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HCL Technologies Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
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Pros
  • Provides the work life balance which is a major concern in todays corporate world (in 312 reviews)

  • A positive work environment which makes me more excited to come for the work every day (in 239 reviews)


Cons
  • Working timings needs to be streamlined to allow better work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • Only company words say "employee first" but no concern on employee whatsoever (in 94 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    worst company ever to work and join

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    hard working software engineers from india.Some people in company are good at technical skills.

    Cons

    worst company ever to work

    1.Managers look their sub-ordinates as slaves.There is no professionalism in the company.

    2.If your manager likes you then you will be at good position.There is no proper recognition for any work you do in the company.More of biased company to certain individuals.Managers are very
    dishonest. They will lie to you while your joining on company benefits.

    3.Company expected you to work all hours in a day including weekends at short notice and will not take into account their employees obligations outside of work .They don't pay you anything for extra hours.They bring cheap labour from india and make them to stretch for more hours and expect those recruited in USA also to work same hours without extra hour payments or perks.you cannot question your manager or Management.

    4.Their insurance plans are worst in IT industry.The upper management never listens to the concerns of workers on any benefits to workers.Though many people are fighting to change the insurance plans they never bother as they provide cheap plans.

    5.Lack of job security.Though your full time employee your job is never secured.

    6.They don't have any notice period for employee termination or 15 day notice concept.It just on paper.They send people from india immediately next day your project completes.Its same with full time employees in USA.They give termination once their work is done with them.

    7.Thier internal immigration service is worst and they have worst record in Green card process for any non - american workers.

    8. No support to employees on any issues faced by them with internal applications in USA.everything you need to go for your manager or should wait to get a reply from india for 2-3 days on any questions or SSD.

    9. Once your joined your growth stops in USA.No promotions or salary increase.Max salary increase you get is 3%.That to if your manager likes you.

    10.They say employee first...but in reality its employee last.Managers will not allow employees to interact much with customer and they try to showcase more what their peers do as themselves.

    No Bonus and no increment and your salary might decrease if your location is changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees well.Learn to treat them as humans not as slaves.
    Stop biased way.Make people to speak in english in organization culture.
    Give equivalent benefits as other companies .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Insurance benefits, horrible everything else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Health Insurance is good. Some flexibility with work location. Bi-monthly pay is nice. There truly aren't very many "pros" to HCL America...

    Cons

    I'm not sure why they call it HCL America. Literally everything is handled offshore in India. There isn't a single non-Indian American in senior or executive leadership. No advancement to senior or executive management unless you're Indian. I find this very disturbing and racist. Pay is horrible.

    Travel policy is a complete joke. You have to pay for your own travel, cell phone, etc. and hope for reimbursement. Only $50 max a month allowance for cell phone, and they want you to have a smart phone with data and texting. This a is impossible to do with a max of $50. $90-$100 a night limits on hotel stays when traveling. This is AFTER taxes and fees. This is the limit I have as a manager. It's even less for front-line employees.

    "Employee First" is just a catch phrase. They DO NOT practice this philosophy. HCL is losing business in America at a rapid pace compared to where they were 5-10 years ago. Companies use HCL for a few years to help their bottom line and realize how bad their services are and then don't renew their contracts. I had a senior leader tell me that their American business is flatlining and all major opportunities are now in Europe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a senior/executive team IN the United States for HCL America. It would be nice if these leaders were actual Americans with English as their first language. Pay your employees a competitive salary for native U.S. citizens (especially managers)!!!

    Start really living the Employee First philosophy. I have been a manager with HCL America for a couple of years and haven't seen it lived out yet. It's a real joke.

    Get company travel/T&E cards for your employees who have to travel/buy supplies more than a few times a year. Stop requiring the use of a "travel desk" that is located in India and is 12 hours time difference. Let us use a travel website to book travel for ourselves, this would actually save money for HCL. Stop with the ridiculous $90-$100 AFTER taxes and fees a night limits on hotels. This is so impractical and my employees and I usually end up at a nasty hotel in a dangerous part of town.

    HCL America needs to be run by employees that are actually in America. Not having this in place scares off critical talent. You would keep and gain more U.S. business if you started this practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very unfair company to employees and customers. Even damaging to US by using unethical and illegal visa practices.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One should think of working here for a month or two only in case there is no other respectable job available.

    Cons

    Company pays bonus / incentive only partially and that too after 6 months of closing the financial year provided the employee is on pay roll on the date of the payout. 95% of HCL sales people in US have been brought from India on H1B visa by declaring incorrect job descriptions to immigration. This is done to ensure that the salaries paid to sales executives are almost equal to the salaries of truck drivers in US. Even these sales executives working on truck drivers' salary are not paid their incetives at all or paid only partially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth giving any advice

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

    employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Support in New York, NY

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    none the collect a paycheck and start looking for another company to work for.

    Cons

    When you are an HCL employee they pay as if you where in india you need to sub your income with Food Stamps to help you make ends meat. one of the most worse companies to work for. They take over a network support contract in the US and by the end of a year the US company is looking to get rid of them. they win the contract because they are cheap and they lie. you get what you are paying for. they lied to there employees and customers. they need to import more H1B Visas from india to Survive In the USA. When HCL bring people from India they last 6 months they jump to another US company looking for more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They dont tell the true all lies. good company to be a union shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Worst Consulting Firm in the USA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SAP Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The company was a pleasure to work for until it was purchased by the Indian firm, HCL. All has changed since that time. See Cons.

    Cons

    HCL has the weakest management team I have ever encountered. Most seem to be castoffs from IBM or other larger firms. HCL forces the consultants to use a very tiny US travel agency. It was selected only because the owner is related to an executive at HCL. The cost to clients has more than doubled in some instances. HCL also charges the client a full-day per diem, but only pays consultants for the actuals. HCL takes the difference. This is desperation on the part of HCL execs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pathetic policies, totally offshore minded company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very good health insurance package. The premium is on a higher side, but the benefits are far better than offered by any of its competitor company.

    Cons

    The company totally works on a offshore eccentric model. The HCL America employees are considered foreigners and there are no specific policies defined for them in their policy portal. All policies are listed based on assumption that all HCL America employees have moved from India to America. Things work here based on who you know rather than a defined process. No professionalism here at all. The HR system of the company is a pain to work with. If you are working on an employment offer with them, make sure to take all the agreed upon items in writing, as their HR do not stick to their word. It is next to impossible to schedule a personal meeting with senior management, as all of them work from offshore and do not have time to talk. In between the status meetings with senior manager and VP level people, the attendees start talking in their regional language assuming everyone belongs to Tamil Nadu.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take care of employees and not consider them as use and throw items. Induce professional culture and measure the employees worth based on their work and not on who they know. Have policies listed down specifically for HCL America considering that employees of HCL America are not all that come from India and are hired locally in US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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