SYKES

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SYKES Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
376 Reviews
2.2
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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.  

    Avoid if possible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SYKES

    Pros

    It's a desk job. The dress code is pretty casual. There really aren't many pros.

    Cons

    The training is long and tedious, but as soon as you go into nesting you realize how much you did not learn. My entire class was completely unprepared as we took our first calls. For instance, we were told the most common call would be to make a payment, yet we were never trained on how to process a payment. We were told over and over that we would have a ton of floor support and we did not.

    The training was all over the place and very unorganized. One person would tell us one thing, only to have someone else tell us completely different. There was a ton of down time where we talked amongst ourselves.

    With 5-6 weeks of training, there's no reason why Sykes can't prepare employees better. My class had 6 people quit by the time we went into nesting.

    We were also told that if we stepped away from our phone to use the bathroom, that we had to deduct that time from our 15 minute break. I was told, "we don't pay you to use the bathroom." I'll be speaking with someone about that policy.

    The problem with this company is simple: they don't pay their employees enough. Their "management" is comprised of poorly paid, poorly educated, power-hungry employees. The managers don't make much more than their subordinates (who make $9/hr), and in this case, you get what you pay for.

    Except for the employees on the phone. We were expected to not only assist the customers with their needs but also try to sell them Uverse products as well. We were told to make an offer on every call- no exceptions. Seems like a lot to ask for $9/hr.

    I'd rather wait tables than work here again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Pay your management more.
    2. Hire qualified management with previous experience. The managers there had no business in that role.
    3. Completely reform your new hire training.

  2.  

    Difficult to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CCP
    Current Employee - CCP

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

    Pros

    Overtime for the company is a plus

    Cons

    Hard to communicate with team leads, and have poor management. There is always an issue with their systems and you never get paid for your full time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extreme Nepotism (It's a 'who you know' environment)

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

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

    Pros

    If you associate yourself with the right people in management, and they like you, you will be able to move up in the company rapidly.

    Due to ObamaCare, a new company was hired to handle benefits at the beginning of the year (2014). The benefits are at the minimum limits of ObamaCare, but, it is Far better than what the benefits had previously been.

    Cons

    There have not been any Standard of Living pay raises for agents, as well as management (other than the upgrade from CSR to manager) since the inception of several of the clients that Sykes employ's for.

    If you don't associate yourself with a member of management, and prove yourself to them within the first few weeks of taking calls, expect to be an agent until you find employment elsewhere. This is in reference to the nepotism in the title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take seriously any communication that agents give you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ghetto

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Fayetteville, NC

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

    Pros

    no pros what so ever for working at this company ,this is the worst job I've worked,the pay is bad ,the management is worst

    Cons

    No proper training,no structure,put it like this my very 1st day of training the person from HR came to talk to the class and while she was talking she was painting her fingernails,she also told us that she was in a fight during her time in training and still got promoted ..wow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    interview people who have management experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    OMG STEER CLEAR!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Allentown, PA

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

    Pros

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, nada, zilch, zero, oh wait...I do enjoy my fellow trainees, the trainers...and that's it!

    Cons

    On your initial interview, you will be told different things that are later wrong. There are no new hire packets distributed so everyone gets different info depending on whom you speak to.

    They basically hire anyone with a pulse. Start you at slave wages and no raises. You can't hey straight answers on benefits, dress code, etc.

    No using your computer to even look at your paycheck stub to print out; you must use the one and only "kiosk" in the break room.

    No entrance to see anyone in HR or the site secretary. Oh and if you have questions about HR related issues, good luck. Pour site was told HR comes to the office on a non scheduled basis.

    I was told benefits world begin after 30 days, they don't for 60 days. The health insurance offered had no out of pocket maximum so you just keep paying till you die. The plan is SO bad that it doesn't even qualify under the Affordable Care Act!

    Unless you enjoy being lied to and making $9.50 an hour, don't even apply.

    Hours at this site vary from 11am to 11pm est, and right now are M-F however, because we do Medicare, during October through February, you will be working weekends too!

    It's just a Mickey Mouse operation, oh wait, Disney isn't lame!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a freaking clue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    In a few words

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

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

    Pros

    There were some at the beginning of working there. Incentives for the agents and promise of growth from the beginning of training for a new building.

    Cons

    Everything is wrong, there are no incentives it's just do it or don't get anything but written up. Follow the rules constantly and the TM'S and RSD'S break them all the time. They sit around and do nothing to help those on the phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together you are running a company with more employees than you actually should be. You can't handle the responsibility of with everyone that works under you but believe you are doing great WRONG. You need to all step up and let everyone know exactly what is going on in that place. Because when little voices say it they get fired

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    My experience with sykes has been wonderful, I learned so much from this place.

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

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

    Pros

    The good thing about sykes is the fact that they are always training of they ensure that we have extensive training in every thing that our job entails. I also like the fact when allow us to voice our opinion about things that we like or do not like

    Cons

    The most important con working at Sykes would have to be the pay.they do not pay us enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no thank you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    The opposite of the dream they sell you in the training class.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    Full time and part time opportunities but it contradicts with the cons of being at this job. Get hired at your own risk.

    Cons

    Do not consider this a permanent job. It is not what they make it seem. Lies about easy advancement. They teach you the job but it's still wrong... I can go all day but it's not worth it..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No thank you.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't ever work here! EVER!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Fayetteville, NC

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

    Pros

    It's better than working minimum wage and it's a sit down job.

    Cons

    The company cares more about numbers and than it's employees!! You get punished for being out of work even though you have a legitimate reason. Too much stress for the pay. Management sucks! You have to work in any weather situation...i.e. had to come to work in a snow storm "because the client need us". So we have to risk our lives for the client's needs. I've never worked in a more horrible call center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the employees more!! We have lives too!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sucks !!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    Sit down
    Down Time
    In the mall

    Cons

    Low pay
    Harrassment
    No help
    One pay raise

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