Syntel Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
567 Reviews

3.0
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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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Syntel full-time for 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
  2.  

    Over exploitation of employees, less benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Syntel full-time for 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.

  3.  

    Not organized or resource centric.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The pay was reasonable and some of the fellow technical team a pleasure to work with. Paid benefits of a good calibre

    Cons

    Moving allowances and expense reimbursement can take up to 6 months, They lose time-sheets and their HR/benefits processes are not well versed in the US Standards. Had to correct their forms several times and keep copies of everything. After leaving they lost 2.5 months of time-sheet data and tried to sue for it's recovery. Issue was dropped when documentation was provided, twice. Working with HR or Benefits required being up at 1am or waiting a full 24-48 hours for a reply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to train and educate the offshore staff or hire US based benefits personnel to accommodate your US workers. Improve internal processes for expense reimbursement, on-boarding and employee leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Worrest Experience in Carrer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Lead  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    good in salary and role

    Cons

    1. Benefits are not good
    2. Don't expect any bonus or Salary increment
    3. Account managers are one of the dumb guy and when ever client says anything they are not able to defend and wont cover employee if he faces any problem from client side.
    4. No teams coordination in USA Syntel
    5. Account manager don't likes you he will make u to resign
    6. They wont bother about ur skill sets, they need only billing.
    7. Heal care Benefits is not at all good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take employees comments as well. Don't think they are slaves working for you.
    If ur facing any problem with employee please tell him go to other accounts and dont make him scare to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A 10 year experience with too many lows and very very few highs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    The best thing is only the peers and team members who embody the the spirit and help you stay sane and believe things just might improve

    Cons

    Team management and addressing the concerns is the abysmal. The sheer way the Management makes you commit to Client's requirements and later ignores them is astounding to say the least.
    Syntel probably has the worst support staff (HR, Finance, Admin, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to show up not just at the beginning of the Project and again at the end. Must be more involved throughout the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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

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

    Pros

    1) Can grow within Syntel, if you are good in politics and maintain good relations with managers
    2) May be slightly better compensation then other Indian IT companies

    Cons

    1) No Work-Life balance. If you are good in your work, you'll be considered as a robot
    2) No processes. You'll end up frustrated dealing with HR, visa, finance or any other support teams
    3) I rarely found professionalism, even with senior managers. You'll be humiliated several times.
    4) There are plenty of people sitting at roles like architect and designer, who does not even know basics of architecture/design. You'll get frustrated working with such people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Please start treating empoyees as educated professionals and not labor
    2) Don't promote undeserving people to higher roles, just because you have nobody else to take that position

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Lead
    Current Employee - Tech Lead

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    No pros as such. The only good thing that happened after joining Syntel was that I met very nice people and made many lifelong friends.

    Cons

    1. Majority of the projects are being driven by handful of talented resources who have stuck with the company for many years for unknown reasons.
    2. Favoritism rules.
    3. Incompetent people get promotion if they can just stick with the company for minimum number of years irrespective of their contribution or competence.
    4. Management accepts humiliating treatment towards their employees from client employees as part of the job and client satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new management which can bring radical change in the way Syntel is perceived and their daily operations are carried out. Do what Narayan Moorthy did for Infosys to inspire its employees although that doesn't seem likely to happen with Syntel in foreseeable future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor Pay..More pressure

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead  in  Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Smyrna, GA

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

    Pros

    Offer is much better for lateral hire...Quicker to grow with

    Cons

    Poor pay for Employees deputed from India....
    More pressure because of the competition...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not take employees deputed from India as granted..do pay them in par with the market...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for people who wish to start theri career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    Nothing much . People who cant do technology work like coding can survive easily by bootlicking the managers and can go to cleint site and then try to show off .

    Cons

    No pay increase and high level of internal politics The managers and all higher management are more interested in taking money to their own pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change all your policies, first identify resources who can really bring change to the company

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

    No Management

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    None, There no good thing about this company

    Cons

    Everything is bad, bad management practices, care less about the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve management, care about people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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