Sandvine Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 8, 2021

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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. "Better by the year"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandvine full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I have been able to grow within the company, and have learned a lot in the process. Processes are now in place to help with work/life balance that weren't there before. The place keeps getting better over time.

    Cons

    It is a challenging place to work for, where you constantly need to learn to just stay afloat. To me, it's part of the fun of being here.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Well organized company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance Great team Free snacks, coffee and beer Great management All team members are super helpful and friendly

    Cons

    It's a bit slow when it comes to development and career progression. Promotion salary is not a lot. No 401k/RRSP matching

    Sandvine Response

    January 28, 2021VP Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We agree that we have a really great team at Sandvine. I am happy to discuss your concerns around career progression and salary/benefits directly. You can reach out directly asharp@sandvine.com. Sincerely, Ashley Sharp


  3. Helpful (13)

    "Would Not Recommend"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine full-time

    Pros

    Some great employees Decent benefits Happy hours

    Cons

    Senior management Unrealistic workload No work-life balance

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  5. "Overall, it's a great place to work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn new technology. Lots of employee perks - Profit sharing, stock purchase plan with 50% match, good benefits, lots of free food. Great people.

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be a very well defined promotion path. Work-life balance can be a bit difficult at times, but it isn't a constant worry. Company growth(revenues) needs to increase.

  6. Helpful (21)

    "Bad culture, too bloated"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Good people, loads of work and long hours"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    people make the environment fun lots of things to see and do

    Cons

    zero work life balance 14h work days crammed into 8hours of pay there are no spurts of work, just more and more of it

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work (Used to be great)"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandvine

    Pros

    You get to work with very smart people which is a great thing to keep one motivated and on top of one's game. Management respects employees Good work-life balance Good benefits package

    Cons

    Victim of it's own growth Some groups work like "old boys" club - not easy for outsiders to get in. Controversies surrounding Net Neutrality. Used to be a great place to work, but it's reputation has suffered lately. Employees not appreciated/rewarded for good work

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  9. "Former co-op"

    3.0
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at Sandvine for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities and received plenty of mentorship from my teams. Once you have proven your abilities, your career here is set.

    Cons

    Still lots of uncertainty. Push to deliver can impact work-life balance.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with streamlined vision"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skilled team. Good salary. Colleagues are helpful

    Cons

    Work life balance can go for a toss that's obvious due to current situation

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    Sandvine Response

    January 14, 2021VP Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about our organization. We agree, the work from home situation can make the work-life balance a little harder to manage. We look forwards to safely returning to the office so that we can work side by side with our skilled and helpful colleagues again. Best Regards, Ashley Sharp VP of Human Resources

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