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Synthego Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work environment and Great employee's" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Working in a cutting edge field" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Fast paced dynamic work place, many challenges" (in 6 reviews)

  • "As with all startups, work/life balance is a bit hard to find" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Growing and great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Synthego full-time

    Pros

    Pros include medical insurance other than Kaiser, very welcoming staff, fully stocked kitchens, lunch/dinner provided, winter access to a lodge in Tahoe, general willingness to help each other, and more.

    Cons

    It's a startup and currently experiencing some growing pains but staff are cohesive and perseverant.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen and respond to what employees have to say, especially those in operations/ production.


  2. "An amazing place to work"

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

    I have been working at Synthego full-time

    Pros

    Very intelligent people that aim to challenge the narrative around CRISPR genome engineering. An intellectually stimulating place to be.

    Cons

    You have to like a fast pace and changing environment, and being busy - need to have good time management and ability to prioritize.

    Advice to Management

    The management is amazing. If I have to give one advice, that would be to listen to their employees more.

  3. "Rapidly growing company at cutting edge of biotech"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthego full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Shared company vision with energy to make a difference in the CRISPR field. Plenty of perks, your co-workers are some of the best in their fields, and rapid growth is inspiring to see

    Cons

    Departments could communicate better and would be nice if all personnel were in the same building.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Overwork Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthego (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on great product. Smart people and good mission.

    Cons

    Feel overwork, underpaid, and undervalued.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "High Potential Biotech Startup with Lackluster Leadership and Culture"

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

    I worked at Synthego full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Free Lunch and Dinner
    - A ton of snacks and drinks
    - Small company-built gym
    - Standing desks
    - Lots of plants and open space
    - People are generally smart
    - Good for scientific research in the CRISPR space and learning about all things CRISPR
    - Proprietary software/hardware/information
    - Incredibly high barriers to entry so competition mainly comes from big pharma who can't move quick enough
    - Seen as a leader in the CRISPR space by outsiders
    - Huge Series C funding

    Cons

    - Cofounders lack work experience/MBAs leading to high-pressure micro management and a reliance on more veteran senior management which creates a lot of politics and self-saving efforts rather than collaboration and teamwork. The cofounders did not define a company culture early on leading to subcultures and cliques that nobody bothers to change. The lack of willingness to communicate across departments and teams shows how much people dislike having to work with others.

    - Clear sense of prioritizing people who speak the loudest, are most popular, and appear to be "smart" while those lower on the totem don't get any real recognition/promotions despite how much work they do. The only time they receive recognition is during the weekly all-hands which really, to me, seems to be a pity pat-on-the-back showcase for people to pretend like everything is going well.

    - Managers range from 4-15 years of experience, so your mileage will vary in terms of your career development and projects.

    - It seems that the main incentive to join Synthego is the fact that it has unicorn potential rather than a great working environment, and I think a lot of employees are willing to hold out until Synthego reaches an IPO despite its obvious flaws but time will tell. I suspect a lot of the younger people will start to leave in 2019 when they figure out you can't build a long-term career here and nobody seems to care about their future.

    - There's a habit of people straight up ignoring emails and blocking off communication for hours. It is super unprofessional yet there's no accountability since everyone seems to do it.

    - Huge lack of available conference rooms

    - No 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    You've done your best, but your inexperience shows very clearly. Start focusing on people rather than results now that you got your funding.


  6. Helpful (18)

    "I regret it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Synthego full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch and dinner. Company is very good at marketing and promises anything to get the sale. Fast-developing field.
    Some middle-level people are trying to fix mess.

    Cons

    Don't believe everything that you read or hear. Multiple levels of incompetence at this company. A lot of the C-level not qualified or has exp in irrelevant fields.
    A lot of chaos and disorganization around product decision and many things are overpromised and underdelivered. Toxic individuals are allowed to stay on and create a zone of destruction around them. Management is too inexperienced or political to do what's right for the company.
    If you are in production, you are treated like a cog, get worked very long hours, and get none of the supposed benefits of a startup.
    Lots of experienced people got fed up and left recently.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your employees and implement their solutions. Don't think you know how to fix everything. If you want quality, then expect to pay for it.


  7. "Great Work and Mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthego full-time

    Pros

    Awesome culture, technology, mission, and benefits. Overall great place to create, learn, and grow.

    Cons

    The commute can be challenging

  8. Helpful (19)

    "Best at Engineering Glassdoor Reviews"

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

    I have been working at Synthego full-time

    Pros

    Stressed out employees told that favorable Glassdoor reviews will help the recruit the staff they desperately need. It worked! Some very bright people and technical abilities.

    Cons

    Products that should be rock solid are not. New products are released without being properly vetted or supported. Staff with skills and experience are leaving in significant numbers further exacerbating these issues. Quality assurance and control needs more attention.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO and Pres are smart guys, but they have very little leadership experience and no experience in biotech outside of this first venture. If you are included as a trusted lieutenant, then you should recognize this issue, your own limitations, and promote your staff and their capabilities. Consolidating power and building fiefdoms is already having a negative impact.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced, mission-driven and warm culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthego full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Since starting, I've only seen a mission-driven org as well as a brilliant and highly motivated team across the biotech's functional groups. And despite adding team members almost every week, there is a consistent culture to get to know your fellow teammate well and welcoming new Synthego(ers). The perks, parties, and informal events have all been highlights too!

    Cons

    While the HQ is located in a prime part of Silicon Valley, and right next to Facebook, long commute times can be expected.


  10. "Great Up & Coming Biotech Start-Up"

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

    I have been working at Synthego full-time

    Pros

    - Start-Up atmosphere, although there is heavy amount of manufacturing that goes on here. It's still a young and relaxed atmosphere.
    - Very competitive benefits package as compared to other companies.
    - Everyone is welcoming and there is ample down time to meet everyone that works for the company

    Cons

    - It's a smaller company with flexible hours, but can sometimes have you staying late to finish certain projects.