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Synapse Product Development Reviews

Updated April 24, 2018
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  • "The work-life balance is stellar" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Opportunity to learn something new everyday" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Recruiter"

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

    I worked at Synapse Product Development full-time (Less 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.


  2. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

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

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

    I have been working at Synapse Product Development full-time (More than 5 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. This also means that there are transportation options for getting there from most of the region that don't involve a soul-crushing car commute. There is a bike room and showers, which makes things easy for active commuters.

    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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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


  7. "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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    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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