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Sandvine Reviews

Updated April 22, 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. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting products, flexibility, smar people

    Cons

    Old technology in some teams


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Review after 5 years"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    You can get driven by next generation use cases which expect you to think always as an engineer.
    All senior engineers for base station ( waterloo) are helpful and help you with their knowledge

    Cons

    Too much concentration on process, which makes it difficult to innovate.
    Company expects engineers to be innovative.. but innovation doesn't happen using a process.
    And until and unless you don't separate projects which require innovation and their own sweet time and approach the engineers get frustrated and people end-up compromising on solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Please have a process for maintainance or feature development work but not for innovative solutions.. loosing out seniors will not help any company.

  3. "Test Engineering"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Testing cool and complex products that provides opportunities for creative semi/fully automated testing
    - Challenging problems to solve in day to day work that leads to more learning
    - Friendly work environment

    Cons

    - Inefficiencies in processes causes slowness among various teams
    - Tendency in focusing on short term solutions
    - Need more active mentorship to improve the team

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce inefficiencies in the processes
    - Focus on making the team better which will lead to better quality and speed


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Till now, it looks good, though not exciting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Free Internet monthly
    2. Free Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks
    3. Work from home options (Though managers wont encourage this in their body language :P )
    4. Good compensation
    5. Healthy insurance policy

    Cons

    1. High pressure in the development teams (QA seems to be fine)
    2. Senior management does not have a strong vision, ( Company still looks like a startup after 15 years & still senior management crosses fingers to get next quarter to be in profit)
    3. Bangalore HR Team does not have a role, unlike other companies, Bangalore HR team just follows the rules created by Waterloo, does not have power to decide employee rules at the center. Even one person fired from Waterloo managers, HR will just takes him to EXIT, rather cant bring policies and ethics at the center.
    4. No onsite opportunities, neither good onsite benefits as well.
    5. High politics in Waterloo managers (Because higher management is in waterloo, Bangalore managers need

    Advice to Management

    1. Strengthen Bangalore HR Team for making decision, not simply following decisions.
    2. Strengthen Bangalore Management team for empowering Bangalore employees.
    3. Have good vision and takes the company to that.
    4. Dont blame employees when company not performing ( you have very strong roles in making it bad, Employees just followed your strategies.
    5. Dont fire people when you dont like them, you only recruited them. Try to retain them, or have very good compensation for them (Again HR is powerless in these)


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, bad HR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, free food. Better place for QA than for developers. Culture is fairly good (no intimidation or negativity generally).

    Cons

    If anything goes wrong you can't count on the HR to help out. When everything is fine they smile and chat you up. Useless HR and they don't want to improve. There can be profane language in meetings with management. It is seen as cool or hip!!!! Hours can get crazy for every release!!


  6. "Ok place to work, not spectacular"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Sandvine as an intern

    Pros

    Good pay, nice facilities and free beverages

    Cons

    Not the friendliest work environment, little to no training


  7. "Competitive ,Energetic and always busy. employees are very helpful and will help you to any extent"

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    Current Intern - Build and Release Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Intern - Build and Release Engineer in Bengaluru (India)

    I have been working at Sandvine as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    has got some experience in writing shell scripts

    Cons

    always a pressure to get the build done but in a good way

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Service Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good culture but unforgiving management

    Cons

    Your on your own good luck


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A very good company to work at except for few glitches"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can fix your timinings as long as your tasks are completed by dates.

    Your ideas can be heard by higher communication directly, no need to go through many layers and get affected by petty politics

    Cons

    Too much work, not many benefits for employees apart usual perks like internet etc.

    Since a small company, will end up doing many things (scripting, integration etc) other than just coding. This might be a con few people.

    Advice to Management

    They are no in mood to listen anyway, so waste of time to type.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Startup Culture.Leading edge technology.below par management"

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, good product and some of the management team and product managers are really accessible and great. knowledge sharing is facilitated.

    Cons

    some micro managers ruining things, below par salary and benefits..paltry raises and no scope of promotion considering people have been in their roles for 7+ years

    Advice to Management

    start taking more interest in employees progression and create a progression path


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