Syntel Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
572 Reviews
3.0
572 Reviews
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
274 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term (in 69 reviews)

  • Good work environment , excellent client exposure (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship (in 18 reviews)

  • no work life balance,stretch hours are hectic at times (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    not a good company if you're not in a management position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    i didn't find anything likeable

    Cons

    no development work
    none of the policies are employee beneficial
    appraisals are really bad
    HR people are always on the lookout to make your life harder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring senior level coders for ridiculous amounts and then putting them on bench, instead give that money to the entry level programmers that work really hard and get peanuts to show for it.

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

    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
  3.  

    Typical consulting role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Just a job to have

    Cons

    Low pay, no growth and lack of professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to give before take

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

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Little effort made to find new position for consultant after placement contract expired

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Syntel as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are a software developer, Syntel would be a good fit,

    Cons

    When my placement at a company where I was consulting expired, Syntel made ittle effort to find a new position for me in the Chicago area. Instead of looking for new clients and opportunities in the 3rd largest city in the US, they wanted me to relocate to Iowa or Minnesota. At the same time I was being contacted by several other consulting firms with BA positions in the Chicago area, so it wasn't like there was nothing out there. So I left Syntel and joined another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Syntel is known for supplying developers and even project managers as consultants and has very few Business Analyssts. Syntel needs to pursue Business Analyst opportunities more aggressively.

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

    Project lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead  in  Sparks Glencoe, MD
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Sparks Glencoe, MD

    I worked at Syntel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    place to grow, challenging environment.

    Cons

    less pay, management is not strong enough to deal with diplomatically with clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the payrate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Analyst Programer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Good for freshers. Good onsite oppurtunities in some projects.
    Senior do listen to employee complains.

    Cons

    Very bad apprisal system. Lot of favouritism.
    The HR system looks gr8 on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please improve the apprisal process and need to address the employee concerns more often.

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Please do NOT join Syntel US. It will demolish your career and professional learnings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Only thing I would say that they provide good salary to US hires (May be because of their small brands and people need something to override that)

    Cons

    It is full of Cons
    1. Unprofessional staffs
    2. Poor work culture
    3. Unfriendly employee policy
    4. HR does false promises then ask for proof while do the claim of that. Take everything in writing
    5. Frequent relocation and that too with a poor relocation benefit. If you are a family person I STRONGLY advise not to join this company. I am having a small kid and they relocated me 3 times with in a year. The reason is they don't have grip to clients since the Senior management like client relationship managers are worthless. Therefore they only get small projects and then you got to relocate.
    6. No value of your voice. If you speak logically and managers will try to prove their superiority by imposing their decision on you without hearing your points.
    7. Client doesn't have any respect for a SYNTELLER. I saw a client speaking differently to SYNTEL folks and behave gentle with TCS folks. This happens because Senior management just enjoy their position and do not try to build strong relationship with clients. The bonding never created.

    Until you are in a position to being jobless please do NOT join Syntel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to follow process properly. You claim yourself as CMMI V company and just showing during evaluation but indeed do not follow it. You do not have a proper resignation system. Your application doesn't function properly therefore things are getting controlled manually and creating issues/confusions.

    Do a continuous leadership awareness program to your worthless managers and make them understand what professionalism is. Off course you can implement this if you have sufficient professional in your company. I don't think you have.

    Try to set a feasible target in all level. You have set a target to become 2billion in 2015.
    A company which established in early 80s is not event a 1 billion today. how come you expect to be 2 billion by 2015?? Your target become a joke to every employee. This is not a sales firm that higher target achieve high result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Trainee in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good training decent projects great campus

    Cons

    EVERY DAY long working hours and forced to work on weekends due to which work life balance gets disturbed,resource management is very poor,most of the projects support only,no proper increment policy,hr policy for employees are poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider improvising standards of working hours because for overtime very much less extra is paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good company at all to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    I have joined as a freasher and luck was their with me so that i got a good chance to learn new things . otherwise they mostly put freashers in production support jobs. Only monitoring job it is nothing is their to learn. i even saw how freashers pleed to the HR to change their projects but of no use. If you do not have any problem in monitoring job you may get a chance to go to onsite.

    For Lateral entry the company is good as they treat them is a good manner at least.

    Cons

    1. Not a good company at all for freashers.
    2. Many Production support projects are there so nothing is their to learn.
    3. Many times developments projects also very boring.
    4. If you are luckly in a good project prepare yourself to work for more than 12 hrs a day. As they do not mentain good resource balance in projects. Production project where scope of new work is very limited they give more resources to that project but in challenging projects they used to keep very less ammount of people.
    5. after working more than 12 hours even do not think about a good hike.
    6.HR is not at all supportive.
    7.Company only belives in channel building if u have good connection with your manager then your life is very smooth here.
    8.For lateral entry you can join the company for a hike then please change the company as soon as possible otherwise one day you will loose your expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do take care of your employees they only generate revenue for you guys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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