SYKES

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SYKES Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
52 Reviews
3.0
52 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
Chuck Sykes
52 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sykes work from home cares for it's Employee's a great deal in many ways (in 28 reviews)

  • This company creates a work environment where you want to do your best and then some for the team and the company (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • I've never worked in a more horrible call center (in 13 reviews)

  • Company events that focus more on drinking by and with upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working there now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kingstree, SC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kingstree, SC

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

    Pros

    Laid back paid training opportunity for growth if your a hard worker and have some character. Great positive environment opportunity to work independently.

    Cons

    low pay, poor technology tools and systems.
    The systems of accountability are taxing signing out on a telephone even though your on an electronic punching (not on the phone) is'nt reliable. If im on the phone and your system on the phone says i'm not there when i am it's a hassle to get an email about time missed while the time clock shows i'm present is a hassle again software challenges and systems being faulty affects employer credibility with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update software on computers used to assist customer better, internet browsers ,windows operating system etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company depending on program and location. It is an entry level workplace to earn experience for better careers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, FL

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

    Pros

    The "People First" ideology is really being embraced at the location that I work at and there is opportunity for movement as long as you apply yourself. Local administration cares for its employees and agents, and they host focus groups monthly to listen to the agents without their supervisors being present so that the agents can freely provide feedback without fear of retaliation. The company is making good progress.

    Cons

    The main issues are difficult for a company. Being a third-party outsourcing company (business process outsourcing), we handle inbound calls, outbound calls, email, chat, etc. for a lot of different clients who pay for our services if they cannot, or choose not to, host their own service lines. Naturally, that equals lower wages of $9 to $11 on average because there isn't much room for increase based on contracts. The benefits aren't the best and the paid time off favors the lower wage earners, regardless of your position with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is for upper management. Changing the Paid Time Off program to eliminate hours of agents/employees based on wage is unfair. If an agent has worked hard to merit an increase over time, they should not receive less paid time off than a new agent who has barely a few months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    SYKES Response

    Feb 21, 2015Sr. Manager TA Marketing & Sourcing

    Thank you for the detailed feedback. This truly helps us in our efforts to improve as an employer.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lifescan customer service rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Amherst, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Amherst, NY

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    The call center is nice and everyone is cooperative. They give you $5 Tim Horton cards when you receive a compliment call from a customer.

    Cons

    The customer reps are underpaid.The hourly pay should be higher for the bilingual reps. They also don't appear to give raises and you can only get a raise if you are promoted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was intetstng to learn a new trade. I was a CCP Tech Support Agent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center in Hattiesburg, MS
    Current Employee - Call Center in Hattiesburg, MS

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid training, Payroll, hours, and benefits

    Cons

    The Scheduled shifts were inconvenient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Customer service representative

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

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    Sit down all day, stay busy

    Cons

    Need more training provided for new employees

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its ok... You have to start some where.

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

    I have been working at SYKES part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working from the comfort of my own home.

    Cons

    Too little pay for the work requirements and time expected of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pay should be more. It’s barely above minimum wage and no one could attempt to decently live off of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stressful, but fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lakeland, FL

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

    Pros

    Commission plus base is nice, pay isn't great... but better than min wage.

    Cons

    Hours, a "you do this and like it, or we'll find someone else who will" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break your clients up, have a dedicated sales department, dedicated service department. Pushing both together is highly counterproductive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Still training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cookeville, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cookeville, TN

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly & helpful. Work at home! No driving or dressing up!

    Cons

    At times it is hard sitting so long. cannot moved around due to headset and needing to be at the computer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Bank Teller in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Online Bank Teller in Lakeland, FL

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

    Pros

    Learning banking regulations and the ability to learn about the products they sell..

    Cons

    Having to work night shift 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None other than needs more floor support.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The most fun I ever had while working.

    Current Employee - HRA in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - HRA in Fayetteville, NC

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

    Pros

    There is an effort to reward employees in small ways.

    Cons

    The work can be very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More with Less is not always possible.

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