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Silicon Valley Bank Santa Clara Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  • the work-life balance has been challenging (in 9 reviews)

  • middle management gets more people (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. "A Complicated Org Structure"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is very agile and tries to employ a 'startup culture'. Full Time Employees are very less and most of the staff are contractors. Santa Clara head office location is really good.

    Cons

    The entire structure of the organization is way too complicated. Since, most of the IT staff are contractors, there are commitment issues.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in fresh/young blood into the organization.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "The IT- Digital Banking team has basically turned into a circus"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Good office space all over the bay area
    Provide resources to train yourself
    Genuinely want to help their clients

    Cons

    IT management has no clue, hired a bunch of talented engineers for an Agile transformation that had fail written all over it from day one.

    IT middle management is powerless and forced to blindly follow the head who's ideas are impractical

    Top IT leadership refuse to acknowledge and appreciate people from within the company

    It would be a career suicide to join the Online Digital team within IT. It is directionless, visionless and ownerless

    Advice to Management

    Hold the IT leadership accountable, appreciate the great people within and reign in grandiose projects that burn good money and produce nothing.


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  5. "Corporate culture problems; outsourcing abroad and in low cost states"

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    Former Contractor - Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Name recognition as employer, career opportunities to move forward somewhere else, interesting client base

    Cons

    no regard for individuals, capitalism in its worse form, high turnover, high ratio of contractors to employees, each department or team is like an independent unit, uncollaborative and non transparent, on the bright side each team could display a slightly different culture

    Advice to Management

    None, this is the business model.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SVB is a great company to work for. Hardwork pays at this company. The people are very firiendly and tireless performance and quality of work are highly regarded. Employees move from one org to another within the bank and that is welcome, which shows the dedication and maturity management has in retaining good employees and making sure they are well rewarded

    Cons

    The HR could strengthen policies around promotions and bands and make it more transparent


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent market penetration. Serves interesting market and ecosystem.

    Cons

    Management can relay information a bit better.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


  9. "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


  10. "Sr. Technical Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, people and forward thinking company.

    Cons

    The cafeteria could use some updating.


  11. "Fraud Operations Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Fraud Operations Officer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Fraud Operations Officer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People I work with, culture, and Benefits

    Cons

    Some managers suck, you have to work before/after holidays

    Advice to Management

    Let us WFH more


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