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Sandvine Reviews

Updated December 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 14 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 8 reviews)

  • Too much work to be done in short span of time (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Know what you want"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with very intelligent, motivated people for the most part.
    Flexible workplace, lots of opportunities to learn things you may not have heard of before.
    Interesting blend of technologies and experiences possible. More learning opportunities than at almost any other workplace.

    Cons

    Only real perk are company shares, who knows what they'll be worth longterm as the company revenues don't really grow.
    Not a really friendly workplace. Those who fit into existing cliques can do well, others are forced to follow sometimes painful processes if other groups involvement is needed and slapped around for even the tiniest mistake in following these.
    Documentation is non-existent or terrible. Longtermers seem proud of this.
    Management can be inconsistent. There are some great people leaders there. There are also others who have become managers from other roles, and it doesn't really suit them. Not for someone who needs a lot of guidance or constructive feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Be humble and honest. If/when things get tough, you'll turn people off by insisting how great you are. It makes people doubt your abilities in the long run. And there are a lot of places that offer more than just iffy shares.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Sandvine"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Fast learning
    2. Good opportunities to grow

    Cons

    1. No work life balance
    2. Micro management

    Advice to Management

    Try to be humble

  3. "Great place to work."

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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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposed to best of breed technologies in the networking, cloud, virtualization, SDN, mobile, etc. spaces
    Always have opportunities to learn something new (though, one can decide not to learn - nobody will force you to do so).
    A great place for independent thinkers/workers who like challenges.

    I work for a team called CloudServices, and our culture is great.
    It's a family oriented team with no competition between engineers.
    I suspect many other teams are like this, but I cannot really speak on this confidently without first hand experience.

    I've worked at IBM in the past, and I can say without a doubt that Sandvine is a much better place to work in.

    Cons

    Some of the communication channels between Dev, TestEng, Documentation, Support could be improved. As a compensating factor for lack of proper channels to learn about products, etc., "interrupt an engineer whenever you wan't" becomes the norm (which, as every programmer knows, really affects productivity).
    Alas, this is a minor point and a point that is being actively worked on.

    Advice to Management

    Help lessen the "on demand" (interrupt based) context switches programmers can face :)


  4. "Better by the year"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been able to grow within the company, and have learned a lot in the process. Processes are now in place to help with work/life balance that weren't there before. The place keeps getting better over time.

    Cons

    It is a challenging place to work for, where you constantly need to learn to just stay afloat. To me, it's part of the fun of being here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to thank and praise timely, and encourage people to grow. Sandvine needs to more and more act as one, and I see good signs that it is moving there.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nice Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Co-workers are good no politics there
    2. Flexible work hours & good amenities
    3. Decently ok leave policies
    4. Decently better pay masters in industry

    Cons

    1. Work load is heavy and the work changes constantly based on sudden urgent requirements
    2. Yearly hikes don't have a consistent story.
    3. the organization is pretty flat so you may stagnate in a role for a quite a while

    Advice to Management

    Have some intermediate levels to keep employees happy and please correct your hike story


  7. Helpful (11)

    "A boys club running on politics and archaic processes"

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    Current Employee - ON - Ontario in Waterloo (Belgium)
    Current Employee - ON - Ontario in Waterloo (Belgium)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary
    Free snacks, beer
    Flexible work hours
    There have been some fun social events
    Some really smart people

    Cons

    Managers do not listen to their employees interests and career goals. As a result employees are allocated to projects they have no interest in or are not a match for their skillset.
    Very much a “Boy’s Club”
    Locker room talk occurs in open office conversation
    Some really smart women have their work taken credit for by male coworkers. Their opinions and ideas are not taken seriously.
    Too metrics driven - Productivity is measured in lines of code. They care more about dates on a dashboard than code quality.
    Bloated processes - They pretend to be agile when they are still very much waterfall
    The entire office runs on politics while one of their core values is “zero politics”

    Advice to Management

    Don’t take reports of sexism as opportunities to defend yourself. Take them seriously and look into them. Gender stereotypes should have no place in a tech company.

    Allocate resources in line with people’s skills and goals.

  8. "Overall, it's a great place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn new technology. Lots of employee perks - Profit sharing, stock purchase plan with 50% match, good benefits, lots of free food. Great people.

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be a very well defined promotion path. Work-life balance can be a bit difficult at times, but it isn't a constant worry. Company growth(revenues) needs to increase.


  9. "Great place to learn and grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great problems to solve at interesting scales
    Great people to work with
    Fun corporate events

    Cons

    Top heavy management
    Disconnect between high level and mid level direction

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the management structure


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Review after 5 years"

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    • 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.


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