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Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Worst employment experience of my long, previously successful working career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly good people work there. There are a few true professionals I would find it good to work with in another setting.

    Cons

    I worked at Synergy Enterprises for more than three years. Everything stated by another employee is true. In addition, management turns a blind eye to years of unethical and unfair treatment by upper level management employees - in some instances, flagrantly, and to the point of abuse, unless and until the client complains. Similarly, frequent "gaffs"by less-than-sharp mid to upper level "professionals" are ignored forever if the client "likes" that employee.

    Most salaries are low to begin with, and are sometimes cut arbitrarily, and without explanation (though likely, to give someone a bonus or raise), though these individuals are not fired! Cultural bias is applied subtly, but is obvious nonetheless.

    The company opted out of the federal inclement weather policy a few years ago. This means no early releases even when the Federal government closes early, based on reports of worsening road conditions. SEI employees are charged leave for the resultant public transit delays and time needed to dig out cars. Of course the 2% of SEI employees paid the most opt to work from home that day, and don't lose leave or pay. This means 98% of the staff is penalized for showing up to work 16 minutes after the regular start time, and must still work without supervision.

    Supervisors nominate employees for bonuses. Consistently, workers are singled out for recognition and bonuses based on a supervisor's personal preference for an individual, rather than a fair assessment of the initiative and performance of all employees under that supervisor. Once the preferred employee has been rewarded, no other nominations are submitted in future award periods.

    Recently, the company changed health insurance carriers for the third time in as many years. The current policy carries a $2,500 deductible (a catastrophic level deductible that is tantamount to no coverage for most people) and high co-pays which still result charges, even for office visits. I can only guess what the owner will do under the Affordable Care Act in 2015, when businesses will finally be covered.

    Advice to Management

    What comes around goes around. You can be fair TO EVERYONE, do the right thing and still make a profit, or let this all catch up with you.

    Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Director, Human Resources

    Even though I am replying well after this review was written, I still wanted to take the time to note these remarks. I am sorry that your time at Synergy did not meet your expectations, and hope that ... More


  2. "Inadequate oversight of project managers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Some of the projects are very interesting. Some project managers provide good mentorship, are flexible, and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Some managers treat their staff as competition. They are insulting and unsupportive. Staff do not always get necessary resources to do their work, and are blamed for the consequences. Some managers demand that staff be on call almost 24/7. More than one staff member with a great work history quit after being yelled at or insulted by a supervisor. Senior management never did anything about it. Staff who complain are advised to tolerate poor treatment until the owner decides to promote them.

    Advice to Management

    The owner should define limits of management power. She should provide training for managers in effective, positive leadership. She says she values staff, but does not set a standard that management has to treat staff respectfully.

    Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Director, Human Resources

    I'm sorry you had a negative experience at Synergy, and hope that in the years since this was written you have found an organization that is a better fit. Much has changed in the past few years at ... More

  3. "Junior Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, manageable tasks.

    Cons

    No transparency, unclear direction on assignments


  4. "Logistics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is small and most workers are friendly. Casual attire every day, except when meeting with clients.

    Cons

    The company rarely promotes from within and does not provide training to employees, unless the client pays for it.

    Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your appreciation of our friendly environment, and our efforts to create an employee positive environment. As a government contractor, our ability to provide trainings is sometimes ... More


  5. "Scheduling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, hostile work environment

    Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for indicating you were happy with your pay and benefits. I know that during your time here you were provided with training and resources about hostile work environments, and who to ... More


  6. "They mean well"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is good contract work to be done.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on office politics and not enough on advancement & training opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Visit more with the average employees.


  7. "Good opportunities, but management needs to be re-evaluated."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. There are many opportunities to work on multiple government contracts.
    2. There are opportunities to move through different positions within the company.
    3. The CEO is very friendly and will make an effort to meet you.

    Cons

    1. Management are on both ends of the extreme depending on which government contracts you are working on.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate management

  8. "Great place to start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Pleasant small-company feel
    - Friendly co-workers
    - Great place to gain experience
    - Fun office activities (Thanksgiving potlucks, Decorate Your Cube for Christmas, etc.)
    - Depending on team, easy to maintain work/life balance

    Cons

    It's the government contracting world, so expect instability. Management is all over the place, you'll either have a great manager or a terrible one. Pay is low, and so are the bonuses. Benefits are not competitive. Communication and transparency could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your employees about upcoming changes or shifts.

    Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Director, Human Resources

    I'm glad you had so many nice things to say about our community at Synergy. Unfortunately, as a government contractor, we are sometimes limited in the amount of benefits we can provide, and in the ... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Need to invest in training & infrastructure"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Synergy Enterprises, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    - Generally there's a respect for work/life balance
    - Casual atmosphere
    - Flextime available
    - Hiring is good; non-performers are let go instead of clogging up the works

    Cons

    - No tuition reimbursement or paid training
    - No guidance on skills needed to advance to next level
    - Upper management isolated from employees (co-worker calls their area "Mount Olympus")
    - Management in general not interested in the input or needs of lower level employees
    - High-volume document production must be done in-house, but printers are old & break down frequently
    - Benefits are anemic in general: health plan is expensive but network is poor; sick leave & vaca (combined) aren't great, plus we have to use it for snow days & office closures
    - We can't accrue comp time, but have to use or lose by the end of a pay period (mostly because the accounting dept doesn't want to be bothered with it)
    - And yes, favoritism galore!

    Advice to Management

    Ask us what we need to do our jobs well, instead of ignoring or talking down to us.

    Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Director, Human Resources

    I know this review was written five years ago, but I did want to let you know it was seen by someone in management. In 2017, Synergy has changed its office space, and taken time and initiatives to ... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Synergy Entperises, Inc. (SEI), where are they now after 6 years."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Possibility for advancement
    -great recognition programs
    -continuing education availability
    -opportunity to learn
    -in-service trainings available
    -receive bonus for great performance on a per project bases.

    Cons

    -lack of updated technology, software and hardware
    -minimal office space--we are growing exponentially and need more space
    -favoritism among senior level management

    Advice to Management

    -missing a human relations aspect in your management
    -favortism is seen by all employees and cause demoralization of other staff


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