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Synapse Product Development CEO Redwood Stephens
Redwood Stephens
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  • "By nature of consulting, interns may not have substantial projects throughout internship(in 3 reviews)

  • "There isn't a clear path for career growth(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Product Development full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great group of people working on exciting projects. The team in SF has a real family feel and they put time and effort into cultivating their unique and vibrant culture. True emphasis on work/life balance (it's not just a slogan at Synapse....they really want you to have a rich life outside of the office). And speaking of the office, the space is really cool!

    Cons

    Every company has its issues and Synapse is no exception in this area, but they lean towards trying to address/fix them before they grow out of control. If there was one area to address this year it would be the lack of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify, diversify, diversify. Force yourselves and your teams to get out of your respective comfort zones and hire people that don't look, think or behave like you.

    Synapse Product Development Response

    July 23, 2018President

    Thank you for your review and feedback. It's great to hear you had a positive experience working with the San Francisco Synapse team. Thank you also for your call to action on diversity. We absolutely agree and are taking steps to make Synapse a more inclusive organization. We ...

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  2. "Toxic culture of correctness, Inept management, pitiful compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Product Development full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Life at Synapse has a handful of benefits, including plenty of paid time off (4 weeks) and a good work-life balance. If you're looking for a place to just show up and leave each day while putting in minimal effort, this place may be perfect for you.

    Cons

    Synapse likes to tell the tale of a happy and inclusive culture... don't be fooled. A look beneath the surface reveals an environment where you can't ask a peer about their culture or religion without an HR violation, shouldn't use words like "millennial" or "genius" as they are discriminatory, and don't dare give feedback to your manager without harsh reprisal. Management has it's own agenda, and it certainly isn't...

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  3. "Great Culture and People!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great culture, collaborative, fun, supportive, smart group of people.

    Cons

    Salaries below market, career growth is limited for more senior resources, could do more to foster development/growth, accountability for marginal or poor performance is lax.

    Advice to Management

    Improve coaching, mentoring and career management skills of your people managers. Need sharpen the managerial skills on how to turn individual contributors into team leaders, coach on how to delegate effectively, foster high impact communications, turn technical skillmasters into effective consultant communicators who can speak to business outcomes.

  4. "Awesome place to work, with a few things to improve."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. Lots of different clients bringing diverse and challenging projects. Co-workers are all friendly and fun people. Management seems to be transparent.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth. You will move up slower than peers at other companies. Pay is not competitive in the Seattle market. Nature of consulting means that there will be busy periods followed by slow periods, which can cause concern.

  5. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to work, really great and down-to-earth people who do some impressive work

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  6. "Best Job I've ever had."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Synapse has a knack for mostly not hiring jerks, which makes for a fun, collaborative atmosphere that allows people to be themselves. It gives off a West-Coast tech company vibe, minus the toxic bro culture you often find in such places. The work-life balance is stellar. There is a climbing wall, gourmet espresso, and beer on tap. The main office occupies a hip space in older mid-rise building in downtown Seattle....

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    Cons

    There seems to be fewer opportunities for career development than at larger companies - this is partially a result of low turnover among people in management.

    Advice to Management

    Some steps have been taken recently to help foster career growth - I would like to see more of this. It will be a challenge to stay profitable while expanding the horizons of your employees. Synapse is good at challenges. Let's do this.

  7. "Most Likely the Best Job You'll Have"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Review process feels subjective and unfair to some people.

  8. "Family Atmosphere at Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work - life balance, exciting clients and work projects, face paced and collaborative working life.

    Cons

    Change is hard for some.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage continued collaboration across all sections of the company!

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synapse Product Development

    Pros

    Colleagues were cordial and management accessible

    Cons

    Shortest FTE stint ever. Poor planning costed me and dozens of others our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    It is hard to advice management when there is a revolving door up there

  10. "Fun place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Synapse Product Development

      Pros

      Great people and strong culture

      Cons

      Ups and downs of small companies and not a lot of experienced management

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