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Silicon Valley Bank CEO Greg Becker
Greg Becker
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  • "finding a good work life balance(in 18 reviews)

  • "raised voices is senior management style rather than proper leadership but that’s driven from COO bully style(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    Industry Best and Employee Focused

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    Current Employee - Deposit Operations in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    - Great benefits - Working with some of the coolest and most innovative clients in the industry - Excellent employee values and work/life balance - Plenty of open opportunities to move within the company, both vertically and laterally - Employee focused - Plenty of social opportunities outside of the office - Understanding and encouraging management

    Cons

    Some internal systems are outdated and clunky, and that can be seen as a hindrance when your primary client base are the leading and cutting edge companies in the tech and startup industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on updating systems and putting the employees first and the sky is the limit!

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank for more than 4 years

    Pros

    great culture, fun work environment, good pay if you're client facing

    Cons

    felt a little salesy at time which I didnt love

  3. Helpful (6)

    Marketing is a stepping stone - don't stay too long

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits -Can work remotely. -ALOT of collaboration -Helpful and nice employees. -There is some wonderful Koolaid to drink when you first start in the Marketing group.

    Cons

    -The Marketing group is not highly respected within the company so this leads to a lot of finger pointing and gossip. -Many layers of management for a small Marketing team. -There is no promoting from within. Prefer to hire manager/director level externally. -A lot of favoritism for those who are a friend of the CMO or a C level manager. -Bottoms up organization. No support from the top. -Many claim they have...

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    Silicon Valley Bank Response

    February 13, 2019CMO

    First let me say thank you for the feedback about your experience at SVB. I am an optimist by nature and view honest reviews like yours as an opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and do better. Your opinion and ideas on how to make the marketing department an even better place to ...

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  4. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Work But Still Work to be Done

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    SVB hires great people to work with. I always say, there's no one I'd rather be in the trenches with than the people I work next to at SVB.

    Cons

    SVB likes the flashy things. Sometimes we stray from the path of delivering on the right thing because to do it well, it takes time and executive leadership seems to be impatient with results. Therefore, we start down a path and then change direction after investing a lot of time and money into something. We need to be better at making a decision and focusing on that project and delivering rather than always thinking...

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  5. Great place to grow tech career

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Pay and compensation are higher than market. I am actually building new technology not just making change to old legacy software. Our IT leadership is great. CTO makes it her priority to know staff and makes sure we are motivated and engaged. All of my co-workers agree that for the first time in many years we have a clear direction and engineers and analysts are put first over contract staff. Changes are good and working....

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    Cons

    Change can be unsettling but for people like me that know how to do a good job, help others and deliver my work, there are no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Support the changes in IT. Let’s build great technology in an efficient way to support SVB’s customers.

  6. Great Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Good comp - above market

    Cons

    hard to move up and around

  7. Helpful (22)

    New IT leadership are just the same bad decisions repeating

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great benefits Excellent position in the market Very high standards for peers in IT delivery

    Cons

    High stress, constant crunch time Bogged down with inefficient processes Lack of vision and strategy Poor communication Bad leadership, bullying culture No opportunity for advancement Pay is stagnant

    Advice to Management

    At SVB, you will work with some of the best folks in the field. The people that do the work, the deliverers, hold themselves to high standards and bring in the best people if they have a say in it. You will work a lot, you will learn a lot and you will make some longtime friends. SVB comradery is what you make it. Make no mistake, contrary to previous reviews, the deliverers were always there, working behind the scenes...

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  8. Helpful (2)

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Culture, home verses work life balance

    Cons

    The Pay for Operations positions

    Advice to Management

    Pay operations more. Operations people are what make any business work, without Ops, the business would not thrive or survive. Prove that you appreciate their hard work and dedication by paying them what they deserve.

  9. Helpful (15)

    What will it take to foster change?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are willing to roll up their sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done. The company is a good company - and potential for company growth is there. Salary and benefits are good

    Cons

    Where do I start? I have been here a few years and normally a company gets better - sadly - it’s the opposite. Nepotism has taken a forefront and because of this unskilled people are put into very high roles. These are the people running projects and making decisions - which is very unfortunate since we don’t get paid to churn. The drop in price stock is a painful indicator of how poorly we execute. The only way to...

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    Advice to Management

    What will it take for you to listen? You have mass groups of employees who are unhappy - yet you are not fostering change. People are jumping ship and more will do so in Q1. If you want to save the company the headache of taking 3 steps back I highly suggest you start paying attention immediately. Stop with the nepotism and start really looking at skill set and who is really DOING the work. Having a bunch of people who...

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  10. Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Compensation for your hard work

    Cons

    Hours can be inconsistent

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