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Silver Spring Networks Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Free lunch is provided and the taste is good (in 20 reviews)

  • Most positions are very flexible about being able to work from home (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Going down hill in a hurry"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 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

    Still some great people left here but the numbers are dwindling.

    Cons

    New CEO and his cronies are clueless. Will destroy a great company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that built up the company instead of sidelining them in favor of your buddies. Concentrate on your​ core competencies.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Need better direction from executives"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great people. New facility with a cafeteria. Excellent food choices. Supportive IT department. Good benefits. On location gym.

    Cons

    Need better internal management and improve knowledge sharing. Some members get stuck on project that no one wants to touch. Many new executives and a lot of talk but no forward movements. Need more innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more transparency and focus on company direction.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No visibility or communication from leadership"

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

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time

    Pros

    good company perks: brand new office, free lunch (cafe), cross-fit gym (and trainers), occasional work from home days or remote options available

    Cons

    Major layoff due to careless spending (gourmet meals, first-class flights, frequent traveling expenses, cross-fit gym...). organization is a mess. huge push for "process improvements," yet nothing ever changes nor is management really open for "change." Poor decision-making...

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate management staff and hire leaders who care about the success of their employees/teams, not just collecting a heavy paycheck.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too much disagreement among management"

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

    Pros

    Not at this time is there anything positive

    Cons

    No clear direction or communication


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