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Silicon Valley Bank Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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Silicon Valley Bank President & CEO Greg Becker
Greg Becker
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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. Helpful (1)

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

    • 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 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  2. Helpful (3)

    Inexperienced Management and lack of self awareness- SVB, UK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    N/A

  3. Working with early stage companies

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked with an amazing team my entire tenure

    Cons

    I am not a fan of the CIO

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CIO

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  5. SVB Crushing It

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the culture. The team always has something going on from happy hours to tailgates. We bank some of the most innovative companies in the world. Fratlife.

    Cons

    #innovation #nuffsaid

    20 word minimums will be the death of me. The lending we do can be challenging and you have to be comfortable with numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it bros.

  6. A bank with a dynamic and innovative pool of talent

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working in a very exciting space and along with many talented and creative business. The Bank is growing and is having major success in the UK and Europe.

    Cons

    As the Bank is in growth phase, it is all hands on deck and a very heavy work load. As they are still establishing themselves they do no have very well defined policies and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, seek their inpit and feedback and act on it! Compensate your staff in line with the success of the bank and according to the effort of employees. Ordering pizza for lunch does not count...

  7. Corporate Banking Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silicon Valley Bank

    Pros

    Love the culture, innovative company

    Cons

    Not enough full-time position for new graduates

  8. Good, but Flaky at Times

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Workplace culture is great. You can tell that most offices really feel like family. Immediate managers are wonderful people. They really work to train everyone to be really good at what they do and want everyone to take pride in their work. Managers are always happy to help and train if there's something you want to understand better.

    Cons

    For a company that focuses so much on innovation, sometimes upper management can be a little resistant to change. Some people have really good ideas and are doing good work, but they end up stifled by people who are too worried about messing up the current status quo.

    Advice to Management

    You tell people you're all about change and innovation, but then you stop good ideas in their tracks because you're worried about the short-term changes instead of the good that people's ideas can do in the long run.

  9. Excellent Venture Lender, Dominant Position in Innovation Economy.

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dominant market position in venture loan, PES, wine. Highly functional originations, credit and support teams.

    Cons

    Optimization of organizational structure and becoming a larger institution requires broader intellectual framework to maintain current growth rates and capture incremental value of institutionalized knowledge of the innovation economy.

    Advice to Management

    Assess your clients full set of product needs and financing structures and match new initiatives to the holes in the product offerings. Keep up the good work.

  10. Helpful (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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Don't coddle crony

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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