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Sandvine Waterloo Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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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. "Great place to work."

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    • 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 :)


  2. "Better by the year"

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    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.

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

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    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.


  4. "Great place to learn and grow"

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    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


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Bad culture, too bloated"

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    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.


  6. "Test Engineering"

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    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


  7. "Not Just A Networking Company"

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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

    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)

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Architect"

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    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?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly automated environment. Sandvine's QA team tries to automate as much of its tasks as possible. Lots of brilliant people work in the QA team too (which was unexpected when I joined). Generally medium to low stress environment with an above average family-like atmosphere.

    Cons

    Documentation could be less than perfect. You might have to talk to several people to fill in knowledge gaps while getting up to speed up on a team or new tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Better docs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Happy Sandviner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - passionate leaders and culture
    - quick advancement
    - collaborative environment
    - flexible work hours
    - work hard play hard

    Cons

    - some of the leadership is in process of revamping their management style
    - fast paced / busy work environment; at times long hours are required
    - high expectations so someone looking to coast may not be a good fit


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