SYKES Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
331 Reviews
2.2
331 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
Chuck Sykes
177 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home opportunity that allows some flexibility (in 19 reviews)

  • great benefits, gives consideration to undergraduates,good BPO company for starters, good working environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • It's a fairly typical call center: a lot of people have bad attitudes and the supervisors are masochistic (in 11 reviews)

  • Team managers are selected due to their stats, very poor management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end but pleasant enough

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brown Goods Technician  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Brown Goods Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Future without Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Trainer  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Trainer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slightly disappointing

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good atmosphere with colleges and team leaders

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good training for the role and on going support

    Cons

    All related to working within a big worldwide corporation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel a bit more special

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a learnful period

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You canlearn a lot about a multinational company. (e.g. Feedback, KPIs)
    i was surounded by competent people, regarding their job. We could reach fine results.

    Cons

    I missed a company culture based on values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you do your best in having a functional company. Give a thought on life values. Be aware that every gesture you make comunicates aboult your values.Don not allow gossiping. This are reflected through the employees.

    Very though but I think it would help the company a lot: Lead by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    GOOD COMPANY TO WORK FOR

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Management Team, and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Inconsistent pay compensation. Due to "system gliche" you are not able to receive your max incentive bonus, even if you earned it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not just listen to employees about Payroll issues, but act upon them more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Call Center

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    Current Employee - OMDA Representative  in  Greenwood, SC (US)
    Current Employee - OMDA Representative in Greenwood, SC (US)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for the area

    Cons

    Floor support management could use better training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for the people at corp, bad for the rest of us

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are nice and team players, everybody is focused in delivering good work

    Cons

    No growing inside the company, unless you are part of Chuck"s circle or you are the protege of VP of operations for the regions, the rest of the vps do not have any real power inside the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get more good people in the top, Chuck is great but there are only limited ideas to where the company can grow, and the company is static towards new business models, and are solely focused in maintain margins than to look for real and outside the box ways of earning more dollars

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunity to get real customer service experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sykes Team Manager  in  Milton-Freewater, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Sykes Team Manager in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement if you are willing to chase them. Performance focused environment that really strives to provide the best opportunity for the agents to excel and develop.

    Cons

    Difficult to get time for personal problems. Sketchy tracking of metrics that are used to evaluate agent performance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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