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Synchronoss Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Synchronoss – Bridgewater – “Headquarters”

Synchronoss – Bridgewater – “Headquarters”
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 54 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Synchronoss Chairman, President, and CEO Stephen G. Waldis

Stephen G. Waldis

(35 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • you get to see with some good new technologies like hadoop, cassandra, chef (in 4 reviews)

  • Good atmosphere, great people, great projects (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not the best, a lot of overtime required at times especially round the end of quarters (in 4 reviews)

  • long hours typically come from chaos and cleaning up after others (in 4 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Acquired my previous employer last year with little to no idea what the core business was.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent people to work with, good stock plans, always new faces, usually due to turnover or acquisitions. Decent health plans.

    ConsManagement seems to prefer short term gains instead of long term (layoffs at the end of a quarter). HR is a nightmare to deal with. Low pay increases. No recognition for work. Going above and beyond is not rewarded. Company grows through acquisitions, not necessarily in their core business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the people working for you. Treat your people right and they'll work miracles. Fire everyone in HR and hire new staff with a brain. Get better at doing acquisitions if it's your core business!

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    Decent pay, lots of chaos

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay in general tends to be decent and there are talented individuals that you will get to work with. Not only are the people talented, but these are individuals that you probably would not mind spending time with outside of work.

    ConsWorking long hours is the norm in this industry, but at Synchronoss the long hours typically come from chaos and cleaning up after others. If you are a high performer, be prepared to carry the low performers on your back. Chaos does happen from time to time in any company, but at Synchronoss it is the rule and not the exception. Unfortunately, the chaos and cleanup leads to low morale and attrition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the teams the chance to produce quality code, which will actually save money in the long term due to less production issues, less ramp up time for new members, less general frustration, and less attrition due to the frustration.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I built up my solitaire score while "working" there...

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Bethlehem, PA

    ProsI don't have much to say. Compensation was decent compared to other internships in the area. Schedules are somewhat flexible. Most people I interacted with seemed nice.

    ConsWhere do I start? I was told when I finished my work that I worked too fast and there was nothing else for me to do. So like the title says, I just played solitaire since I'd frequently ask my mentor for work and was either denied or he wasn't there. Interns are treated much like slave labor - we were all shoved in a conference room behind the cafeteria away from the rest of the company and all packed in a small room. Most of the work is pretty menial or can be automated. I automated what I did and was not acknowledged for my efforts. There are a lot of culturally-similar people that tend to clique together and won't notice you, thus you feel somewhat unwelcome depending on where you're from.

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    Anonymous - Bethlehem PA

    Team Lead (Current Employee) Bethlehem, PA

    ProsIt's nice to have a decent paying job and pretty good benefits. Good amount of PTO... If you work under the right management team the work can be enjoyable. Also easy to move up because the company hires so many people that are not career minded, so if you can excel and stand out - you will get noticed.

    ConsI agree with every con listed before. Lack of professionalism. The company is growing too fast and not spending enough on developing the management team to handle that growth. Stressed out managers lash out on employees creating a toxic environment for some. Hard to trust anyone - most people seems to have an 'out for self' attitude. Employees are not valued or made to feel appreciated. Lack luster attempts at "Employee Appreciation" events are just that - lack luster and contrived.
    Lack of communication - performance reviews are a joke -(again, it depends on your management). Raises are a 'maybe' with no real communiation as to if and when it will come.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees! High attrition rates mean something! Open the door to better communication and remove the veil that creates a fear of retaliation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intense work pressure

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLearn new technologies. Closer to Suburbs and City.

    ConsNo work life balance, no appreciation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can expect people to work in emergency mode once in a while. DO not expect people to work in emergency mode 365 days a year.

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    Horrific

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bridgewater, NJ

    ProsGreat company in a great Space!!!

    ConsWorst management team I have ever worked for. All they care about is padding their own pockets. Nobody has the interpersonal skills to motivate anyone at any level. Really a shame because the leader is a great guy, but falls apart after that. Finance team is a joke!

    Advice to Senior ManagementReshuffle the deck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Technical Team, Bad Executive Team

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Bethlehem, PA

    ProsGreat technical group, rock-solid programmers, and some of the best technical minds in the area.

    ConsEven though software is the core product at Synchronoss, management forgets that the programmers are even there. There is almost no room for career advancement, and the holiday party consists of all the sales and marketing types giving each other awards and applause.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember who builds your product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Operations Engineer

    Operations Engineer (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsWork-wise you are rarely not busy. Getting involved with projects both internal and customer facing allows you to get some good experience at working in a mixed/flowing dev cycle and also helps to broaden your understanding of the bigger product picture.

    ConsWhere to begin:

    Work-wise you are rarely not busy - to the extreme. You can be on multiple projects at one time with multiple deadlines and yet no projects is not designated a P1.

    Getting involved in so many projects at the same time means that you run the risk of your skill set becoming stagnant as you become 'the guy' that knows how to do things. Others may get to look at Chef/Zabbix/Puppet while you are stuck in one tract purely because of being overloaded.

    The rewards are practically non-existent. You get shares, but with a vesting period of 25% every quarter. Meaning when you do get your "reward" you have to endure another year of pain before you can collect it.

    Some managers from other departments, particularly those that deal with customers, need to be a bit more realistic about timelines. Just because the man at the top says something must be done by a certain date doesn't mean it can be and you should listen to the guys in the trenches before just saying 'get her done' over and over!

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the guys that actually do the work, that actually contribute to the environments you make money on, when they tell you timelines are not realistic.

    When you are giving out pay raises that are less than the cost-of-living increase maybe don't have an all-hands the day before declaring how many millions were made in the last quarter because of the hard work of the folks in the thick of it. It makes the insanely-disappointing pay increase even more bitter. Particularly when people have worked their backside off with an unobtainable carrot dangled in front of them for twelve months.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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