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Synapse Product Development – Why Work For Us?


Synapse works with the world's leading companies to create products and experiences that change the way we live. With collaboration and engineering at our core, we bring the insight, tools, and processes necessary to truly deliver technology ecosystems to market. 

From ideation, building, and testing prototypes to oversight for manufacturing, we are uniquely positioned to ensure that ambitious objectives become lasting realities.


Synapse Product Development solves difficult multi-disciplinary engineering problems, through our unique blend of culture and business practices, to deliver our clients’ desired result and turn their strategically important ambitions into products.

Our vision is to create a new category in product development, set the standard for quality, become the household name in our industry, and to make a positive impact on the world.


Our approach is a fully streamlined engineering and realization process for product development. We take concepts all the way from engineering development and manufacturing through introduction in the market. We match unique engineering talent with deep technology resources and essential project management oversight. It’s about collaboration between our mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to deliver next-level solutions for our clients and their customers.



Synapsters say “yes” when conventional wisdom says “no.” That means achieving the impossible within extraordinary time frames, building, testing, learning, and building again, and having fun while doing the unthinkable.


Synapse believes that an entrepreneurially empowered culture inspires creative breakthroughs. We believe in thinking outside the box to solve the most difficult problems. Synapsters rigorously honor their commitment to make this “the best job they’ve ever had.”


Wednesday Lunch at Synapse Product DevelopmentSomething Synapsters do well is work and collaborate together. At the heart of our camaraderie is Wednesday Lunch, where all Synapsters gather to discuss new developments within the company, meet new co-workers, and discuss all-things Synapse. It's a great opportunity to find solutions, ask questions, make suggestions, and even make each other laugh. It's another example of Synapse's commitment to its people.


Beer:30 at Seattle Synapse Product DevelopmentBeer:30 started as an opportunity to unwind at the end of a busy week. And, even though a new keg is tapped every other Friday, it has become much more than an after work get-together at our Seattle HQ. Synapse friends, family, coworkers, and clients are invited to get to know what the office culture is all about. Beer:30 is also a way for Synapse to find new talent and partners. At Synapse, we take work and play seriously.


Thursday Active - San Francisco Synapse Product DevelopmentThursday Active started as a way to do things together in and out of the office and unwind near the end of the week. Thursday Active is more than a happy hour, although that is one of the activities. It is a way for San Francisco Synapse coworkers, friends, family, and clients to get to know each other and more about the Synapse culture during a BBQ, an outing to the Academy of Science, a mountain biking excursion, or a Giants game. At Synapse, we take work and play seriously.


Synapster Events at Synapse Product DevelopmentMountain/Island Madness: Uncle Synapse brings the food and beer, employees bring themselves and their families and enjoy the great outdoors.

Other Events: Poker nights, Mariners baseball games, Halloween costume party, holiday party, Pinewood derby, and other fun outings.


At Synapse, we develop a wide variety of products, including consumer products, medical equipment, and technology demonstration projects for dozens of name brand companies across many different industries. We bring together industrial design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and software development to put innovation into the hands of our clients.

We are looking for bright, motivated students who want to apply themselves to hard core engineering, prototyping, and short run production programs. Expect to be completely immersed in product development including contact with our clients and vendors. Experience our climbing wall, razor scooters, dispatching office ninjas and if you can skateboard, you'll get around the office much faster.

You may be "Synapster" material if you are self-motivated, excel at learning, play as hard as you work, routinely exceed others' expectations, are mentally flexible, and enjoy taking ownership and sharing success. A good attitude and raw intellect are essential.

Synapse internship opportunities are paid full-time roles. Synapse internship start and end dates are flexible to align with academic schedules, but you’ll be expected to commit to at least three months of full-time work. We want to make sure we provide you a valuable learning experience and an opportunity to be a part of our team and culture.  For more information on our internships take a look at the internship job postings.


Synapse offers great benefits and competitive salaries, a unique company culture that emphasizes fun as an integral component of delivering world-class products, a spacious main office in downtown Seattle that has foosball, pool, and shuffleboard table, a projection movie screen, a climbing wall, and plenty of snacks and caffeine and an office in the convenient SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco.

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    The best job I've ever had

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    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


    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.


    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.

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    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.

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Synapse Product Development Interviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014
Updated Jun 22, 2014

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    Electrical Engineer Interview

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    I applied online - interviewed at Synapse Product Development.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone screen initially. They asked me to look at a pretty simple op-amp circuit and answer some questions about it.

    After that, they had me come in to interview with their team. I had two interviews - one with a number of EEs and a programmer. They asked me various technical questions, nothing too crazy - op amps, microcontrollers, code, etc. All basic stuff. They were clearly trying to assess if I knew the basics.

    Ater that, I had another interview with non EEs. Was clearly just a personality fit interview.

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    They were not willing to negotiate anything.
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Synapse Product Development Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2013
Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2012
Washington's Best Workplaces, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2012
Tech Impact Awards, Seattle Business Magazine, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $5 to $10 million (USD) per year

Synapse Product Development was founded under a single guiding principle—to make it “the best job anyone has ever had.”

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