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Syska Hennessy Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Good opportunities in a larger firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company will help you advance and encourages such, with mentoring, goal setting, and annual reviews. Flexible work hours and a good atmosphere to work in. They have a good internship program which has resulted in my new hires.

    Cons

    An upcoming move will force most current employees longer commute times and distances. As well, the company is not playing for parking or transportation. There needs to be better communication within the office to ke er please staff up to speed with what's going on with the office and the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes comes across to only care about status of the office and not about the people who do the work. There should have been more involvement from the team on the office relocation.


  2. "Flat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive management with high value on quality work.

    Cons

    Flat organization makes growth challenging.


  3. "Not impressed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Syska Hennessy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some managers interested in positive change.

    Cons

    Major micro management and very unprofessional treatment of employees by Principal! Scheduling of work unbalanced and long hours.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "crummy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Private in Privateer, SC
    Current Employee - Private in Privateer, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Syska Hennessy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    its hard to say there are pros to working at syska. I will say this they have good marketing materials, branding and resumes and you can win projects with them. additionally I will say that they provide good access to up-to-date standards. Senior management has decent people skills but the problem is they are so secretive that every interaction feels contrived and disingenuous. there are good engineers here but they tend not to have a voice in the company.

    Cons

    basically you would have to try very hard to be as ineffective with as much resources at your disposal. lots of infighting. there is not a single aspect of syska, other than marketing materials and branding, where they shine. when it comes to almost any other metric syska is mediocre. there are quality individuals but those people also tend to be curmudgeons with absolutely no influence because they are so frustrated with the way things are. If you are like many good design engineers you want to work on challenging projects and be successful. every process, standard and method of getting things done made this more difficult than any other company you had ever worked at, be it drafting standards, admin support, marketing support, every project management and design process is inefficient and ineffective. the worst looking drawings i have ever seen any company produce. the worst design processes i have ever seen. try getting some engineering software on your computer. good luck. it is basically impossible. try finding a mentor at this company once you are beyond senior level. impossible. I will leave and start my own company. I am going to market heavily to my existing clients because I know for a fact that syska will let them down after i leave. try getting them to hire even one junior engineer to work under you. the company is a hopeless disaster slowly turning into a sweatshop that cannot be trusted with anything other than TI projects.

    Advice to Management

    sell the company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great company with few set backs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Syska as a whole presents many opportunities for one's personal career. Many industry leaders and knowledgeable engineers to learn from. Fortunately I work for a great manager willing to provide feedback and guidance for my career progression. If you put in hard work and strive for continuous improvement, many opportunities will come up. Syska is very team oriented, a lot of collaboration.

    Cons

    Depending on the group you work under, there are weeks or months that are slow. Some groups are swamped with work all year long. Some managers are tough to deal with and some can not run projects efficiently. Upper management sometimes give project managers jobs to run, but runs it to the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should heavily assess engineers that consistently manage projects poorly.

    Give opportunities to engineers that spend countless nights/hours to finish a project.

    Upper management acknowledges senior engineers and project managers, but many times fail to acknowledge lower level engineers that worked in the project. Show at least some appreciation to people who helped finish your project. Sometimes it don't hurt to say "Thank You"


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you only want good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Syska has for the most part a good environment specially for mid level and younger talent to gain knowledge,grow in their profession and use it as a stepping stone to move elsewhere. Depending on which region you end up, the level of mentoring and opportunities varies.

    Cons

    The promotion, recognition and raises for the most part are subjective and not based on hard work and dedication to your job. Those who shout louder are more likely to be recognized if they are able to play the right amount of politics. Sadly at times the recognition comes when you're resigning!!! By then, it's too late..

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions and address conflicts within the office, staff and/or management. Lack of decision making builds a level of frustration throughout the office and doesn't do much for morale building.


  8. "Looks great on the outside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. There are plenty of opportunities here to grow. Schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    The leadership is lacking and don't provide much guidance. If you're not a self starter, you'll feel lost. There are good people here that could help, but they are so swamped, it feels like you're a burden when you ask for help.


  9. "Decent Company to Get your Start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Marietta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Syska Hennessy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Pay was well below market, not a lot of upward momentum


  10. "Great Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible. Challenging. Great people. Team Oriented.

    Cons

    Not enough help for senior/experienced engineers. Pays below average. Now much room for management opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Assign more junior engineers to senior engineers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "engineering company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Syska Hennessy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    San Diego is a nice office - had good people but most left for better jobs

    Cons

    No real advancement is given to employees - you pretty much stay at the level your hired at. Corporate is greedy and will do whatever they can to keep upper management making their salaries even if its at the expense of laying people off in branch offices. Communication is poor between offices. U are just an employee unless you are a "favorite"

    Advice to Management

    Give people more opportunity to advance within the company, communicate better with branch offices on future outlook and where the company plans on going. Stop playing favorites and taking away projects from offices that won the work. Keep upper management salaries in check


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