Synapse Product Development Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Synapse Product Development CEO and Co-Founder Ross Collins
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Despite some ups and downs, it was the best job I had.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Synapse Product Development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Synapse has a way of attracting interesting and smart people who like to work hard, have fun, and solve challenging problems. There is a wide variety of projects so work never gets boring. The people are definitely the best thing about working at Synapse. There is a strong biking culture and the downtown location makes it convenient to bike to work. Flexibility to work from home on occasion.

    Cons

    Tight schedules. Salaries are not as competitive as they should be. Tendency to say one thing with regards to culture and values but do the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just listen to employees. Actually follow through with their advice. If you want to hire the best and brightest people you need to pay salaries and benefits that can compete with all the other tech companies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Dynamic atmosphere, great colleagues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work from some of the biggest brands/most exciting names in technology. Everyone genuinely loves coming to work each day, which is so rare and contributes to the high, infectious energy. The environment and culture facilitates open communication, across departments and levels of the organization. Work with smart people that you want to grab a beer with after work. Spontaneous nerf gun wars.

    Cons

    The past year has been a year of transition, upper management has changed hands, and many people were put into leadership positions without proper training. Historically, a lack of diversity -- though this is actively changing.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Talented people that deliver outstanding work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Synapse Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity of projects Talented and committed employees

    Cons

    Workload is sporadic and causes lots of churn in resources

    Advice to Management

    Teach everyone how thw company adds value to it's customers rather than adding engineering capacity


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The main thing I like is that we work in a culture of strong mutual respect. Curiosity is the key quality people exhibit and it let's people focus on solving problems rather than politics. Failure is tolerated as long as you own the problem. Asking for help early is always encouraged

    Cons

    Currently, the company is facing short term business challenges requiring a change in process

    Advice to Management

    Fill the pipeline and don't burden us with process

    Synapse Product Development Response

    May 6, 2014 – Vice President, Human Resources

    We appreciate the feedback. Yes Synapse was founded on strong employee-centric principles. Tough times recently have challenged all of us but we are working hard to get on track again and be even ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    Wacky, exciting, fun, chaotic place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Synapse Product Development

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Synapse provides opportunities to build very cool products using some very exciting technologies and tools in such areas as medical devices, consumer electronics and laboratory automation. The people are whip smart, social, fun-loving and, for the most part, willing to help each other. Politics is at a minimum and senior leadership is willing to share information to a large degree.

    Cons

    The place is chaotic with little, or no, development processes defined or followed. schedules are short and project success depends, to a large degree, on personal heroics of team members. Lack of process leads to different projects reinventing the same wheel. Effort is often misdirected or wasted. There is no defined process to institutionalize corporate knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be more business savvy both is getting projects and managing them. Better accounting and financial oversight will help too.



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