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Silicon Valley Bank San Francisco Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
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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. "Have greatly enjoyed working at SVB"

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

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

    Pros

    Great intersection of finance/startups/venture capital

    Cons

    Can be difficult to make lateral moves


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Down and to the right..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some truly innovative technology companies

    Cons

    Recent changes in organization and work flow have led to unrealistic expectations and mountains of work. Forget work life balance. SVB's previously unique culture is changing for the worse. General sentiment across lending teams in Northern California is dissatisfaction resulting in high turnover and attrition. Working 60 hours a week is the new normal. Management better pay attention because employees are stressed and unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. If you expect people to manage larger portfolios, work longer hours, and maintain excellent work quality, at least pay them for it and give them an incentive to stay. Either that, or provide them with the resources to deliver (i.e. hire more people). Management needs to establish a pay structure that allows employees to earn a living wage in Silicon Valley. The majority of employees commute to offices from afar because no one can afford property close by. That should be a huge red flag.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not terrible"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Nice office
    - Work life balance

    Cons

    - Dull work
    - Boring culture


  4. 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.


  5. "Great place to Intern"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "On its own island"

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    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.


  7. "CRM"

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    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

  8. "It's like a family!"

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    • 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!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love the culture!"

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

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

    Pros

    There definitely is a thriving culture for employee satisfaction which includes many events for team building.

    Cons

    There isn't a really a budget for training and growth for learning in general.


  10. "Industry Leader"

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader. Great culture and highly dynamic and collaborative work environment. People think creatively and are constantly innovating, unlike most banks. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Resource constraints. Pressure to be "always on" however salaries are often not reflective of workload. Uses leverage as industry leader to give lower salaries than competing banks.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build out the infrastructure necessary to scale at the current pace of growth.


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