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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
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  • "Stressful - no work life balance" (in 17 reviews)

  • "middle management gets more people" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Industry Best and Employee Focused"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deposit Operations in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Deposit Operations in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 5 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    Some internal systems are outdated and clunky, and that can be seen as a hindrance when your primary client base are the leading and cutting edge companies in the tech and startup industry.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. "Vice President 2"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good overall compensation
    - Incredible Benefits
    - Very hot space, lots of action

    Cons

    - A lot expected out of Employees
    - Management prioritizes stock performance over spending to fix issues
    - Growth outpacing capacity

    Advice to Management

    Keep the turnaround progressing

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Really cares about their people

    Cons

    communication outside of top-tier employees lacks


  4. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits and compensation package.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance driven by understaffing.

    Advice to Management

    Get support help for the folks that need it


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Amazing manager, great benefits and strong future, great product.

    Cons

    Stay with a plan of action, changing midstream only confuses the team and doesn't allow for them to succeed. Some Senior Management need to be more accepting of diversity

    Advice to Management

    You need to have a better commitment to professional quality. Without this you will fail. You will want to rethink recent decisions.


  6. "Data Analyst Intern (Capstone)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people for cross-functional collaboration.
    Great work environment

    Cons

    Requirements kept increasing even to the point of deadline. But this was not an issue at all since both technical and audit team were very understanding.


  7. "MD"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Values creativity.

    Cons

    Slow recruitment process but within mkt norms.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing.

  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse clients and growing bank with good brand equity in the market.

    Cons

    Stale systems and approval process.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline deals or simplify structures.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome changes"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I admit I was skeptical of changes in IT org at first. It seemed like org was being split in two which would potentially cause chaos. After 6 months things are really good. New manager has come in from outside bank and she has shook things up for better. She’s making changes but giving reason why and me and my team are endorsing wholeheartedly the new direction of new IT applications being built by employees. Several recent promotions all from within, proves that management wants people to move up instead of bringing in from outside. Looking forward to the team growing and taking on more new technologies.

    Cons

    There are negative people who try and bring you down talking about change they don’t like. I try and stay positive but hopefully managers can address negativity so as not to ruin culture and good that is happening now.

    Advice to Management

    CEO meetings are good ways to hear about change and how it is endorsed from the top. Keep making sure people know why then keep going!


  10. "Business Development"

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

    Pros

    The company is making a great impact for the startup community.

    Cons

    Need to evolve as quickly as the clients.

    Advice to Management

    Keep adding value to the startup world.


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