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Management Direction Needed.

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Former Employee - Advisor  in  San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Advisor in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Synarc

Pros

Opporunity to gain exposure to biotech operations out of college.

Cons

Lack of strategic direction by new Senior Management team. Too much emphasis on cost-cutting measures for talented employees, including the individuals in Engineering/Science who are the value drivers in the Company. Bonuses are never paid. Attrition is high. Extremely immature Company that takes two steps forward with good people, and three steps back with inept management decisions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Develop a strategic vision for the Company and send a clear message to the employee base.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    3 weeks vacation. What else is there?

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Synarc

    Pros

    3 weeks paid vacation for salaried employees from the start.

    Cons

    1) Constant leadership changes due to poor management.
    2) Hard to improve things due to embedded long-term (comfortable with the mediocre status quo) middle managers and little central leadership to make changes.
    3) LOTS of family relationships between employees. When your boss is related to or buddies with your lazy coworker, it's really hard to get help.
    4) Headquarters is in San Francisco, satellite offices are somewhat like the forgotten stepchild, which is beneficial in some cases, but detrimental in others - it's not cohesive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Recognize hard workers with promotions. Don't only promote people when other people quit and you're scrambling to fill positions with whoever's at hand.
    2) Take advantage of the ideas and experience of recent hires who have non-Synarc experience. Don't get caught in the "we don't do things that way here" mentality.
    3) Complete an employee survey of middle (and maybe upper) managers). Force change for managers stuck in the nineties who think things are so much better now, but are driving people away cause 'better now' is not very good. Provide training and oversight and give them a chance to do better, but if there's no improvement in employee satisfaction, get a backbone and bring in some new blood.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    High turnover due to routine and unpaid overtime, sub-par pay, and poor management.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Synarc

    Pros

    Possibility for career advancement due to the high rate of turnover. In some of the departments, the staff are youthful and social.

    Cons

    Poor management. Very little job training. Uses a "sink or swim" methodology when it comes to job learning. Very high rate of employee turnover. Below average pay for its industry. Unpaid overtime routinely required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better job training for new employees. Better pay is always nice. Clients are important, but don't forget that so are your current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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