SYKES Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
359 Reviews
2.2
359 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)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    So so

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

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great job for Customer Service reps who are looking for experience in the industry as well as people who want to advance their career. Sykes does promote from within so you can learn as much as you can from the various training and opportunities offered.

    Cons

    Once you reach management level, your job security if pretty much out the window. The company says they strive to promote from within etc. however, when people who have been with the company for a while reach a certain level and are seen as invaluable because of another company acquisition, they aren't considered important anymore regardless of how long they have been with the company.

    So, if you do strive for management, know that once you get there, your time with Sykes is limited regardless of your performance because the "new" company will be considered the golden children until the next acquisition. Lay offs are the norm now for management. Who wants to work for a company like that? Not me, which is why I have my resume out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the people you have and stop making every new company you acquire and the people from that company the preferred ones. Treat everyone within the organization within respect and do a better job of communicating why all the lay offs happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sykes retention agent for At&t

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lakeland, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great for networking for other jobs in the future. Since most people that work there are always looking for new employment opportunities they share other job openings for other companies

    Cons

    Totally filled with drama and no one ever knows what they are doing as far as management and Human Resources goes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Center Agent in Malvern, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Call Center Agent in Malvern, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    was a it down job while i was pregnant and could not be on my feet

    Cons

    they push you to get people off the phone as fast as you can and don't care if you actually fix the callers issue. they have gone thru over half of the work force in my area and do not rehire if you are fired/quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    educational

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sumter, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sumter, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    The company take their time and train their employees

    Cons

    remaining your tone when dealing with a difficult customer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative reviews understate mismanagement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at SYKES part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work at home with flexible hours

    Cons

    Tons of unpaid work time is fertile ground for lawsuits.
    Metrics are a disservice to Sykes' clients because they do not measure performance.
    Frequent technical problems are always blamed on CSRs,
    Training is inadequate and sometimes wrong. CSRs who cannot learn independently get fired.
    CSRs cannot access necessary tools and databases due to Sykes mismanagement.
    Team leads do not support CSRs because they are abused even worse.
    Promises are worthless. They tell CSRs what they want to hear, then do what management wants..
    CSRs are not allowed to talk to each other, management, nor HR.
    Destruction of evidence -- they delete chat logs and emails showing company misconduct. Copy-and-paste is disabled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen. The only ways to get through are lawsuits, Dept of Labor regulation, and maybe competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Lakeland, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    there are none this is like the worst company ever

    Cons

    they steal money out of your pay checks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get it together

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

    Aweful

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

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    I work in malvern. Nothing good. This company is the worst. For the love of god don't do it.

    Cons

    No respect. No one follows through with what the say. Really bad upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get you stuff together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Forget about Sykes. There are plenty of better companies to work for in Budapest.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    -Regular working schedule on normal hours.

    Cons

    - Very few possibilities to actually do your job in helping the customers due to the very restrictive company policy, which at the same time lacks transparency, leading to employees being able to provide nothing more than lip-service to the clients.
    - Lack of true leadership who dare to defend those workers who are in a vulnerable position, in case of an uneven conflict, harassment or bullying.
    - No chances for advancement.
    - Wages are a laugh in relation to the stress level one has to put up with (two people doing the job of five).
    - No recognition of and use for ones talents, nor any appreciation for the efforts one puts in, unless one belongs to the manager's board's favourites.
    - Favouritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Built a service structure in which we actually can do our job helping the customers.
    -See the qualities and appreciate the efforts of EVERY employee EQUALLY, and not just of those you "like" for superficial reasons of status, appearance or "sociability".
    -Pay the employees at the lowest stratum of the hierarchy more wage, when they need to do almost double work due to teams being understaffed.
    -Take action when employees get bullied or harrassed by their direct superiors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you have no life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    The benifits are a great price

    Cons

    They do not ask and do not care about your schedule. Ex. Childcare or continuing your education

    You are only allowed 4 days off every six months and if you want more days it is up to multiple people and if you meet their goals to get days off.

    They want you to provide great customer care, but wheb your issues need resolved they tell you to call a number no one answers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask people their availability before hiring.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management Sucks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES full-time

    Pros

    Sykes provides flexible hours .

    Cons

    If your looking to grow with the company find another job. Management is always changing. Management never wants to be bothered and are always in "special meetings." There are no pay raises no matter how great your work is. Misinformation is given to employees from Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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