Cynergy Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
24 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant
    Former Employee - Software Consultant

    I worked at Cynergy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    One of the smartest groups of people I've ever worked with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Consultant
    Former Employee - Software Consultant

    I worked at Cynergy as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - career advancement
    - extremely intelligent co-workers. you learn from, they learn from you
    - diverse sets of technologies to work with. if you want to learn more in different areas, those avenues are available to explore.

    Cons

    - project management practices could use a bit of work
    - you really have to make clear what your boundaries are when it comes to work/life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You never stop moving

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Cynergy part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Love working there great company

    Cons

    You wish you could teach more kids are really great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was great place to work for

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    Former Employee - Web Applications Technical Lead
    Former Employee - Web Applications Technical Lead

    I worked at Cynergy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free spirit culture. Telecommute. Great minds. Was great place to work at.

    Cons

    Bad Benefits. No down time. Poor personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Smart, dedicated coworkers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cynergy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers - we really do have some of the best people in the industry working here. They have consistently been great to work with and many are now good friends.

    Relaxed office - no cubes, open spaces, ping pong (this matters), wear shoes if you want to, snacks and drinks provided including good coffee :).

    Widely varying projects - I have not found myself solving the same problems over and over. Each project brings lots of new things to learn about.

    Cons

    Little career advancement opportunities - there are not so many people that numerous layers of management are needed. That is nice in some respects but it also means that you kind of have your job and that's that.

    Bonuses have not materialized in a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency around the creation and staffing of new roles when they do come up would be nice.

  7.  

    Cynergy was a great company to work in. You were surrounded by peers that were exceptional in their fields.

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    Current Employee - User Experience Lead
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead

    I have been working at Cynergy full-time

    Pros

    Incredible culture and fun atmosphere. Your surrounded by very talented skilled tech savy peers. Lots of great swagger and respect in the industry. I enjoyed working here very much.

    Cons

    Very little to no career growth opportunity. This is more a flaw of the size and maturity of the company. Benefits are weak - again that is due to the size more than anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an active, and direct role in helping your employees achieve personal greatness. The company benefits greatly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very positive. Great atmosphere, very intelligent colleagues, wide variety of experiences.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cynergy full-time

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, highly intelligent colleagues constantly challenging you to improve, you get to work on many different kinds of projects in many industries.

    Cons

    While it's very interesting to work on many different kinds of projects, it can lead to a steep learning curve in terms of subject matter sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on hiring more people with specialized skill sets, not just exceptional generalists. This will take a deeper bench and more careful resource management, but projects with specialized resources seem to run smoother.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A mixed experience here thus far. I don't recomend.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Cynergy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exciting work and a few really passionate competent people.

    Cons

    A disaster of an organization filled mostly with family and friends some of whom have very little real world experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the brogrammer culture and stop with the nepotism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing culture with some of the smartest people around

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cynergy full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, and a great opportunity to be challenged with solving complex business problems with digital experiences. They company is very good about making sure you have what you need to be successful, and management -- all the way up to the president -- is very accessible and willing to mentor.

    Cons

    While there is plenty of opportunities to grow skill sets, there are really no career advancement opportunities if you decide that you want to transition to another role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent and accessible to the company. These are good people who pour their souls into their work and love it here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great work environment if you can deal with issues.

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

    I worked at Cynergy full-time

    Pros

    The management does not care about things that don't matter, but could not care more about creating an end product that amazes. This is an environment where the very best can find a happy home. Good end results are very much rewarded and appreciated.
    Salaries and insurance are very good.
    Many of the people on the payroll and truly good people.
    You are left to do your job in the way you best see fit to do it.
    If you really are the best at what you do than Cynergy is a great home. You will bleed Cynergy.

    Cons

    Professionalism is something that does not exist here. Mistakes are met with yelling and name calling. The worst part is that the CEO defines narcissism, and has no idea how to run a company effectively.
    If you do not fit into the "popular" crowd at the office you are neglected and more than likely let go.
    Advancement within the company is not an option. Management is scattered, disorganized and dishonest about performance. There is practically no HR.
    There is absolutely and intentionally no sense of job security.
    There are no goals, feedback, or training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quarterly (at least) performance reviews for clear set goals.
    Organize the organization.
    Speak to professionals like they are professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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