Synovate Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
85 Reviews
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Synovate Global CEO Robert Philpott
Robert Philpott
24 Ratings

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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.  

    Friendly but lack direction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synovate as a contractor

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable, comfortable working environment.

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction, and limited training opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Ok for senior management only

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Synovate full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    International experience, big clients, many departments within one company

    Cons

    Successess anounced, problems swept under the carpet

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

    Not bad, but not good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Synovate

    Pros

    - Easy pace of work in a non-pressured environment
    - Relatively young work force
    - good work life balance

    Cons

    - Liimited management capability
    - Lack of vision and medium term plans communicated
    - Poor exec leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better leadership
    - Train managers to become good managers as opposed to just promoting up due to length of service

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    One of the best big agencies to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Synovate

    Pros

    Compared to other big agencies, Synovate prides itself to have director level involvement on most projects. This is undoubtedly true, which means junior staff can learn a lot from their more experienced colleagues. The company culture is not very corporate and allows for a more relaxed and collaborative atmosphere. The company's new offices in London are great to work in as well.

    Cons

    The operations side of the business isn't run very professionally which causes researchers to spend way too much time reworking stuff and being bogged down in minor details. Pay levels are below industry average. Being a heavily sales-driven organisation means that career progression does not always depend on research skills alone but relies more on bringing in business compared to other agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest the necessary time, effort and money into sorting out operations, otherwise the company can't possibly fulfill its potential. Don't just wait for a bigger agency to buy Synovate so the problem takes care of itself.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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