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  1. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Solutions and Great Company Culture

    Cons

    Partner Community requires additional support

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Employees closely


  2. Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company and great culture

    Cons

    Small company culture may not be a fit for big company folks


  3. Great Development Team, Tough Committments

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Syclo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The development team is small, but comprised of smart developers who work hard to deliver on deadlines

    Cons

    Deadlines are often established without consulting the development team. This results in the dev team having to work at an unsustainable pace for long periods of time to meet demands that weren't realistic when they were made.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people to achieve excellence then trust them deliver (obviously with consequences). In the long run this might prove more profitable than dictating low-level details


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  5. Great workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Syclo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers, great company direction, and always on the cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    A little on the heavy side for workload per employee, but that seems to be everywhere.


  6. Best company ever!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President of SAP Business Development in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President of SAP Business Development in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Syclo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked for a number of software companies, but Syclo by far has been teh best ever. Far exceeded my expectations.

    Cons

    There are very few downsides to Syclo, the only one that I would call out would be lack of resources to do everything we want to grow the company, but you have that with every small company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Dead end job that's boring

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    Former Employee - Product Developer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Product Developer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent salary. In downtown Chicago office you can escape the Hoffman Estates environment, ran by yes men.

    Cons

    Everything else. Including threats to return to Hoffman Estates office even though you were hired to work downtown.

    Advice to Management

    Allow middle management to create processes, promote from within, stop quarterly meetings, match 401K, improve benefits, participate in Agile/Scrum seriously


  8. Helpful (2)

    Just plain bad....minimal forward momentum, substandard Employee Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Convenient suburb location Mobility is very interesting and impactful (but Syclo is not capitalizing) Baseline technology is sound (but Syclo is not continually improving its technology)

    Cons

    The benefit package is truly substandard....the most glaring example is ridiculously high health care costs Syclo has not continually evolved its technology; and competition is coming up with cutting edge alternatives Exec management has for the most part surrounded themselves by "yes" people, vs. realizing their shortcomings and hiring people to augment their skills and offer new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money to offer an appropriate benefit plan to your employees; starting with healthcare Take chances, consult with outsiders that have helped grow companies of Syclo's current size to something bigger Analyze your competition to be able to appropriately position Syclo's technology moving forward


  9. Syclo is a rapidly growing company in an uncertain climate expanding their customer base and mobile reach.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL

    Pros

    - Company is growing - Company is aligned with recession-proof customers (health care, utilities) - Company is willing to adapt to meet customer needs - Company is expanding to new markets and new platforms

    Cons

    - Lack of vertical movement - Company does not give raises - Lack of promotional opportunities from within - Poor benefits (no 401K matching, high health care costs)

    Advice to Management

    The company has expanded in personnel and levels of management over the past year. However, upper management still operates as though the company is still a start-up. The CEO should release control of the day-to-day operations and entrust the management staff to handle these tasks.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Challenging but no rewards

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    Current Employee - Mobile Consultant in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Mobile Consultant in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, competitive salary and challenging.

    Cons

    No room to growth or career advancement. Syclo barely promote from within. The senior management is busy thinking about selling the company instead of growing it.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people from within the company instead of hire hot shots from big corporate to only have them quite after about a year. For goodness sake, get a better benefit plan for your employees


  11. Helpful (2)

    Interesting technology and work, poor Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Cool technology; mobile space is growing IL HQ is nice; covered parking helps deal with IL winters! Some smart, dedicated colleagues

    Cons

    The Employee Benefits package is extremely poor, as compared to similar size companies within the same industry. HR refuses to acknowledge this and/or do anything about it. No clear direction in terms of personal growth; promotion oppty, etc. Inter-departmental communication needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Please reward and respect your employees with an at-par-with-the-industry Benefits Plan. Develop clear goals for employees to achieve promotions; and improve communication in regards to the strategic direction of the company.



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