SYKES Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
352 Reviews
2.2
352 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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 27 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
  • It's a fairly typical call center: a lot of people have bad attitudes and the supervisors are masochistic (in 12 reviews)

  • Hard to communicate with team leads, and have poor management (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Call Center for multiple contracts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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 an 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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    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
  6. 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 an year)

    Pros

    Steady work. Good chance of promotion.

    Cons

    Low pay for the skills required.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a learnful period

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    I worked at SYKES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You canlearn a lot about a multinational company. (e.g. Feedback, KPIs)
    i was surounded by competent people, regarding their job. We could reach fine results.

    Cons

    I missed a company culture based on values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you do your best in having a functional company. Give a thought on life values. Be aware that every gesture you make comunicates aboult your values.Don not allow gossiping. This are reflected through the employees.

    Very though but I think it would help the company a lot: Lead by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good for the people at corp, bad for the rest of us

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

    I worked at SYKES full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice and team players, everybody is focused in delivering good work

    Cons

    No growing inside the company, unless you are part of Chuck"s circle or you are the protege of VP of operations for the regions, the rest of the vps do not have any real power inside the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get more good people in the top, Chuck is great but there are only limited ideas to where the company can grow, and the company is static towards new business models, and are solely focused in maintain margins than to look for real and outside the box ways of earning more dollars

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 an 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
  10.  

    No support when externally placed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maarssen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maarssen (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    You are hired easy, you have to work very hard and no support, deal with the organisation you are working at

    Cons

    They have no other clients than Fujitsu, so when you are ended there, the contract will be ended too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more clients and help your employees for a better work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Underpaid and not worthy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bilingual Technical Support Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Bilingual Technical Support Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    - Experience and improve in negotiation skills
    - only conversation skill improve

    Cons

    - there is less opportunity to be promoted if your mother tongue is Chinese or English.
    - not much no reward for good performance, does not worth with it
    - underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management and promotion to employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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