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SYKES Reviews

Updated 1 May 2015
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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Pros
  • Sykes work from home cares for it's Employee's a great deal in many ways (in 28 reviews)

  • This company creates a work environment where you want to do your best and then some for the team and the company (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • I've never worked in a more horrible call center (in 13 reviews)

  • Company events that focus more on drinking by and with upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    Excellent growth opportunities for leading company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company truly provides a quality service to its clients and is seen as a leader in the field with growth around every corner. Their Sykes Home segment of the business has so much exciting potential and technological support. The more I learn, the more impressed I become. I personally am working for the best boss I've ever had in my [15yr+] career. I look at places like Discover that put so much emphasis and personality into their quality customer service and i LOVE knowing that I work for a company that makes that kind of thing possible for our impressive list of clients.

    As a corporate citizen, SYKES earns high marks with me. They have multiple initiatives for making a difference in peoples' lives both inside and outside the company (corporate Domestic Violence awareness campaigns, Veterans' support, Employee Relief Fund, local sites fundraising for local nonprofits, etc.) They are very LGBT supportive and work hard to create a workplace of true equals.

    Cons

    Lots of growth means lots of growing pains. Sometimes communication and technology bear the brunt of that. Patience and positive attitude go a long way in bridging those occasional gaps.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key with change management issues. Engage, engage, engage! :)

  2. Hit or miss depending on which department you are in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Sykes has a selection of different partners. Some of them are good, whilst some of them not so much. Look for the bigger companies.

    Cons

    Because there are a lot of people working within Sykes, it is easy to become lost in the crowd. You are also presented with career development opportunities, but in reality you will not be earning much more than you already do as a bottom level agent.

  3. Could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communicator Agent in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Communicator Agent in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -International environment -meeting good people - found good friends
    -Good shifts - working hours are set and they stay so.
    -Permanent contracts -
    - learned many things

    Cons

    Most of the times you are left in an unorganised caos. There is always a problem that no one is able to fix or they fix it after a long time. Poor salary compared to the amount of work given. Supervisors' time is used moslty to fill papers of nonsense statistics. Company treats you like a schoolboy, sendind tons of emails about the same basic rules of DO and DON'Ts. No bonuses, low salary for multilingual agents. Nonsense procedures(for calling sick you have to call twice a day even if for example have informed them that doctor wants you home for a week. You won't be paid if you fail to do so.)
     I have never met someone (from agents to teamleaders) who's happy to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep workers happy to work there and don't count on the fact that even if you lose someone you can easily replace the person. Management is on the side of the client and overload agents of work. No motivation or incentives to workers. Everything is based on numbers and statistics, which is fair for a certain extend, but you are obsessed with it. ( sometimes it is only about it: it is preferred that an employer is a disaster doing his job, but arrives on time everyday, than a person who work his best everyday but is one minute late at work).

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  5. Good first place to work, pay is too low

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the team - friendly staff, good support provided

    Cons

    The wages are much too low: I am being asked to provide in-depth knowledge of products for companies in 3 different languages. You would think that two extra languages would mean higher wages (well, ok, 500 pounds per year extra).

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay overtime. You encourage employees to "go the extra mile" but that extra mile still needs fair compensation.

  6. Product specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SYKES

    Pros

    Great way to network. Good for improving language skill and working with various clients.

    Cons

    Remuneration not at par with work.

  7. Helpful (2)

    No Future without Change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The People who go above and beyond the call of duty eating into weekends and overtime during the week but who's worth is not recognized.

    Cons

    Management in big offices who do not listen to staff. HR management are not at all employee focused. Site management do not care about client's needs as long as financials attained.

    Advice to Management

    HQ need to take immediate action to change the management style and culture to ensure retention of quality personnel.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good workplace to spend a few years and then move on with the experience you gain from it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Trainer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, opportunity to speak different languages, regular shifts. Career opportunities if you want to progress and good relationship between employees. Good workplace if you do not have many career ambitions and you are happy to have a steady job.

    Cons

    The company does not seem to care enough for the employees, the turnover is high and salaries are one of the lowest compared to competitors. The workload increases exponentially and there is very little praise and reward to the employees for the work done. It is difficult to find help and support when is needed on both personal and professional sides.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of not being available to support the employees when they need solutions or advice, try to listen and remember that you are dealing with human beings and not a source of income for the company. Value your hard working employees rather than focusing on finding way to have them do any responsibility job because "it is a great opportunity for you" but "unfortunately we are unable to pay you extra for it"
    The standards are getting worse, recently very unsuitable candidate were hired or offered a job because there was no other options and money had to come in.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Slightly disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in shifts, opportunities for overtime, Friday donuts, room for employee input sometimes.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to other companies, vouchers hard to earn for new hires and everybody who values being a team player over obsessing about stats. The other projects seemed to be okay, but the citibank account is horrible to work in. No internet, higher expectations, bigger work load, more restrictions and not a penny extra in return.You would be better off going for the other projects for the same pay. To paint the picture: in this time of unemployment they are unable to find and keep staff.

    Advice to Management

    There's more to being a good employee than stats, and brown nosing is not in the job description. Value actual hard workers, not the ones making noise about how much they supposedly do. Appreciate your employees, it's not that difficult.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Dead end but pleasant enough

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brown Goods Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Brown Goods Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Good training
    * Overtime Opportunities
    * A lot of scope for lateral movement between accounts
    * On site catering

    Cons

    * It's a call centre job - there isn't much scope for advancement, other than to team leader.
    * Contracts come and go, meaning little overall security
    * Pay is poor and pay freezes the norm
    * In certain accounts, unreasonable targets lead to low morale

    Advice to Management

    No one is kidding themselves - a call centre job is a call centre job. You could do well by introducing some manner of incentive structure to counter the long pay freezes - even if it is just for high street vouchers etc - every little bit helps in these tough times. Continue to provide good technical training for the tech accounts - this is valuable and allows us to provide a better outcome to customers. It is great to feel confident when diagnosing faults.

  11. Good atmosphere with colleges and team leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training for the role and on going support

    Cons

    All related to working within a big worldwide corporation

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel a bit more special

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