SYPartners

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SYPartners Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Transformative, purposeful work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYPartners

    Pros

    Ability to work with the most senior people within some of the world's most prestigious organizations. The people are awesome. Culture is terrific. At it's best the work is thoughtful, beautiful and has tremendous impact for the client.

    Cons

    Long hours, older IT infrastructure. Hard for new people to get up to speed. Takes like a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on nurturing new employees so that they can better adapt to the culture and pace of the place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    My work is meaningful, impactful and rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at SYPartners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I truly believe in the work and I feel my team is very engaged. We work hard but I love the people I work with so it feels fun and challenging. My colleagues are tremendously creative, smart and analytical. They are also empathetic, passionate, and witty. The teams work incredibly closely together, highly collaborative. Designers are great strategists. The strategists have strong design thinking. We get to work directly with top leaders at companies to help them make the bold moves that can transform their firm. SY as a company is forward thinking, generous and ethical, trusting and incredibly supportive of employees. Unlimited time off policy is a fave.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours. Not enough infrastructure (IT, Knowledge Managerment, etc) to support the projected growth. Everyone is equal but some people are more equal than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Empathy and Aspiration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYPartners full-time

    Pros

    People, creativity, culture, vision, unlimited sense of possibility

    Cons

    Demanding pace, all encompassing work, could use more closed office space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the vision...keep fighting for greatness

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Transformative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYPartners

    Pros

    projects are very interesting and stimulating, great working environment, lots of collaboration and team-work, horizontal structure, encouraging, and fun

    Cons

    high turnover rate of interns, therefore difficult for interns to assimilate into company culture and feel accepted into SYP's community

  6.  

    I'm two months in.. still adjusting to it. People say it takes them as much as a year to get used it.

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at SYPartners full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They they care of their people well.

    Cons

    It feels like youre working for rather than working with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It feels like youre working for rather than working with others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    great experience for some, toxic experience for others

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SYPartners

    Pros

    attempts to create positive values, open about company profits, extremely generous in many regards, interesting & brilliant staff, terrific kitchen & food supply, fun events thrown for staff, very easy to broach conversations with almost anyone in the company, a great place to learn more about a vast many topics, encouragement for people to share who they are and be creative, open communication of problematic issues highly encouraged

    Cons

    staff tends to be judgmental beyond necessity, people therefore feel insecure and unsafe on the whole, toleration of destructive behaviors that do not follow the company's espoused culture & values from those who show deference and profitable benefit of keeping, cliques form and become exclusive depending on the track of work people are on, condescension and bad social behaviors trickle down from certain parts of management and sadly validate those actions in other roles beneath them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    attempt to show empathy in a more direct way. stop letting bad behaviors drive good people out of the company. bravely put an end to the toxicity you know exists. stop defending bullies. go a little further in acting out your values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with momentum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SYPartners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Between the time I started and now, the company has grown from ~60 employees in one office to ~120 employees in two offices. From my capacity in Ops (IT, finance, admin), the growth has been incredible and offered many opportunities to take part in process innovation and improvement to reduce friction in the workflow between the two offices.

    Cons

    Given that SYPartners is a consultancy, it's natural for the limelight to be on the consultants. For the rest of us in Ops, we're noticed when mistakes are made - which is less than 5% of the time. Some recognition can go a long way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A truly collaborative exercise in strategy and design.

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    Former Intern - Strategy Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Strategy Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SYPartners as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    + Sharp, interesting, talented, enthusiastic, optimistic, realistic, thoughtful, self-aware employees
    + Everyone—not just those on client work—is committed to delivering high quality work
    + No gossip or drama; the firm practices what it preaches
    + Top-notch office spaces and resources
    + Direct access to C-level clients, with whom the firm has a wonderful reputation
    + Inspiring, high-level work; every project feels like it has tons of potential to be monumental

    Cons

    - There are a lot of type A personalities; the desire for perfection forces a lot of iteration. At times, you feel drained.
    - Getting feedback is tough, from scheduling the meeting to actually coaxing it out of someone
    - The talent development pipeline seems clear at a high level, but intricacies and particular competencies of SYP's workflow can be tough to pick up on if you're not on the "right" project or engagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an onboarding and training program that focuses on the nitty gritty of what makes SYP's work unique to make sure everyone that gets through the recruitment process has the opportunity to do meaningful work.

    Don't stop evaluating what SYP's doing, where it's going, and what its future will look like. I would hate to see the team lose what makes it special.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SYPartners full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    + Creative, bright and really passionate people
    + Great client list and fascinating projects
    + Non-hierarchal and a very collaborative culture

    Cons

    - Not a con really, but this isin't a place for people who need lots of structure or direction
    - Hours can occasionally be long. Depends on the client.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    High caliber of work and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SYPartners

    Pros

    This is the kind of place where people are incredibly thoughtful about the clients they bring in, and the work they put out. I feel cared for personally and professionally, and there is a strong emphasis on work/life balance, which in turn puts out better work. Cross-discipline collaboration takes high priority. The trusting relationships between clients and SYP leadership is something you'll find nowhere else, and is the recipe for making successful change at those companies.

    Cons

    Incredibly high expectations of employees, constantly described as "not for everyone."
    Additionally, because there is such a high caliber of work, it can take a long time to get things done. Frustration culminates around a feeling of repetition within projects (overwhelming amount of dialogue and revisions around output), and across projects (primarily B2B clients, which can feel redundant to some).
    The culture is friendly, but overall not incredibly close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage people to create great work but find ways to keep them inspired and loving what they do: Create more opportunities for fun and relationship-building outside of projects.
    Keep people on projects more consistently to avoid missing knowledge and repeated work.
    Make senior leadership more accessible.
    Find ways to recognize the value each employee is contributing to this small company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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