Synactive Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
12 Reviews
2.3
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    A place for people who like to shine!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Controller
    Former Employee - Controller

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good location and nice office building. Company offers all kinds of benefits: health insurance, Holiday, PTO, life/disability insurance, company events etc.

    Cons

    Need Improvement on the infrastructure of company network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Synactive CEO is very intelligent, highly motivated and knowledgeable upon the industry. He may seem demanding because he expects the employees to perform at high standard. My working experience with the CEO was rather professional and pleasant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best people I have ever worked with, but lack of resources and respects from CEO.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Great coworkers
    Free coffee and tea
    Great location
    Indoor parking for free

    Cons

    Poor management by CEO
    Poor benefits
    Slow internet
    Old laptops and tools for work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synactive as an intern

    Pros

    Small engineering team, the mentors really know their stuff and want to help you, but also want to make sure you can figure out things for yourself, which will help you in the long term.

    Cons

    The work internet can be slow at times which hurts my work process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the employees the resources they need, including a faster Internet and more modern computers.

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  5.  

    Trainee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Synactive for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Available parking
    Convenient location
    Cant think of more pros because their aren't any

    Cons

    All those cons mentioned in previous reviews and the most important, CEO doesn't respect any of the employees suggestion and thoughts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the managers work hard to to complete their responsibilities, but still get disrespected by the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfied with the company dissatisfied with the existing reviews

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Synactive as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots to learn, multiple avenues to grow, freedom of experimenting, flexible working hours, mistakes are generally considered as stepping stones to success, inter departmental interaction, team spirit, perseverance to grow, amazing location, awesome view from the entrance and the conference rooms

    Cons

    employee benefits and seriousness in the work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn your responsibilities and value your resources (human capital). Heed advice from your peers, superior or juniors to improve and innovate but do what you are hired for from your skill set!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poorly Managed Workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Synactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Good work-life balance.
    -Good location and parking.
    -Management works very hard with the resources (or lack thereof) given to them by the CEO, to meet expectations and needs.

    Cons

    -CEO is very unprofessional and does not know how to nurture employees. He constantly screams, and at times, verbally abuse his subordinates.
    -Internet feels like dial-up speed. Constantly freezes and makes it difficult for all employees to stay productive.
    -The computers are 12-15 year old IBM Thinkpads. They are very slow and are obviously not designed for what the company is requiring their employees to do.
    -The entire company is ran on spreadsheets. There is no set ERP system to manage the company in an efficient manner.
    -Salary, PTO, and benefits are below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please respect employees.
    -CEO must allow budget to invest in better infrastructure if the company wants to have better products, and to be respected.
    -Find an ERP solution to better manage operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad Bad Bad

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

    I worked at Synactive full-time

    Pros

    Free water, tea, and coffee

    Cons

    Does not help you in your future career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lost cause

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

    I worked at Synactive

    Pros

    good office location, open to taking newer candidates with no ERP experience

    Cons

    The company is very archaic, 15 year old laptops running windows 2000 and the company calls themselves a tech company. More importantly is the lack of leadership from the CEO where his ideas are the right and only ideas that should matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the tools and systems to help create a more productive environment rather than trying to cut corners everywhere, and don't set up team meetings if the CEO is just going to rant about our responses and claim his are the best

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very focused, but overall a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Synactive full-time

    Pros

    Great team. It's a small company, so everybody knows everybody. There is plenty of room to make your own mark and take control of your area of expertise. There is also room to grow within the company - they frequently promote from within. And there is lots of scope to lead changes and champion projects. The environment is very focused on work, but there are opportunities for fun as well.

    Cons

    Inter-department communication is not always the best. The CEO is himself an engineer so if you're a developer, be ready for plenty of strong criticism. Salaries and benefits are somewhat low compared to market standard, although the company has been improving benefits. Equipment and infrastructure are frankly sub-standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being penny-wise and pound foolish. Get better equipment and infrastructure. Work on making communications better and share information equally to everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive outweigh the negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Synactive

    Pros

    The owner and management team have grown the business with a steady pace.
    They are consistently mindful of the business decisions and how to stay the course and grow the organization. There have been several changes over the last year that is helping drive employee satisfaction, sales and corporate branding.

    The company took steps to put processes in place that make it feel more grown up. In addition to the relaxed work environment, they have good benefits; including health, dental, vision, life & disability and 401(k). They also have some perks like laundry service, fresh fruit and generous vacation and leave policies. If you value that kind of stuff then they offer it.

    Within a very short time of working here you’ll know everyone by first name and you’re likely to run into the owner/CEO walking down the hall or chatting in the foyer. Managers are approachable and welcome new ideas. Employees have the independence to do great work if they put in the effort.

    Cons

    Transparency and communication has improved greatly and will continue to get better if everyone stays the course. Communication within your immediate department or team is good however, communication between departments could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to evolve, reward and recognize those employees that prove their worth!
    Focus and invest in innovation and solutions that drive sales. Map everyone's bonus to company's success. Continue to communicate, the monthly all employee meetings have made a big impact.

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