers of management (Managers and Directors) and then see how well you keep your staff engaged.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Improve the management; work culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work on latest technology and products; some hardworking people; fast-paced work

    Cons

    Internal politics in Bangalore teams-- only (region/group- specific people are favored and promoted),

    Nasty managers (for example, some old managers in Waterloo) who survive just by playing politics and giving manipulated performance reports;

    Articulated performance appraisals so that Waterloo manager's favorites get promotions and benefits in Bangalore;

    India HR team which do not follow rules and give thumps up to any decision taken by Waterloo management. This HR gives full support for any harsh treatment to the employees by Waterloo managers. They erase records of harassment or bad treatments.

    Money-oriented work culture is imposed in Bangalore office which prompts the employees to do as much as possible in a workday which leads to burn-out and opportunistic/hostile behavior among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone works for money but money is not everything.

    Identify nasty managers and replace such frauds/liers with good people.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Thank God !!! I am out of Sandvine:)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good products, Some of the dev/qa people in Bangalore office are very good and extremely helpful.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in India team-- managers have poor management skills and etiquette;
    Very selfish and egoistic leadership styles are followed at times.

    Sandvine India HR behaves rude and dances to the tune of managers in Waterloo.

    Sandvine gives a feeling that it is the best place to work which is just an imagination of the managers who work there. There are great opportunities out there in the industry for networking/ policy control and better places to work (compared to Sandvine).

    Advice to Management

    As an employee I never regret that I was made to leave Sandvine. It was a blessing in disguise. I now have wonderful opportunities in hand which Sandvine can never provide.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None whatsoever! Everyone seems to be a director or an EVP. If you are looking for title, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    You'd be a fool to work for this company!

    Executives are constantly fighting in meetings, just like teenagers. They are either too cheap to retire OR too old to start something new. But for sure they are too opinionated to listen to an alternative point of view.

    Expect the terms of your contract be violated on day one.

    If you are a YES SIR type of the person, you'd be at home and that is called "Zero Politics". If you raise a single question, then you are warned not to play politics and soon out of the door, by choice or else.

    Linkedin members with previous company as Sandvine mount to thousands, and that is an indicative of their attrition rate.

    Employees are rewarded with vouchers if they produce online blogs and positive reviews on sites like Glassdoor.

    After reading this, if you still go there, then you'd not be worth the "I told you so".

    Advice to Management

    Retire already! Will you?


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Senior System Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Indi, Karnataka (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Indi, Karnataka (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    > Salary is the only attractive thing which I could see.
    > Bangalore office was very cool when the number of employees were less than 100, but things went Bad as the number of employees increased.

    Cons

    > This could be a long list....
    - Company gives good salary and trap you.
    - There are only 2 competitors for Sandvine and the technology is very specific, this means its not very easy to find job outside.

    Advice to Management

    - Bangalore office shouldn't take anything and everything that HQ(Canada) tells and should have their on stand.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Join with caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary; opportunity to work with latest technology

    Cons

    False promises and manipulation, especially Sandvine India office:
    First time when you join, the management says Sandvine is very different and you will have to run a marathon here compared to other companies where you will be doing a jogging ( nice metaphor!!).
    Actually you will be working almost 16 hours daily for the company, and you will compromise your vacations, weekends, and granted public holidays.
    The company claims zero politics but there is a huge well established political group which never allows talented people to rise professionally within the company. This group provides daily updates and micromanage people. The time you come in, go out, and breaks are counted.

    A normal employee is stressed out with manipulative practices from managers (both India and Waterloo offices) like asking to do unreasonable loads of work, credit stealing, disrespectful comments and behaviour, and abuse. Even if you work 16 hours, they will blame you for poor quality of work, not doing work, and much more.

    Advice to Management

    nil


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technology, colleagues, fun events, food and drinks

    Cons

    Management, unethical decisions made by management, no clear direction on next steps for the company and it's future


  10. Helpful (24)

    "Join only if no other option left, beware of positive reviews."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food at their cafeteria hygiene and decent. Team lunches. I know i sound foodie, but that is the truth, none would deny that.
    Like it or not, its a startup environment (without a startup culture).

    Cons

    More than 90% +ve reviews in glass door are from Managers who after prolonged failures in recruiting talent due to bad Glassdoor reviews, got down to write positive reviews time to time. Please do not challenge me :-) in this, anyone can tell who wrote a particular positive review.

    Higher management thinks using foul language during meetings is cool ( the company head quartered in Canada, not in US/Australia).
    Its a mangers company, literally. Engineers are equal to laborers, who may join and leave, but its upto to a "street smart" manager who is expected to take most out of each "labor". Engineers get least respect.
    A 5+ year experienced "street smart" can become a manager, Director or and even a VP. Just by being a street smart and articulated reports.

    Advice to Management

    To achieve good results from India team, you need to provide good environment for engineers.
    For rest , refer other reviews for advice, everything is covered in this aspect. The reason for this review is to provide awareness to readers about the true origination of +ve reviews, there can be exceptions from the folks who really got benefited, but i can really count those rightful +ve feedback from an engineer with your fingers.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Sandvine calture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    You may find a very small pocket of people who try hard to make a difference.

    Cons

    Worst company ever. During the first month, CEO will try get your Drinking the Kool-Aid. He'll tell you that Sandvine is the best company ever. He'll ask you if you know a better company. If you say yes, he'll tell you. Life is too short, you are not happy, you better move on.

    Top executives constantly fight in meetings and use "I cancel you", what about the rest. That reminded me of high school time.

    They don't honour contracts. You can lawyer up all you want. They have bigger pockets.



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