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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • the work-life balance has been challenging (in 9 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, gap between executive leadership and service teams"

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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

    fantastic benefits, great people, exciting industry

    Cons

    Executive leadership has lost touch with entry level ops and service teams. they should utilize those on the front line to improve the client experience. systems very out of date.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on top of one on ones, utilize and develop people more


  2. "Associate II - Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and move up in the company

    Cons

    Culture must be a fit in order to be successful


  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. "Growth and Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sales-focused with solid opportunities to continue growing the client base, support innovation, and increase value in tech and life sciences.

    Cons

    Operations and IT leadership is evolving. People are being left behind or are leaving under confusing leadership and changing demands. Middle management is just that, full of managers rather than leaders or mentors. Career pathing is left to individuals creating an atmosphere of competition rather than support.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a cohesive vision and return to the values. Success drivers and the current tagline of going pro focus primarily on the individual and lose the spirit of being united.


  6. "Great culture"

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

    Pros

    SVB has a great culture

    Cons

    The bank can be very political


  7. "Great place to grow a career"

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Care about their employees. Interesting industries to cover.

    Cons

    There are not a ton of downsides. I think compensation can often be a little lower than market but my opinion is most people think it's worth it given all the other aspects of working there.

    Advice to Management

    It can be hard to keep good people but keep innovating and good talent will come your way.


  8. "Competitive and free-wheeling 'star' culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    If you're independent and resourceful (and resilient) and can spend as much time building internal alliances and promoting your personal brand as you do in market generating new business - you will be successful here. If on the other hand you succceed more with mature infrastructure, business process, and general management... you may have difficulty at SVB, which is experiencing growing pains.

    Cons

    For a bank their size, they are at least 10-years behind in business process, IT investment (internal automation / collaboration / data management and client facing applications) and client experience management, which impacts every department.

    Advice to Management

    Put your money where your mouth is by actually funding the current business infrastructure, process, technology, and training backlog.


  9. "Managing Director"

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    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!


  10. 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.


  11. "Network Engineer"

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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 benefits. Very competitive employer.

    Cons

    Too many changes in management.


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