Silicon Valley Bank

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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
Updated 4 March 2015
131 Reviews
3.3
131 Reviews
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, very focused on their employees and work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • good benefits good job opportunity (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • They've taken the "Client First" mantra to the extreme where there is no work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Its too late in IT, its to damaged thanks to the depredations of the new CIO (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    SVB is the 800 pond gorilla in the venture backed technology space. My experience there was mixed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Banking in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - International Banking in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    You get to work with passionate entrepreneurs who are building intereimg companies.
    Access to VCs

    Cons

    It's a highly political environment
    Schmoozing ability is more highly valued than ability to execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't coddle crony

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The Best Employer!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Management cares about their employees.
    2. Open line of communication from upper management.
    3. Work life balance is enforced so employees get time to relax.
    4. Fitness of employees is one of the top most priorities.

    Cons

    1. Some teams can be challenging to work with given most of the efforts are critical to the clients and bank.
    2. Increase in work load exponentially given high client expectation and time to deliver a project with same number of accountable resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep open line of communication between management and employees, and enforce work life balance along with focus on employees fitness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    17 year veteran of SVB

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and the people I get to work with are smart and care deeply about the organization and each other.

    Cons

    It is sometimes hard to keep up with the constant pace of change at SVB.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to constantly balance the need for growth with the culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love the people that I work with

    Cons

    Culture and management has deteriorated over the past few years. Favoritism is rampant and not necessarily base on skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to address the issues identified in the employee surveys.

  6.  

    Company pays well- but strength of management on different teams can be weak. People suck up to get promoted.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good work-life balance. Fun environment, but weak managers in a lot of areas.

    Cons

    Management of certain teams. If you suck up enough, you will succeed. Just because you are good in some areas, doesn't mean you can manage people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because people are strong in some areas, doesn't mean they will be good at managing people. People don't quit companies, they quit managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place with great people!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Working at SVB has been one of the best decisions in my professional career. I am challenged everyday and have the opportunity to help some of the most innovative companies in the world move forward. The collaborative culture and excellent benefits are just some of the amazing perks at SVB.

    Cons

    The on-boarding process can be like "drinking from a fire hose" but other than that and the occasional need to figure out some processes on your own it is a a fantastic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't change this place and stay true to what makes SVB a wonderful place to come every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Content working at SVB

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Love the people and benefits! The company makes their employees feel valued.

    Cons

    Training is not up to par.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    great for mothers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Pros

    excellent benefits i.e. maternity leave

    Cons

    boys club, unless you are on the lending side of the bank, there is very little opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company that sits in the midst of a great sector

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed employees
    Interesting insights into some of the world's most creative companies
    Strong financial performance
    Deep commitment to culture, clients and community
    Seriously invests in people

    Cons

    SVB's culture is very gentle - sometimes that's great, but often it lets people be passive-aggressive and avoid legitimate conflict
    There's a strong "old boys network"

    Approves of CEO

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