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Syncsort Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
31 Reviews
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31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Never ending churn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syncsort

    Pros

    Great technology and very dedicated, talented colleagues. Willingness to try new strategies and tactics in an appropriate way and definite investment in the technology.

    Cons

    Can't seem to get consistent growth in the business and this stalls all other things. At the time I was there, there was constant churn of management which in turn, caused churn throughout the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with employees and ensure they have all of the facts, both good and bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people with a innovative product liine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syncsort full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible, nice management, The people really are trying hard to focus on satisfying customers.

    Cons

    having difficulty in finding the focus for product lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Comfortable work-life balance, lack of talented engineers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I have been working at Syncsort full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting new projects based around the Hadoop ecosystem

    Cons

    Lot of legacy code, average benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good technology, Poor management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I have been working at Syncsort full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great set of colleagues, very helpful.
    - Compensation is good only when you start, (however, yearly raises are minimal or nothing)
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Good technology products
    - Good work/life balance (no Work from home though)

    Cons

    - Lots of unfulfilled promises (401K etc)
    - Poor engineering management
    - No clear career growth path
    - Lack of proper goals and objectives
    - Products are marketing/sales driven recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Focus on employees and address their concerns
    - Marketing & Sales will not make the company profitable, you need good products too

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great team, older company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syncsort full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation was fair, benefits were ok, but not great. Very open to remote working. Team was great to work with.

    Cons

    No 401k match, stressful workload, vision was unclear. Management was very talented, but not on the same page.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work for- superior technology and extremely competent, helpful collegues.

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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Consultant

    I have been working at Syncsort full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a "techie" environment- focused creating the best-engineered product and implementing it for our customers. If you like a technical challenge, you will fit right in.
    Also, the health insurance plan is excellent.

    Cons

    Pay raises are too low here and seem to have no relation to proven effort or ability; sometimes there are raises, but all persons seem to get the same increases regardless of performance. This does not motivate people to do outstanding work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has an open, friendly relationship with the rank-and-file, which contributes to good morale, but people are beginning to grumble about the paltry raises in recent years. Pay your top performers significantly more or you will loose them. This has already begun- we just lost several people to Cloudera. Also, implementing the long-promised 401k-match would really boost morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable and challenging

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I have been working at Syncsort full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, interesting work, great coworkers

    Cons

    Sometimes gets overly busy here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Relatively well-paying and low stress job but not very exciting

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I worked at Syncsort full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A profitable software company with a successful track record based in New Jersey - you don't have to go to NYC! - with well-paying technical jobs.
    - Even though the company historically had decades of success in their mainframe product (the company is named after it), over the last decade or so they branched out into Data Protection and Business Intelligence arena with reasonable success.
    - Not a very high-stress, high-pressure environment.
    - Not an exciting fast-paced environment (which is also a con).
    - Decent profit sharing (though that might have changed because the founder sold the company to a private equity firm a few years ago and latest I heard is they are splitting the Backup Express data protection division off).
    - Had a terrible head of department - an absolute disaster of a leader and a pathetic human being but all my co-workers were a good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    - When I was there you could only access white listed Internet sites. For everything else you had to use a public shared terminal. Even though I hear this policy has now changed this was indicative of the general problem with the company culture -- old-fashioned, not conducive to innovative, forward-thinking and did not encourage employees to take initiative. As a techie, not having open access to the phenomenal knowledge repository that is the Internet was frustrating and bewildering.
    - With so many opportunities to do amazing work in the tech field these days it would be hard for Syncsort to attract talented engineers.
    - I got burnt out at my previous job so this gig was a nice change of pace with reasonable hours and decent salary/benefits but if you are ambitions and have set high goals for yourself this is not the place.
    - No performance based bonus - so the slug dragging the team down and the smart, hard-working contributor get compensated the same. That makes no sense and only encourages mediocrity. Hopefully they have changed the policy.
    - No name recognition in the Data Protection/Backup industry even though it's a decent product.
    - I've heard they've dipped their toes into off-shoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from some of the admired tech companies out there and change the culture to attract and retain talented technical talent so they can contribute to your future success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syncsort

    Pros

    Good people who are committed to the customer

    Cons

    Lack of management direction or strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and stop internal management wars

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company but now dealing with change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syncsort full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    committed people who will do anything to help customers , good technology

    Cons

    strategy needs to be reviewed on the backup side, leadership is ok

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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