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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
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  • There is a trade off to work life balance and we have been promised clearer guidance on this point so we await with interest (in 15 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Relationship Advisor"

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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 people, great benefits , fun events

    Cons

    too many systems, training of new employees

    Advice to Management

    continue to work on infrastructure


  2. "Infrastructure Systems Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Infrastructure Engineer
    Current Contractor - Infrastructure Engineer
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment to excel your technical skills.

    Cons

    Heavy process for change management and to get approvals.

  3. "Favorite internship"

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Wish I got more exposure / responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Better organized internship structure. Continue the intern gatherings, they were very helpful.


  4. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern

    Pros

    Great work experience, incredibly helpful and friendly environment.

    Cons

    In Boston, rotated between downtown and Newton office which could be a pain.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting Company to work at!"

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Silicon Valley Bank is poised to hit the next threshold of growth. The people are all really smart and very welcoming. I am really enjoying my experience at SVB

    Cons

    My contract is ending soon... It can take some time to make decisions especially where staffing is concerned.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture w/ Strong Growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are so many things I could highlight in this section, but the keys are as follows:

    - Wonderful Culture and People;
    - Great Visibility and Communication from Sr. Management;
    - Strong Market Share w/ in Niche;
    - Great Pay/Benefits;
    - Interesting and Engaging Work Regardless of Position.

    Cons

    While few and far between, the cons are tied to the explosive growth of Balance Sheet Assets over the past 4-7 years:

    - Approaching CCAR Hurdle of $50.0 Bn and the associated changes (while well planned for by management) are hammering certain teams with busy work as opposed allowing for continued focus on loan growth/product penetration and associated credit quality;
    - Regional Markets are punished by the underwriting thesis i.e. if equity funding is light, SVB competes against many of the Middle Market Banks as ABL deals are a more vanilla approach;
    - Poor Visibility into the path to promotions and would go so far as to say there were misrepresentations made at multiple points as to what it takes to move up a level.

    Advice to Management

    For what is now a Big Bank, I would say keep doing what you're doing, but also recognize how the growth/change increasingly affects those in lower positions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to worl"

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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

    - Management committed to smart growth
    - Opportunity to experience different roles at the bank. both vertical growth and horizontal. there are many roles beyond just working on the $ side.

    Cons

    - change is constant, if you do not like a place that is continually looking for ways to improve and grow, this may not be for you. (IMO)
    - food and other small perks are nice, but do not compare to what many tech companies offer. for example no significant commuter benefits.

  8. "Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great organization. People work very collaboratively and everybody was willing to help me learn as much as possible during my internship.

    Cons

    I have no complaints. The hours were reasonable and all of the people were fantastic to work with. I would highly recommend SVB.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization with a lot to figure out, but very open-minded leadership that reward initiative and creativity.

    Cons

    Some old-timers at the bank do not want to lose their jobs so at times it seems as if they are thwarting good, new ideas at the expense of their fear of being replaced (or just not wanting to put in the few extra hours of work).


  10. "Loved it"

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

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with. Everyone is friendly and willing to help out.

    Cons

    Stuck in the office all day.


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