"I love this place. If you love putting your all in, and want to be respected for it, you will too."
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I have been working at Synthace as a contractor (More than a year)
- Best culture in any company I've worked at; team members are trusted to make decisions and "get s**t done". Leadership are there for you when you need them, but there's no micromanagement. Socially, team members are diverse (could do better but we're only small and there is an active, specific effort from our recruitment team to source diverse team members, not just a superficial nod to "diversity training"). I'm LGBTQIA+ and do not feel that impacts my career prospects in any way here.
- We're contributing to changing the bloody world. If you don't come from a biology background, Synthace offers a pretty unique opportunity to work with and learn from scientists who are literally doing all the stuff that people might compromise in other areas (salary, location, working flexibility etc.) to be able to contribute towards; I tell my family I'm curing cancer, I'm solving world hunger... It's a pretty awesome feeling.
- The product is strong, and our market want it. Although we are still a start-up, I feel more secure than at other start-ups I've worked at before; it really feels like we are at the edge of something incredible, and can be a genuine leader. Backing this up we have some fantastic investors who've just funded our B-Round at the end of 2018.
- Whatever function you're in, what we're doing is *hard*, - we're creating and testing groundbreaking software, doing things that we don't have a template to follow. We're running biological experiments at breakneck speed, we're communicating to the world about something that sounds like science fiction. If you're not comfortable with failing fast and getting on to the next thing, you won't be comfortable here.
- The usual challenges with being a start-up - we're forming process, we are building structure into teams, our benefits etc. are still being fully defined. Nothing unusual here, but something to be aware of if you're used to a more structured environment.
- Whilst the office is stunning, and (we've only been in there two months at time of writing) only getting more impressive, the actual location is a bit eh. Is Shepherd's Bush even London amirite? (I kid White City, I love you). BUT it's the right place to be for what we do, and the development itself is pretty awesome - lots of varied places to go for lunch and after work drinks, Westfield is close enough to visit comfortably on your lunchbreak. (team dependant) there's also a lot of options for flexible working hours, working from home etc. when needed so don't let it be too big a turn off, give it a go :)
Advice to Management
You got this. Let's keep getting s**t done.
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I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Synthace (London, England) in March 2019.
The interview process was quite good. I've learned about the company from Linkedin jobs section and then later read more about it on their website and across the internet. I've applied through Linkedin and was contacted by a recruitment agency. If I remember correctly these were the steps I had:
- initial phone call with the recruitment agency - general talk about my background
- initial phone call with the recruiter from Synthace - general talk about my background, learning more about the company
- online skill screen on codility (without interviewer, 3 problems to solve within 3 hours within the next week)
- 1:1 technical interview (online, some technical questions, some coding)
- on-site interview (5 parts: 2x coding, architecture, team fit, lab tour)
- additional 1:1 coding (online)
The online parts were on codility+hangouts - I was writing code on codility while talking with the recruiter via hangouts. One time it was just writing code, the other time I was also asked to make it compile and run.
The best part was obviously the lab tour :)