SYKES

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SYKES Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
403 Reviews
2.3
403 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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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.  

    Customer service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chavies, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chavies, KY

    I worked at SYKES part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Health issuance, flexible work hours, easy work.

    Cons

    Location, a lot of traffic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Seemed perfect at first....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SYKES

    Pros

    Work from home
    Ability to pick schedule

    Cons

    Poor training
    We were constantly told "oh that's old, don't worry about" after we had went over material, to only be given current information the day before we went live on phones

  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Call Center for multiple contracts.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent - CLS in Milton-Freewater, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent - CLS in Milton-Freewater, OR

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

    Pros

    Fairly easy interview questions. "When have you failed? When have you gone out of your way for a customer or client? Name a time where you performed your job duties under stress or pressure and how you overcame that pressure, etc.

    Paid training full-time Monday through Friday from October to December with holidays off.

    Benefits were above average for employees at the facility in Milton Freewater, OR where I worked.

    Many opportunities across many contracts such as retail, loan servicing, phone-based banking, internal management, support or training positions.

    Schedule flexibility and accommodations. Once I was working on the call center floor I requested a weekly schedule of 4 10 hour days as I had a long commute from home to work. They were quick to accommodate.

    Cons

    Median to minimum wages compared to the employees of the businesses who contracted us, given the same job duties. Training seemed more intended to build a fraternal atmosphere among new employees than to actually prepare these employees for their job duties--at least for the first month. When employees completed classroom training and reached the call center floor for shadowing and on-the-job training it became apparent that many were not prepared for the actual roles they were hired to perform.

    Team Supervisors are usually uninterested in providing additional training or support for their employees on the phones. They prefer that once a mistake has been made that you hear about it during a weekly one-on-one with the Team Supervisor. This way they can give a limited number of coachings and quickly terminate and replace the squeakier wheels for newly trained employees.

    All non-phone representative positions seem to be available on an internal basis. Multiple degrees in IT and some practical experience still required for one to spend time making a name for themselves in phone support. Many people will not want to stay in phone support long enough to be selected for internal promotions or transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talents or experiences an application brings to the table and determine if their talents are to be wasted in unchallenging entry level positions or if they may be more valuable elsewhere in the organization as is.

    Don't change a thing about the benefits offered--they are very competitive and some of the best available in surrounding communities.

    Consider more competitive training at the beginning to weed out the less motivated and less competitive employees as they likely always drop out and quit their jobs after paid training ends and real work begins.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sykes

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    The pay is biweekly which is great. They have opportunities for promotions. After six months of working there, you get a raise

    Cons

    You will have no kind of social life, or life period, outside of this job. The hours are horrible. Too many unnecessary rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally friendly and fun.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronic Claims Associate in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Electronic Claims Associate in Fort Smith, AR

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

    Pros

    Steady work. Good chance of promotion.

    Cons

    Low pay for the skills required.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great company so far..

    • 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

    I had just moved to the Lakeland area when I got the job at Sykes about a week later. The training was organized and very knowledgable. The managers are nice and very helpful. Also, the front desk employee is very upbeat and sweet which keeps everyone in a positive attitude. I have been able to make friends in the area and also network and leave great impressions for future roles and possibilities.

    Cons

    The only bad thing I have to say about the company, well location is that we only had 2 weeks of training instead of the regular 7 weeks that they give Customer Service Agents coming in. It kind of rushed us out on the floor, but all in all we learned what we needed through the training and trial and error.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A chance for career growth would be nice as well as a mentor program for those who potentially want to grow within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management Sucks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES full-time

    Pros

    Sykes provides flexible hours .

    Cons

    If your looking to grow with the company find another job. Management is always changing. Management never wants to be bothered and are always in "special meetings." There are no pay raises no matter how great your work is. Misinformation is given to employees from Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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