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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. "Not bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People there are nice and helpful. Free lunch is provided and the taste is good.

    Cons

    A classic American company with not fast pace


  2. "Front End Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front-End Developer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Front-End Developer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It has the best team work.

    Cons

    There are no cons for SSN


  3. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great and smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Management.. During my time there they had questionable senior management hires.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Stable Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly Environment
    Free lunch every day
    Good compensation and benefits
    Adequate facilities
    Stable as many utilities use product

    Cons

    Older buildings
    No management wants to stay around, most of my management had left or were moving out
    Sales outpaced capacity and workload capacity far too often. There were never enough people in operations to complete workload
    Company leadership is completely unclear and is not fixing their technical debt at all. Aging infrastructure and not enough engineers to complete tasks while ingesting new tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people. Let them work how they want to. Ditch the 80s-90s micro management and let the engineers work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Linux System Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, excellent lunch

    Cons

    Excellent ppls, too far away from where I live

    Advice to Management

    Excellent management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big Opportunity and Great People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Corporate FP in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Corporate FP in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has great assets including technology and people. Great perks including free food, gym, unlimited vacation, Free EV charging and great social celebrations. Company truly cares about employees.

    Cons

    Company moving to north San Jose from Redwood City which is better commute for most but tougher for some. Company to offer busses and maybe remote site.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good communication from top and communicate clearly through move.


  8. "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Redwood City, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silver Spring Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very Exciting space to be in. great technology with a lot of talented people. It the talented workers that create all of our awesome products

    Cons

    There is an old guard in place that is really difficult to work with. I cant tell if its because they are threatened by new innovative ways of thinking

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your employees way. They are better than you and are the reason for any success silver spring has.


  9. "Under new management - time will tell"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silver Spring Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting technology breaking new ground.
    New CEO in late 2015 is making needed changes.
    Free lunches and snacks and drinks

    Cons

    Varied motivation across departments - many people work 9-5 while some work crazy
    So so benefits

    Advice to Management

    invest in the people. too much turnover of valuable people.


  10. "Technical Support Engineer Nightmare"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no vacation policy so most people abuse it.
    The customers understand the technology is complicated and screwed so they kind of understand why you cant help them with problems.

    Cons

    Engineers will not talk to support/customers. No cross department communication. 95% of "Management" are people with zero technical knowledge and don't really do anything all day. No 401k matching. Catered lunch is terrible. Stock is crap.

    Advice to Management

    Cut most of the management and keep as many long times as you can.


  11. "Contractor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, at least at mid-levels. Lots of good teamwork to manage the process of sales and account management, but the sales cycle and Request for Proposal (RFP) method for new business acquisition can be a grind (see cons below).

    Cons

    If you're involved in sales in anyway, it's a bear: governmental and semi-governmental customers means that the company is always in a long, competitive "bake-off" situation, with RFPs (Requests for Proposal) that require long, tedious effort to answer.

    Advice to Management

    Don't burn people out. Staff up to a level where people are not going from one fire drill to the next fire drill.


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