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Mediocre

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Contractor - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
Former Contractor - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Synacor as a contractor (less than a year)

Pros

Good people to work with, good experience with technologies. Generally a helpful atmosphere, but you have to know who to ask.

Cons

Not a very advanced technology stack. Very bureacratic in general. Disorganized. There tends to be quite a bit of rigamarole trying to get anything changed beyond the aesthetic. Also, there's a general reluctance to adapt to new technologies / methodologies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please spread some of the autonomy to the lower levels of management, as well as some of the decision making power. It's quite frustrating for everything to take 10x as long as it should.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall Good Tech Employer with Room to Improve

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Synacor

    Pros

    Synacor has a very open, casual, and easy-going culture that makes it fun to come in to work every day. They are in a growth industry and work on large projects, with fast-paced challenges. On the whole they do a good job of recognizing hard work, and there are good amenities similar to what you may find in a silicon valley tech company. There's a results-driven focus among most teams, and if you are a good engineer, you won't get micro-managed. Time is very flexible, and if you aren't a slacker, getting time off for personal use is no trouble. Occasional working remote is allowed as well.

    Cons

    Aggressive sales leads to overly-optimistic timelines for projects. Project managers often end up trying to fit reality to a desired launch date, instead of listening to the engineers. But, this is driven by the need to jump on opportunities as they arise. Internal systems tend toward byzantine, thanks to rapid growth over the years, and a lot of legacy code. They do recognize the issues and are actively working to correct them, but it can get very frustrating at times. Some projects ask more of your time than they should. Most issues arise from a history of fast growth with little time spent on renovating old code, and top-down planning and estimating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage the architects to keep it simple - seriously! Listen to the engineering leads when it comes to timelines. Embrace new technologies that will help you achieve your vision. Make sure HR gets back to applicants - all of them.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Synacor

    Pros

    nice place to work because of free food

    Cons

    they did not pay very well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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