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Symplicity Corporation Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "Its a good place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    you can learn a lot here when you dont have a lot of experience

    Cons

    youre on your own a lot of times and hours are long


  2. "Mobile Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Flexible environment
    2. Awesome Product manager, u ll feel like working in the mobile team is always so inspiring.
    3. A lot exciting project to be done, you will never get boring
    4. Team are so friendly, always willing to help and learn from each other
    5. Young and energetic company.
    6. Remote work
    7. Manager like to encourage to express your own idea

    Cons

    1. Vacation days is less than the other company
    2. Work time to 6 p.m. which means it will be late for any after time activity.
    3. Health insurance is not cheap.
    4. You need pay parking for yourself.


  3. "Simply a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, work from home option, opportunity to learn new stuff.

    Cons

    Dull office environment, could me made better though


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized / Chaotic Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Support in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Client Support in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symplicity Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Remote working. This is the best part about the company, and a great perk.

    *Pretty good products. The products could be better, and there are too many. More focus on core higher ed producs and better design would greatly improve client satisfaction. Overall , the software has some great things that provides a good service to higher ed.

    *Nice people. The staff is pretty cool and for the most part easy to work with.

    Cons

    *Chaotic management and company organization. If you like being pulled into multiple projects with no clear direction, terrible task management applications, and too many people involved, this is the place for you. The systems, including the phone system, and the in-house databases are bad. The products can be clunky, slow, and hard to use.

    *Mediocre pay. The pay is ok, but not great. Most people I knew there feel the pay was too low. I agree, but it wasn't that bad. Good if you are just starting out or have a spouse / partner that makes pretty good money. Considering the Corporate HQ is in Arlington, VA, the in-office staff must feel underpaid.

    *Mediocre benefits. Vacation and Work-Life balance are seriously lacking. The job can be never ending, and it seems you are expected to be somewhat "on call" at all times. There really is no financial motivation to put in more work. You do it just to not get behind, but the extra work does not translate to more pay or comp-hours.

    *Training. Yes, there are webinars, but everyone is so busy with so many different things, who really pays attention? Even if you do pay attention, you don't get much out of it.

    *Quantity outweighs quality. You are better off giving clients generic answers that don't really help so long as you meet your quotas. Take the time to really help people and it's like you aren't doing your job because your numbers are low. It's backwards. Management will tell you it's about quality, but it's not. It's all about quantity at Symplicity.

    *The design of the products are dated. There are plenty of designers, but they always seem busy on other stuff that no one knows about. All the while, the main core products do not get the attention they need. Clients constantly give feedback about how old it looks and how complex it is. They used to joke around that the company name should be "Complexity".

    *Micro-Management . The CEO still involves himself in everything, creating an environment of confusion and mistrust. Things get decided on long email chains or IMs. Key people are often left out of the loop, but expected to know exactly what to do and how things should function. Additionally, everyone is involved in too many things leaving too much opportunity for mistakes. When mistakes are made, be prepared for direct IMs from the CEO. Management in many ways sets employees up to fail, then blames the employees for that failure.

    *HR is not very effective. Most staff have no idea what they do, other than provide in-office employees with "symp snacks". Occasionally they'll send a staff email of some new procedure, but most people just ignore or delete the messages. They even asked us to come here to write good reviews because the company was getting a few bad reviews. That should tell you all you need to know about this place.

    Advice to Management

    *Trust employees. Let them manage, stop micro-managing and creating a toxic work environment. If people do 10 great things and 1 bad thing, all you will hear about is the one bad thing.

    *Communication is a complete mess. You may get 20 to 100 emails daily, plus multiple instant messages. Everyone is like this and as a result, no one really knows what they are doing.

    *Additionally, processes change and most employees are completely in the dark, then expected to know how to perform. This makes employees question what is really going on, and why and who made the decisions that more often than not, do not make any sense.

    *The in-house system they refer to as "Izer" is dated, slow, and insanely complex. The CEO needs to buy real project management software or invest in a quality development team to modernize it.


  6. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Training is good.
    - Few projects keeps you engrossed in work
    - Can work from home

    Cons

    - Low salary
    - Less number of holidays


  7. "Good environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Junior in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Junior in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxing environment, not much pressure.
    Not work under tight supervision, friendly manager.
    Can be flexible with hours depending on individuals' needs.
    Opportunity to work remotely.
    Free snacks.

    Cons

    Not really high salary.
    Not likely to be able to work with different projects/technologies.


  8. "Great place for the people who loves to face challenges, learn and grow everyday."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Pace of learning is very high
    - Definitely for the people who love to keep themselves busy
    - Wonderful work environment
    - Great team
    - Company works on different interesting projects

    Cons

    - Company does not provide any parking.
    - You can not carry not more than 3 days of vacation to next year.
    - Work Time M-F 9-6. That means you will not have any time for your self after work.

    Advice to Management

    Company should compensate some portion of the parking for their employees. This will definitely make employees happy. Vacation plan should be change. Employee should be allow to carry at least 5 days for their Vacation every year for two years.


  9. "Achieve balance without sacrificing career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting, commitment to excellence, start-up mentality coupled with stability, improved emphasis on training for employees, talented co-workers, knowing our systems are utilized by millions of users daily (!)

    Cons

    many inexperienced managers who are homegrown and still require training and support to succeed as individuals and team leaders, but who are committed to their role, can create growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on creating consistent processes across departments, modeling existing best practices.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Choose a different company to work for if you want to feel appreciated and are rewarded for hard work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Symplicity Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can acquire skills that will be beneficial in the future, and will prepare you to find another job. Other than that, it was a huge waste of my time.

    Cons

    First of all, the president/company is being investigated by the FBI, and customers often bring up the subject.
    This company only hires recent college grads, and takes advantage of them by paying them the lowest salary and giving them unrealistic loads of work and expectations.
    If you aren't near a metro, you have to pay $8 a day to park.
    President has no idea what is going on most of the time.
    Management is a joke - micromanaged to the max.
    Training does not exist.
    Very unprofessional atmosphere - the president and managers are constantly yelling and cursing while everyone in the office overhears them (even when you are on the phone with a customer).
    Most of the products are also a joke.
    Database not working half of the time - very frustrating.
    Overall, this company will make you hate your life 9-6 M-F.

    Advice to Management

    Where do I start? Hire more managers, be truthful during interviews, stop being cheap and purchase a functioning & reliable database, more communication is definitely needed., establish a training program,


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work as an entry level job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Symplicity Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home.
    Flexible hours.
    Lots of time is given for developers to do their work.

    Cons

    Low Pay.
    No free or subsidized parking.
    Little growth, work and technology can become very stagnant.


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