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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Partnership Marketing and Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture and leadership

    Cons

    Divide between upper and lower management

    Advice to Management

    Though an open door policy is instilled, encourage more conversation among company- within and across teams. Also, be more accepting of inter company movement

    Synapse Group Response

    Jan 25, 2016 – Associate Manager, Sales Strategy & Development

    Thank you for the feedback and your management suggestion. These are certainly things we're working on and it helps to hear the perspective of others.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free lunch, fun company party, fun committee

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to make a decision. There are definitely favorite employees.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work but business is in trouble"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People here are smart and once you've proven yourself, you're treated like an adult. If you need to leave early or come late no one comments, you just need to get the work done.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks vision and is very financially driven. The business is struggling to find the next big thing and since magazine subscriptions are less and less popular, it's paramount that they get creative. Leadership doesn't support failure in an effort to find a solution, so the environment can be stifling. Analysts are key to the business but are not supported financially or otherwise and burn out very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    support the analysts and let people try new things - just make sure that they have a constructive environment to debrief on successes and failures.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice group of people, collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    Uncertain future with magazine subscriptions being its primary business model.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sub par"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Services Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Services Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Lunch, Good Pay, Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management, Zero training, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Make sure managers know how to manage new employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, company annual party, casual dress

    Cons

    No real work life balance. We are apparently 'such an important part of time inc' but they keep eliminating positions and the work load only increases.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Gloomy Outlook for the Future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Group full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, flexible atmosphere, smart people, opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Poor communication, compensation is not competitive, there seems to be a lack of direction from the senior management team

    Morale is low over the past year... It seems as if everyone is about to jump ship. Many people do not think Time Inc or Synapse will be able to find a way to stop the diminishing revenue from poor magazine sales.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with some big ideas quickly. Big changes need to happen and not just at the expense of the employees. People are getting very nervous and you are going to start to lose a lot of talented people. Taking away office perks like dinner and Summer Friday's definitely contributes to that feeling.

    Synapse Group Response

    Jun 10, 2015 – Associate Manager, Sales Strategy & Development

    We appreciate your feedback and the fact that you recognize important tenets of our business including opportunities to learn and a flexible atmosphere. As an employee of Synapse you know we are... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company till the architects left"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Worked under excellent architects, great learning experience.
    - free catered lunch
    - good benefits
    - Since they were re-writing their legacy systems, got exposed to working with new technologies
    - good work life balance

    Cons

    - Not many but my groups manager was never appreciative of any achievements.
    - Architects left and learning / implementing stopped.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A dinosaur graveyard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch. On-site gym.

    Cons

    This business model is dying slowly and this business is failing miserably at adapting. No viable plan for digital, no desire to be a respectable consumer-facing brand. They trumpet their BBB rating but all their complaints are under separate dba's. The upper management at this company loathe their customers, which is not how you succeed in 2004, nevermind 2014. Can't crack the digital code? Let's roll out another membership plan with five breakage points and a prorated refund starting on day 1. The work environment here is toxic. Tons of egos and no collaboration. Zero sense of shared purpose. Everyone afraid of being a target in the next round of Time Inc. layoffs. You can't do good work when your main motivation is fear.

    Advice to Management

    Update your resumes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, it was a disappointing position"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Developer in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There was a free lunch offered which is nice.

    Cons

    This is a repetitive job using antiquated technologies.


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