Symplicity Corporation

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Symplicity Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 03, 2014
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3.7 30 reviews

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Its a good place to work at

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    Prosyou can learn a lot here when you dont have a lot of experience

    Consyoure on your own a lot of times and hours are long

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Collaborative Place to Work.

    Client Relationship Lead (Current Employee)

    ProsTeam mentality. Everyone wants you to succeed!
    Ability to work remotely. This really gives you the ability to live your life in a more balanced way. You can throw in a load of laundry or start a pot roast without disrupting your day.
    Constant improvement of the products that you work with.
    Fun people, who have senses of humor.
    The managers that I work with are thoughtful caring people. They are also very reasonable.

    ConsBenefits : The benefits aren't that great when you are coming from higher education. Family health insurance is very expensive, the retirement is probably in line with normal businesses, but is not close to higher education. It is especially difficult to envision planning a parental leave after having that covered so well at an institution of higher education.

    I knew about the benefits going in, and I didn't let it stop me. I am grateful!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mobile Software Engineer (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros1. Flexible environment
    2. Awesome Product manager, u ll feel like working in the mobile team is always so inspiring.
    3. A lot exciting project to be done, you will never get boring
    4. Team are so friendly, always willing to help and learn from each other
    5. Young and energetic company.
    6. Remote work
    7. Manager like to encourage to express your own idea

    Cons1. Vacation days is less than the other company
    2. Work time to 6 p.m. which means it will be late for any after time activity.
    3. Health insurance is not cheap.
    4. You need pay parking for yourself.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Job for the Short Term

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros*Laid-back environment
    *Get to play with a variety of technology
    *Young employee culture (generally)
    *Traditional benefits

    Cons*Subpar pay
    *CEO micromanages and makes knee-jerk decisions/reactions
    *Mid-level management (what exists of it) sucks at managing
    *Dead-end job. Don't expect promotions; expect the same job title/pay for years to come
    *HR is a joke; they can't even crank out the monthly newsletter

    Advice to Senior Management*Listen to your employees; they have their ear to the ground and their suggestions can benefit all
    *Improve the structure/competency of mid-level management
    *Reduce the turnover rate - it's embarrassing and a burden on the company (time/energy/money)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disorganized / Chaotic Company

    Client Support (Former Employee) Remote, OR (US)

    Pros*Remote working. This is the best part about the company, and a great perk.

    *Pretty good products. The products could be better, and there are too many. More focus on core higher ed producs and better design would greatly improve client satisfaction. Overall , the software has some great things that provides a good service to higher ed.

    *Nice people. The staff is pretty cool and for the most part easy to work with.

    Cons*Chaotic management and company organization. If you like being pulled into multiple projects with no clear direction, terrible task management applications, and too many people involved, this is the place for you. The systems, including the phone system, and the in-house databases are bad. The products can be clunky, slow, and hard to use.

    *Mediocre pay. The pay is ok, but not great. Most people I knew there feel the pay was too low. I agree, but it wasn't that bad. Good if you are just starting out or have a spouse / partner that makes pretty good money. Considering the Corporate HQ is in Arlington, VA, the in-office staff must feel underpaid.

    *Mediocre benefits. Vacation and Work-Life balance are seriously lacking. The job can be never ending, and it seems you are expected to be somewhat "on call" at all times. There really is no financial motivation to put in more work. You do it just to not get behind, but the extra work does not translate to more pay or comp-hours.

    *Training. Yes, there are webinars, but everyone is so busy with so many different things, who really pays attention? Even if you do pay attention, you don't get much out of it.

    *Quantity outweighs quality. You are better off giving clients generic answers that don't really help so long as you meet your quotas. Take the time to really help people and it's like you aren't doing your job because your numbers are low. It's backwards. Management will tell you it's about quality, but it's not. It's all about quantity at Symplicity.

    *The design of the products are dated. There are plenty of designers, but they always seem busy on other stuff that no one knows about. All the while, the main core products do not get the attention they need. Clients constantly give feedback about how old it looks and how complex it is. They used to joke around that the company name should be "Complexity".

    *Micro-Management . The CEO still involves himself in everything, creating an environment of confusion and mistrust. Things get decided on long email chains or IMs. Key people are often left out of the loop, but expected to know exactly what to do and how things should function. Additionally, everyone is involved in too many things leaving too much opportunity for mistakes. When mistakes are made, be prepared for direct IMs from the CEO. Management in many ways sets employees up to fail, then blames the employees for that failure.

    *HR is not very effective. Most staff have no idea what they do, other than provide in-office employees with "symp snacks". Occasionally they'll send a staff email of some new procedure, but most people just ignore or delete the messages. They even asked us to come here to write good reviews because the company was getting a few bad reviews. That should tell you all you need to know about this place.

    Advice to Senior Management*Trust employees. Let them manage, stop micro-managing and creating a toxic work environment. If people do 10 great things and 1 bad thing, all you will hear about is the one bad thing.

    *Communication is a complete mess. You may get 20 to 100 emails daily, plus multiple instant messages. Everyone is like this and as a result, no one really knows what they are doing.

    *Additionally, processes change and most employees are completely in the dark, then expected to know how to perform. This makes employees question what is really going on, and why and who made the decisions that more often than not, do not make any sense.

    *The in-house system they refer to as "Izer" is dated, slow, and insanely complex. The CEO needs to buy real project management software or invest in a quality development team to modernize it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The employees are very helpful, kind, knowledgeable and driven by a desire to continually improve.

    Product Support/Client Relations Specialist (Current Employee) Remote, OR (US)

    ProsOpportunities for personal growth as well as professional development, caring, committed staff, team orientation and innovation.

    ConsI work remotely, and can feel a bit isolated at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros- Training is good.
    - Few projects keeps you engrossed in work
    - Can work from home

    Cons- Low salary
    - Less number of holidays

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good environment

    Software Engineer Junior (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    ProsRelaxing environment, not much pressure.
    Not work under tight supervision, friendly manager.
    Can be flexible with hours depending on individuals' needs.
    Opportunity to work remotely.
    Free snacks.

    ConsNot really high salary.
    Not likely to be able to work with different projects/technologies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for the people who loves to face challenges, learn and grow everyday.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros- Pace of learning is very high
    - Definitely for the people who love to keep themselves busy
    - Wonderful work environment
    - Great team
    - Company works on different interesting projects

    Cons- Company does not provide any parking.
    - You can not carry not more than 3 days of vacation to next year.
    - Work Time M-F 9-6. That means you will not have any time for your self after work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany should compensate some portion of the parking for their employees. This will definitely make employees happy. Vacation plan should be change. Employee should be allow to carry at least 5 days for their Vacation every year for two years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Starting Place

    Some Department (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

    ProsFriendly teammates who love to help you grow and are always willing to help. Lots of opportunity to play with new toys and technologies with tasks constantly pushing you to learn new things. Casual workplace with remote work opportunities. Nice location with a easy commute to DC on the weekends.

    ConsThe teams are disorganized. There are no regular meetings and since so many employees often work remote it's hard to stay on the same page as to what all teammates are doing. In addition the great number of remote employees introduces so many variables that troubleshooting technological issues is a nightmare. There's no true sense of being a part of a team since while officially you're supposed to come into the office at least part of every week, most employees, even those who live locally, opt to never come into the office unless they have to. Pay is lower than what it should be given the cost of living in this area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnforce local employees coming into the office at least half of each week so that employee morale and collaboration is boosted. Doing so is likely to help boost productivity as well as reduce the chance that employees leave this company to work somewhere else with a more collaborative environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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