SYKES Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
352 Reviews
2.2
352 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sykes work from home cares for it's Employee's a great deal in many ways (in 27 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
  • It's a fairly typical call center: a lot of people have bad attitudes and the supervisors are masochistic (in 12 reviews)

  • Hard to communicate with team leads, and have poor management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dead end but pleasant enough

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    • Senior Management
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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 (less than an 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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    • 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

    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 an 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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    • 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 an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great compensation, poor operations management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Makati City (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Makati City (Philippines)

    I worked at SYKES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the few BPO's to give a health card even on the first day of training. High signing bonus. Hazard pay is very high depending on your proximity from the office. Very quick promotion.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Promotion may be very quick, but the higher ops would stall as much as they can. You may be a trainer for a few months, but your base pay and contract would remain as an agent for quite some time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Call Center for multiple contracts.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent - CLS in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent - CLS in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)

    I worked at SYKES full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fairly easy interview questions. "When have you failed? When have you gone out of your way for a customer or client? Name a time where you performed your job duties under stress or pressure and how you overcame that pressure, etc.

    Paid training full-time Monday through Friday from October to December with holidays off.

    Benefits were above average for employees at the facility in Milton Freewater, OR where I worked.

    Many opportunities across many contracts such as retail, loan servicing, phone-based banking, internal management, support or training positions.

    Schedule flexibility and accommodations. Once I was working on the call center floor I requested a weekly schedule of 4 10 hour days as I had a long commute from home to work. They were quick to accommodate.

    Cons

    Median to minimum wages compared to the employees of the businesses who contracted us, given the same job duties. Training seemed more intended to build a fraternal atmosphere among new employees than to actually prepare these employees for their job duties--at least for the first month. When employees completed classroom training and reached the call center floor for shadowing and on-the-job training it became apparent that many were not prepared for the actual roles they were hired to perform.

    Team Supervisors are usually uninterested in providing additional training or support for their employees on the phones. They prefer that once a mistake has been made that you hear about it during a weekly one-on-one with the Team Supervisor. This way they can give a limited number of coachings and quickly terminate and replace the squeakier wheels for newly trained employees.

    All non-phone representative positions seem to be available on an internal basis. Multiple degrees in IT and some practical experience still required for one to spend time making a name for themselves in phone support. Many people will not want to stay in phone support long enough to be selected for internal promotions or transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talents or experiences an application brings to the table and determine if their talents are to be wasted in unchallenging entry level positions or if they may be more valuable elsewhere in the organization as is.

    Don't change a thing about the benefits offered--they are very competitive and some of the best available in surrounding communities.

    Consider more competitive training at the beginning to weed out the less motivated and less competitive employees as they likely always drop out and quit their jobs after paid training ends and real work begins.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Bank Teller in Lakeland, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Online Bank Teller in Lakeland, FL (US)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learning banking regulations and the ability to learn about the products they sell..

    Cons

    Having to work night shift 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None other than needs more floor support.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The most fun I ever had while working.

    Current Employee - HRA in Fayetteville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - HRA in Fayetteville, NC (US)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is an effort to reward employees in small ways.

    Cons

    The work can be very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More with Less is not always possible.

  11.  

    Disclosed Malvern AR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Disclosed in Malvern, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Disclosed in Malvern, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    Most the people are like family. Pay isn't horrible for the area. Always clean.
    Great incentive program for money
    Involved in community
    There were more before last 8 months but these have changed.

    Cons

    Tons of payroll issues. Working there many years I have had over 10 payroll issues and few that were never corrected no matter how long I tried or who I talked too.
    They promote to many unexperienced manager from Team leads even to most recent promoted account managers they ignore so many simple problems from dress code to bad conversations from both agents and team managers. The new director promotes from phone contacts instead of talent for all promotions. There is alot of criticism with little recognition. Most the good managers have left due to the recent changes. Many of former employee's feel the same with this place. The HR staff cannot seem to help people with problems but instead gossip about them. They tell you to pre plan needed time off over 3 weeks then say this or that on why it won't happen. I like many others have left the company due to the incompetence of the management staff running this place straight into the ground. Listen to your employees they have many complaints however your "leaders" do not listen. Although many have heard about Blooms 3 million dollar embezzlement he was a leader and helped others not treat then like they don't matter or take part in conversations distracting in others. I would have stayed with this company for life however they have changes that must be made and it starts at the top. I could go on about many things with the "support" however it wouldn't matter. Sykes malvern has become the new Accent hot springs. To all thinking of joining exploring other options never hurts In my opinion. P. S NOT WILLING TO RECOMEND

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your management at all levels or hire others. If you don't do either you will continue losing quality employees and to the new director don't promote new TM and AM that can't do the job at most all my peers will tell u they miss work because they hate their boss and criticism from you and Tm. All your talented management has left since July.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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