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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  • the work-life balance has been challenging (in 9 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. The culture is accepting and it is a high growth environment.

    Cons

    The Bay Area is becoming very difficult to attract top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "The IT- Digital Banking team has basically turned into a circus"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Good office space all over the bay area
    Provide resources to train yourself
    Genuinely want to help their clients

    Cons

    IT management has no clue, hired a bunch of talented engineers for an Agile transformation that had fail written all over it from day one.

    IT middle management is powerless and forced to blindly follow the head who's ideas are impractical

    Top IT leadership refuse to acknowledge and appreciate people from within the company

    It would be a career suicide to join the Online Digital team within IT. It is directionless, visionless and ownerless

    Advice to Management

    Hold the IT leadership accountable, appreciate the great people within and reign in grandiose projects that burn good money and produce nothing.


  3. "1"

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    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and is willing to answer questions. Flexible schedule. There are a lot of systems but they are very user friendly .

    Cons

    There are no procedures written down to follow. Goals that are not within reach . The quality review is not on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    Quality is more valuable than quantity


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Launching pad"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting clients and opportunities to network

    Cons

    lack of racial diversity and vocabulary to discuss it. gender diversity being acknowledged on the surface but do not see true commitment to change from executives. easy to be overlooked because of new hires. bank has a lot of people who have been there for 15+ years and lots of ppl who are new hires which makes for an interesting culture.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention of talent and be willing to promote from within more. There is not a culture of speaking the truth because we are spinning stories. Allow room for more honesty about company challenges.


  6. 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!


  7. "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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


  11. "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


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