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Symphony Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 10 Sep 2019

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2.7
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David Gurle
74 Ratings
Pros
  • "It's a very dynamic, quick moving workplace filled with a lot of really smart and hard working people(in 7 reviews)

  • "flexibility allows for work/life balance(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Working across time-zones sometimes makes it difficult to find a work-life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "No one who works at the company has anything positive to say behind closed doors(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Some of the best people you will come across in the valley"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -> ES and Systems Architects is led by some very talented, experienced people. -> Get to work with senior management, talented team and make an impact. -> New Technology adoption. -> Hands-off management. -> Good benefits, salary and perks.

    Cons

    -> Work life balance can be hard sometimes, but depends on how much work you signup for. -> Changing priorities often.

    Advice to Management

    -> Get TPM's / PM's to ensure the teams are on right track as per the managements vision. -> Get more structure with career path for employees on how they can grow within the company.

    Symphony2018-05-01
  2. Helpful (16)

    "Poor execution, poor culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Investors are also customers of Symphony product and are eager to provide funding. - Decent work life balance - Unlimited PTO and catered lunch - Competitive salary - Existing product works and meets customer expectations, for now - Interesting tech problem to solve

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency from leadership or senior management of how or why decisions are made. ~90% of employees felt so in the last company-wide survey. - A lot of reorgs (and politics) for a company of this size. One reorg split teams into two distinct groups, and now they're getting merged back after 6 months. The politics can really demotivate employees. - A lot of headcount for managers and directors for a... company of this size. Top-heavy, inefficient org structure. - Not much of an engineering culture or presence of engineering leadership for an engineering company. - The company can buy back fully vested shares. - Lack of CEO presence in Palo Alto, Symphony's HQ. PA's future as HQ looks dim as jobs get moved to France and its floor space gets reduced/eliminated. - Lets go of bottom x% of employees after each performance evaluation. - Company growth seems to be plateauing while competitors are catching up. - Globally distributed engineering teams slows down collaboration.

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    Advice to Management

    - Invest in product stability to make employees more productive, the org more efficient, the product more reliable. Feature work can wait. - Have a rigorous performance evaluation for managers/directors. Don't let the toxic/lazy ones get away with doing a poor job. - The CEO shouldn't compare employees across different regions (i.e. who's more loyal to the company). Apologize to the org for statements like this,... even if it's not your exact words. - Listen to employee feedback more often and actually address the feedback in an actionable way. Walk the talk. - Don't stay in the echo chamber of company's past successes or unicorn valuation. The competition is stepping up its game.

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    Symphony2019-07-24
  3. Helpful (15)

    "GREAT VISION in a VERY TOXIC and DEPLETING work environment."

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Potential for high growth Passionate CEO with a great vision Excellent pay and benefits, free lunches

    Cons

    *Dysfunctional executive leadership team *Lots of new hires and changes over the past year, none of them positive *HR is only there to support management, not the average employee. *No opportunities for career growth *Very political, cliques, no team work — toxic work environment *Product development is sub optimal *non existent work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Get rid off all the dead weight. Hire quality employees And treat them with respect.

    Symphony2018-08-03
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Excellent place to work, great company culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Symphony is really a great place to work! The people are smart, friendly and engaged, and the compensation and benefits very good. As well as a good medical plan and 401k, Symphony provides catered lunches each day along with a host of other activities for staff like on-site massages, fitness bootcamps and other health and fitness benefits such as a monthly challenges or table-tennis tournaments.

    Cons

    As a company that is growing internationally, there are some problems scaling. Working across time-zones sometimes makes it difficult to find a work-life balance. However, management is aware of the challenges the company is facing and is working to resolve them through a number of means.

    Advice to Management

    We have everything we need to be very successful; please keep reenforcing the strong, clear vision for the product.

    Symphony2018-03-30
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Awesome place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time

    Pros

    Very well funded startup with great colleagues, fast paced environment, good benefits, opportunity to work on challenging problems.

    Cons

    You will be very busy, work life balance could be a bit better.

    Symphony2017-09-25
  6. Helpful (17)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The people are generally nice - Work life balance, depending on the team you're on, is quite reasonable - It seems like the business has potential

    Cons

    - There has been a mass exodus of the engineering talent - Incompetent individuals are put in charge of projects - Raises and promotions are few and far between - No career growth opportunities - Very few trust in the management - Communication within the company is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting fake reviews and focus on fixing the issues which exist within the organization instead.

