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Silicon Valley Bank Associate II Reviews

Updated December 9, 2016
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Associate II

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  • the work-life balance has been challenging (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great client exposure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High velocity of clients, so easy to gain experience fast.

    Cons

    Teams are typically understaffed, which can lead to burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more associates to help manage the load on the team.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A House Divided"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate II in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate II in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Nice market, venture debt product, innovation oriented customers

    Cons

    Poor strategic leadership. Board is at odds with executive team. Sub-optimal culture, capabilities and execution. Dishonest compensation program.

    Advice to Management

    There are clearly some basic functional problems at the board level and the C-suite. Start running the bank like a real "bank". Fix the back office. Set higher standards for ethical behavior and integrity.


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    "SVB has a god complex..."

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    Current Employee - Associate II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Associate II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good insurance plan and benefits. The name looks good on your business card or resume in the technology and start-up world.

    Cons

    Get paid commercial banking dollars while being pushed to work investment banking hours. It also seems as if 'urgency' has been turned into 'crisis' all the time.

    Advice to Management

    HR and Management need to reconcile the strategy differences in compensation. I was always told the official targets by HR, but it was never reflected in my discussions and actions with management.


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  5. "Could be really great"

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    Former Employee - Associate II in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate II in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great, friendly and easy to get on with. Nice new offices in London. Wide salary bands and competitive pay.

    Cons

    - Very cliquey in the UK, particularly among senior staff. Some are obsessed with micro managing all the wrong things instead of tackling the bigger issues. This may be because they lack experience of such senior level roles from outside the company in some cases.
    - No form of flexible working and very limited progression.
    - Projects/processes are chaotic.
    - The culture is completely mismanaged. Several of the senior staff do not display any of the cultural values/behaviours that they insist others must follow.

    Advice to Management

    Start appreciating people for the talent they bring and stop trying to make everybody think and act in the same way. Let people be themselves, different views, opinions and ways of working can only help the company to be successful.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Inexperienced Management and lack of self awareness- SVB, UK"

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    Current Employee - Associate II in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate II in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good exposure to Technology businesses
    -Payscale is good but growth opportunity very less

    Cons

    --Inexperienced Management. Awareness about the business is absolutely shocking
    -Old Boys Club
    -They mismanage the culture and value which they speak about all the time
    -If you have been here since the launch in 2012- you are on the top irrespective of your knowledge or experience. Others suffer from mismanagement

    Advice to Management

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