HCL Technologies
3.2 of 5 2,753 reviews
www.hcltech.com Noida, India 5000+ Employees

HCL Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.2 2,753 reviews

                             

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HCL Technologies CEO Anant Gupta

Anant Gupta

(528 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Nothing more than a body shop!

    Programmer Analyst (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsMedical insurance policy is pretty good.
    Interview process is not hard at all, anyone can clear with little preparation.

    ConsWork culture is pathetic.
    Value system is non-existent. HR and Managers will lie to you about everything just to get you on board. Once you are in, they will forget about all their promises.
    Management only focuses on revenue and margins. Employees are just a number.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating employees like human beings and not as numbers in a balance sheet. Show some respect for the people who are really your bread and butter earners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Questionable Business Practices

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsIT is a job and you get paid. Company provides insurance. You get to work with live bodies. you get an opportunity to gain insight to a different culture.

    ConsThey say they can do projects but really can't and spend a lot of time learning the domain and sometimes the programming platform and while clients are complaining, they are making excuses and/or promising more things they can't deliver on. Salary increases are negligible so be sure to negotiate your salary well. Cheap insurance so be sure to have a back up plan. Leadership styles are ineffective for producing the kinds of results they promise to clients. Cultural innuendos erodes trust and make inclusion of women and non-Indians an illusion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet real! if you are going to do business in the USA, adopt the culture of work. Be a contender not a pretender!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Service Desk Tech Level I (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsStable work for 1 year.

    ConsThey lie to get you in the door and then mistreat you. I was suppose to be hired but they jerked me around for 6 months where I was let go for bs reasons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart hiring Americans in management positions they are a racist company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    False showcase of strength and promises.. Do not join as employee.. Join only as contractor ( if you get good rate)

    IT Project Manager II (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsThey have good long term projects in Infrastructure space. Most other engagements have large number of resources hence you will get good connectivity of friends. There are few good accounts with good managers (less number though) but you really need to hunt yourself for such positions.. I find this is really good place for contractors where you get good rate and you anyway know that you need to find yourself another project once current one is over.

    ConsBiggest problem with company is -- it acts as body shopper, focus on terminating employee than trying to place them in other projects, False promises and absolutely no transparency, minimal support from managers.

    1) Management is really full of false promises. Their Employee First is only for marketing and really has no meaning. Please do not believe in any promise associated with salary raises / GC processing...
    2) Too much of politics..
    3) In USA, It makes no sense to join this company as full time employee. You anyway get terminated by end of project. If you are getting good rate, join as contractor only.
    4) They will terminate employee on the last billable day. They will give you 2 weeks notice in hand while you are still working on billable project. Friends, if you hear anything about your project ramp down or project coming to an end in 2-3 months... Please look for another job...
    5) Their placement efforts.... well let's just say, not much.. You need to reach out to other accounts to find a place for you.... you cannot depend on them. I particularly find this extremely different (and huge negative point) than all other big giants like TCS, Cognizant, etc... This is companies strategy to remove high paying employees... If your project is ending after October, most like they will prefer getting new resource from offshore (less cost) than placing you in another project.
    6) Please do extra research before you join specific account.. Most of the time during your interview, recruiters will tell you that project is long term... you will get disappointed when you join and find out reality is different.. Please find your friends in that account or in that area.. check if particular account is going through major ramp down or any other issues.. Believe me it is really worth to check 100 times before getting small raise and joining this company..
    7) they have worst relocation / travel policies...

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do better planning and be transparent... See if your actions match with your Employee First policy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very low salaries and lot of work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get to work of lot of stuffs, as you will be projected as an expert in A-Z technologies. You learn from experience. Health insurance used to be good, now getting worst.