    Symphony2017-04-12
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Offers competitive salaries and great benefits - Good work life balance - People are very flexible, easy to talk to, and willing to take feedback. - Great engineering talent - Friendly and down-to-earth atmosphere; everyone is very approachable - Things DO seem to be getting better. Upper management is very receptive to change and moving in a positive direction. - From an engineering perspective..., the product is solving very unique problems and thus as an engineer this company offers great learning opportunities.

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    Cons

    Symphony started strong with an engineering team consisting of a few very skilled people. As the company progressed they failed to treat their employees well and it later resulted in a huge turn over rate of their most key players. The two biggest failures of the company in regards to failing to treat their key players occurred on two levels: Product development and career opportunities. Product development... failures: Upper management opted for the opinion of what the best features would be to draw in more customers rather than listen to engineerings pleas to make sound technical decisions. Technical debt continuously accumulated resulting in a very buggy application. The leadership style was very reactionary and would only deal with tech debt when dealing with it became an absolute must. Once it was no longer critical, they went back to feature farming until another production level bug caused massive outages for the customers. Career Opportunities failures: Promotions are very unlikely here; I have only seen a handful of promotions across engineering in my time at Symphony. The worst part is, they continuously give you higher level responsibilities but never back it up with a title increase. The company would rather hire managers from outside than promote within. This error put a sour taste in the mouth of many of the original engineers. Cross organization communication is very poor.

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    Advice to Management

    1) Fire someone if they are not doing a good job 2) Promote someone if they are doing a good job 3) Stop hiring managers outside and instead empower your current employee base to step-up 4) Stop feature-farming and instead focus on creating a technically sound product 5) Hire many more competent engineers. The product demands are too high for the given resources engineering has right now.

    Symphony2017-02-04
  8. Helpful (25)

    "Everyone is jumping ship"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Symphony

    Pros

    Pay is good Unlimited vacation free lunch

    Cons

    Management across the ipops department is an embarrassment, not the people, the leadership. No one trusts HR leadership. Everyone walks around on egg shells, scared to bring up any grievances, for fear of retaliation. Talent/People are leaving and finding places to work where they are treated better Work/Life balance does not exist

    Advice to Management

    Find new management across ipops, otherwise i wouldn't recommend anybody work there. I think the CEO is completely in the dark as to how much the company's employees don't respect or dislike some of the members of his executive management team.

    Symphony2016-09-20
  9. Helpful (22)

    "Six Months In - Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - fantastic culture (inclusive, enthusiastic, motivating, fun, shared vision) - consistent learning opportunities (speakers, workshops, mentorship) - work hard, play hard mentality - challenging/dynamic/rewarding work - notable sense of autonomy given to teams/roles - flexibility allows for work/life balance - everyone has a voice (idea sharing is encouraged)

    Cons

    (these depend on your personal preferences/aptitudes) - fluid business processes ('growing pains'); must be able to adapt to changes quickly - high expectations - can become addictive (constantly connected, lots of 'type A' personalities - but this is also a 'pro', not just a 'con')

    Advice to Management

    - provide transparency whenever possible (this has much improved) - be more proactive about addressing under-performers/those who are not culture carriers - be cognizant of perceived favoritism

    Symphony2016-02-08
  10. Helpful (2)

    "A huge opportunity - if you're willing to take it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symphony full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Whatever your role, there's a ton of room for impact and career growth. - The work is challenging and rewarding. Seriously, where else can you build software for (and with the explicit buy-in of) the entire financial industry? - Symphony is very well funded, with a clear path to profitability. - Every employee has their choice of top-of-the-line tech to get the job done. One small word of caution: There is a... ton to do, so work/life balance will naturally suffer. Such is the life of a startup. If you're not willing to put in the effort, you won't like it at Symphony.

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    Cons

    - Symphony is not immune to the regular growing pains of a startup, which can be frustrating at times. For example, "corporate" policies surrounding things like travel and performance reviews tend to be vague. - With so many high-profile customers with high-profile demands, management sometimes has difficultly prioritizing and setting expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Let your team focus. If you insulate us from politics, we'll build you an awesome app.

    Symphony2015-03-04
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