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Sandvine Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2019

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Sandvine CEO Lyn Cantor
Lyn Cantor
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free food, drinks, cab for late evening drop home(in 27 reviews)

  • "The company is full of smart people(in 15 reviews)

Cons
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  1. Featured Review

    "Things are getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, free food and beer if that's your thing, fun events going on in the office. Lot's of opportunities to learn and work on innovative things. Things were definitely worse a year ago but the culture has been improving. Seems as though the dust has settled and people are happier.

    Cons

    Communication can be lacking, sometimes there are silos. Would be nice to have RRSPs.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and communicate downstream.

    Sandvine2019-06-10

    Sandvine Response

    June 17, 2019Sandvine

    Thank you for sharing your valuable review

  2. "Great company, awesome benefits and very smart friendly people"

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    Current Employee - Web Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    smartest people, good management, good benefits and compensation, remote work if needed, great company culture, many company events, free beer, drinks(pop, coffee, tea etc..), Whisky bar, good management, challenging and interesting technology stack, always something new to learn.

    Cons

    can't find any cons for now

    Advice to Management

    RRSP would be great benefit, macbook for software developers would be a good incentive

    Sandvine2019-06-23
  3. "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work. Fair compensation. Management recognizes and rewards hard work.

    Cons

    Company was moving away from hardware projects and shrinking the team

    Sandvine2019-08-03
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company. Good technology. An okay place to work."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Waterloo, ON
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strategic management. Good customers. Decent name in market.

    Cons

    Private equity run so the focus is more on profit than on growth. Top down management can limit the contribution allowed for motivated middle managers.

    Sandvine2019-07-07
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Bad sales leadership contaminate the workplace"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Sandvine has great products, marketshare and a go-to-market strategy

    Cons

    Do not take a sales position here. 'Bringing in the numbers' on a 30/60/90 basis with a complete disregard for the customer or sales person has led to 'high turnover'. Very tactical top-down sales push versus strategic selling is the focus. Some senior sales leaders never stop searching for something to over-analyze and micromanage. Under constant surveillance and inspection, this makes the sales team feel discouraged,...

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    Advice to Management

    Bad senior leadership is causing irrevocable damage, hindering performance and creating unnecessary stress to employees and customers. A new company culture needs to be developed.

    Sandvine2019-07-24
  6. Helpful (4)

    "More value on money than people"

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

    I have been working at Sandvine for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My team is very close and we get to work on some neat stuff, but if any one of them left many of us wouldn’t be far behind.

    Cons

    Sandvine is not what it used to be. We don’t really have a culture anymore. The days of being a “Great Place to Work” are so far gone. Executive leadership has moved to the US and it is a very different style than Sandvine 1.0. Very little communication and transparency. Only focus is on making money and if you are not a money maker you can consider yourself at risk at being out of a job. Mindset that anyone is “replaceable”....

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    Advice to Management

    Making money is cool but so is treating people with respect. Don’t drive away good people.

    Sandvine2019-06-28
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Improving but Waterloo office at risk"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company overall might end up doing well in future, but not the Waterloo office.

    Cons

    Waterloo office looks to be at risk. All the Waterloo VPs are gone, now engineering teams report to Swedish or Dallas VPs. What is worse is that now the technical leads are also being hired in Dallas above the heads of the software developers in Waterloo. They treat Waterloo engineers as second class citizens giving off impression to the VPs that they are the real brains. Since the merged company chose to use the...

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    Advice to Management

    Be open about your long-term plans for Waterloo office.

    Sandvine2019-05-07
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible management, lack of responsibility, broken teams."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Salary is okay. - Benefits are okay - Free food pretty often - Free beer anytime you want it if that's your thing.

    Cons

    In my time at Sandvine: - I have been sworn at by managers (technically the one of the VP's) for asking if I could have access to a server for something. - I have heard other people managers throwing racist slurs around, not even behind closed doors. - I have been physically threatened by people managers. - I have received insanely little amounts of training, and then been expected to take on huge responsibilities...

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    Advice to Management

    You seriously need to get a clue what is happening around you, or this company (at least the Waterloo office) will crumble. Plus, maybe next time don't hire racist, aggressive people -- or don't be surprised when lawsuits find you.

    Sandvine2019-05-30

    Sandvine Response

    June 3, 2019Sandvine

    Sandvine does not tolerate this type of behavior and takes these concerns very serious. The company has several policies that support fair and ethical treatment of all associates. Additionally, the company has an escalation process to address matters such as this. Thank you for ...

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  9. Helpful (8)

    "Crumbling culture. Questionable ethics."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is full of smart people. The technology is interesting and you are faced with new challenges constantly.

    Cons

    Most of the knowledgable people have left. Management is not transparent about company performance, corporate objectives, and how products are used in certain countries.

    Sandvine2019-05-06
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Used to be a great company before take over"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Used to be: Great smart people Used to be: Startup like environment High-paced Great benefit

    Cons

    A bit stale technology with opportunities to learn, but not for all Uncertainty if you will be here another week Low margin result driven that results in zero investment in people and tools

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job to sell this company one day, it might have no smart people left by the time it happens.

    Sandvine2019-03-23
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