Syntel

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Syntel Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
650 Reviews
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
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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. 5 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 (less than an 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
  2.  

    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.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't keep high expectations

    • 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

    Company will offer good package while joining, good joining bonus and moving costs.
    Good company to start with, you will get good exposure. There are few long term projects if you get lucky you may get to stay at one location.

    Cons

    May not keep all promises given during joining, get everything in writing.
    Lack of professionalism, main operations are at offshore so you will see some delays in process.
    100% Moving expenses for offshore resources is not covered. This is ridiculous policy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not good from employee benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Relocation amount is somewhat ok

    Cons

    Poor Health Benefits
    Relocation Policy is Bad
    No proper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Full of politics and unprofessional people

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

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

    Pros

    Incase you are willing to sacrifice your health and personal life, join this company and learn what struggle is.

    Cons

    1) Very unprofessional people(including senior management)
    2) Poor policies and HR processes. They tried to falsely impose fine on me when I resigned, for being on long vacation. I had to fight to prove them wrong.
    3) Many of employees are working since ages and just because of good relations with senior managers, they consider themselves owner of company, irrespective of how worse they perform.
    4) If you are good at your work, you'll be overburdened with other people's work as well.
    5) Management focuses on short term gains instead of long term plannings. So they end up losing clients quickly.

    The list is very long to write here.... I had to quit in one year of hell, what else to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from other companies how to be professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Systems Administrator

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

    I worked at Syntel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Syntel placed me with a large US corporation. It was a faced-paced environment with opportunity to work with Windows and Solaris servers and web apps. I learned some great database skills.
    * I worked full-time for Syntel. They offered two weeks paid vacation, paid holidays and high-deductible medical insurance.
    * I didn't have to worry about the 6 and 12 month contract nuisance since I was full-time with Syntel.

    Cons

    I speak only English and had trouble communicating with my East Indian co-workers. The clients' managers spoke English as a first language and helped me during the initial training. I was isolated, not because people were rude, but because they couldn't talk to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Indian managers should let American workers know to really "sell themselves" to management so that their hard work is recognized. Save emails with praise and note any compliments and send them all to your Syntel manager and other Syntel supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not interfering but do not care also

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    You can work for their clients directly without being bothered.
    Nothing really stands out.

    Cons

    They dont apply for your green card even though they commit. Net net they dont care for their employee's needs.
    Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship.
    They dont increase the package annually. No sick leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to change medical insurance policy and need to start doing green card for their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Syntel has let a lot of people down because of its poor HR policies

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

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Few good clients which drive the revenue for Syntel. Make sure you ask that before you join Syntel other wise you are doomed.

    Cons

    Only a few good clients which drive the revenue for Syntel. Less diversified cleint base. Looks like Syntel has put all eggs in 1 basket and are struggling to gain the trust of new customers. There are 2 main reasons for this:
    1. New clients do not want to talk to Syntel sales team unless they have something niche to offer. Syntel obviuosly doenot have much experience in Niche areas like mobility, pega, IT transformation, Recon etc. So they do the easiest thing which is lie to their customers. They prepare nice PPTs to fool their customers which works only seldom. Most customers find out in the 1st week that they have been lied to and donot want to work with Syntel again. Syntel is a very good PPT factory.
    2. In a few cases where they are able to find good resources for these niche areas, Syntel's poor HR policies (insurance, leave, expenses, variable component, relocation etc etc.) frustate these resources to such an extent that they leave the organization in their 1st 6 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit/ Change the HR policies if you want to gain the trust of employee. The resources you hire for Niche areas are worth their value in gold. Preserve them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    With syntel you will have a job but no career..

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

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunities are good.
    People with lesser skills can succeed/attain higher positions, this is mainly due to high attrition rate.
    Leave policy at offshore is good.
    10 calendar leaves at onsite (but you may not have to apply for them, so you'll save leaves and get paid for them in the end)
    Med insurance at offshore is good.
    Relaxed atmosphere at offshore for most. Overtime allowance at offshore is fair enough.
    Unlimited sick leaves (not sure if they still have this policy because employees were abusing this big time)
    In hand salary at offshore is good.
    Job security.
    Some big name projects in US and UK and that will help you later in future job search.

    Cons

    Syntel lacks direction/vision.
    No salary increase at onsite/below par salary at offshore (average salary is lower at both onsite and offshore).
    High attrition rate.
    If you're a good resource project won't ever change.
    No investment on employees to get trainings etc.
    Benefits at offshore are pathetic(a friend was having hallucinations and fainted, but health insurance company was not ready to approve a $1000 ultrasound and MRI)
    No infrastructure (only one global development center in more than 30 years!!!).
    Mumbai office is pathetic (dog bit my coworker after he left the office around 8PM :-))
    Most managers/directors only have a BA/B.COM/BSc degree.
    Managers will treat you like you're lucky to have a job.
    I was in Allstate(Northbrook, IL) project and the culture is pathetic, you will be asked to work all night on weekends/weekdays and no recognition for your efforts if you are not a sycophant.
    Do not expect experience letter if you resign at onsite(it is considered a sin).
    Management is not transparent at all.
    You can be asked to leave onsite and relocate with a mere notice of 5-10 days.
    Do not expect your gratuity money, do not expect your PF.
    If you join as a fresher, it will be difficult to leave after 3-4 years because you will have no skills left. Syntel will not invest anything in you.
    I heard many freshers do not get offer letters.
    Internal structure is pathetic - development/QA/Pro support/management/business analyst all are in the same stream.
    Reimbursement of allowances is a headache.
    Do not expect syntel to file Green card.
    Do not expect project changes at onsite (that's for the bigger companies).
    Syntel cannot afford to keep a resource on bench at onsite for even a single day.
    If your position is cut at onsite, syntel will send you back to india even if you are an onsite recruit. They will NOT hunt a project for you.
    No 401K plan for onsite.
    No benefits related to life insurance, disability at onsite
    Average salary in chicago area: programmer analyst/Project lead
    B1 - 2700/3000 (plus salary in india)
    L1 - 2800/3200 after taxes for an unmarried employee (in addition you will also get your salary in India (so total is indian salary + 2800/3200))
    H1 - 62,000/69000(no salary in india)

    This is clearly below par, I have worked for 2 other Indian outsourcing companies after syntel and salary was way more (atleast 20% more)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a direction for your company. Invest in your employees, pay them better. Dear founder you the richest indian american in the USA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Over exploitation of employees, less benefits.

    • 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

    Only Job guarantee and no other benefits.

    Cons

    no benefits other than salary, no advancement in career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of vision, should work towards improving company prospective and concentrate on employees future.

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