Synapse Product Development Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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Pros
  • "Fun people, relaxed workplace, work-life balance, real projects for interns(in 11 reviews)

  • "There will be smart people in your discipline you can learn something from if you happen to be on the same projects(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Nature of consulting means that there will be busy periods followed by slow periods, which can cause concern(in 4 reviews)

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

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Best place you have ever worked

      May 6, 2021 - Director in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Company really cares abouts its employees. Projects are very diverse and offer quite a bit of engineering and market diversity.

      Cons

      Struggling to find its place amongst a larger parent organization.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Full of good people and great ideas, but it was better in the "old days"

      Mar 19, 2021 - Senior Electrical Engineer in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Exposure to lots of fascinating ideas, technologies, and projects. Lots of excellent people to collaborate with.

      Cons

      Business had it's ups and downs; massive growth, layoffs, and then an acquisition. Lots happened, and the culture shifts were huge. Maybe it's just nostalgia for the "good old days," but it feels like something that made Synapse special in the early days (pre 2012-ish) got lost along the way, and the memories of that time cast a large shadow. Social cliques, sometimes fun feels a bit "forced", institutionalized culture.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great culture, business is tough during Covid.

      Oct 7, 2020 - Synapster in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Great people, great culture, commitment to diversity & inclusion, can-do attitude.

      Cons

      Business is struggling due to Covid. Partial integration with parent company.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      great introduction to consulting business

      Nov 19, 2020 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Great vacation package, wonderful colleagues

      Cons

      limited career development opportunity, lower salary than bay area in general, terrible health care package

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Senior Client Services Manager

      Jun 3, 2020 - Senior Client Services Manager in Orlando, FL
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      Pros

      Great company, great people! They really value their employees

      Cons

      None - they are a great company to work for!

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fantastic place to work

      Jan 23, 2020 - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Community comes first. This is a tight knit, positive place to work. Management really listens and wants the company to be the best it can be. The projects are varied and provide a satisfying challenge.

      Cons

      None I can think of

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun culture cool people

      Dec 5, 2019 - Electrical Engineer 
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      Pros

      You can bring dogs to work and do rock climbing when you want. Family friendly fun events and professional trainings happen very now and then. People you work with are very smart and kind.

      Cons

      You can’t normally tell what you are working on even after the product is released. Salary is not ideal.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Culture

      Jun 24, 2019 - Director in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      I like the people I work with, and their positive attitudes and respect for each other.

      Cons

      Communication across timezones and cultures can be a challenge.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Toxic culture of correctness, Inept management, pitiful compensation

      Nov 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      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 in the best interest of employees. Cost savings are top priority - sometimes even at the expense of employee safety! Team morale is viewed as unimportant, with managers taking the view that team events and meetings are of zero value. Don't expect to be compensated competitively at Synapse. Not only do the salaries fall far short of industry norms, the health insurance benefits are bare bones and - before it was mandated by law - didn't include even some of the most basic and essential health benefits.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A great place to work!

      Oct 16, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      This place really supports its people, helps them to grow their careers, and listens to them. I recently told my boss I had outgrown my current role and explained what I'd like to change. My boss and HR are now both working with me to look at options and make a timeline for changes. Last year, a group of employees requested that the company create a parental leave policy, beyond the federal policy. The leadership listened and responded by enacting a policy that gives primary caregivers 3 months of fully paid leave and secondary caregivers (often dads) 4 weeks of fully paid leave. This is a much more generous policy than my friends at other firms have! Synapse in general is quite family-friendly. The summer 2014 posters who complained about lack of vision should've waited a month- we are now taking part in a company-wide effort to define strategic goals. Unlike the usual top-down decree, the leadership team here is using an inclusive process that draws on feedback from all employees. It is really exciting to work at a place where each of us are empowered to develop our careers and improve the whole company.

      Cons

      Some previous posts listed cons that were related to instability as we adjusted to sea changes from 2 of our biggest clients. Synapse is now well on it's way to recovery, has a more grounded leadership team, has developed a more diverse portfolio of clients, and is taking action to prevent making the same mistakes again. I'm glad, because it's a great place to work.

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