Synygy Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
153 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great culture, work environment; clear organisation, good managers (in 15 reviews)

  • Early on, you learn a lot quickly and have the opportunity to really challenge yourself (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of training on both soft and hard skills (no-training seems to be a type of managing set by the company President) (in 4 reviews)

  • Growth opportunities are few as CEO seems satisfied running company at current revenues (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Beginner Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.
    For a fresh graduate or entry-level person a great environment to learn and grow.
    Some incredibly talented group of people that you will find to work with.

    Cons

    Low salaries with huge expectations and working hours
    Lack of Training
    Growth is limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate and reward people per industry standards

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are really fun.
    Decent cafeteria food.
    Winter parties are nice.

    Cons

    Synygy has way too many failed implementations and displeased clients.

    Top management has been bringing this company down for a long time by promoting poor performance, bad behavior and chasing clients away. There is a constant expectation to carry slower team members, relatives or friends of management and many employees take advantage of this under the guise of "teamwork".

    Inexperienced leadership, easily threatened by anyone with more knowledge or skills.
    There seems to be a constant lack of money and no investments are made into technology, trainings or laptops.

    Inconsistent and ever-changing strategies.
    Most of their talent has already left.

    Meager technology, it’s surprising they still have clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management seems more concerned with their personal agenda than clients or innovation.

    SPM has become a highly competitive market and Synygy is not looking great.

    Wipe most of your management off, bring in qualified people and start fresh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging experince, but lots of learning and growth.

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    Office culture is pretty fun. Lots of smart young(ish) people with common interests. Some opportunity to travel abroad to visit global offices and meet foreign co-workers when they come to the US. Internal training.

    Cons

    Little input into assignments for areas of interest. Very long hours at times with stress. Company was trying a one-size fits all approach to employee development, but I believe they have changed course some. Pay was not commesurate with the complexity and volume of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent strategy changes can be confusing and disruptive to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Baptism by Fire

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    Honestly, this is a great place if you are just starting out or if you want to round out your professional experience early in a career. You will be exposed to a demanding client facing work environment and will have your hands in meaningful projects even as a junior team member. Moreover, there are some really good people here at all levels. Due in no small part to their applicant screening, I also found that my colleagues were at the very least intelligent. Lastly, the company made concerted efforts to boost morale with monthly events (Herberts) and fantastic winter solstice parties.

    Cons

    If you're not one to force boundaries between your personal and work life, this is not the place for you. You can easily be putting in 50-60 hour weeks with more left to do at the end of it. That is just the nature of the work. There will always be the crisis du jour. While the initial salary offering was a good base, I found that the raises were low even with eventual promotion. In short, the long hours fostered burnout and the lack of reward for good/hard work was demotivating. This is normal stuff and I don't think this is an isolated experience at Synygy. However, it is something to be aware of if you are seeking a position here. Like I said, this strikes me as a good place to start out or round out your experience before moving on. To put this in a positive lite, work life will be a breeze once you've had your Baptism by Fire at Synygy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this very moment, I see employee morale as a major issue that will eventually catch up with the company if not addressed as a legitimate concern. Synygy is currently losing a lot of good people that would have stuck around if they were just a little more hopeful about the health of their careers and felt personally invested in the future success of the company. If the company feels that the level of churn is unsustainable, they should move quick to identify and reward those that remain loyal and productive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Not good for the long haul

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synygy full-time

    Pros

    There are lot of very talented, loyal and hard-working people to BE found working at Synygy; mind you, a lot of this is loyalty to one another but not the company specifically. The culture / office is pretty relaxed when it comes to working remotely if needed, bending your hours a little bit as required, or moving away from your desk and working in a more comfortable area. There is A staffed, in-house cafeteria which is great. All in all, the amenities are great and the end of year parties are a lot of fun (kudos to HR for arranging and organizing those).

    Cons

    I take some issue with a few of the other reviews here, especially the recent rash of "grass is greener" comments which smells a lot like an internal prompt to counteract some of the recent poor reviews and the implication that negative reviews are coming from people who were just bad at their jobs.

    Synygy is not all bad, but if you really want to develop yourself professionally or grow your career in any significant way you'll hit walls pretty fast, thanks to:

    [✓] Almost no training. The company has almost no interest in sponsoring external training or certification for employees to build their expertise, and a recent suggestion to enable employees to get outside training was met with a response from the owner to "just read a book". For a company that touts its expertise in sales compensation consulting, there is a staggeringly low number of people with either sales compensation knowledge, or actual consulting expertise. Training in general has basically been pushed on the middle management and lower levels to create themselves with very little support organizationally.

    [✓] Arbitrary promotion paths. Promotions are done annually and require the sign-off of a leadership panel for every individual promotion. If you're unfortunate to get put on a team or group with a manager that won't fight to get you noticed by the upper echelons you're going to have a bad time. Sheer luck of the draw with where you start in the company has an awfully large influence on your promotability, and it's easy to get stigmatized if you don't adhere to the common promotion timelines (which is often completely decoupled from your actual experience).

