Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.
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www.smdi.com Arlington, VA 50 to 149 Employees

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Great place to work with

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsMostly federal contracting , no commercial projects

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

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

ProsMuch 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lose the small business atmosphere.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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SMDI is a very family friendly organization, that understands the value of life outside the office.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

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

ProsSynectics 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.

ConsAlthough 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Geat small company, some small problems

Manager (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

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

ProsSynectics 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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