Syntel
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Syntel Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated May 9, 2014
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2.8 14 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade

Prashant Ranade

(9 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Had Good Experience

    Computer Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood exposure, would get onsite opportunities if luck favors

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDesignation band levels needs to be minimized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsOnsite 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

    ConsNot ample training and slow paced environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work for some time

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood place to work if you get in a right project

    Conson an average Not enough opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales team not up to the mark

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good for starters

    Project Lead (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosgood for starters in syntel

    ConsNo client for ERP in syntel

    Advice to Senior Managementgood for starters in syntel

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Journey has been good but could be better

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    Prosgood place to learn if you are starting your career

    ConsVery conservative in their business approach
    Lack of transparency
    Unable to value and recognize talent

    Advice to Senior Managementno comments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsNone, There no good thing about this company

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

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove management, care about people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast growth for passionate individuals

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Syntel a Good Choice to grow in proffessional and pesonal life.

    Senior Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    ProsExposure, Opportunities, Recognition, Culture and values.

    ConsIt depends on your immdiate manager and project.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Tech Lead (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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