Syntel

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Syntel Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
654 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Had Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good exposure, would get onsite opportunities if luck favors

    Cons

    perks offered are not comparative with market standards, Has multiple designation which makes it difficult to get from one position to other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Designation band levels needs to be minimized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good for juniors and trainees to get experience

    Cons

    Incapable and ill skilled management team.Not good company for long term growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Little effort made to find new position for consultant after placement contract expired

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Syntel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a software developer, Syntel would be a good fit,

    Cons

    When my placement at a company where I was consulting expired, Syntel made ittle effort to find a new position for me in the Chicago area. Instead of looking for new clients and opportunities in the 3rd largest city in the US, they wanted me to relocate to Iowa or Minnesota. At the same time I was being contacted by several other consulting firms with BA positions in the Chicago area, so it wasn't like there was nothing out there. So I left Syntel and joined another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Syntel is known for supplying developers and even project managers as consultants and has very few Business Analyssts. Syntel needs to pursue Business Analyst opportunities more aggressively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  6.  

    Excellent

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

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunities, get good exposure as it has a decent clients

    Cons

    Not ample training and slow paced environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work for some time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work if you get in a right project

    Cons

    on an average Not enough opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales team not up to the mark

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good for starters

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good for starters in syntel

    Cons

    No client for ERP in syntel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good for starters in syntel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast growth for passionate individuals

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

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Onsite has a good compensation. Offshore has good promotion/growth

    Cons

    Politics, Favoritism, Risk taking ability is less, Strategy wise a follower than a leader

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work but just for initial stage of our career.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. quick onsite opportunities for almost every one.

    Cons

    Company makes it difficult for experienced people to work here for the long term. They don't value their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should learn how to retain their employees- at least the smart ones. They don't seem to be concerned about many good people leaving the Company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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