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Sandvine Reviews

Updated January 5, 2017
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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)

  • Sandvine works on cutting edge technologies and have flexible work hours (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be a bit difficult at times, but it isn't a constant worry (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Bad culture, too bloated"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - There are attempts to engage the employees with paid/subsidized outings and quarterly team lunches.
    - There are some genuinely smart people here.
    - Lots of challenging problems to solve.
    - Some really engaged people trying hard to make a difference.
    - Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    - Too many managers/directors and not enough people who actually work. The org chart is laughable. (there is literally an AVP of nothing, with no reports and no official duties)
    - The place is overrun with ineffective meeting-hoppers, bouncing from meeting to meeting looking for a free lunch (literally).
    - Don't make new friends, because they won't there tomorrow. Attrition is the highest I've ever seen anywhere.
    - No work/life balance.
    - Projects consistently understaffed, without adequate resources, investment and usually come with unreasonable deadlines.
    - Code quality is low, due to lack of skilled programmers doing the actual work.
    - Productivity is measured in lines of code (which is great for people who don't know how to program).
    - Most "lifers" are resistant to change and therefor the company is run on seriously obsolete platforms.
    - Serious disturbing "Bro culture", bordering on sexism.
    - No respect for family life, work life balance.
    - Employees are lobbied to rank the workplace highly so that Sandvine gets on the "Great Places to Work" list.
    - Not many "Engineers" who actually code/work anymore, and those that do get frustrated or overworked and leave.
    - Management is completely ineffective with too many opinions being given weight and decisions forever in a stalemate.
    - Projects are dragged on endlessly to the advantage of those whose job depends on it (i.e. contractors).
    - Politics are surprising for such a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Collect the AVP's, Directors and Managers into groups of "effective" and "ineffective" and cut the latter. With the excess head count and freed up salary, hire some people who want to work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees are very dedicated, knowledgeable and loyal

    Cons

    Sandvine has attempted to save costs by replacing senior engineers with junior engineers. Sandvine also lobbies employees to post favorable reviews in order to (unjustifiably) win top employer awards.

    Advice to Management

    Show the employees the same loyalty and dedication that they give to the company


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good learning ground for bachelors"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Would always have work to do
    Good Engineering folks

    Cons

    The management stinks. They micro manage to the very minutest level
    Work, work and more work. You will end up doing 4 months of work in other companies in a month here.
    Work life balance is a myth

    Advice to Management

    Taking people into their trust can take the company a long way


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  5. "Sandvine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    Good & flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Needs to get content defined and readily available.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "bad work experince"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lack of strategy and planing for all sales activity, too much politics.

    Cons

    the pay was good, you get to travel alot


  7. Helpful (8)

    "A frustrating place to work"

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    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are still some good people working at Sandvine, and they try very hard to make a difference.
    The technology can be interesting if you've never been exposed to networking or embedded development before.

    Cons

    The tools and infrastructure are ancient, and there are a lot of people that are switched off and resistant to change of any kind. Unfortunately, a lot of these people are in leadership roles. The quality of the code varies wildly, and the bad code lives for a long time. It can be very challenging to find opportunities to grow, to take on new roles, learn new technologies etc. it's easy to switch off and not care.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your best employees, the ones who are trying to make a difference. Invest for the medium-long term at least some of the time. Offer your staff challenges and new opportunities that they want, not that you want.


  8. Helpful (12)

    "Sandvine environment is toxic and demoralizing"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Rubik's cube on your first Sandvine day.
    This would be a good place to research ideas on how not to lead and manage people.

    Cons

    Very poor management (damagement), contempt for developers who have drive to improve things, no significant architecture plan (Sr. 'Architect' spends his entire day merging tens of ClearCase branches from thousands of CC branches), long-term employee groups that coast and control through fear, problem solving involves 'fixing' long-term problems with short-term patches (on patches) and a lot of other extremely poor situations. It is an abysmal working environment. You will be treated as a grunt and expected to follow their Sandvine way which is complete nonsense as they apply it.

    Also, the code base is attrocious in many ways. Damagment explains this away because they want to be considered a startup. This is another way that they pass off any responsibility for their actions and incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Take the damagement out of your management. Listen and accept some ideas from new but seasoned developers on improving architecture, software, processes, etcetera. Don't be afraid of good change and stop worrying about your long term Sandvine job. Actually, since management is so, so aggressive, closed minded, unconsciously responsive and downright mean, just leave.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Pretty Average"

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    Current Employee - Engineer At QA in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Engineer At QA in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good pay master.
    2. Growing company = assured decent bonus.
    3. Lots of fun activities, great for young folks.
    4. Catered b'fast and lunch. Probably the highlight for every day of work.
    5. Clean workplace and drop off facilities.
    6. Good HR/finance departments.
    7. No wrath of customers as customer base is still growing.

    Cons

    1. Waterloo headquarter does not send good work to Bangalore.
    2. Instances of bad remote management.
    3. You get to hear lots of four lettered words in team meets.
    4. People brought in without advertising job positions.
    5. This is a manger's dream job. Expect micromanagement as managers don't have much to do here. Management does not communicate either.
    6. Weird project plans cause varying workload. Company is not suited for people with families. Hang around here if you are young and just want to spend two years with no worries.
    7. Not all engineering positions will lead in learning new skils. Company is lot bit slow to adopt. Exciting and new projects stay at Waterloo.
    8. Small workplace at Bangalore but you find too competetive coworkers and silos.

    Advice to Management

    Time to know why this is Canada's best workplace but not Bangalore's..


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good company culture and working environment but very poor, stubborn, and lazy/comfortable upper management (Director and higher) makes it impossible and frustrating to do anything but keep status quo."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company culture tries to make it a good fun place to work. Profit sharing gives a few extra bucks now and then (not significant). Small teams so you still can feel important, though of course that means working harder sometimes. If you're a mediocre employee and like clocking in and out (9 to 5) and do as you are told you'll love this place.

    Cons

    Upper management (director and higher) are very lazy and comfortable in their jobs. So much so that they stifle creativity and progress. If you are top talent you will get bored and frustrated to the point of either having to quit, or worse, getting let go if you try too hard to disturb them with fresh or useful ideas. There is also lots of preferential treatment. You either kiss a** and have it easy no matter how poor of an employee you are or you don't and are mistreated, abused, and eventually let go or quit. Don't expect fair performance evaluations or salary increases; FYI the two are strangely unrelated.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management, drop the know-it-all attitude because you rarely seem to know the truth or what is really happening, make a genuine effort to listen and understand what is happening, admit when you are wrong (don't worry it's ok), stop worrying only about your safety and your bloated paycheques, and if you cannot find a way to get stuff done just get out of the way because chances are those on your teams are trying to but you are the roadblocks and speed-bumps getting in the way.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Good people, loads of work and long hours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    people make the environment fun
    lots of things to see and do

    Cons

    zero work life balance
    14h work days crammed into 8hours of pay
    there are no spurts of work, just more and more of it

    Advice to Management

    really examine the workload of staff vs clients needs. It would be good to push back on a demanding customer once in a while.


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