Apart from one minor issue that does not influence the overall effectiveness of it, I have not had any problems with the sync feature.
As for the rest of FTM, I have had some complaints about some of the more advanced organization functions but overall, it's the best software I've used. For me, it was worth it for the sync feature alone since I do a lot of work on my online tree and so I need my online tree to sync with my software so the data is the same.
But if all you want to do is print out reports and charts, you can probably find a free or cheaper option. Try Family Tree Builder at My Heritage, the standard edition of Legacy Family Tree or RootsMagic Essentials - they are all free but I think they support pedigree charts and reports.