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Synapse Product Development Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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  1. "Most Likely the Best Job You'll Have"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. "Family Atmosphere at Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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

    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


  4. "Fun place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people and strong culture

    Cons

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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love working here - Best place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Synapse is filled with the smartest and most humble people I know. The work is interesting, dynamic and fast paced. It's a perfect environment for product geeks and those who want a lot of variety in their work.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Organization is quite flat.


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    "Company is not always honest with itself"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Synapse is full of wonderful people, and can be a great place to work if you consider the location, work-life balance, and the company community. As some bullet points:

    If it's something you haven't already done in your career, you will get useful experiences interacting with clients and vendors.
    There will be smart people in your discipline you can learn something from if you happen to be on the same projects.
    Most everyone is very friendly and willing to help you if you run into problems.

    Cons

    There isn't a clear path for career growth.
    Synapse treats its employees like family, including the ones that under-perform or contribute negatively on projects.
    The work (particularly in software) can be repetitive.
    The Software team has an identity problem. They have experience and are good at rapid prototyping and integrating components, but claim to want to ditch that to work on higher level algorithms.

    Overall, Synapse has a few significant problems, and their refusal to acknowledge any of them can make it hard to fully buy in, especially when they run counter to the moral speeches.

    Advice to Management

    Be constantly self-evaluating. It can be great to treat your employees like family, but let it be a family with a ruthless streak.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very nice people, management that listens and acts. Cool tech, reaching for more, cautiously.

    Cons

    Some clients cause less than ideal projects

    Advice to Management

    Increase funding and support for technical growth.

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    "Good place to settle"

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

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time

    Pros

    Synapse sees and works on a lot of interesting consumer products so you get exposed to a diverse set of challenges and technologies. Many of the products are things you or people you know might use, which is fun.

    The company values a 40 hour work week -- it's rare that people work more than that.

    People are generally very friendly and fun to work with.

    If you're someone who wants to cruise through the work day, make a reasonable salary, and have great work life balance Synapse is good place to be.

    Cons

    Salaries are well below market rate/there's no equity based compensation. Granted you're only working 40 hours a week so maybe on an hourly basis it's not so bad, but on an annual basis it's a big salary hit compared to working at a traditional tech company.

    There's little opportunity for career growth within the organization. Sure your title might change slightly, but in all likelihood day to day responsibilities won't.

    Middle/senior management is not particularly inspiring.

    The employee base is not diverse.

    There is a non insignificant base of employees that are culturally insensitive.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how create an organization with opportunities for career growth/advancement. Curb the animal house culture a bit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always changing job function, it never gets old

    Cons

    Consulting has its ups and downs and they've had a hard time figuring out a good company size where they have enough to staff the up times, but don't have to think about layoffs during the down times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Constant supply of new and unique projects. One month you may be designing small electronics and the next you may be designing much larger mechanisms.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to work with new customers on a regular basis, but it also keeps things new and interesting.


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