In light of not being able to sell stuff, Synamedia’s resource management plan is to reduce headcount in any region not named “India”. This will allow them to manage costs and keep the business alive until they can happen upon a product they may be... — read more
Singapore office - decimated - sales down to one person. Basically no one else left. Tumbleweed... India - Sales leaving in droves or being "let go". Down to basically one salesman. Most engineers gone. Only a vague R&D skeleton left - clueless for... — read more
I left in 2019 and from what I remember, morale was in the dumpster. That's one of the main reasons why I opted to leave. I highly doubt that things have changed for the better since then but I'm hoping that the unlikely has happened for the sake of... — read more
A super, awesome, lovely, gathering of Tech-Chimps spotted in Vegas today at the Synamedia booth. MANY bald heads in tech-chimp Ciscoesque outfits - cr-p jeans, shiny shoes, open necked shirts with t-shirt showing at the neck, "sports" jackets... — read more
Synamedia's target salary increases this year were 1.5% for US/UK, 2% for IL and 5% for IN. In a normal year these targets would be considered offensively low but with inflation rates being what they are this year it means you're making less money... — read more
Toxic work environment? Outdated technology? Incompetent management? Something else? For me it's managers who are left to do whatever they want without any consequences. Bullying, yelling at employees, taking credit for work that's not... — read more
As ugly as it sounds, Synamedia has no need for quality workers. Why would this company need quality workers? What leadership vision requires quality workers to implement it? There is no such vision. It is difficult for some to accept the truth... — read more
The implosion has started. The last round of layoffs inspired a follow-on exodus of talent. We can’t even hold on to talent in India where engineers are leaving for new roles paying between 40 to 100% more. To make matters worse - the first... — read more
I just landed a position that pays 20% more and offers better benefits without ever intending to leave. I just listened to a friend who convinced me to keep applying for jobs just to keep my eye on what's out there and to keep my interviewing skills... — read more
So - after almost three years this is the big idea... one size fits all. No more custom products. Abandoning your our biggest customers. This is The CISCO Plan 2.0 Hey - why not call it Product + Custom? What utter cobblers. Read Paul Sangria's... — read more
Here the employees are blamed for everything. Numerous times I heard the manager blame one of my colleagues for something that he is personally responsible. It's impossible that none of us are good enough for this company except for the manager... — read more
And remote access too ... why are they not turning these off now? "Sistema operates leading broadband pay-TV service Stream TV and Comcor TV is Moscow’s leading cable operator, with the service branded Akado"
Laying off a large number of employees was a huge mistake especially because there were many of the best and most loyal employees among those laid off. It’s sad to see Synamedia now paying the price for it.
The boss is not really the boss right? I mean - he is not going to stick he neck out for anyone - right ?
Now I'm starting to get worried. Going this long without layoffs means we might be looking at something major soon. I've been here long enough to know that any period of calm is never good news for employees. Call me paranoid if you want, but make... — read more
Good to see Paul and Bijal in IL this week. The message is clear - if the executive team has resumed their junkets, money is no longer an issue. They’re responsible stewards of the company’s money. We can stop worrying about future LRs. — read more
Will the redundancies and move to India continue and if so, do you think this will be a 6 monthly or annual cull ?
This is slowly becoming a company for those who are not so much skilled but are very good at pretending. The way the most talented employees are treated here is unheard of. They literally do everything to make a person doubt their competencies and... — read more
For all you nay-sayers and negative Nellies, I ask, ‘have you not heard of the Apire event?’ This will be an “action-packed”, exciting event that will prove all you doubters wrong. What could be more exciting than the Chief People Officer having... — read more
Tension can be cut with a kn--e. The atmosphere has never been worse and when I say that I think I am very objective. I just wonder if there is any part of this company that is still healthy? I doubt it. The most telling thing about the company is... — read more
This has turned into a horrible, toxic workplace that everybody normal is looking to get out of. Giving me severance to leave would be a dream come true.
Has everyone been notified? Does that mean I’m safe?
Now Squidamedia have allowed their employees to choose their own personal pronouns - so on your sacking letter you can have a pronoun of choice. Myself? I chose Mr. and Sir. Jerusalem, UK both hit yesterday with some people with super long... — read more
It is obvious that the company is trying to cut costs in every way What is not clear, however, is where this company is going. It seems to me more and more that the leadership has lost its direction and that they do not have a long term plan at... — read more
I was recently asked this by a person who was considering applying here for a job. What would you say, what is the culture like here?
Squidamedia - seem to be striving to be transparent. They are telling everyone that they are transparent and YOU MUST BELIEVE IT. They are acting like the thought police. They desperately need you to spout back, at all opportunities, that you believe... — read more
When will the top brass in Squidmedia understand that we are adults? That hiding the word "redundancies" & "sackings" behind big words does not wash with intelligent people. Dr. Peled would never have spouted this balderdash but I guess the yanks... — read more
Is there anything?
I don’t think 2021 was nearly as bad as this year could turn out to be. I just hope to find a new opportunity as soon as possible, because I don't have any high hopes that the situation could get better here. I wish it was different, but no one has... — read more
But Comcast don't. They tell me they won't be buying a god darn thing as long as Napoleon is at the helm. He needs to grow a neck.
What stage is Synamedia at? The story of three envelopes is a business classic for dysfunctional organizations. It starts with an incoming manager replacing a recently fired outgoing manager. On his way out, the outgoing manager hands the new... — read more
The bloke has no neck and is about 5’ tall. FFS
The slow death continues. Don't know the exact extent of the current wave. Jobs mostly being relocated to India. I pity the fool who will buy this ghost ship, if ever there is one.
it is quiet in here - is anyone actually left there? A distinct lack of action or what?
When is the next layoff? Will Lawrenceville be affected?
It used to be nice to work here. That’s why it’s so hard for me to bear when I see how this company has become so lost. This used to be a company that offered people their dream jobs and just look at it now. Have they completely lost their compass?... — read more
I heard thru the grapevine that there was a recent round of layoffs. Any truth to that rumor? US or UK?
After almost four years here, I’m not sure if I’ve simply developed a thicker skin or grown my skillset.... Of course, it's my fault that I didn't leave earlier, but I would like no one to repeat my mistake and stay here, or waste their time because... — read more
Received an invite recently from the CEO for an all-day celebration at Mercedes-Benz World in UK to show appreciation to all employees. Looked to be an enjoyable event. Invite quickly followed by event “cancellation”. Invite then resent to only... — read more