Synthace Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Brilliant people focused on a great mission

    Oct 30, 2021 - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working at Synthace, I’m surrounded by people with an incredible amount of talent, all driven by a mission to enable better life science research. There’s a strong mutual respect between different teams across the organisation and none of the common and unpleasant office politics. The company genuinely cares about diversity and inclusion, and supports its staff with great compensation and benefits. All of the above creates an environment where it’s possible to do impactful work and build the skills to advance your career.

    Cons

    The complex problem domain and a system with many moving parts have led to some challenges with technical debt. That said, there is a recognition of this across the organisation and there is space to make progress on these problems so they are getting better, not worse. However, be prepared to work in an environment, where you have to navigate this complexity. For software engineers, the technical bar is very high, which means that we don’t creat so many opportunities for inexperienced engineers to grow and learn. I hope that this will change over time, as we lay the right foundations and grow larger.

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    Synthace Response

    Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!

  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    A pile of crap

    Aug 3, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice people. Cool lab. Glassdoor wants five words ...

    Cons

    Management is absolutely clueless. The higher you go the more clueless they are. There is no product, and nobody has a clue of how to build one. Huge waste of investor money. There's real work for real developers because there is no product to write. Senior developers are given some BS tasks and they cannot do their job for BS reasons. The web GUI team rules the thing and impose their BS on everybody else. Horrible choice of languages tools etc. Senior developers are changing faster than socks for all the above reasons. Same for manager and senior leadership - none of them are able to provide. They all came for the line in the resume and not because they know something, or have a vision If you're senior - avoid. Don't fall for their amazing sales point. They don't have, and will never have any real impact.

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    Synthace Response

    Head of Talent Acquisition

    This may be a fake review. The generic nature of the points above lead us to believe that this is not from a genuine employee. Please ignore.

  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Synthace Review

    Apr 27, 2021 - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people there are great

    Cons

    Remote biotech market is tough

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Company Culture and Vision

    Dec 24, 2020 - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    * Building a product that is genuinely good for humanity * Highly knowledgable colleagues * Excellent code review process * Interesting challenges; e.g. displaying lots of information efficiently and with good UX * Clear leadership throughout COVID, both company direction and getting infrastructure in place for remote work. * Board are pretty transparent with the entire staff (weekly updates) * Celebrates diversity

    Cons

    * Career progression is unclear, especially as the company has plans to grow * Tech stack is complex; significant learning curve * COVID has prevented growth

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    Synthace Response

    Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your comments, it has been a unique year! It has been heartening - but not too surprising, considering the qualities of the team at Synthace - to see how everyone has pulled together to make the best of challenging circumstances. After a period of cautiousness and adjustment, we are looking forward to some level of stable growth in 2021 to support our continued success.

  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great company with a great mission

    Dec 22, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Open, supportive and collaborative culture, enthusiastic and talented team. Pioneering approach to Computer Aided Biology, backed with innovative technology combining software engineering with biological science.

    Cons

    What's not to like about Synthace?

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Fast-paced company of excellent people pulling in the same direction

    Sep 29, 2020 - Head of Marketing in London, England
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    Pros

    Great team of brilliant people. Worthwhile mission. Family atmosphere. Leadership cares about its people. Everyone has a voice, very inclusive environment. Knowledge sharing is actively encouraged. Choose your own career path.

    Cons

    Almost too much good stuff going on, it's easy to be drawn into projects outside of your immediate priorities.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Exciting environment, ground-breaking tech, and great people

    Sep 23, 2020 - Lead Developer in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great, smart articulate team. Unique combination of lab science, software automation and devleopment, and customer relations

    Cons

    cramped office space. early stage product really is a more of a tech demo than substantive application stack. a certain amount of moonshot hype.

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    Synthace Response

    Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your review. Presumably, your comment about the office space must refer to our previous premises near to Kings Cross, rather than the office we moved into at White City Place in November 2018, which is much larger. Additionally, since that time, Antha has been developed to a point where we are delivering meaningful results in our customers' labs. There is indeed almost limitless 'moonshot' potential for where we can take Antha, but we are very much focussed on the real world applications and deliverables we can achieve in the short to mid-term. You can read more about the latest developments on our website: www.synthace.com

  8. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Work-life balance

    Aug 12, 2020 - People Operations 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Really good work-life balance and compensations.

    Cons

    Better and stronger leadership direction

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    Synthace Response

    Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your feedback. We're proud of the level of flexibility and trust given to Synthacers, and we're glad you found it helpful.

  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Energetic, growing, diverse.

    Jan 2, 2020 - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Potentially very impactful laboratory software - automation of an industry. Novel software, novel problems. The depth and interest of the work really stands out from crowd of web app companies. High degree of autonomy on how problems are solved, feels like employee feedback is seriously listened to. There's scope for everyone to make an impact. Inclusive - everyone including the CEO is approachable. Many team meetings are open. Always easy to get a coffee in the kitchen and chat with whoever is there. Mix of biologists and software engineers, and they do talk to each other - a lot! Serious efforts to spread knowledge - biologists included in software design and review, engineers doing lab training. Good work/life balance. Generally an ethical company planning for long term growth rather than quick burnout. Nice office environment - plants, snacks, coffee, open areas for relaxing away from the desk. Regular social events and meals.

    Cons

    Still a small company, although making great strides.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Interesting work and lots of autonomy

    Aug 31, 2019 - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Good engineering culture, autonomy - Good engineering team and hiring process - Interesting work, not a typical CRUD app - Half of the company are biology PhDs, lots of learning - Higher base salary than what most London startups offer

    Cons

    - Location: White City is outside central London

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