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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  • the work-life balance has been challenging (in 9 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Network Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very competitive employer.

    Cons

    Too many changes in management.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not for the faint-hearted"

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    Current Employee - IT Team Lead in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Team Lead in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're looking for a work place where you just show up 9-5 for the sake of showing up, expecting to cruise through life, then Silicon Valley Bank is not for you. Quite the contrary, if challenge is what you crave for, then SVB is perfect for you.

    I love how my job keeps me on my toes, bringing out the best in me. I'm part of the CCAR team, where turnaround time, accuracy and efficiency are crucial. The good part is that I'm working with the best of the best. As stressful and challenging as it could be, I feel tremendous support from not only the project team but most importantly management.

    SVB is great about recognizing and rewarding hard work and good performance. They give out awards, recognition and on-the-spot bonuses throughout the year. Even better, you don't need to wait for mid-year or year-end performance reviews but Management actually takes time to schedule 1:1 meetings with the employees to provide feedback and encourage open communication. Management, in general, has an open-door policy and are very approachable.

    On top of all these, camaraderie between employees is the best I've seen. There's constantly something going on - offsite events, picnics, community service, happy hour events. We had our Christmas party at a Casino last year where they set up tables/games for us, so fun!

    I never post reviews for anything but I feel strongly about SVB that I just had to write this review! I can honestly say this is the best company I've ever worked for!!

    Cons

    For me personally, the only negative is the location. It takes me about an hour to get to work due to Phoenix traffic. But this obviously is not the company's fault!! I get to work remotely from time to time so this definitely helps!

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open door policy!


  3. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working environment was good.

    Cons

    the package that was provided was not competitive.


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  5. "Credit Card Client Advisor III"

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    Current Employee - Credit Card Client Advisor III in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Credit Card Client Advisor III in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, good culture and innovative company.

    Cons

    There are very few advancement opportunities.


  6. "Systems Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SVB is a great company to work for. Hardwork pays at this company. The people are very firiendly and tireless performance and quality of work are highly regarded. Employees move from one org to another within the bank and that is welcome, which shows the dedication and maturity management has in retaining good employees and making sure they are well rewarded

    Cons

    The HR could strengthen policies around promotions and bands and make it more transparent


  7. "Great place to work. Big changes coming."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    SVB is slowly becoming just another big bank.


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent market penetration. Serves interesting market and ecosystem.

    Cons

    Management can relay information a bit better.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


  9. "IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager In IT in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager In IT in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of learning if you are in right team. Some teams are super busy, new concepts are being adopted. Getting to good mix of new comers, creating wave of new changes

    Cons

    Lot of replanning in recent tomes. middle management gets more people. Some areas work in silo. Initiatives are confusing at times, not clear on delivery and ROI


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Complete Lack of Diversity"

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    Former Employee - Associate I
    Former Employee - Associate I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great learning opportunity--SVB works with some of the most innovative companies in both tech and life science. Vertical and horizontal mobility across the bank, provided that you work hard and show face. Nice people with a great culture.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive with other banks. Lack of transparency in the promotion process. Company in scaling, but is slow to hire additional employees, which affects the work/life balance of associates and VPs.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to better incentivize your employees to stay with SVB. A great culture will only go so far when you're only paying a fraction of what competing banks pay their employees. Secondly, make an actual effort to diversify the workforce. SVB is a total "boys club," with extremely little diversity of ethnicity AND thought. Claims to be a "forward thinking" company, but seems to hire the same kind of candidates time and time again.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate I
    Current Employee - Associate I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Phenomenal work environment getting to work with some of the most facinating companies in the world

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting an entrepreneurial work environment



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