Sandvine Software Developer Reviews

Updated Mar 22, 2019

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  1. Helpful (16)

    "Top 10 reasons not to go to Sandvine"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good software practices. (code reviews, unit tests, automated and performance tests) One of the better implementations of automated testing that I have witnessed. People are hard working and there is a "can do" attitude in the company.

    Cons

    1. Lack of focus/accountability: Even after 7+ years after an IPO, some management still describe Sandvine as a startup. Its not. They have to have a very mature processes to make sure the software is well developed to a high standard. However the long tenured developers are allowed to do what ever they wish against the standard policy. 2. Poor management experience: Management is mostly made up of people that have been there 10+ years directly out of school and are set in their ways. Best management practices are only stumbled upon and not developed. 3. Lack of planning: Many times the engineering dept has been left trying to fast track new product development becasue there was not sufficient planning on EOL parts on existing products. This resulted in EOL parts being bought on e-bay and products pushed out long before they are truely ready for a tier 1 network. Engineers are expected to suck up the overtime and dont complain. 4. Lack of support: There is no career development. Its sink or swim. Your training is on the job and dont expect anyone to train you about the product. 5. Lack of architecture: Dont ask for an architecture diagram or document. They dont exist and the architects like it that way. Causes mass confusion for all developers and makes it very difficult to understand the whole system. 6. Low quality tests: They have 1000s of tests, But the infrastrucutre is so unreliable they only have to have a single PASS of each test after dozens of executions. It takes over a week to find regressions. Near a release, many testers repeat tests executions multiple times until all of them PASS once. 7. Departmental fifedoms: there is a constant struggle between all departments and very little collaboration to work together. Causees stress and conflict and drags productivity down. 8. Lack of Product reliability: Sandvines equipment is often placed in tier one networks, but their system is not robust to failures. Fault tolerance is not designed into the product and as a result, a small army of engineers comb through the hot issues on customers networks daily. Its not profitable to add reliabilty so they throw people at it and bill it as support contracts. 9. Customers force Sandvine around. Sandvine sells to some very large corporations. As a result Sandvine has had to spend a lot of extra efffort back porting features onto older releases which they were not designed for. A lot of wasted effort for a single sale (although a large one). 10. Product space is heavily regulated: Sandvine is a DPI company. Prorotcols change and break regularly. But the main thrust of their products is on Usage Based Billing. The public is largely against UBB and govenermetns heavily regulate network operators. This environment causes very slow changes in network management which Sandvine advocates. However buisness is great in less regulated sections of the world. You can find skype calls blocked thanks to Sandvine.

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    Sandvine2013-11-30
  2. Helpful (15)

    "Used to be a great company before take over"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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    Sandvine2019-03-23
  3. Helpful (18)

    "Worst Company to work in Bangalore"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Attractive Salary Team outing In-House Facilities Good HR and their plan to bring employees together by arranging various games, especially TT, ThrowBall and Women oriented programs.

    Cons

    1. Bad Project Plan from Dev Managers which leads to heavy pressure on down the line to employees and which leads to all bad reviews about the company. Working in New DB involved project is very pathetic & Being a women manager never respects others women employees. Bad plan and wrong commitments from her and her De-Promoted Manager leads lots of problem within Dev team & Mis-leading info to QA as well. No proper communications about the changes to Dependent Product/application and QA team. Hence all projects struggles and huge delay. Due to delivery pressure, Product goes out with Many known bugs & Sustaining team suffers a lot later.

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    Sandvine2017-07-28
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Worth every minute spend kind of a company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The first among the Pros that i shud mention about Sandvine is the culture they develop over here. On Day1, you would be meeting individually with the entire staff of Sandvine, which i feel is a great practise because everyone recognises you from the day one, and it avoids the awkward feeling of being a stranger among the crowd when you share the table with them at some point of time. The coworkers are also smart enough that you get the feeling that this is the right place you are meant to be. The quality of work is good and combined with the pace that you are to do work, it definitely boosts your career. And ofcourse, who wouldn't be pleased with getting free food and drinks.

    Cons

    It seems the timeline that is given to finish a feature is too short that you would have to work extra hours almost everyday that leaving home early would become history to you. You do as much work here that i feel each week spend here is comparable to a month at other companies. But again, its a Con only for a specific age group, because as long you remain a bachelor/-rette wud it matter really!.

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    Sandvine2014-10-24

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