Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.

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Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work with

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

    I worked at Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice work / Life balance , good atmosphere for interns to learn and grow

    Cons

    Mostly federal contracting , no commercial projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Much attention to individuals and individual needs.
    Good location and work environment.
    A lot of friendly, helpful people.
    A forward looking company actively engaged in developing business.

    Cons

    Big-hearted company may suffer sometimes by retention of some marginally performing staff members.
    Somewhat limited in breadth of staff background/knowledge/experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the small business atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    SMDI is a very family friendly organization, that understands the value of life outside the office.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.

    Pros

    Synectics is the perfect place to work for someone who has young children or has to take time off when unexpected issues arise.

    It provides an extremely laid back and diverse environment and is comprised of many different nationalities and cultures within its work force.

    The environment is very informal and every day is "dress down Fridays" at Synectics

    They offer very flexible schedules and are very understanding when it comes to issues of sickness and other things like car troubles.

    Many people leave Synectics to move on to other companies but they most often end up returning at some point in time.

    Cons

    Although Synectics offers a multitude of perks and a very casual atmosphere, after a while that doesn't make up for the substandard pay that you may receive as an employee of Synectics.

    Synectics is like a company of the "Haves and Have Not's". That is if you are in a higher end position you make a significantly large salary. However, if you are a general worker, you tend to receive sub-industry standard pay.

    The company structure of the company is such that there are not many opportunities for advancement.

    As someone else explained, you have upper management (Directors), then middle management, followed by general workers. There aren't many people who fill those middle managerial positions so there aren't many opportunities to advance unless someone leaves. Therefore, you can end up working for the company for many years in the same position with no opportunity to move up the latter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I live the company and would recommend the company to a young up and coming individual. However, I would like for the company to place higher value on employee improvement and opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
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    Geat small company, some small problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.

    Pros

    Synectics has a very flat organizational structure, so there aren't a lot of layers of management to penetrate to get a decision on something. Another great thing about Synectics is that with the diversity of clients, there is always something new to do or something new to learn about.

    Cons

    The same flat organizational sturcute that is a benefit, can also be a hinderance in terms of advancement. There are workers, there are project managers, and there is senior management (3 people). So pretty much your job is your job. What you work on may change, but if you're looking to move up, there isn't much of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have a lot of advice for senior management. Management is very approachable and responsive.

    Recommends

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