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Synapse Product Development Overview

www.synapse.com
Seattle, WA
51 to 200 employees
2001
Company - Private
Business 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

  • Human beings see themselves as much more rational decision makers than they actually are. Kate Richmond, Synapse Director of Electrical Engineering, read Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and it changed the way she looks at the world. Kahneman's work has inspired Synapse engineering directors to change the interview process to encourage System 2 thinking. Learn four changes we've implemented for engineering interviews:

    Better Interviewing Through Neuroscience

    Hiring decisions are some of the most crucial decisions we make at Synapse, which is why we're making changes to our interviewing process to encourage system 2 thinking.

  • Synapse Director of Software Engineering, Jake Sprouse, wrote a blog post addressing last year's wave of distributed denial-of-service attacks on Internet infrastructure, targeting major services such as Twitter, Amazon, Spotify and Netflix. It's important that digital security and privacy be taken seriously throughout the process of product development from a systems engineering perspective. Read more...

    Digital Security for Connected Devices

    Digital security and privacy are important parts of system design of digital products large and small, but are often overlooked until late in the development process. Here, we discuss the current state of security for connected products and the Internet of Things, and discuss systems engineering strategies for bringing secure products to market.

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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.

undefinedBENEFITS

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

    This is -the- best job I've ever had, hands down.
    - My colleagues are smarter and more experienced than me and I am always absorbing as much as possible, yet no one ever acts superior or smug. It is a super supportive group that builds each other up.
    - Management is responsive to issues raised, actually listening to and acting on what I have to say.
    - Engineers have a voice in what projects they work on.
    - The variety of projects is wide, leaving great options for what sort of designs to dive into.
    - It's in SF, near CalTrain, AT&T park, walkable to transit, etc.
    - We do fun stuff together as an organized office event at least once a month.
    - I enjoy coming to work.
    - My contributions are valued, and I get feedback.
    - I feel fairly compensated.
    - We work with Fortune 100 companies and startups, making things that are sure bets to come to market as well as pie in the sky hopefuls.

    Cons

    - No dogs allowed in office.
    - For some engineers, the amount of client interaction might be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Try to minimize the changes surrounding the acquisition by Cambridge Consultants!

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Synapse Product Development Photos

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Synapse Product Development Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Synapse Product Development (Seattle, WA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and about 2 weeks later got an email from the recruiting team to setup a phone interview with the electrical engineer team lead. Phone interview lasted a little over an hour. I thought it went well but apparently not, since about a month and a half later I got the rejection letter.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral questions followed by explaining a project that was on my resume. Then the hardest part was analyzing a schematic online on op-amps. It has been about a year since I last used them.   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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