SYKES Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
333 Reviews

2.2
333 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home opportunity that allows some flexibility (in 19 reviews)

  • great benefits, gives consideration to undergraduates,good BPO company for starters, good working environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • It's a fairly typical call center: a lot of people have bad attitudes and the supervisors are masochistic (in 11 reviews)

  • Team managers are selected due to their stats, very poor management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Forget about Sykes. There are plenty of better companies to work for in Budapest.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Regular working schedule on normal hours.

    Cons

    - Very few possibilities to actually do your job in helping the customers due to the very restrictive company policy, which at the same time lacks transparency, leading to employees being able to provide nothing more than lip-service to the clients.
    - Lack of true leadership who dare to defend those workers who are in a vulnerable position, in case of an uneven conflict, harassment or bullying.
    - No chances for advancement.
    - Wages are a laugh in relation to the stress level one has to put up with (two people doing the job of five).
    - No recognition of and use for ones talents, nor any appreciation for the efforts one puts in, unless one belongs to the manager's board's favourites.
    - Favouritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Built a service structure in which we actually can do our job helping the customers.
    -See the qualities and appreciate the efforts of EVERY employee EQUALLY, and not just of those you "like" for superficial reasons of status, appearance or "sociability".
    -Pay the employees at the lowest stratum of the hierarchy more wage, when they need to do almost double work due to teams being understaffed.
    -Take action when employees get bullied or harrassed by their direct superiors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    If you have no life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    The benifits are a great price

    Cons

    They do not ask and do not care about your schedule. Ex. Childcare or continuing your education

    You are only allowed 4 days off every six months and if you want more days it is up to multiple people and if you meet their goals to get days off.

    They want you to provide great customer care, but wheb your issues need resolved they tell you to call a number no one answers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask people their availability before hiring.

  3.  

    Underpaid for amount of work and training does not prepare for over half live calls

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent  in  Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Lakeland, FL

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hiring process was long but welcoming pre-employment team is great! Team leads are awesome and very helpful as well.

    Cons

    Training was not satisfactory, spent majority of the time reading articles ver-batim and not enough hands on training, listening to calls and watching use of tools. Not enough pay for the demanding calls and all of the resources necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the pre-employment and leadership is great! The training however was long yet not helpful at all when applied to live calls. Instead of practicing live calls and using our tools we spent most of our time reading articles. Time would have been better spent listening to live calls and watching pro agents use their tools and resources properly during calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Started well, going down hill

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Peterborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Peterborough, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The health Benefits with Blue Cross, most of your co-workers are awesome but thats all that can really be said.

    Cons

    When I started you made more then minimum wage and got raises, now the wages have frozen and your making the minimum which isn't enough to live off. If you can get customers to purchase new services you can get a bonus... but don't expect it to be paid out to you for over 6 months. Good luck getting the extra dollar for your schedule adherence because there will always be something that throws it off.

    Your scheduled hours will fluctuate even if your shift claims to be fixed hours and they are unwilling to work with your needs if you have no vehicle causing some employees to walk home at midnight on an hour + walk no matter if you have health concerns, are male or female (even if pregnant). Do NOT expect to have any help.

    They don't care that it's a non-scent environment, if you are allergic you better be prepared to loose hours that they will not reimburse you for and will count against you and not do anything against those that violate the scent policy even if it forces co-workers to go to the hospital.

    They require you to do over 20 things on one call which most customers have absolutely no interest in allowing you to do and you can be penalized even if you do everything right because the customer didn't like how you did it.

    Endless company jargon with no importance that they require you to spout back t them at every meeting.

    Oh and the blue cross benefits are not helpful in most cases as most places require you to pay for the services first as the health care professionals (glasses, etc) do not take the benefits upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back the raises, be more flexible with employees schedules and pay more then minimum wage if your going to stress your reps out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    msr

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    8 wks course so it gives you time to learn the software used and they test once a week to make sure you are learning the material.

    Cons

    The benefits are not as affordable as expected especially when the pay is pretty low already.

  7.  

    At Sykes I was a Customer Care Agent for AT&T

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Eugene, OR

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I loved assisting the customers and I loved my co-workers

    Cons

    I didn't like it that the customer care agent were trained for 7 weeks, but the corporate store and retail clerks were trained only 2 weeks. 75% of our calls were dealing with how the corporate/stores had messed up customer accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train care agents and clerks the same way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much stress for too little money.

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    Current Employee - At Home Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - At Home Customer Service Representative

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

    Pros

    Schedule is a set one which is nice.

    Cons

    The wages are a joke for what we have to put up with. Too stressful for minimum wage. Too much abuse from customers and the expectation that every customer will be happy after talking to us is unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the wages so people will want to stay. The schedule is not bad. Stop being unrealistic in expectations of how we can resolve 100% of customer concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Spokane, WA

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people I worked with had great dedication to the QA department

    Cons

    No backing from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Um

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    Its a good opportunity . If you love people it would be a great opp for you as well. Fun environment

    Cons

    No words . Don't get paid enough .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay More.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If only there were good changes in the workplace, then maybe it would be tolerable.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent I  in  Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent I in Fayetteville, NC

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best thing I've enjoyed was having the chance to meet great friends that would end up being long lasting friends. At one point of my life, I've been a pushover and always let things go. This job did teach me to strengthen myself and to not let people walk all over me.

    Cons

    There wasn't any stable leadership in the workplace. Managers constantly having "meetings" and never being around to help the CSR's. I didn't feel that the safety of the employees were a top priority to the managers. No leniency for people who have children and have emergencies. No chance to grow in that career due to favoritism. There is no professionalism, and on top of it all, even managers themselves don't follow the mission statement. I wanted to work at SYKES because of the mission statement, and I lost that interest after I immediately worked on the floor after training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop hiring everyone! Hire those who would actually work hard and help the company grow. Please look closely at your managers because they are just doing whatever they please and not helping your CSR's. If you care about the company, care about your employees. Happy CSR's will bring better results in my opinion, and truthfully at this location, there isn't a single happy CSR. Pop in unannounced and see what its really like, go undercover in your locations. Have some leniency for those with children and those who are married to the military. If the management was different and if the managers actually followed the mission statement, I would have stayed a bit longer. I was one of the top people that did referrals in my team and the whole call center, give some rewards to those who go above and beyond for you. All I ask is to at least consider what I tell you, because most if not all former employees feel the same way I do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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