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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  • the work-life balance has been challenging (in 10 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a great experience at SVB during my internship. Other employees were very willing to help out and introduce me to other parts of the organization.

    Cons

    No cons. Great place to be an intern.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "On its own island"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to smart people and ideas at VCs and the companies that back them.

    Cons

    People change jobs. Its normal and healthy. But you hardly ever hear a person leave JPMorgan, or First Republic, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Cooley etc and vow how horrible their experience was leaving their old firm. To the point that they want them to fail, as some form of justice for their ethics, obfuscation and flat-out dishonesty. People who leave SVB...ALL of them feel this way. Almost literally everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A House Divided"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate II in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate II in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time

    Pros

    Nice market, venture debt product, innovation oriented customers

    Cons

    Poor strategic leadership. Board is at odds with executive team. Sub-optimal culture, capabilities and execution. Dishonest compensation program.

    Advice to Management

    There are clearly some basic functional problems at the board level and the C-suite. Start running the bank like a real "bank". Fix the back office. Set higher standards for ethical behavior and integrity.


  4. "Not a typical bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "CRM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRM in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CRM in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture and great place to build a career.

    Cons

    None. SVB is one of the best places to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  6. "It's like a family!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work with the best companies and people. Everyone does the right thing for clients and each other.

    Cons

    Cons are few and far between. Cash compensation may be below competitors but benefits are significant and the culture eliminates a lot of worry and politics typically associated with working in finance.

    Advice to Management

    Never crest!


  7. "Senior Relationship Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Buyer Beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits
    The people
    The ability to work from home or from an office closer to home then your base office
    Annual offsite for the administrative support staff

    Cons

    At first you think "everyone is so nice" and then you realize it's not true. There are a lot of very nice people who work at SVB. However, there is a lot of backstabbing that takes place. Especially by those who have been at the bank for a long time who look at new hires as outsiders who don't belong. Higher level executives do not trust the administrative staff and withhold information from them. This makes it difficult to do our job.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your Executive and Administrative Assistants. We do know how to protect confidential information and not reveal it internally or externally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding and challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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