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Synapse Product Development Overview

Seattle, WA
51 to 200 employees
2001
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Architectural & Engineering Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Synapse works with the world's leading companies to create products and experiences that improve the way consumers live. With collaboration and engineering at our core, we bring the insight, tools, and processes necessary to deliver technology ecosystems to ... Read more

Mission: Synapse Product Development was founded under a single guiding principle—to make it “the best job anyone has ever had.”

Company Updates

  • Ariane, one of our new Synapse Project Managers, recently had the opportunity to attend the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit at CenturyLink Field. Throughout the conference, she learned how data is used to monitor the health of the players, to better train the athletes, and how fans are consuming data and information relevant to their favorite sports. She especially enjoyed hearing Al Guido, President of the SF 49ers, speak about improving fan experience using the technology that Synapse contributed to!

    Synapse at Geekwire Sports Tech Summit

    Synapse Project Manager, Ariane Callender, recently attend the Geekwire Sports Tech Summit, where she learned how data is used to monitor the health of the players, to better train the athletes, and how fans are consuming data and information relevant to their favorite sports.

  • Chris started at Synapse as a mechanical engineering intern, and now he's a full time mechanical engineer with us. He recently had the opportunity to present at the Seattle Urban Academy Career Day Panel with four other local professionals in STEM. Chris shared with the students his three important steps towards becoming a mechanical engineer. Read them on his blog post: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQiQp

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Synapse Product Development – Why Work For Us?


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Through our unique blend of culture and business practices, Synapse Product Development solves difficult multi-disciplinary engineering problems, delivers our clients’ desired results and turns their strategically important ambitions into products.

Our vision is to create a new category in product development, set the standard for quality, become the household name in our industry, and to make a positive impact on the world.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach is a fully streamlined engineering and realization process for product development. We take concepts all the way from engineering development and manufacturing through introduction to the market. We match unique engineering talent with deep technology resources and essential project management oversight. Collaboration among our mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to allow us deliver next-level solutions for our clients and their customers.

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undefinedENGINEERING NIRVANA

Synapsters say “yes” when conventional wisdom says “no.” That means achieving the impossible within extraordinary time frames, building, testing, learning, and building again, and having fun while doing the unthinkable.

BEST JOB EVER

Synapse believes that an entrepreneurially empowered culture inspires creative breakthroughs. We believe in thinking outside the box to solve the most difficult problems. Synapsters at every level rigorously honor their commitment to make this “the best job anyone has ever had.”

WEDNESDAY LUNCH

Wednesday Lunch at Synapse Product Development. Something Synapsters do well is work together. At the heart of our camaraderie is Wednesday Lunch, when all Synapsters gather to discuss new developments within the company, meet new co-workers, and discuss all-things Synapse. It's a great opportunity to find solutions, ask questions, make suggestions, and even make each other laugh. It's another example of Synapse's commitment to its people.

BEER:30

Beer:30 at Seattle Synapse Product Development. Beer:30 started as an opportunity to unwind with an array of beverages at the end of a busy week. And, even though a new keg is tapped every other Friday, it has become much more than an after-work get-together at our Seattle HQ. Synapse friends, family, coworkers, and clients are invited to get to know what the office culture is all about. Beer:30 is also a way for Synapse to find new talent and partners. At Synapse, we take work and play seriously.

THURSDAY ACTIVE

Thursday Active at San Francisco Synapse Product Development. Thursday Active started as a way to do things together in and out of the office and unwind near the end of the week. Thursday Active is more than a happy hour, although that is one of the activities. It is a way for San Francisco Synapse coworkers, friends, family, and clients to get to know more about the Synapse culture -and each other- during a BBQ, an outing to the Academy of Science, a mountain biking excursion, or a Giants game. At Synapse, we take work and play seriously.

SYNAPSTER EVENTS

At the annual Mountain Madness companywide retreat. Synapse brings the food and beer, employees bring themselves and their families, and everyone enjoys the great outdoors.

Other events include poker nights, Mariners baseball games, a Halloween costume party, a holiday party, Pinewood derby, and fun outings. 

undefinedBECOME PART OF OUR CULTURE

At Synapse, we develop a wide variety of products, for the helathcare markets, as well as technology demonstration projects for dozens of brand-name companies across many different industries. We bring together industrial design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and software development to put innovation into the hands of our clients.

We are looking for bright, motivated students who want to apply themselves to hard core engineering, prototyping, and short run production programs. Expect to be completely immersed in product development including contact with our clients and vendors.

You may be "Synapster" material if you are self-motivated, excel at learning, play as hard as you work, routinely exceed others' expectations, are mentally flexible, and enjoy taking ownership and sharing success. A good attitude and raw intellect are essential.

Synapse internship opportunities are paid full-time roles. Synapse internship start and end dates are flexible to align with academic schedules, but you’ll be expected to commit to at least four months of full-time work. We want to make sure we provide you a valuable learning experience and an opportunity to be a part of our team and culture.  For more information on our internships take a look at the internship job postings.

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Synapse offers great benefits, competitive salaries, and a unique company culture that emphasizes fun as an integral component of delivering world-class products. Synapse's spacious main office in downtown Seattle has foosball, a pool table, shuffleboard, a projection movie screen, a climbing wall, and plenty of snacks and caffeine. Its San Francisco office in the convenient SoMa neighborhood provides proximity to transit and city amenities, a weekly catered lunch, and a range of out-of-office activities that keep Synapsters engaged and invigorated. 

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    Pros

    Fun, creative, supportive, collaborative, exciting work and awesome people. Truly a fantastic job.

    Cons

    Review process feels subjective and unfair to some people.

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Synapse Product Development Photos

Synapse Product Development photo of: President Redwood Stephens
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Synapse Product Development Interviews

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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Synapse Product Development (Seattle, WA) in November 2017.

    Interview

    I applied to a job posting that I saw online through a job board. The whole interview process took place over a period of about 1-2 months and took place completely over the phone.

    The first interview over the phone was a preliminary screening with a member of their mechanical engineering team that had gone through the internship program previously. Each of the two interviews over the phone took approximately an hour each. There were several questions about my background and personality that were first asked, which were then followed by 3 technical questions. Overall the interview process was pleasant but I wish they offered in-person interviews because there is some stuff you just can't convey correctly over the phone with no context.

    Interview Questions

    • Imagine a dashed diver line down a mile length of the straight road. Explain how you would calculate the volume of paint required for this mile stretch of road.   Answer Question
    • Your friend is coming over soon and you made them coffee. You want this coffee to be as hot as possible by the time they get to you. You can use creamer to affect the coffee, what should you do to make the coffee as hot as possible when they arrive?   Answer Question
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Synapse Product Development Awards & Accolades

  • Washington's Best Workplaces, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2016
  • Geekiest Office Space, Geekwire, 2015
  • Washington's Best Workplaces, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2013
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2013
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