Silicon Valley Bank

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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated 20 January 2015
Updated 20 January 2015
126 Reviews
3.2
126 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally good but hard to progress if you aren't in the core group

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Benefits package is first class
    - Social company to work for
    - Opportunity to travel to US
    - Great office location

    Cons

    - If you're not in the clicky gang you're going nowhere.
    - Despite the connection to tech systems are aging and creaky
    - Now established in UK the culture has got more cut-throat
    - Office is over-crowded

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced Management and lack of self awareness- SVB, UK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate II in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate II in London, England

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

    Pros

    -Good exposure to Technology businesses
    -Payscale is good but growth opportunity very less

    Cons

    --Inexperienced Management. Awareness about the business is absolutely shocking
    -Old Boys Club
    -They mismanage the culture and value which they speak about all the time
    -If you have been here since the launch in 2012- you are on the top irrespective of your knowledge or experience. Others suffer from mismanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place with great people!

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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 (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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Content working at SVB

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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great Benefits and Great Clients

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great Clients
    Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Work hours can be long
    Decision making process can be long
    Salary less than competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation
    Implement newer technology from clients
    make decisions more quickly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Breath of fresh air

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

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

    Pros

    Great marketing team. Inspiring leadership and positive work environment. Lots of team-building activities and trainings so you feel very prepared to do your job and are excited to work for such a cool company.

    Cons

    At times, expectations are unclear. Growth trajectory is unclear as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Silicon Valley Bank

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Pros

    Community, pay, benefits,balance, vacation, time off

    Cons

    None that I can see.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Backbiting and territorial bank no longer meeting its mission to supporting Tech Entrepreneurs

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank

    Pros

    The mission of Silicon Valley is terrific -- to support Tech/Life science entrepreneurs. Inside Silicon Valley this works well as the bank has a stellar reputation but is problematic outside the Northern CA region. Senior management on the life science team is excellent and visionary, less so on the tech side particularly outside the Silicon Valley region. The training program for new recent college graduate hires is superb.

    Cons

    Silicon Valley Bank has lost its way to support technology entrepreneurs as it seeks today to only fund those with VC backing who are already successful. Work environment is highly competitive, territorial and backbiting despite its newly defined mission to be United. Expectation to work 24/7 and lack of teamwork along with poor management that lack vision, integrity and raw intelligence lead to a stressful, hypocritical culture. Turnover remains high with new hires given lack of promotion opportunities and inbred management that seek to protect their backs and cronies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redefine mission or go home, change senior and middle management leadership. Competition is increasing, look outside and take notes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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