    ConsVery low salary, no growth. The low salaries makes an imbalanced work - life. No Trainings or career enrichment plans. The company is only interested in the profit which they can make out of you, but wouldn't invest a single penny on you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very disorganized and unprofessional

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cary, NC

    Prosit is employment at the very lowest of levels

    Consmgmt is very disorganized and unprofessional
    too many unnecessary processes to give the appearance of structure which does not exist

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The biggest HR fail of my 20 years in IT

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA chance to mingle with, learn about and better understand the Indian culture

    ConsThe Indian culture is not American culture... What an American expects and what an Indian expects are two different things. HCL provides a very Indian culture for everyone. Some of that culture includes sharing information that would be HR violations in an American culture. Because HCL is so big, many of the HR expectations we might have are ignored. I counted 30 HR issues in the first 30 days that I would normally talk to HR to correct. When I discussed this with my manager, he changed me to a manager in India who was on a 12 hour time difference from me. Finally there is not a diversity program in the company. If you are American, you are the minority in this business culture. Without a diversity program you need to become very familiar with Indian culture (a very community centric VS individualistic) to be happy and successful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHCL is a very large company with a very large community of Indian workers. HCL depends on community to motivate the huge Indian workforce. There are huge barriers because of language, religion, caste, acceptance of women, Indian culture that are completely foreign to Americans. If expanding the organization means expanding the number of American workers, HCL needs to focus on breaking down the cultural walls that are a part of the Indian culture. Americans are angered by the types of cultural (religion, caste, morals, etc) walls that Indian culture takes for granted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid unless you are desperate

    Operations Head (Current Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsIf you are needed they will take advantage of you and appreciate you without salary raise or promotion

    ConsEvery improvement in this company sets the employees back, for example recent change of insurance from Cigna to Blue of California means you can buy glasses only from Walmart, BJ's Costco stores (Beverly Hills for those that made the decision). Recent change to travel claim system prevents you from claiming taxi expenses (no such category), current turnaround time for expense reimbursement 1 month, company does not reimburse for passport or credit card premiums even if you travel 75% of the time. If you travel the approved cost of meals and transportation too low, you either eat fast food and take a bus to your meetings or you have to get your "excess" expenses approved for payment. Constant emails about recommending friends to work at HCL however no intuitive way for internals to explore other opportunities and apply. The company is setup for Indian employees(nationals), even for those of us in the US, when I travel abroad I have to fill visa information for my return home to the USA. Finally, career advancement is not based on ability, it's based on location (India), who you know (nepotism). The "employees first" slogan is one big joke, only used to convince customer that employees will not leave, which is true for all the do-nothings that will not be able to hold a job anywhere their relatives and friends are not managers. Very low retention rate in the US except for employees brought on work visas. Bottom line, all employee related decisions and changes in America are made by incompetent managers offshore that have no understanding of American HR, or cultural awareness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen in Rome do as Romans do

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible Management, Questional business practices, Nonexistant organization

    Network Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsOK to get foot in the door, as they aren't very good at investigating background or interviewing people. Start out here and leave after a year.

    ConsThey make it unnecessarily difficult to recoup business expenses, and in many cases will try to rip you off.

    Contractors who pay out of pocket will likely never get reimbursed (I know several people out thousands) .

    Their web portal is extremely buggy, and after filling out their claims section, balances will magically get zeroed out, necessitating a ticket. You will spend as much time trying to recoup your money as you make hourly. And once that is done, it takes six weeks to get reimbursed.

    They WILL try to screw you out of your last paycheck (happened to me, happened to a colleague)

    They will also hold paychecks from contractors trying to screw them out of overtime. They will ask someone to work overtime, then withhold the check and claim they never approved said overtime. This happened to multiple people I worked with

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to centralize everything to India, management for a project in a country needs to be in that country and have the authority to hire/fire, approve expenses, etc.

    Gain integrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Last company to work for if you have no other options

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsA lot of learning since you inherit a lot of duties that was not the original included in the first place. You get extra miles points which you can redeem prizes if you are in India

    ConsLack of communication
    Web System sucks, suppose to make easy for user but I guess they care less since it is hard to use and complex.
    - Employee first company motto seems to be a myth
    - You get xtra miles which you can not redeem prizes since you are not in India

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to compensation and adjust allowance based on location in US realistically. Cost of living increase 25% yet compensation increase is close to 0-1%. This needs to be taken seriously if you want to keep loyalty and talent, else people will be jumping.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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