HCL Technologies Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    What a GIGANTIC Mistake!

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Cary, NC

    I worked at HCL Technologies

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

    Pros

    Good Pay; the triangle is a very nice place to live

    Cons

    -LIES!!! These people Lie and Lie and Lie. Was hired for a support role with the understanding that I would be moved into a dev role in 1 year. That didn't happen. After about 3 years, I was asked to be the liaison between India developers and the developers on the client side. Basically, to help fix the issues. They wanted me to do it for the same pay I was getting to do support work and considered it a lateral move. A dice search revealed the same job posted on there for 27% more pay than they expected me to do the job for. When I asked if I could have that pay, I was told that I had to "Prove myself." Well, pretel, why would you suggest I do that role and have your boss call me and try to convince me to do it if I have to prove myself. I was also asked to be the team lead, which I really put a good effort into doing at first. But after about a month of that, it became clear that the manager had to have every ounce of control and didn't want me to be a team lead at all - just wanted to trick me into thinking I was getting some sort of advancement.

    Pay Increases - over the course of 4 years, my pay only increased by 3.37%. This is despite numerous compliments from the client.

    Review process - What a joke. Your manager will hardly give any effort into this at all. In fact, during the time you're supposed to be getting your review about how you're doing, don't be surprised to find your manager boasting about all of the things he supposedly did in the past. For example, During one of my reviews, I was told all about how he used to train hundreds of people for a large credit company. I was also told all about all of the things he designed. I'd say about 1/4 of the time was actually devoted to discussing my performance. That's probably by design, honestly, because my reviews were always poor and didn't remotely reflect performance. One year, I was so bored that I created an employee scheduling tool using twitter bootstrap and codeigniter to sharpen my skills. I had a prototype and asked the manager to sit with me to discuss the final details. He never made the time to do so, and then in my review (for my Data Warehouse Support Role) I was criticized and given a poor rating for not finishing the web application.

    Blame - the manager was absolute rubbish, but found it necessary to blame others on the team for his poor management style. Here's a perfect example. I wrote a script for the client to validate some files on their servers, using an original idea from a former employee as my reference point. I then wanted to improve it, and make it output the information in an HTML format for readability and to make it more like a "report." I also wanted to add a return code for pass / fail so it could be automated. I did these things, and showed the manager who proceeded to tell me that I wrote it in the wrong language. I should have written it in java instead of perl (since he knows java), and that I should automate it. I asked him if we could set up a time to sit down, and he decided the following wednesday. I worked night shift, and he never established a time. I happened to work on Wednesday and waited until 9:30 that morning to discuss it with him. He didn't show. The following day in the team meeting, I was criticized for not meeting with him. Then in that meeting, he set up another meeting for the following Wednesday. I sent him a text message half an hour before the scheduled time to see if the meeting was still on, and he said no because he had to get ready for "management visit." Thanks or wasting my time!

    Advancement - forget it. seriously, just forget it. You have to play their game to get any sort of advancement, unless you happen to get lucky and the client INSISTS that they will not pay HCL money for a given contract unless a person they've chosen does that role. This actually happened on my team, and the manager even went so far as to tell that person that they suggested other people for the role, but the client insisted it be my coworker. I won't state exactly what this means, but use your imagination.

    -LIES!!!! I already said this but I feel the need to emphasize. I know someone who was told they would receive a given raise, and then received a raise of just 30% of the stated amount. What kind of COW DUNG is that? LIES LIES LIES!!!

    - Project Ending, Bench - Supposedly, on bench, the manager is supposed to work with you to find work. Well, once the project ended, I asked 3 of the other 4 people who were moved to bench if the manager worked with them at all, or if anyone from the supposed "WPC" team helped them find a project. All 3 were a solid helk no. My assumption on this would be that their tax break for hiring locals ended, and now they can't ship people in from the country from which they originate fast enough.

    HR called me 10 days before I was to be laid off and told me so. Told me that the manager worked very hard to find me a project but couldn't. What a load of garbage. I know this is a load of garbage because I interviewed for a project in Nashville, TN back in November. The interview went great and I answered all the questions. Then I never heard anything back. JUST TODAY someone called me about that SAME position that is STILL open. WHAT a joke!

    - Celebration of holidays - one thing that absolutely disgusts me with this dump is their celebration of holidays. They will send you emails about Indian holidays, wishing you happy Diwali for example. They even had Diwali celebrations at the office. When it came time for Christmas and thanksgiving, they were "holiday parties." What kind of hogwash is that?

