Synovate Reviews in Chicago, IL

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Pros
  • Nice work environment and benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Reasonable work hours (in my group), good vacation time, nice people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours are inevitable (especially in my group) and there is little light at the end of the tunnel (in 9 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life/balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growing and Integration pains, but lots of opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Synovate full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You can do almost anything in research.

    Cons

    A little too disorganized for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in existing product and services, instead of completely new areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Eye opening and not in a good way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Group Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Group Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the people and departments were amazing.

    Cons

    You can dedicate your life to them but when the merger came I was kicked to the curb like I never even mattered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Accounts Receivable Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AR Specialist (Finance)  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - AR Specialist (Finance) in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great work environment, interesting co-workers, friendly atmosphere, solid benefits package, very convenient location, felt like an important contributor to the company, flexible schedule a big plus

    Cons

    kept me on as a temp worker for 4 years before hiring me as an official member of the crew, had to fill in for my supervisor a lot, could have used more training and preparation for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this company was bought out and I was laid off from work earlier this year due to our department being redundant (company that bought us already had their own finance dept)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Study Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Study Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn various methodologies.

    Cons

    Smoke and mirrors communication. Typical office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't merit my advice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of work to be done, a bit fast and loose on proper maintenance...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infrastructure  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Pros

    Life isn't about the amount of work you do but the satisfaction you gain in life. Synovate has introduced me to spectacular colleagues and hopefully lifelong friends. There is so much work to do you can literally choose your own path, no one will notice if something isn't getting done as long as something is getting done...

    Cons

    Work Life Balance... Learn quickly to not let the job consume your life, as there is an endless pile of work to be done. However, no one honestly expects it all to get done - which puts liability in limbo and can get uncomfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to recognize milestones achieved, it can be hard when you're quickly running after the next big fish. Lots of people were put out by a lack of understanding of the effort taken to achieve the results that were obtainable. Given more resources the desired effects can be achieved.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good stability since I was there over 8 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people

    Cons

    Pay was low as compared to other jobs for the specific position.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    just an ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Pros

    good benefits and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    lack of training, poor communication from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the employees feel more appreciated

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ipsos acqusition makes future uncertain for all

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Study Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Study Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Pros

    nice people and great benefits

    Cons

    future is uncertain, local management may not be trustworthy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to protect synovate workers

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Synovate

    Pros

    Nice work environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Repetitive work and somewhat secretive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better pay increases and recognize talents of current staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall average career experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Pros

    Global reach; learning to work with different cultures and business practices;

    Cons

    lack of emphasis on employee career growth, development and benefits.

    No opinion of CEO

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