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Updated 25 January 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    "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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthace as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - 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.

    Cons

    - 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.


  2. "A company growing up fast, and with a bright future!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A unique and strong vision for how digital technology is going to transform biology.
    - A very strong market pull for the Synthace platform from some of the most innovative parts of the biotechnology industry; the software solves real-world issues (some of which are really pressing things in society like, ‘can our software make this curative cancer therapy affordable so more patients can afford to be treated’). Synthace isn’t just a solution looking for a problem, but really is a great example of a technology push coming up to meet a market pull.
    - A friendly, inclusive, transparent and welcoming culture.
    - Strong scientific expertise and a software engineering team that is now growing rapidly and attracting a stellar quality of engineer (like seriously top).
    - Lots of autonomy.
    - A fantastic new office in White City (quickly becoming ‘the’ London Biotech Hub) with snacks and drinks etc.
    - Quality investors who have just funded the B-round, the company has a great trajectory and is very stable vs a lot of other ‘tech’ companies.
    - Over the last few months, the company has done a lot of growing up with some fantastic senior/executive hires really helping to support the next stage of the company’s growth.

    Cons

    - There is a lot of complex technical problems to be solved, the software/product team needed some love and attention (which they are now getting).
    - Can sometimes be slow and inefficient compared to larger high-performance companies– again we are a start-up going into scale-up, so this is improving as we begin to put more process in place.
    - Lack of industry recognised L&D opportunities. As the company now enters a scale-up stage of growth, it’s important to continue to upskill the wider team to meet the challenges of the next stages of expansion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the hiring bar high and let’s keep improving. If we improve (both our people/culture/processes; and our product) as quickly as we have done over this past 9-months, our strong positive trajectory will continue. Now we have the B-round funding let’s ensure we get those foundations set in stone.

  3. "Collaborative, friendly, brilliant people driven by a unifying mission to change the world for the better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Take an idea to revolutionise biology by applying computerised automation and data processing techniques. Build a team of brilliant scientists and ex-Tech Giant L5/L6/L7 engineers to solve the complex and exciting challenges that come with creating this technology from the ground up. Continue to encourage and nurture a culture of openness, ownership, experimentation and personal development, while attracting interest and investment from some of the who's who of Silicon Valley. Add the latest Series B funding round from Horizons Ventures (check out their previous investments - they know when they're onto something), and you know that Synthace has a great future ahead!

    It is genuinely inspiring to work with brilliant people who are so down to earth, driven by a central mission, and willing to share their knowledge and time with everyone.

    I haven't been here as long as others, and I understand that the company has been through a couple of periods of learning around what it takes to enable each other to do what we do best. There have been bumps along the road, and some people may have been here for the wrong reasons. It's clear that we have now come out the other side and have a genuinely exciting vision and a fun journey ahead of us.

    We all realise how important this technology could be in revolutionising biological science - offering exponential improvements in the time needed to research new cures for Cancer and other diseases. There is a personal responsibility and accountability - as well as a genuine excitement - that everyone here feels.

    Having our developers working in close proximity to our lab teams means that we can all see how our work directly impacts each other.

    All of this makes it a very special place to work, and I hope we will make every effort to maintain this culture as we go forward from here.

    Cons

    If you crave rigorous structure this may not be the place for you. There are high levels of ambiguity at times as we build something that has not been done before.

    An appetite for complex technical challenges is required!

    Advice to Management

    We're at a crossroads, and it's vital that we continue to focus on the elements of our culture that make this a great place to work.

    Synthace = brilliant, friendly, collaborative people!

    As we grow we need to continue to bring in even more people who are intellectually curious, and are excited by the opportunity we have to genuinely change the world for the better!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wow, a real technology company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very strong, growing engineering team (lots of ex-Facebook engineers & seriously talented research biologists)
    - Super smart people with amazing amounts of domain knowledge
    - A solid sales team that is closing deals regularly
    - Tonnes of employee autonomy
    - Opportunity to do materially valuable work every single day
    - Very good company trajectory
    - Strong demand from research organizations around the world
    - Lots of viable exit strategies
    - Absolutely legit mission

    As one of the ex-Facebook engineers now at this company, I'm wired for high individual impact, high calibre engineers, and relentless emphasis on getting meaningful work done. I've worked at two other London startups, neither of which had the same combination of urgency, opportunity, and quality people.

    This is a young company with a strong growth trajectory. It needs no-bullsh*t engineers want to come in and put more wind in the sails.

    Cons

    #1 Leadership hasn't always had its act together (has been improving steadily for about a year now)
    #2 There is so much more work to do than people to do it -- requires lots of hard prioritisation
    #3 Lots of technical debt to pay down (see #1)
    #4 A modest amount of interpersonal/cultural debt to pay down (see #1)

    Advice to Management

    If we can execute on our vision, the future is looking pretty damn bright. Stay focused on the critical path and keep the hiring bar high.