Syntel

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Syntel Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
563 Reviews

3.0
563 Reviews
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
271 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.  

    There is no turn around for promotion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Environment is good.Carrier oppturnity is good

    Cons

    There is no turn around for promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worst Company - Please don't join this company in US

    Former Employee - Project Lead
    Former Employee - Project Lead

    Pros

    Good client base and Long term projects.

    Cons

    Worst health insurance for people who join in US. It is almost like no insurance plan.

    They have a hidden bond in the name of relocation. You will be asked to pay the relocation expense if you leave the company within a year after each relocation , even if you are asked to relocate for business reasons.

    Work culture is not good.

  3.  

    Not so good

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed some of the co-workers that I have worked with.

    Cons

    Additional layer of bureaucracy, ridiculous amount of email to sift thru and 'busy work' that only serves to detract from the 'real' job you've been hired to do at client company. Terrible benefits. Revolving door of managers. Expectation to write several technical 'white papers' and publish in Syntel technical forum apart from regular work. Isn't that a conflict of interest? Publishing details of client systems, in a Syntel technical public forum?
      If I had known what I know now, I would asked some pointed questions (e.g.: Do you have any existing agreements with the client customer that are not included and disclosed in the terms of my contract?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Level with your employees, with respect to any 'hidden' agreements that you have with client customer that would prevent them from EVER being hired as a fulltime employee of that company. Apart from lengthy 2 year non-compete, you should disclose that information (the existence of a contract between Syntel and client company, with additional terms). Not only do I feel this is unethical, I think it is likely illegal. You cannot impose a rule that specifies that an employee cannot be hired 'for years' by the client, or basically 'ever' (as was explained to me and my co-workers, when we inquired about the fulltime positions that opened up at Daimler). Encourage anyone who applies to Syntel to ask pointed question. 'Do you have any agreements with the client that would prevent me from working for them directly, apart from what is specified in my contract, at some point in time? May I have this information in writing, please?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technical Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Did not find any pros as such.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Poor management
    Bad projects

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be aware H1B holders

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

    Pros

    They will on board you as soon as possible.

    Cons

    I was having h1b work visa and was working for another MNC in USA. I have submitted my profile in monster.com, and got a call from Syntel recruitment rep.
    Within 2 weeks, I have got offer and finalized everything. Interview was worst & the interviewer is not good technically.

    However I have accepted offer and relocated to new location at my own expenses, they said they will do reimbursement late. I have spend around 6000$(which is 3 laks rupee) my own cost and went to their new location.
    I never get it back, they have multiple round of approver & each layer’s ETA is 60days. everybody is delaying,,

    After 8 months, it went to payroll deportment for final approval, but it rejected , because I am eligible for upto 5500$ relocation. I told them that, it is ok & just pay 5500$ back.
    But they refused and asked me to go for another request and chain of approval. I got frustrated and resubmit again. Meanwhile my manager was changed and he refused to approve my request.
    I lost all my saving for this stupid relocation & never able to my money back.

    Then at 11th month of work, they released me from project and asked me to find another project with help of HR. I am a family man, and I still have 2 more month lease in my apartment, that lease breakage come around 2 month rent($2400). That is also on me again. I have paid that also & not interested to work Syntel any more, then resign Syntel and went back to India on my own cost(another 1800$).

    I have lost more than 10000$ from my pocket within a year , because of this stupid relocation and company.

    And work –life balance also very bad, they talk in Hindi at meeting and many non Hindi speaking employee never understood it mostly.
    They call you midnight from offshore and ask status , you might be in middle of sleep. They upper management team is worst and never understood employee concern and also they treat you as slave.

    So if you’re in H1b visa, please don’t ever think to join Syntel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t treat employee as slave & be kind with employee. also pay back their relocation amount

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

    Surprise!!!!

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

    Pros

    Syntel gives opputunity after someone is at bench for a long time or several times.

    Cons

    Racism,have to work like donkey ,don't expect good from managment moneywise.
    It's a myth that this company sends employees on-site provided your proximity to Manager,HR only supports Managment not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal oppurtunity to given to everyone and Account Managers, Mangers to STOP making false promises to your employees.
    Due to some ACCOUNT MANAGER I will leave this company,policies are good but these people don't want to implement it as their margin will be low.
    They want for themselves not for others,which in turn has already affecting syntel profitwise .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Another body shopping company

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

    Pros

    Some of Syntel`s client are large Multinationals so employees get good exposure to the market.

    Cons

    Syntel is just another body shopping company so there is not much to learn and grow technically. Management is poor and treat developers as construction workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give respect to techies. Don`t expect developers to do sales job. Hire business students sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Worst management

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

    Pros

    Nothing, None, Zero, Nil, Null

    Cons

    1. Horrible offshore team, 4 fresher’s & 1 experienced guy.
    2. They don’t keep up the promise on GC processing, Syntel never ever going to do GC processing for their employees
    3. Director’s & Account managers are dumb, they don’t have any clue on client’s business.
    4. If you work hard and deliver the project then management doesn’t have time to appreciate your work, but when if there are any little delay’s on project then they will escalate it to higher level & keep lot of pressure on employees
    5. No professionalism while dealing with clients, still got struck in Indian vegetable bargaining business.
    6. Less pay with minimal benefits, a janitor can earn more than a project lead. Less than 2% hike, even if you work your ass off nights & weekends around the year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some respect to employees & their families

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Please do not join if you value your career and life!!

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

    Pros

    Nothing, they have no idea on what they are doing. They take on multiple projects with no resources at offshore. Offshore is nothing but freshers who have no drive. I have never seen a company with such high attrition rates in US.
    Managers have no idea on what is going on. Promotions are based on how much hell you can raise. Most work results in late nights and production delays.
    The only good thing that happened was that I could make some really good friends.

    Cons

    Everything.
    Greencard- They do not process Greencards. Even if the HR assures you. Even the top managers have their greencards under processing.
    Work-You will be working late nights and early mornings to see all your work go down the drain.
    Medical Benefits-It is a total sham. You have a $10,000 out of pocket limit. So if you have any medical problems you end up paying out of your pocket. It is not a 20$ co-pay scheme but a high deductible plan.
    Visa Processing-HR is totally useless. No support during Visa processing. They do transfers only on normal processing and charge employees for premium.
    Absolutely no transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eat only what you can bite. The larger IT companies have a different tradition and work culture. Change the game when you play with the big fish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absurd and unethical in work.

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

    Pros

    Nothing special. Just another IT services company.

    Cons

    Lots of politics to get a hike, role change. Favoritism to get promotions at every level. Keep on changing their goal of becoming Billion dollar company extending the date. The most pathetic Internal systems ever I have used as an IT profession having 5+ application to do the work with different login ids. Do work for 24x7 no rewards. If you coming from a big MNC my advise just avoid this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some professionalism in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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