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Sykes is good! But could be Great!

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Current Employee - Quality Manager
Current Employee - Quality Manager

I have been working at SYKES

Pros

Opportunity to work at corporate level

Cons

Not a lot of growth opportunities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate better with all levels. Promote TEAM atmosphere.

Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    They just don't care

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    Former Employee - Technical Support  in  Edinburgh, IN
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Edinburgh, IN

    I worked at SYKES

    Pros

    Regulated salary and benefits package, salary will rise nicely after a number of years in the company, depending on the position you get a nice or a shitty job. Benefits of working in a huge corporation apply.

    Cons

    The downsides of working here are heavily depending on the position and company location - from comfy engineering drone to callcenter slave, your mileage will vary. This report covers UK only.

    In this kafkaesque workplace, the (rigid) policies will be enforced to the letter, resulting in sometimes very poor quality management. In my workplace, no-one cared about their job. Good salary and perks, but heavy workload, paranoid security, a Dilbertian experience, and the tedious corporate fascism and propaganda formed a psychologically toxic working environment.

    I've never had as many unhealthy-looking colleagues as when I worked for SYKES. Ironically, especially the photos of the (employee of the month thing) winners looked like a showcase for the symptoms of burnout syndrome. Turnover is extreme and consideration towards employees is low. In my workplace, the health&safety, and sick leave policies closely followed the very minimum requirements of British law. A few years afterwards, everybody I used to work with has either left the company or been fired. I've heard that a number of old colleagues has experienced mental illness, one died, and one attempted suicide.

    Whilst working there, I have several times been instructed by managers to lie to customers on the phone - representing global brands with big names (outsourced callcenter). Ethics are not writ large. The company has not provided specific references to subsequent employees. Job agency people have rejected me outright in the past upon hearing that I came from SYKES.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually walk the floors in your place for once, speak to people, and see for yourself. Maybe read Kafka.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No support when externally placed

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Maarssen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maarssen (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    You are hired easy, you have to work very hard and no support, deal with the organisation you are working at

    Cons

    They have no other clients than Fujitsu, so when you are ended there, the contract will be ended too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more clients and help your employees for a better work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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