Tata Consultancy Services

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Tata Consultancy Services Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
7,842 Reviews
3.3
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Tata Consultancy Services CEO & Managing Director Natarajan Chandrasekaran
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance but to one needs patience to move ahead with carrer in TCS (in 792 reviews)

  • Good work culture, not too much stress in work, no working hours pressure (in 430 reviews)


Cons
  • Small con is salary but compare with additonal work life balance it balances (in 184 reviews)

  • Very less salary at onsite/offshore compare to other companies (in 172 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worked without a computer for over a month

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Milford, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milford, OH

    I worked at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not much work was required, and the location was nice. Close enough to Cincinnati, without actually being in the city.

    Cons

    IT requests dragged, as the approval process reached 3 levels up. It took over a month before I could even get my own workstation. For my mid-year review, I was given a C because I didn't demonstrate enough work, but I was hounding managers to approve my request to install software so that I could work on my project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a level between project lead and the CTO. Expecting the middle management to simply rise up naturally is going to lead to people leaving, not wanting to try and create a position that is sorely needed. Also, 3 people in IT cannot handle a 500 person operation.

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

    If you can get a position with a consulting firm with a bigger name (Cap, Accenture, E&Y) then do.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay scale is decent, even if benefits 'bite the big one'

    Cons

    If you like being viewed as Staff Aug, even when you are a highly-experienced (previous VP & CTO-level) technologist, ready, willing & able to do "management consulting" level advisory services, then by-all-means "come on down" . If you don't feel that your value proposition is best described as 'a warm body in a seat' then - (to quote the Gina Davis character in Cronenberg's "The Fly" remake) - "Be afraid, be very afraid" - and to quote the latest Dr. Who companion - "Run you clever boy, Run!"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave behind the company's 'bodies in seats' mentality - stop trying to expand at hyper-speed, you will just implode - spend $$$ and time building up the tools/methodologies for the consulting staff and training them (real training, from accredited external sources, not the bogus internal training - you are not Accenture & never will be at the current rate).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Weird Issues with HR staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, interesting opportunities, seem genuinely interested in my personal advancement.

    Cons

    Horrible, horrible benefits. 2 weeks of vacation for all the way up to 5 years, and then a whopping upgrade to 3, the max. For a six figure salary, this is incredibly bad. Horrible communication with HR for questions, they never ever respond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respond to queries, look into the vacation issue. I'd much rather have less money and a little more vacation.

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

    Bad place for learning

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Getting paid for doing nothing

    Cons

    - Learn nothing.
    - Slow processing. It took them two weeks just to install a simple software on computer.
    - Low quality computer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Don't work here if you have any other optiobs

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    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They will pay you on time and provide medical eventually

    Cons

    They pay much below stand. They will not process medical benefits until months after you start. Pocketing the pay deduction. They fully expect to have high turnover replacing you when they've got what they can. Huge amount of favoritism based on ethnic or religious background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to learn management skills go elsewhere. They hire cheap and focus on people with little management skills luring them with the chance of gaining these skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company if you are from offshore.......

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In India, I know it is a top company to work for. For Indian associates that get an opportunity to come to the US, you are treated well.

    Cons

    It is a two tier company. Local hires are treated as a lower caste than expats are. Benefits are not competitive - high contributions for medical, low vacation time. Etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide who you want to be. An Indian company with offices all over the world, or a global company that embraces talent from all over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Current Consultant, Full time employee

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are in your 20's, live in India, and wish to travel for about 2 to 3 years, this is your place.

    Cons

    If NOT all of the above 'Pro' criteria, RUN AWAY, as fast as possible, if TCS calls you with an opportunity. Can speak only on IT services, they are, at best, a call center service provider.
    I have been around the block a few times, with over a few decades of IT experience. TCS has no real structure of any substance, capable of any project management, much less new development.
    TCS is a holding company, which uses the IT services for cash generation, by volume placement of bodies at minimum salary and cost, with no concept or concern to build long term client relationships, though they say they are 'global' in scope, and per client centric.
    To prove a point, simply ask any one of their sales reps trying to get your company's business what their policy is on your company hiring one of their employees. No money for them, in their business model , to allow you to invest in their 'resources' to bring on board. They want you to keep their person on contract the maximum allowed time under H1 VISA sponsorship, before they are forced to either apply for Green card status, an extension of VISA, or raise the resource's salary per H1 VISA requirements. Their model is to ship the 'body' back to India, replace them, and have you eat the cost of retraining and bringing the resource up to speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending to:
    1- "Care" for employees. They are modern day indentured slaves. Having someone held to a muti thousand dollar bond they must pay if they try to quit, is not something a truly global, 'caring' company does. Call it what it is: Slavery. Period.
    2- Call yourself a service provider. Give up the farce you are a 'global technology firm'. Anyone with one neuron in their head, need just do a little vetting, and ask for a list of you so-call 'global project' success' and a list of true references from truly objective C-level corporate executives, rather than former TCS employees who managed to position themselves in management positions of former clients, and now provide projects to TCS.

    Must DO:
    3- Share your wealth with the people who earned it for you. Never have I seen a company so unwilling to even attempt to share fairly a portion of the wealth they make off an employee. $25 an hour for a developer who at worst should be paid $40? Shameful.

    PS. I really, REALLY have to see if ANY of the TCS management, TRUE management from India, has the guts to say any of this is false, in a real response on this site. I can use a real, long, good laugh from reading what that might be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    TCS (Terrible Constant Struggle)

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They will pay aggressively for the talent to look competent.

    Cons

    This company is the utter bile of consulting firms. Their internal network and infrastructure is weak and so thoroughly unusable over 60% of everyones time is used compensating for bad infrastructure spent time nursing admin work. Therefore this company has created for itself a personality of hiring lazy people who feel their work is to attend meetings and complete admin work to compliance. Everything to artificially stuff a stat sheet, nothing to provide any substance or content.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to school. Learn what it means to build a service top down of substance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career growth

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Milford, OH
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milford, OH

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Job security, other than that, nothing else

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to other tech companies.
    Raises are low year to year, mostly because your salary is low to begin with.
    Grading system is terrible. Management gives their friends the best grades and every one else lower grades. Also, management is not involved in the work you do and your grade is whatever they want it to be.
    Company events only happen maybe twice a year so its hard to get to know someone on a different project.
    Lots of people get hired in without much technical background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change your grading system and have more company events. Hire people who are qualified for their position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A snow job, for me and for other colleagues who have used their services.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus, with 200 acres of trails.

    Cons

    Cheap, cheap, cheap. Poor pay, poor management, poor training, no substance behind their buzzwords, such as "certainty".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember: you get what you pay for.

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