HCL Technologies Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Avoid if you have other options. "Employees First" slogan is only meant for sales reasons, no such culture exists

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

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

    Pros

    You get more responsibilities, if you get the right account and team you can work very independently. If you have “sure I’ll do it” attitude they will give you more, but don’t expect salaries to be adjusted accordingly.

    Cons

    Here are the cons that I faced:
    - Company’s culture not ready for western employees, I think this might be deliberate so less westerns will work to justify bringing employees from India that they force to work for lower salaries and unlimited amount of hours without OT pay, I felt sorry for them but I couldn't do anything about it.
    - Expense reimbursements feel like they are doing you a favor, what should be standard expense is considered “exception”, expense claims are approved by reporting manager when he has time, then it goes to his manager for approval who approves when he has time, expect anywhere between 1-4 weeks for reimbursement. I resigned over a month ago but still waiting for my last expense claim to be paid
    - If your work will involve travel expect to stay in $60-75/night hotels unless you get exceptional approval. Expect to travel indirect flights for additional 5 hours unless you get an exceptional approval for direct flights. Expect to get exceptional approval for lunch+dinner+breakfast because allowances are below western standards. If you claim travel allowance then you are expected to use public transport, or you will need exceptional approval for taxis.
    - No work life balance. During the bid phase the company decides on resourcing numbers, to undercut competition they deliberately plan on under-staffing hence reducing costs and winning the contract, during the delivery phase the numbers that were decided for staffing during the bid phase cannot be exceeded resulting in making exempt and non-exempt employees regularly work over 50-60 hours/week without extra pay. What’s even worse is that they don’t ask if you can work, they tell you that you will work, sometimes in less than 4 hour’s notice. The only time “work-life balance” comes up is during Christmas “shut down” period when employees are asked to take 1 week off using vacation if they have them and no pay if not, so the company saves money.
    - If you have any salary related financial disputes do no expect any of the Indian managers to support. Only western managers stand behind their employees, but not too many of them around and the few that are around are looking to leave. For example, if you have an initiative with a bonus KPI that management decided to postpone then expect to get 0% achievement instead of removing it, and no Indian manager will support your case. By Indian managers I mean as high as region vice presidents; they are too scared to rock the boat on behalf of their teams.
    - Almost all employees in General manager level and below that are with the company in the US are there because they have to be due to their visa status, or are looking for other jobs to leave. As soon as Indian employee gets his green card he leaves within 2 months for better pay and working conditions.
    - Key positions are in India, most holding them have never left their towns to have a broader understanding of the working/business culture in bigger cities not to mention western work/business culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a matter of time before the US labor department, and immigration finds out about your abusive labor practices involving B1 and H1 visa employees. I realize labor abuse is customary in India but it's illegal in the US even if due to their visa status the employees are too scared to say anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. one of the worst places to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Key Col Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Key Col Beach, FL

    I worked at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    worst company to work for- glowing pro

    Cons

    worst place to work
    one of the worst places to work for the history of the humankind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yeah it's the worst place of the worst place of the planet

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. the worst company you ever seen

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    I can not think of any pros

    Cons

    agreed to pay relocation fee, but after I joined, when I contact HR about this issue, they never give response
    didn't get my offer letter after I had worked there for one month when I requested for that, the management is really bad
    hire a java developer for non programming purpose, it's wasting time working there
    always try to save money from employees
    always speaks India dialects with me, I don't know what they are talking about, once one person talked to me : "Do you want to compare with me", really embarrassed to work there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the middle layer management is nothing, make everything like a mess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Very disorganized. Language barriers and lots of attitude

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    Current Employee - Executive in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Executive in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Cant think of much. Don't work here.

    Cons

    in my experience, it was strange for me to have to earn my time off. As an executive level person I would have figured it would have been up front. There is such a huge language barrier. People here seem to want to please their egos instead of doing the work that is needed. Management is so stuck in India. They're afraid to make their HCL locations in the US match the culture. They have a total lack of communication and leadership is only looking out for themselves and not the company as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to be put in place that understands the US market, the US customers, and the US employees. They don't understand that at all. Management needs to learn how to communicate well. They need to overcome the cultural and language barrier that exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Do NOT work for this company...you will regret it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    I am able to make the schedule I need

    Cons

    Most dishonest company I've ever worked for. They do not care about their American employees at all. They do not want to pay an honest salary or give employees benefits by making them permanent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up for your employees and stop letting people in India dictate how we work here in the United States.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Stay away

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    No pros. I have not had a single pro since working for hcl for the past year. Many people left because they were not getting paid

    Cons

    Be prepared to work without getting paid. Promises raise in salary never happens, they tell you that's it's coming son you keep working. Overtime pay is less than half your hourly rate. Culturally biased management groups, if you're not Indian you're not getting paid right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Not a company to work for

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    Former Employee - Support in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Support in Cary, NC

    I worked at HCL Technologies

    Pros

    There is no pros for this company.

    Cons

    Pay your current staff more money than you do, this is not India

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. "People First"? Don't believe it.

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    Former Employee - Systems Architect III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Architect III in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Large org. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    No leadership. No management. Minimal processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Not recommended for work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for Indians who want to come onsite for better life

    Cons

    Spent 5.5 years and there is no growth in any front (neither financially nor professionally)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your Management (Middle level)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Mixed feelings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middleware Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Middleware Administrator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good client exposure and will get a chance to work for fortune 500 Clients.

    Cons

    Low salary and no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay well for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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