Sandvine Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated Oct 30, 2019

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Sandvine CEO Lyn Cantor
Lyn Cantor
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Pros
  • "Great people, free food and beer if that's your thing, fun events going on in the office(in 27 reviews)

  • "Smart people, working with new technology, very broad way of working(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can go for a toss that's obvious due to current situation(in 20 reviews)

  • "They are controlled by Waterloo management and you never know when is your last day at this company(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Not Just A Networking Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    - Become a leader in virtualization (NFV/SDN architecture) ... 1+ Tbps of NFV Performance - Solve complex and impossible problems with machine learning - Choose your programming language (C, C++, go-lang, python, ...) - Extremely smart people around you

    Cons

    - Inefficiencies is hurting the team - Not all the teams within Sandvine resonates on the same wave length with regards to vision and strategy

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  2. Helpful (20)

    "Crumbling culture. Questionable ethics."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (17)

    "Used to be a great company before take over"

    1.0
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    • 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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  4. Helpful (15)

    "Look elsewhere"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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

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  5. Helpful (21)

    "Bad culture, too bloated"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - There are attempts to engage the employees with paid/subsidized outings and quarterly team lunches. - There are some genuinely smart people here. - Lots of challenging problems to solve. - Some really engaged people trying hard to make a difference. - Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    - Too many managers/directors and not enough people who actually work. The org chart is laughable. (there is literally an AVP of nothing, with no reports and no official duties) - The place is overrun with ineffective meeting-hoppers, bouncing from meeting to meeting looking for a free lunch (literally). - Don't make new friends, because they won't there tomorrow. Attrition is the highest I've ever seen anywhere. - No work/life balance. - Projects consistently understaffed, without adequate resources, investment and usually come with unreasonable deadlines. - Code quality is low, due to lack of skilled programmers doing the actual work. - Productivity is measured in lines of code (which is great for people who don't know how to program). - Most "lifers" are resistant to change and therefor the company is run on seriously obsolete platforms. - Serious disturbing "Bro culture", bordering on sexism. - No respect for family life, work life balance. - Employees are lobbied to rank the workplace highly so that Sandvine gets on the "Great Places to Work" list. - Not many "Engineers" who actually code/work anymore, and those that do get frustrated or overworked and leave. - Management is completely ineffective with too many opinions being given weight and decisions forever in a stalemate. - Projects are dragged on endlessly to the advantage of those whose job depends on it (i.e. contractors). - Politics are surprising for such a small company.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "A great place for engineers to grow. Limited opportunity for others."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Collaborative and fun work environment. Really smart people.

    Cons

    There are very few - if any - opportunities for advancement or even lateral movement for anyone that is non-technical. A great company to work, nice people, awesome CEO. However, not a company where you can stay for the long-term for those that are non-technical, ambitious and want to advance. It is unfortunate because it really is a great place to work.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Startup Culture.Leading edge technology.below par management"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, good product and some of the management team and product managers are really accessible and great. knowledge sharing is facilitated.

    Cons

    some micro managers ruining things, below par salary and benefits..paltry raises and no scope of promotion considering people have been in their roles for 7+ years

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people. Leading edge technology."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people work in Engineering (Programmers and QA, most of who are also developers). Unbelievingly cutting edge technology. Literally will be exposed to ideas and tech. that no other company anywhere has tried yet.

    Cons

    Might not be the best environment for people who need a lot of support and guidance (i.e., documentation is something not clear). You are expected to be self starter who can figure things out, investigate when things go wrong, and drive processes without needing to be spoon fed.

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  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at Sandvine

    Pros

    Good management and smart people. They treat interns like full-time employees. Great work-life balance. Feeling of being a part of the team.

    Cons

    Cannot come up with any cons. Senior co-workers are sometimes not much helpful because of the intense work. Challenging for junior programmers.

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Management doesn't care about making money!"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free drinks, free coffee - Game in the cafeteria - Working with smart people

    Cons

    - Management plays favoritism - No chance of career advancement by merit or contribution - No agenda for getting profitable

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