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Silver Spring Networks Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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  • Lots of new senior management joined recently in 2016/2017 meaning the old had to go (in 4 reviews)

  • High turnover - multiple rounds of layoffs (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks part-time

    Pros

    Great Company, Love it and coworkers nice

    Cons

    No cons, everything in this company is great


  2. "It's worth the annoyances."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and amazing technology. I've made many friends their that I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with well into my career. Any negatives are well over-shadowed by an amazing team. Oh and free breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Silos. You have to show up at someones desk to get something done.

  3. "Sales Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Silver Spring. Great technology, good company.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. SSN has a strong meeting culture.

    Advice to Management

    Sorry to hear about the merger. You hate to see two fiercely competitive companies having to merge.


  4. "Great tech, spoilt by nearsighted management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful nice remodel campus, luxury, gym and cafeteria
    Good customerbase

    Cons

    Exec management is out of touch
    Engineers not reward for hard works
    Stagnated product design
    Outsource and offshoring

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding stagnation
    Cultivate risktaking
    Bring new blood
    Hire topnotch devs to revamp productline


  5. "Network Compliance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good teams, wonderful workplace, nice coworkers

    Cons

    Job is fantastic so balance work and private life

    Advice to Management

    Reward the ones helping you


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good people - organization and management challenges"

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    Current Employee - Technical Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Operations in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some very talented and dedicated people working at SSN who really care about quality and doing things right. The product is world class, and they're poised to make a huge impact in the IoT space.
    There's a fantastic gym, and the fully subsidized breakfast/lunch is really nice.

    Cons

    We still find new and interesting ways to hamstring ourselves, mainly by localized poor management practices and lack of understanding of the whole picture for products.

    Advice to Management

    1. Staff appropriately, productivity is bad if if everyone is at 100% utiliztion 100% of the time.
    2. Invest internally by encouraging people to train themselves, or go to training.


  7. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at SSN for many years, many years of ups and downs. Recently, however, SSN has turned a corner, and is a great place to work. Lots of perks, and they understand work-life balance. Current management understands what the problems are, and are trying to fix them.

    Cons

    I don't have a lot of cons.

  8. "Hardware Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, great flexibility to work remote. Lots of career opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Very task focused, most technical engineers are given deep focus task and all working to hard drive completion by schedule. But, lack of senior technical individual to tied it all together. Most of the original designers has left and it's up to the individual to figure it out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible, Unlimited vacation, able to work from when needed

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth, no appreciation work task accomplished


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Company adrift - could soon turn to Nosedive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great facilities; great lunch.
    Good place to learn; still a good brand to have on your resume

    Cons

    CEO spent past 2 years stocking leadership team with Intel IOT castoffs adding management layers now staffed with sycophants and no room for internal advancement.
    No leadership vision or sense of mission.
    High turnover - multiple rounds of layoffs. Most of the real talent has left or been laid off.
    Exec team continues to miss quarterly numbers - means more layoffs to come.

    Advice to Management

    Fire exec chairman. Everyone knows he checked out 2 years ago anyway.
    Fire CEO/president. Install interim CEO (board member?). Consider selling or merging the company while you still can.


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