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Silver Spring Networks Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Free lunch is provided and the taste is good (in 18 reviews)

  • Great flexibility and work life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Power utilities are the main customers and are very slow to move - sales cycles can very long and tedious (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "Potential but no focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are smart and skilled. The atmosphere is friendly, great camaraderie. The office has an open space layout with lots of windows. Free lunches. Unlimited vacations. Gym on-site.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and focus. Operations runs around with their hair on fire, Sales does not deliver, R&D cannot focus.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on doing a few things well rather than a lot half-baked.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Needs NEW Business Model"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lunch in general is very good since the company moved to new headquarter with new cafeteria. Lunch menu changes daily. Now breakfast bar is included everyday!

    Cons

    - New management has not gain traction into new markets.
    - Lots of talk and promises but action is nowhere near its promises
    - Lots of new senior management joined recently in 2016/2017 meaning the old had to go
    - Company poor market performance does not justify the need for new senior management

    Advice to Management

    Please think about business mode again and reinvent the company as if it's your last chance.


  3. "In Transition"

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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

    Pros

    New facilities are nice, free lunch, SSN mesh technology works better than any competitor out there. The operations and delivery teams have been outstanding and constantly being challenged with incomplete solutions.

    Cons

    IOT company transition and getting utilities and municipal gov't to buy-in to that transition is a huge challenge for the company.

    Change management is not a strength yet and that includes facilitating a strong business case development to enable their customers to justify additional investment beyond smart metering.

    Your customers are looking for leadership to help them make the transition too. The early adopter utilities like FPL, OG&E, and CPS Energy that have a good business case should be the top priority to help establish a beachhead for future customer references of how the transition can be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Develop Change Management as a core strength and listen to your employees that are field facing...if you don't, more agile companies will steal the opportunity away from you even if it is your network that's already in place.


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  5. "Software Engineer"

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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

    Good for college hires. Here, the young kids will learn how to be play politics.

    Cons

    Turnover is too high. There is no handoff on projects when people leave. Projects don't get done, then the finger-pointing starts. There's nothing of value to work on here either.

    Advice to Management

    Stay at Silver Spring Networks, execs who care about manipulating numbers should not move to other companies. Keep it confined at Silver Spring Networks.


  6. "a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time

    Pros

    dependent on who you worked for, it was a great work environment

    Cons

    company itself wasn't doing well in 2013, but looks like it maybe changing with the new contracts

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "free lunch and free pace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch is pretty good

    Cons

    the pace is very slow.


  8. "Project Management Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible place to work
    Great way to kick start in a rising IoT company

    Cons

    Infrastructure is still improving
    Not too many job opportunities after internship


  9. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Database Developer in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Database Developer in Escondido, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment. Oriented towards professionals.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything else


  10. "employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, great office perks.

    Cons

    upper management doesn't acknowledge great resources for their skill-set or dedication to customer projects or accounts and have either laid off or loss some great talent.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your customer base.


  11. "Positive Change In the Works"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of new management helping company steer into the IOT space. Significant change for the better.

    Cons

    Still heavily tied to utilities for significant portion of revenue. Utilities move extremely slow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing hard into IOT with robust scalable solutoins


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