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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. Helpful (9)

    "Bad culture, too bloated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Test Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  3. Helpful (12)

    "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.


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  5. "Not Just A Networking Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Become a leader in virtualization (NFV/SDN architecture) ... 1+ Tbps of NFV Performance
    - Solve complex and impossible problems with machine learning
    - Choose your programming language (C, C++, go-lang, python, ...)
    - Extremely smart people around you

    Cons

    - Inefficiencies is hurting the team
    - Not all the teams within Sandvine resonates on the same wave length with regards to vision and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Advice:

    - Solve the inffiencies - once this is solved, you bought
    time (and $) to be innovative
    - Ensure technical leaders in Sandvine "stay" plugged into the solution all the way to the end (not just at requirement gathering)


  6. "software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the poeple there are very nice and easy to work with
    nice location, no traffic problems
    easy commute

    Cons

    there's very few opportunity
    no bonus at all.
    salary not good

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

    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

    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


  9. "Great place to work !!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lot to learn.
    Great opportunities.
    Good food.
    Great mentoring.

    Cons

    Long working hours.
    Rest everything is really good.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good learning ground for bachelors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  11. "technical support eng"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good company, good staff free food

    Cons

    internal politics and power less hr

    Advice to Management

    nothing


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