HCL Technologies Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work life balance Good learning (in 312 reviews)

  • Work environment is amazing here (in 239 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited work-life balance over last 2 years (in 83 reviews)

  • Employee First" is just a catch phrase (in 94 reviews)

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  1. Work Culture

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at HCL Technologies (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It all depends on the project. The project I worked had flexible office hours. Few of my friends projects, the situation was very hectic. They had to work weekends.

    Cons

    It is like government office. They keep you in bencj for years and throw you out.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stay Away!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a Job. Better than being unemployed

    Cons

    Company is based in India. All processes are performed via e-mail and HR customer service portal. Things take long to get resolved. The ratio of manager to employees actually performing the work need to be reversed. I had to give mandatory 2 weeks notice before leaving, which meant they would owe me another week of pay. Have not received payment for my last week. seeking legal action to try to get paid.

    Advice to Management

    "Employees First" axiom is definitely not practiced in HCL America. You do get the impression that it is in India. If company policies apply only to certain regions they should be made specifically clear. Sensitivity training should also be given to Indian employees – so they can relate to American culture just as American employees are given sensitivity training to learn to relate to Indian employees.


  3. Not a great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Project Manager in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good learning oppurtunities for freshers and college passouts.

    Cons

    Micro management and lack of open attitude

    Advice to Management

    Management need to start focussing on employee satisfaction. Company needs to revisit all employee benefits and related policies


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Do not work here

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hauppauge, NY

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at HCL America for over 4 year. My old company outsourced my product development to HCL in 1998. They gave me a retention bonus earned after staying for a year, which is nice.

    Cons

    I am one of the many senior software engineer in the team. Every year, they kept laying off current senior people and outsourced their responsiblities to India. Some Indian programmers are pretty good technically. But they only do what you tell them to do. They don't have much other common sense. If you spec is missing a few details or is wrong, they would just code it anyway. Also, there is no career opportunities for existing developers from the transitioned company. You are there for knowledge transfer only. I see all these junior/mid developers rose the ranks to become managers or leads over the 4 years that I worked there. Their idea of employee first is really Indian people first. Also, I got like less than 1% raise every year. The only reason that I stayed was because my manager, who is out of state, let me worked from home (which is a real big convenience). Their HCL America web site was really confusing with a lot of sites that are not connected. I had to create several credentials. But over the years, they improved it a lot, actually. But as of 2012, it is still not as good as my old company's internal website (2008). There is a lot of bureaucracy within the organization. We tried to get a laptop and had to go thru like a dozen approvals and took over a year. Also, HCL does not really know how to do product development. All they are about is their bottom-lin and profit margin.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A company that calls itself 'a transformer' while actually being just a body shopper

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at HCL Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stable employment even in crisis situation visionary CEO and some good top executives

    Cons

    A body shop that has zero interest in the employee and employees well being CEO talks about "employee first" "disruptive" "transformer" but no one at the ground level implements it...all are just interested in billing..forget value creation HR and Admin behave like they are doing a favor by letting the employee work in USA Worst compensation in USA Benefits are bare minimum (as req by law) and lowest possible Works like Indian government, a lot of red tape for everything Kingdoms run by "General" Managers who do not add any value, they just walk around showing their influence and power

    Advice to Management

    Don't just listen to what Vineet (CEO) says and clap. Implement it! "Invest" in value creation, forget 100% billing. Pay decent salaries and benefits that match the industry "in USA". Revamp on-site HR and Admin groups .. they don't care for the employees needs.


  7. Helpful (2)

    There was once potential....until most of the workforce was laid off or outsourced...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rutherford, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rutherford, NJ

    I worked at HCL Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people. Your fellow employees that are dwindling in numbers.

    Cons

    No guidance or honesty at the senior management level. No clear plan for the future. There was always a feeling of the floor dropping from underneath you. Too many layoffs after being told there wouldn't be any. Overall sense of dread.

    Advice to Management

    Resign your positions and allow new more enthusiastic people to run the company.


  8. Axon is not the place to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at HCL Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of a thing honestly. I regret joining Axon every day that I have worked for them. I have tried to communicate my issues with management but it doesn't seem to go anywhere. It is unfortunate that I have had such a bad experience because they sold the organisation as being an investment in a 'career' however they have total disregard for an individual's career objectives and only care about making money off them even if it means putting them in a role that is many levels below what they are qualified to be doing.

    Cons

    No recognition for work done, no communication, no room for growth, take people on at a lower level, do not support career objectives or goals

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they are trying to communicate their issues. Take the issues seriously and take measures to change things being raised so that people don't feel their only option to be heard is to resign.



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