Synapse Group Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, company annual party, casual dress

    Cons

    No real work life balance. We are apparently 'such an important part of time inc' but they keep eliminating positions and the work load only increases.


  2. Gloomy Outlook for the Future

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synapse Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch, flexible atmosphere, smart people, opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Poor communication, compensation is not competitive, there seems to be a lack of direction from the senior management team Morale is low over the past year... It seems as if everyone is about to jump ship. Many people do not think Time Inc or Synapse will be able to find a way to stop the diminishing revenue from poor magazine sales.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with some big ideas quickly. Big changes need to happen and not just at the expense of the employees. People are getting very nervous and you are going to start to lose a lot of talented people. Taking away office perks like dinner and Summer Friday's definitely contributes to that feeling.

    Synapse Group Response

    Jun 10, 2015 – Associate Manager, Sales Strategy & Development

    We appreciate your feedback and the fact that you recognize important tenets of our business including opportunities to learn and a flexible atmosphere. As an employee of Synapse you know we are ... More


  3. Great company till the architects left

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Worked under excellent architects, great learning experience. - free catered lunch - good benefits - Since they were re-writing their legacy systems, got exposed to working with new technologies - good work life balance

    Cons

    - Not many but my groups manager was never appreciative of any achievements. - Architects left and learning / implementing stopped.


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  5. A dinosaur graveyard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch. On-site gym.

    Cons

    This business model is dying slowly and this business is failing miserably at adapting. No viable plan for digital, no desire to be a respectable consumer-facing brand. They trumpet their BBB rating but all their complaints are under separate dba's. The upper management at this company loathe their customers, which is not how you succeed in 2004, nevermind 2014. Can't crack the digital code? Let's roll out another membership plan with five breakage points and a prorated refund starting on day 1. The work environment here is toxic. Tons of egos and no collaboration. Zero sense of shared purpose. Everyone afraid of being a target in the next round of Time Inc. layoffs. You can't do good work when your main motivation is fear.

    Advice to Management

    Update your resumes.


  6. Overall, it was a disappointing position

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Developer in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was a free lunch offered which is nice.

    Cons

    This is a repetitive job using antiquated technologies.


  7. Like trying to hug a slippery mermaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synapse Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The founder, Michael Loeb, was an extraordinary person to watch. Creative, persistent, driven, demanding, rewarding. He could be your worst nightmare or your best friend, but after it was all over you felt like you had your day at the races.

    Cons

    It was a very sales-driven environment, so nothing was ever really written in stone. If you were in the sales groups, that was excellent because everything was grey, and that's where sales folks thrive. But if you're an analyst -- or anyone with practical, evidence-based values -- it's a nightmare. Any decision, any attempt to influence, any past agreement, it was as if they never happened. Every day another mermaid would slip out of your arms and swim away.

    Advice to Management

    Add people at the top with left-brained styles - practical, concrete, detail-oriented, facts-based and orderly thinkers who want to see logical rationales and numbers-based decisions and outcomes.


  8. Great people to work with but the company needs to realize who is doing the work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Finance in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ~Free lunch ~Wellness week ~Summer Fridays (when Time Inc allows) ~Health/Dental/Eye insurance ~Fun Committee (company birthday party, trivia, goof off day, etc.) ~Can wear jeans to work everyday ~Free shuttle to train station

    Cons

    ~Depending on what department you are in is what will determine your work-life balance. There are two groups that are always there late and they are IT and FP&A. Everyone else leaves at 5:30 (or sometimes earlier) so those 2 groups really get the short end of the stick ~There are some people in certain positions who have no idea what they are doing and they are still there or they are getting promoted ~The pay is low compared to other companies ~ Some departments don't take into consideration the work that some of their requests take ~ There is no accountability- certain groups get to skate by

    Advice to Management

    Be more conscious of who is doing the work and try to make the benefits (ex work-life balance) more uniform across the company. I would also tell management that sometimes there are hard decisions to make, so make a decision and stick with it. The constant back and forth is annoying and a waste of time. There also needs to be accountability- people who don't know anything need to leave or step it up because they are dragging everyone else down.


  9. Worst job ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people who unfortunately are institutionalized and, whether they know it or not, will not receive comparable salaries in other companies due to the limited skill set they've received at Synapse. The physical office space is attractive and there is a celebratory spirit -- birthday/work anniversary acknowledgements, holiday parties etc. Employees enjoy them. Management feigns interest when/if they show up.

    Cons

    Probably the worst job I've ever had. Management is just mean and completely dysfunctional. The magazine industry's challenges pale in comparison to a company who has not had a game-changing idea since it launched. Even new people with new ideas of what the company could be cannot combat the "lifers" who rule this sinking vessel.

    Advice to Management

    All the spreadsheets in the world can't hide poor business practice. If you want new ideas that can actually move the needle, step away and let cube-dwellers who sit outside of your glass offices, run with the ideas. Even if they fail it will be better than doing the same thing in different conference rooms all day and all year long.


  10. A place with good, smart people where you can work outside of your area of expertise

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People are smart, caring and fun to work with. In general, most people care about the place beyond just getting your daily work done. People are allowed to go outside their areas of expertise if they are smart and can add value. You are not trapped in doing the same thing everyday. People can also move from department to department when opportunities arise. Synapse has a great work life balance. Generally, management gets that people work hard and allow them to get their work done as they see fit. As long as you get your work done, you can balance your personal commitments with your work commitments. Employee benefits are pretty cool ... free lunch and dinner, summer cook outs, Halloween parties for families, work with AmeriCares and Special Olympics, trivia contests, etc.

    Cons

    Synapse is a division of a larger organization and sometimes the disadvantages that come with that come into play. However, Synapse senior management is generally willing to fight for what is best for Synapse. Synapse works within the magazine industry which is struggling which may or may not create issues for it in the future. Management is working on looking for other ways to diversify its growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for ways to diversify business opportunities and listen to all employees to help understand their ideas and how they can help. Work as a team.


  11. I learned and developed some really cool business and marketing skills working here.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has been and continues to be very profitable and successful under the guidance of strong and shrewd management team Steady and smart leadership despite challenging business environment Passionate and motivated employees Employees are held accountable for their performance and business results Casual work environment Nice office space with lots of light Allows for work/life balance Vacation time Free lunch! Access to on site gym

    Cons

    Corporate parent has sometimes stymied investment in new ideas Still some pockets of the culture trying to hold on to the past when they need to be thinking ahead Company could do a better job of celebrating all the successes it has been achieving Hard to get to outside and run an errand during the day

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to argue with success. It's was a great place to work. Continue to fight for employee rewards and benefits



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