    - I promise I am not racist whatsoever, but this company basically SPAMS your company email address with emails asking for your ideas. IDeateneurship they call it. Of all the time I worked at HCL, I saw ONE SINGLE non-Indian person listed in one of these emails, and in that case it was obvious that they simply offered the win to everyone who worked on it, including this ONE single non-Indian.

    PAY STRUCTURE - if your pay is broken out into categories like a consultant (like base salary, location allowance, etc), they ONLY contribute to your 401K based on your BASE salary. If you leave the company, or are laid off, and have unused vacation time, they WILL NOT pay you the proper salary for that - just your base pay. In my case, my "base pay" was 43% less than my actual pay, despite being told in my initial negotiations that my salary would be "X." I had numerous questions about the breakout when I first saw the offer letter, and was told "oh don't worry. Don't worry." Well he really just didn't want to explain at the time how they'd later cheat anyone with such a pay structure. BEWARE!!! ABSOLUTELY use your vacation time BEFORE being laid off if your pay is like this, otherwise you WILL get shafted.

    After having worked here, I feel like my skills stagnated and there was ABSOLUTELY NO POSSIBLE opportunity for advancement. PLEASE DO NOT work here if you can avoid it. You will find that your happiness will be totally erased if you take a job here, unless you are part of the charade and joke that this company is.

    CLIENTS - PLEASE DO NOT do business with this company. If you do, I urge you to not believe anything they tell you. Complete garbage dump!

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE GO OUT OF BUSINESS. Stop championing slogans such as "employees first customers second" when the reality is that you don't CARE about the employees who actually do the work AT ALL. Don't give idiots a project management position, and then promote them to senior project manager all in the same year, only to have them tell you that there's no money for a raise for you. DO NOT put in my OFFER LETTER how great you're doing, and send me spam emails talking about how great you're doing, and then give me a pathetic 3.7% raise in 4.5 years. The letter read something like 'Oh "HCLL" is doing so great. SO GREAT. Here's your $400 raise this year." Disgusting.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Find something else to do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - General Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    If you have friends in VP level you get to travel a lot, you don't need to be good at what you do to move ahead

    Cons

    The company claims to be employee first and have work life balance, two big jokes. In first quarter of 2015 more people I know left than I have ever seen in any other company, including VPs. It's all about margins, processes are created to ensure someone in the approval processes reject employee expenses, or bonuses to save a few bucks.

  3. Helpful (1)

    AVP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    Presents lot of opportunities to grow if you are passionate and can align with the highly political environment. There is a way to work through the ranks, and lot of people enjoy it

    Cons

    No rules, no ethics, no standard ways of working or delivering. Everything starts with paper solution and ends with the same, where most of the clients and employees are left with the thought what wrong did we do to get here. Sales is aggressive, Solutions do not exist, Delivery exists, but has no depth

    Advice to Management

    Think hard what has happened to the company. few years back HCL used to have a good name where hard core tech/engineers used to aspire to join. you are going down the drain faster than you deserve.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Avoid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

    I have been working at HCL Technologies

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

    Pros

    You get paid to work.
    The coworkers are cool people.

    Cons

    You sometimes don't get paid to work.
    You never receive pay for a promotion. If you do, you are lucky, or you had to wait over 90 days to see anything.
    Review cycle is a joke.
    This company builds on principles that work well in India, but do not work in the US (and in fact are illegal with US labor standards).
    A lot of their internal tools are poorly made, their internal support is horrible, everything is worded in horrible English.
    They make up their own words and spam your mailbox with their propaganda.
    HR does not exist (there are 2 people for 1200 employees).
    When someone who was overworked and underpaid and a critical resource to the company quits they replace their position with 3 people.

    Advice to Management

    Create more "enabling functions" for your employees. Pay them correctly when they are promoted. Stop stretching employees thin, hire more people. Promote more Americans to management positions to absorb American culture instead of trying to do things the Indian way in the US.

  6. Good to survive. Not for excel.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Could get different clients and different tech work.

    Cons

    Hard to excel in one particular domain.

    Advice to Management

    Please think about employee's betterment not for company always.

  7. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    one of the worst places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

    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 Management

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

  9. the worst company you ever seen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Very disorganized. Language barriers and lots of attitude

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Do NOT work for this company...you will regret it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCL Technologies

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

    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 Management

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

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