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    For all their management problems; yeah, I'll miss 'em.

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    Former Employee - Software Consultant

    I worked at Cynergy full-time (more than 3 years)


    They only employed the brightest most talented designers, smartest developers and technology staff to work on their UX focused software consulting projects.

    Great colleagues, fun happy hours and a company culture that, for all its faults listed in cons, was actually pretty enjoyable.

    Tons of free snacks and beverages in the break room, restocked regularly.

    A high likelihood of virtually limitless work-from-home privileges for certain classes of workers.


    They were acquired by KPMG and no longer exist as a sole entity.

    The company really did exemplify the phrase "functioning alcoholics".

    Their pay scales across the board were "fair". Not great. And bonuses were almost never paid. This was a company that, given your modest compensation, you learned very fast how to achieve a reasonable work-life balance (ON YOUR OWN) or burnt out and left. Management would *not* lift a finger to help you balance your workload, so it was up to you, on your lonesome, to demand more assets, and failing that - produce what you could in a reasonable work week. Which brings me to...

    Management was a four letter word to senior personnel - if you were a project manager, a technology manager, and occasionally a "user experience lead", then your job was probably terrible. You had little to no guidance or support from internal senior staff, and what little they would offer in sage advice was "make the client happy." and that leads to a lot of drama and stress without reasonable boundaries. These boundaries were never set by senior personnel until problems got FAR too screwed up to resolve sensibly, so on-the-ground managers were left on their own to figure out how to resolve problems.

    Existing senior management had an almost compulsive disdain for honest communication between ranks. An inner circle of 2 or 3 people knew what was actually going on (besties with the CEO) and the rest of the company was left scrambling for facts.

    Employee performance reviews usually consisted of "have you met your drinking quotient with senior staff yet? No? Then you're probably getting fired."

    0 career advancement opportunity. If you were liked (see above criteria,) and you were bored, they would invent a job and title as a palliative to keep you quiet and 'happy'. Otherwise? Put in a few years and promote yourself to another job...

    The owner of the company really was an obsessive-compulsive narcissist, though he kept the thing from crashing too hard into the pavement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solidify a reputation for great software design, maybe development, then when you're bored or no longer getting your gigantic ego stoked by the investment, con some wealthy multinational consulting company to acquire your company for millions.

    Cash out and run for the hills before they can realize precisely what they've acquired.

    Oh. Shoot. They did that already? Never mind. How forward thinking of them.

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