    [✓] Lots of rhetoric, no action. Buzzwords are bandied about, new initiatives are floated, change is discussed. But all of them die ingloriously some way or another. There is a lot of doublespeak when it comes to the company's strategy and future but almost nothing ever takes hold enough to influence the direction one way or another and it's a deeply frustrating experience to try and be involved in that. It's true that everything good comes with some adversity, but there is a limit to what people are willing to take and most people have given up. A lot of people seem to just play along and not raise flags because, especially when the owner is involved, Synygy is definitely a place where the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    [✓] Poor leadership. The owner / CEO, while perhaps a great entrepreneur during the formative years of the company, is terrible at leading a large company (especially when his focus is split between two companies now) and there is a growing sentiment that he's running the company into the ground. He has managed to demean and insult employees to the point that almost no one is willing anymore to engage with him, and pulls the company around on a whim (the latest transition has been to "agility" which has spent the last six months being defined internally to the confusion of a significant percentage of the workforce). The Executive Team are usually left holding the bag here and do what they can, but there is a massive vacuum toward the top of the organization when it comes to practical organizational leadership. A lot of the senior team are smart, great people, but they get stuck spending too much time in damage control and aren't able to really lead the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a ton of division in the company right now and a lot of good people are leaving because they don't believe in the company any more, or are realizing that it's not a good long term option for them. Communication is just a bandaid here, and the root cause needs to be uncovered and addressed properly.

    There has been an injection of new senior leadership recently so maybe that will help correct the company's course but I'm not overly optimistic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    - LGBT-friendly
    - Flexible hours (on some projects)

    Cons

    Although there are a few decent managers, the general feeling is that most of the problems are tied to a subpar leadership.
    Evading accountability, scapegoating, favoritism, being contemptuous of clients and other employees and even bullying aren’t rare occurrences and shouldn’t be as rampant as they are here in any professional environment. Any successful piece of a project seems to happen not because, but in spite of an awful management.

    Be careful what employment agreement you sign with them and seriously consider the impact it might have on your career. The technology used is quite poor; a lot of home-grown, barely functional applications.

    Unfortunately, the poor reviews on Glassdoor reveal exactly what’s going on in this place. Synygy might not be the worst employer you can find (some will disagree on this one), but that doesn’t make it a good or even an average one either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell. Any change starts from the top and it's highly unlikely those will be successful with the current management. It might be more profitable to sell the company now before it becomes completely uninteresting to any potential buyer.

    There are still a lot of good people there, who didn’t yet find other jobs - they deserve a far better leadership and work culture - a new owner might be the key to get them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun and lots of growth!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synygy

    Pros

    The best part of working at Synygy is the ability to have impact from day one. New hires are encouraged to jump in, ask questions, and get involved. You truly have the chance to have an impact on your project if you want it. Along the same lines, you are able to create your own career path. You are able to explore different parts of the business and make your career at Synygy what you want it to be.

    HR and company leaders do an amazing job of keeping things fun. There seems to be something going on every week which helps to keep things interesting. Big screens were even set up for the World Cup so we could watch the game! I don't think many other offices made that happen!

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change recently and with change there are growing pains. Things are settling down now and I'm excited to see how the changes in the 1.5 years will pay off in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When changes are made, make sure this is clearly communicated to employees- both why the change was made and how we will roll out the change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some good, More bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synygy

    Pros

    - The company offers you the ability to work remotely and adjust your schedule for even routine appointments.
    - Early on, you learn a lot quickly and have the opportunity to really challenge yourself.
    - Some people who are really enjoyable to work with!
    - A chef who constantly looks for ways to improve morale and make everyone happy (HR could learn a thing or two from him!)

    Cons

    A cocky CEO who emphasizes the need to add value to clients, yet operates under the assumption that incentive compensation hasn't changed in the last 20 years. He also proposes generic solutions to complex problems without adequately accounting for the nuances that make incentive compensation a challenging field. Even worse, he perpetuates a superior, arrogant attitude that proliferates parts of the organization.

    Change for change sake's only. It's not surprising if Mark casually reads an article in Harvard Business Review and then subsequently decides to change the whole organization only to change it back 3 months later.

    A company comprised of too many young associates and consultants that need mentoring from more senior figures on a more routine basis. Further emphasizing the need for a higher ratio of associates and consultants to senior figures will only increase the likelihood of errors and reduce the quality of consulting.

    Compensation isn't up to snuff and the benefits are embarrassingly bad. A 12.5 percent 401k match certainly doesn't encourage saving for retirement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    change is a constant, in a constantly changing industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, doing hard work. HR seems to consistently pick excellent people who a a perfect match for the unique and rewarding culture. of course some dont work out but the ones who do are the reason Synygy is as great as it is. the Synygy culture is what sets it apart from working at just any job. That part is constant. Its the rest of the company that is always on the move, setting trends and staying ahead of the big boys who strolled the path Synygy blazed into this market. Synygy is always on the move to stay ahead of, and help set the curve.

    Cons

    Trust is hard for the CEO. he is a brilliant man and expects his employees to be the same. But he has a hard time trusting his sr management to take his lead and flow it down through the ranks. he is very hands on and involved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Just stay away

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Management in Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    There are almost no upsides to working there other than some of the people. I met some good friends while there, but I've also met good friends at far better places to work.

    Cons

    A propaganda machine that would make the Soviets blush. There are whole groups of employees dedicated to propping up Mark Stiffler's ego and fabricating BS stories about how great the company is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a vacation Mr. Stiffler...and don't come back...ever!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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