Syntel

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Syntel Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
676 Reviews
3.0
676 Reviews
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
324 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term (in 90 reviews)

  • Work life balance is excellent as they rarely require you to stay over time (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship (in 22 reviews)

  • no work life balance,stretch hours are hectic at times (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work at Syntel and commit career suicide ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Only onsite

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good onsite opportunity/ no work pressue

    Cons

    No good project no good technology

  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies
    Global team
    Good senior team

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance
    Employee benefits are not upto market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good for freshers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Huge learning opportunities for freshers.

    Cons

    same salary hikes for all ,not on performance base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the appraisal should be based on performance in project related work of employee and the value given by employee to deliverables.

  6.  

    Average experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    1. good onsite opportunities
    2. MNC tag
    3. good for freshers if they get into a good project
    4. friendly work environment

    Cons

    1. pathetic joining procedure for freshers, syntel may take more than 1-2 years to give you joining
    2. project allocation for freshers is also very bad
    3. pay scales are not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allocate project to a resource according to his skill set

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to learn new technologies and learn politics.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunity. Learn new technology. Transport facility. Good technical growth. You will get a lot to learn. Office culture is neutral.

    Cons

    Worst HR department. No proper hikes for deserving candidates. Promotions only if you can create dependencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to give hikes as per their capabilities , Not as per the manager biased reviews. Make it more transparent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not Good and Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Job Security, Good Onsite oppurtunities

    Cons

    Less compensation, no proper management. They will conduct Town hall meeting for name sake and issues raised will be neglected soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please select freshers acording to need. Simply recruiting and not responding for years feels worst.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Date of Joining Changed

    • Culture & Values
    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.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst holding H1B visa

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good company to gain initial experience in variety of areas.
    Very less end to end development project but lot of staff augmentation projects which give immense opportunity for a business analyst profile.
    Lot of onsite opportunities

    Cons

    After few years of experience you outgrow and become over mature to organization policies and culture. Seems that the organization and people do not evolve with time.
    Growth is very difficult for a business analyst unless career is oriented towards moving to delivery/project management.
    Taking advantage of people who travel on H1B visa by giving them less salary, less benefits as compared to their US peers. That is why they have a high attrition rate. They had a bond of Rs. 250000 for any employee who travels to the US but now it has been increased to Rs. 500000. People holding H1B and joining Syntel beware.
    Anyone can become anything in Syntel. Even a person who does not have enough business knowledge, business sense and cannot speak proper english can get promoted and get in to management level role
    Policies are not employee friendly and still very less people raise their voice
    Lack of professional culture
    Appraisal system is a joke as ratings get normalized if you are not in the good books of the manager. Even if there is a good rating there is no salary increase for onsite people
    Benefits are a joke for people travelling onsite from India. Even though employees pay for the premium coverage is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing bond amount without improving policies will only cause weak people to travel. If a strong candidate travels to the US, he will move out despite of the bond amount
    Improve the appraisal system by implementing 360 degree appraisal for anyone who is involved in a managerial role
    If you focus too much on the operating margins then forget about the topline growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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