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HCL Technologies Reviews in United States

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
2,926 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • Provides the work life balance which is a major concern in todays corporate world (in 232 reviews)

  • Work environment is more friendly & provides full opportunity to take lead in higher responsibilities (in 206 reviews)


Cons
  • Working timings needs to be streamlined to allow better work life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Only company words say "employee first" but no concern on employee whatsoever (in 82 reviews)

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  1.  

    Think twice before joining this company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    I do not have any pros to talk about this company

    Cons

    - I do see people getting promoted every year or two years just because they know their Manager
    - Employees First, Customer Second is a marketing strategy to attract and keep the talent. But, I have never seen in working environment
    - If some one becomes the Manager then they just work on outlook to delegate the tasks by sending emails
    - Politics, Politics..Politics. They play around with the resources.
    - Poor Work Environment
    - Micro-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET RID OF MANAGERS WHO DO NOT DELIVER!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Direct job didn't turn out to be what was advertized.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Lead  in  Webster, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Webster, NY

    Pros

    The manager I was working for was great, but quit due to their treatment of me.

    Cons

    I was assigned to a customer site and never interacted with the local office
    When the assignment ended, I was terminated, not bench time as advertized, no possibility of reassignment. No sick days. complicated salary structure. Difficulty communicating to Indian technical support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not assign Indian managers to manage the US based operations. They do not understand the work culture any more that we understand Indian work culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worst company to work for if you are in wrong project

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work timings and freedom. That too depends on manager

    Cons

    Worst appraisal policy. Very poor project with poor managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop showing favoritism.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrifically low pay upon permanent hire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Knowledge Manager  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Knowledge Manager in Cary, NC

    Pros

    I worked there as a contractor, and the pay rate was good. They attempted to offer me 50% of that when hired on permanently. There simply is no money to pay people in America.

    Cons

    Unless you work oversees, or are Indian, they see no reason to respect you. Ive never felt so undervalued. It was frightening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will continue to get what you pay for. Short term employees, and slacker employees. The customer will receive sub par work due to this.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    low salary and lot of work and no career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    wide experience working in different projects for different clients

    Cons

    low salary, no growth, lots of work. Hard work never compensated in terms of aspiration grooming and salary hike

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think of the employee's aspirations and give proper career guidance and help in growth. Do not make us feel like money making machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Insurance benefits, horrible everything else

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY

    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
  8.  

    If you have no other option their is HCL!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Service Desk in Cary, NC

    Pros

    It takes alot to get let go at this company.

    Cons

    Managers in India do not listen to the US based managers or employee.
    Too many departments that don't talk to each other, so it makes it very hard to get any work done.
    Managers from India do not push back on clients that ask for the moon and stars, they promise everything then tell the employees to "Do the Needful!"
    **Glass ceiling for any US based employee wanting to move any higher than an E3**

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Pay employees what they are worth and don't expect they will stay because they already have a job.
    * Invest in more technology, you are a technology company you should have the latest and greatest.
    * Hold each team in a project accountable for the company's SLA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nothing more than a body shop!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Questionable Business Practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Cary, NC

    Pros

    IT 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.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Service desk Adecco Project

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Tech Level I  in  Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Service Desk Tech Level I in Cary, NC

    Pros

    Stable work for 1 year.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring Americans in management positions they are a racist company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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