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Syntel Reviews

Updated 26 March 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    1 Year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Good salary thats all but no career growth.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. No SDLC follows, no quality in work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are not upto the mark some even not able to speak english properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Glorified Desi consultancy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syntel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing. Some managers are good and understanding.

    Cons

    They have just one big project. Other companies like Infosys, Wipro etc... are eating into their share.
    Terrible work life balance. They take too much work than they have resources for.
    HR promises greencard on phone. No greencard is done. Even managers don't have it and are waiting.
    Health care is useless. High deductible plan. Even small consultancies have better plans.
    Salary is rock bottom.
    Heavy politics, no peace of mind.
    High attrition. People join and leave quickly.
    Management is involved in back-stabbing each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the working culture. Focus on long term than short term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. New Recruits Beware!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    No pros to speak of.

    Cons

    Poor communication about training, start date, reimbursement. Beware of this company. They are extremely unprofessional and will promise you things and not deliver. You can't get any answers from anyone as to what is going on. They like to keep people especially new recruits in the dark. Also, they like to hire Indians and take advantage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and stop playing games with new recruits. Treat them with respect and don't make last minute decisions. It's hard to be successful when your company can't communicate expectations. Just really poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Worst company to work with. BIG NO!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ample free time, no work pressure, some good global clients

    Cons

    No growth, bad managers with no educational qualifications to be managers, hr mangement is just for name sake

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing favortism and think about the company over your personal growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. For a while I wondered if it is just the culture. ..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Syntel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits. I could work from home sometime. I did meet a few new people that were nice. That's all.

    Cons

    Corrupt. Dishonest. Unreliable. Stole from me... never repay relocation costs. System makes it almost impossible to turn in reimbursement. Called me to relocate to PHX yet did not have a job lined up for me. Scary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat employees like cattle...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Unsatisfactory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in Powai, Maharashtra (India)
    Former Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in Powai, Maharashtra (India)

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Pick & drop facilities at every one hour after 10 pm.

    Cons

    High pressure, hostile culture, arrogant and unhelpful team leader & manager, lack of sitting space, worst food, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend something for employees so that they feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Work at Syntel and commit career suicide ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead I in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Project Lead I in Pune (India)

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Anybody can get a job here ...
    2. There is complete job security, the useless can stick around for a lifetime and build careers by just sucking up to your managers ..

    Cons

    1. Poor leadership .. no involvement with the developers . Every manager spends 90% of his time pleasing his boss. a Manager does not know the names of his developers
    2. Extremely poor support systems, Finance, HR, Admin, Transport, VISA are different countries with no connectivity
    3. Each of the above departments have their own systems - Imagine having to raise an onsite travel request ..
    4. The HR are the most callous and rude people, or wait is that the Finance department ? Every unit of this company competes to make the employees life living hell.
    5. You can escalate your problems to your management - but then you become the "black sheep" and anyway no one bothers about the real issue.
    6. The transport is managed by goons and its a genuine safety issue.
    7. The appraisal system is a joke, there is no data captured in the system and everything is perception based. This is good if your manager loves you though.
    8. The company is money minded and employees are NOT the most important Asset. Expense reports require 7 levels of approvals and the finance department acts as if they are paying money from their own pockets even for genuine expenses
    9. From a business standpoint, Clients see Syntel as a staffing company and there are very few large clients and value added work being done here
    10. This is a classic case of how a stick gets the work done
    11. They have a 5S value system which stands for Simple, Smart, Stretch, Synergy and Speed .. but once you get inside you realize it stands for Stupidity, Sycophancy, Slowness, Selfishness, Stingy ..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice to the management falls on deaf years so its a moot point.

    1. They could do with a little bit of Humility, listening to the employees, reduce arrogance, improve internal systems and processes, make the support departments accountable to the employees, reduce red-tape ..
    2. Succession planning, 1-on-1 interviews, fair and transparent performance assessments.
    3. Encourage different ideas, allow the people to speak and appear to listen
    One could write a book here ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Date of Joining Changed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Not Yet Joined in the company

    Cons

    They have released the offer and requested to join before dd-Jan2015, based on this I got relieved earlier from my previous company and sent mail to HR saying I would be able to join 5 days earlier the given date, however now they extend the date by 10 Days because of this am loosing almost 20 days salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value the Employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Test Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Don't think of much. Only thing is lateral recruit salary at offshore is good.

    Cons

    HR Policies and Management is in the bad shape. Managers think they are the bosses and they can drive the show like they are running their own business. I joined as PM and I reported to PL at offshore. What a pity? Now if they are transferring you to other location then manager will say I don't have budget do not claim too much expenses. Over all HR and Expense claim dept is pathetic. They take months to approve smaller expenses as well. After moving onsite again they took months to approve expenses. And if you are relocating at onshore it is a big curse. you have pay out of pocket expenses as well. For claiming all these you have to fight and literally beg to the finance dept or HR. And at onsite you have to be ready for any role available otherwise go back to offshore. PDAC will give you threats to call back. :-). bcoz of all this I quit Syntel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the HR policies and top level management if you want good growth. I heard one of the speech from CEO when he was in Gurgaon office. And I raised couple of questions. He was unable to answer and he told directly if someone is not liking you can quit and find opportunities outside. From top to middle management needs refinement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Nothing great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    work life balance is good.Some of the managers are good at empowering employees

    Cons

    Promotions are based on how well you know the manager, absolutely no growth opportunities, politics, people getting into PM position with fake work experience. No proper recognition system in place,it totally depends on the manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for growth, don't make worthless people managers just because they have contacts. Job rotation is key to pickup new skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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