Synapse Product Development

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Synapse Product Development Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
19 Reviews
3.7
19 Reviews
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Synapse Product Development CEO and Co-Founder Ross Collins
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  1.  

    The best job I've ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Constantly tackling exciting and new challenges. Working on fun new technologies that push the limits of size and capabilities. However, the best thing about working for Synapse is the culture of the company. It feels more like a family than a work environment. The fun events and activities bring a good balance to the work environment. I couldn't recommend Synapse any higher.

    Cons

    There are smalls cons that pop up every once in a while, however none of them are even worth mentioning because I would be nit-picking. I love working at Synapse and would recommend it to anyone asking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to the employees and keep the transparency of the business. So much of the struggles in the past were much more difficult to get through when upper management was not transparent with us. I believe it is back now, let's keep it going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic company with great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to work on some really cool projects, they treat their employees very well

    Cons

    You really need to be a self starter here. No one is really telling you what to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best part about the company is the people you work with.

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

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - People
    - Culture
    - Awesome stuff to work on

    Cons

    Overall the product development market is very volatile.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job for people who want to do actual engineering work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    *Great culture - no one is afraid to voice opinions, everyone is ambitious and intelligent, people go the extra mile to solve problems
    *Challenging and interesting work
    *Management works hard to make sure employees are happy
    *IT department is excellent
    *Lack of cubicles can be distracting but fosters collaboration and efficiency

    Cons

    *Days can be long occasionally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is phenomenal but because of growth extra work will be needed to keep it that way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    By far the best job I've ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development

    Pros

    Everyone I work with is a cut above the rest. We hire the best people to do the job, always.

    Cons

    Hours can be long some weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't compromise the culture and community for possible larger profits.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    One truly amazing place to work.

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

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development

    Pros

    - Range of task opportunities and problems to solve
    - Cutting-edge technologies
    - Fun, playful, social atmosphere
    - Creative, flexible space
    - High degree of trust and support
    - Integrated, multi-disciplinary environment
    - Location in downtown Seattle (and in SF and Hong Kong)
    - Excellent IT support
    - Very accessible management
    - Support for continued education and broadening of skills
    - Smart, smart people

    Cons

    - May be difficult for people who are not well self-managed
    - Open environment may be challenging for those who are easily distracted
    - Multiple simultaneous projects using varying technologies and support structures can make information sharing (as in lessons-learned) complex at times
    - The business is in frequent evolution, and systems are occasionally in flux

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is what I thought being an engineer was supposed to be!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development

    Pros

    Synapse is very transparent at all levels and has a small company feel where you are aware of what is going on and can jump in to help where ever your skills are useful. There are no silos or restrictions on what you can do or how you can help. You are always able to learn new skills and new technologies.

    Cons

    The place can be a little unstructured at times and unless you are able to take the initiative and be inventive, sometimes it is difficult to get direction or decisions from others. This place really expects you to be proactive and autonomous in nature. Many changes are occuring and so things can be a bit hectic as well, but they are moving in the right direction and trying to carefully guard what makes the company successful and a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure not to change too many things all at once as it is easy to lose track of the impact each has.

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    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place I have ever worked!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development

    Pros

    Synapse=fun, great team, respectful, open culture, teamwork, creative, wacky, work/life balance, elite design team, great work, and as Synapsters say "people crush it here". Honestly best company ever!

    Culture is a huge priority here and tons of time and energy is spent ensuring the awesome culture is preserved. We even have a person dedicated to creating fun events, games, ensuring we have enough razor scooters and laser tag guns here. We sit down as a company every Wed for lunch to share projects, new hires, rants and raves. We also have beer:30 every other Friday to relax and hang out, shoot pool, climb the wall, and an occasional jam session ensues.

    Cons

    Not a con but people must be comfortable working in an open office environment--no cubicle-land here.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great company with a great culture and even better employees

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

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development for more than a year

    Pros

    Bright people who enjoy solving difficult problems. Lots of different projects going on. Company makes a strong effort to maintain a work life balance.

    Cons

    Culture can be emphazied too much. Some projects are going in different directions from the rest of the company and will be interesting to see how true to the core teams they remain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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