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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
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  • Work / Life balance doesn't match compensation (in 11 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Receptionist"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture and environment is welcoming and open. Employees equally have a voice.

    Cons

    Higher management do not always portray strong leadership skills. They are managers in the sense that they manage rather than lead by example.

    Advice to Management

    Being in management means that other people look up to you. Try and lead by example.


  2. "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.

  3. "TechLAB Innovation Center Intern"

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    Former Intern - TechLAB Innovation Center in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - TechLAB Innovation Center in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company perks, great networking conferences, large growth capacity, great management

    Cons

    must take the initiative to make a strong presence in business meetings


  4. "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


  5. "Great Place To Work and Grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator II in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator II in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really loved working for SVB. There was never a boring day and always hand my hands full and things to do. In fact, more projects than resources most of the time but that was a good thing in some ways. My direct manager was probably one of the best managers I have every had. I can think maybe just 1 other manager I had that I would say was better, however, that manager and I have become best friends now for many years so that would be hard to beat. The camaraderie is awesome at SVB. My co-workers I worked with daily are all great guys and ladies. I would come back in a heart beat if I decided to leave my new company.

    Cons

    The only cons that I can think of is the no working remote policy our department had. This wasn't necessary a company policy but a department policy. I will say that they are looking at changing this policy soon. I would still be working for SVB if they would have allowed remote working from home. I am not talking about just once in a while telecommuting, but we wanted to move out of state where SVB didn't have an office and would have had to work from home 100% of the time. The only other con which really isn't a con is how the desk are setup to be more of a open environment to collaborate. It was a great idea but I myself am a fairly loud person and other groups near us didn't care that I was loud. :)

    Advice to Management

    The management I really enjoyed, from my direct manager, up to the director or the entire department I worked under. The only advice is to change that remote work policy as soon as possible.


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    "Summer Internship at SVB"

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    Former Intern - Payments Services in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Payments Services in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly people, free breakfast every monday mornings plus kitchen filled with snacks available whenever, reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth, very little attention from upper-level management, average pay. Overall, it seems like it's not a place for super ambitious individuals who actually want to make a mark on their industry.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the employees. Very little interaction with department heads and it seemed like they didn't genuinely care about the people who worked under them.


  7. "Not a typical bank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, still cares about the employees
    Wonderful office locations with opportunities to move within the company

    Cons

    Growing client base and slow hiring
    Need new systems and procedures to support growing company
    More positions are needed to support growth in multiple departments

    Advice to Management

    More streamlined employee training and onboarding would be great to maintain consistency
    More efficient hiring methods to help prevent short staffing of teams

  8. "Senior Relationship Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart ppl
    Challenging work environment
    Credit team that really understands market and risks
    Great client base
    Progressive thinking

    Cons

    Too political
    Internal focus vs. client focus often the case

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of layers; too many employees only focused on promotion. Internal politicking is very overt


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding and challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, really good compensation, excellent team dynamic, intellectually demanding and tons of growth opps. You aren’t put into a box. You present a great idea on area’s you want to explore and as long as it’s a value added you receive support from management. You will be successful if you enjoy having multiple balls in the air at the same time while constantly shifting priorities. Amazing place to work, always stretching you to do your best. If you get bored easily, you will love this company. The entire teams performs and produces at an exceptional level.

    Cons

    Type of place where time flies and hard to believe the day is over because you've been working on so many different things all day long. Time management is crucial.

    Advice to Management

    Management is all great people whom are extremely busy. They all seem to be at ten places at once constantly. My advice to them would be to schedule more downtime and vacations to balance the pace at which they work. I would also say to continue to grow the team and resources to level the workloads.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unique business model, executive team and perks.

    Cons

    If you are in IT, careful about the politics.


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