Synovate Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
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  1. Only lifers apply

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good Work environment and benefits

    Cons

    All are liefers, so don't expect any promotion

    Advice to Management

    Move people around to cross train

  2. Eye opening and not in a good way

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    Former Employee - Account Group Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Group Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    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.

  3. Growing and Integration pains, but lots of opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    You can do almost anything in research.

    Cons

    A little too disorganized for some.

    Advice to Management

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

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  5. Accounts Receivable Specialist

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    Former Employee - AR Specialist (Finance) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - AR Specialist (Finance) in Chicago, IL

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

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

    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 Management

    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)

  6. Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Study Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Study Director in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn various methodologies.

    Cons

    Smoke and mirrors communication. Typical office politics.

    Advice to Management

    They don't merit my advice.

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

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Good stability since I was there over 8 years.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people

    Cons

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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Ipsos acqusition makes future uncertain for all

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    Former Employee - Study Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Study Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice people and great benefits

    Cons

    future is uncertain, local management may not be trustworthy

    Advice to Management

    try to protect synovate workers

  10. just an ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Synovate

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    lack of training, poor communication from management

    Advice to Management

    make the employees feel more appreciated

  11. Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Synovate

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Repetitive work and somewhat secretive.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better pay increases and recognize talents of current staff.

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