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Sandvine Reviews

Updated 9 April, 2019
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Pros
  • "good company, good staff free food" (in 25 reviews)

  • "No pros for smart people/engineers since the new management acquisition" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance has got better but there are times when I have to work continuously, it is better than my previous companies" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Too much work to be done in short span of time" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Office Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the best job I have ever had! I feel valued as an employee every day from the janitorial staff to the Executive team! They listen to my ideas and value my opinions. The people here are hard workers who work hard and play hard.
    We have great company events, and tons of work perks to motivate us! The company offers catered lunches for team meetings and lunch and learn events. There is not one person in this company that is not approachable and willing to help you at any given moment. Sandvine is a great place to be!

    Cons

    No pension plan or RRSP Plans

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing forward! As difficult as a merge is, the first year is behind us and things will only get better from here!


  2. "Slowly improving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Things have been improving post-acquisition. Some teams are more settled, a lot of the negative former Sandviners/Procereans have left, improving the culture. Really smart and nice people to work with. Fun events, free food and beer. HR seems to have a more cohesive strategy now. Great pay.

    Cons

    C-suite needs to get better with their communication. Implement RRSP/pension plan. Overall transparency is lacking, but getting better. Still a lot of negativity, especially from long-term employees.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great company before take over"

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

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (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.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Stay Away. This is not Sandvine anymore."

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

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    • Interesting tech that impacts the world.
    • Reasonably good compensation.

    Cons

    • Anyone of any substance or real value from the original Sandvine is gone
    • Absentee leadership in the USA planning on how best to line their pockets on exit.
    • Elimination of virtually all local leadership from legacy Sandvine.

    If you're interested in a short term "ok" paycheck, then this might still be the place for you. If you want to work for a place that is looking for long term stability with a management that genuinely cares about you... They're gone.

    All that remains is the new management team who will also be gone the moment it financially pays off for them (and them alone). No real innovation is coming from here anymore. The order of business is maintain appearances, cut costs and shine it up for the sale.


  5. "Great people and company"

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of cool projects
    Good social group

    Cons

    Integration with Procera has taken time. Things are getting better though

    Advice to Management

    Keep tearing down the silos and integrating all offices world wide!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Have a lot of work to do"

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

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - great team
    - opportunities to travel

    Cons

    - it's all about the senior leadership team
    - recognition and bonuses go to those at the top
    - very unethical in the way they do business
    - very reactionary in everything they do


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Crumbling culture"

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

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good product

    Cons

    The culture is in absolute shambles. Leadership only cares about the bottom line but not the employees. It's been a year since merging with Procera and skies are still grey and it's only getting greyer.

    Advice to Management

    Put more value in your employees than your pocket.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Look elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of nice, smart people
    Free beer, snacks, company events
    Was good before but since acquisition has been horrible environment and getting worse.

    Cons

    No focus on employees, is all about money and planning to exit investment from Private Equity.
    Limited and uninspired communications
    Disrespectful and unprofessional behaviour is allowed to happen.
    Former positive Sandvine culture is dead and beyond reviving with current Leadership
    Good people continue to leave in big numbers

    Advice to Management

    Admit things haven’t worked putting these companies together and exit investment


  9. "Good Company Aggressive Schedule Free Food"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sandvine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work, Latest Technologies, Automated Tools

    Cons

    Aggressive schedules, Pressure, Some times unrealistic schedules


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Shadow of its former self"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    They have a plan make the company more successful financially.

    Cons

    Really did not take care of the people and its culture. They think because they are making lots of money everyone should be happy, but if you are working for such heartless people it doent feel like a great place to come everyday. Hearing about a lot of firing which has never happened before. Not the innovative place it was.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who cares