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Syntel Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
130 Reviews
2.0
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
130 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term (in 90 reviews)

  • Work life balance is excellent as they rarely require you to stay over time (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship (in 22 reviews)

  • no work life balance,stretch hours are hectic at times (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Do not join this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    1) Due to excessive attrition, suddenly you might get recognition and promotion if you remain the only guy not to leave the company.
    2) Say what you want about the management, the crop of developers in Syntel are one of the best. Really awesome bunch.
    3) $100 per month for parking. Beat that!!

    Cons

    1) This is related to #1 in pros. If you are critical to the project for some reason, and there is no one else to replace you, you will get a promotion a year, and a lot of pressure throughout to create your replacement. Otherwise, forget about it. I have seen people stagnate at the same position for years and years.
    2) Excessive attrition - When I quit this company, the entire team in US had quit within a 2 month span. That would have been a horrible setback to the people who came in to the team after me. Everyone who joins Syntel does so with the complete knowledge of the associated risks, and understands they do so just as a stepping stone to something bigger. That is why there is a huge attrition rate in this company.
    3) Small company mentality - gets easily bullied by certain clients to accept cost cuts and resource reduction in critical teams, which heaps excessive pressure on the remaining team.
    4) Technology - Syntel's primary focus is mainframe, followed by .NET. If you are a fresher joining in India, and are from a computer science background , you generally get trained in .NET, if you are from a non-computer science background, you generally get trained in mainframe. They are content to keep trying for more projects in the 4-5 major clients they have and all of them have major focus on these technologies. So as someone who is joining this company new, you could be stuck in a technology, where people have been working for around 40 years.
    5) No value for innovation - Much of Syntel's work is repetitive, with utter disregard for the innovative ideas that employees bring to the table. Granted, they have a lot of awards to recognize various values and innovations from the team, but even these are used as bargaining tools by managers. I knew a person who got denied a promotion, and was told that he got an award that quarter and he should be content.
    6) Salary - This is the clincher - Syntel is one of the lowest paying companies, beaten only by Patni(now IGate). If you have travelled from offshore to onshore, you get paid an abysmally low figure, which is quite depressing considering the amount of work you are asked to put in. Also, I have seen cases where the US recruited employees are also paid really low amount. With the amount of workload that they heap on you, join only if the pay is good.
    7) Favoritism & Nepotism - Both run high in Syntel. Never dare to disrespect some manager to a fellow team member, might turn out to be brother/sister/wife/sister-in-law/brother-in-law/cousin etc. Also, there is a lot of favoritism if you are from the same part of India as the manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons section, way too many things.

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

    Management is poor and biased, hike is less

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

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Good company to start your career only if you are lucky to fall in good project
    Good projects in Java, J2EE
    Good onsite opportunities

    Cons

    Doesn't utilize the talents
    Very poor management
    Uses H1 visa to make employees stay, they don't give eventually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide what someone deserves and utilize talents

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst holding H1B visa

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good company to gain initial experience in variety of areas.
    Very less end to end development project but lot of staff augmentation projects which give immense opportunity for a business analyst profile.
    Lot of onsite opportunities

    Cons

    After few years of experience you outgrow and become over mature to organization policies and culture. Seems that the organization and people do not evolve with time.
    Growth is very difficult for a business analyst unless career is oriented towards moving to delivery/project management.
    Taking advantage of people who travel on H1B visa by giving them less salary, less benefits as compared to their US peers. That is why they have a high attrition rate. They had a bond of Rs. 250000 for any employee who travels to the US but now it has been increased to Rs. 500000. People holding H1B and joining Syntel beware.
    Anyone can become anything in Syntel. Even a person who does not have enough business knowledge, business sense and cannot speak proper english can get promoted and get in to management level role
    Policies are not employee friendly and still very less people raise their voice
    Lack of professional culture
    Appraisal system is a joke as ratings get normalized if you are not in the good books of the manager. Even if there is a good rating there is no salary increase for onsite people
    Benefits are a joke for people travelling onsite from India. Even though employees pay for the premium coverage is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing bond amount without improving policies will only cause weak people to travel. If a strong candidate travels to the US, he will move out despite of the bond amount
    Improve the appraisal system by implementing 360 degree appraisal for anyone who is involved in a managerial role
    If you focus too much on the operating margins then forget about the topline growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No dynamism with mid level managers since they are mostly non technical

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

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunity and good place for starters

    Cons

    Training's stink they do not spend, no job/knowledge enrichment
    If you know to soap your manager you can get promotions every year even if you are an average performer
    Finance and HR are not employee friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate your manager/EM's to other accounts let them perform, they just hold on for years in same account and create vacuum with no value addition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Syntel shows its brand as high, but don't treat employees equally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    If you have H1, they put you onsite immediately.

    Cons

    Don't consider your knowledge and experience. Just focus on billing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should devote time and efforts to plan and execute some good work on the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    syntel review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    They have processes defined for everything but they bend the processes for themselves or the closed ones.

    Cons

    Not employee friendly
    They bend the processes for few indiciduals as per the convenience.
    Leadership team lacks skills big time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kindly improve your skills to have a better work force and work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work environment with less salary and bad benefits

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

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, management will not put extra pressure on employees.

    Cons

    The Salary hike will be very very minimal even if we get very good rating in the appraisal. Salary will be always paid less.
    Benefits, especially medica is very horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to revise the salary of the employee at least once in a year if the person is doing good; other than the salary you give every other prices are increasing. Please try to provide a better insurance to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ok to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    full time employee
    work from home

    Cons

    less paid
    no motivation to employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work life balance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Salary inadequate!

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

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Good and long term projects. Good Clint's as well.

    Cons

    Salary is way less than market standards so cannot keep good resources for long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up and look into these issues, your competitors are way ahead.Less salary trick won't last for long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for freshers / beginners as a stepping stone. They got big clients in US and UK at various locations. Okay work culture.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, benefits, and employee care. Less opportunity for growth. They expect employees to work 24 hrs. day and night, offshore/onshore calls, but no overtime payment. No work/life balance. They don't reimburse for training. Internal training's are just for name sake and may not help your career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must improve the employee care and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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