Syntel
2.9 of 5 525 reviews
www.syntelinc.com Troy, MI 5000+ Employees

Syntel Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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2.9 525 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade

Prashant Ranade

(255 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term"
    in 60 reviews
  • "Good work environment , excellent client exposure"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship"
    in 16 reviews
  • "No work life balance, Promotion is opportunity based not Rating based"
    in 9 reviews
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    Terrible place to work at all levels

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Mumbai (India)

    Pros1. Opportunity to work at Client Side on Onsite locations
    ...that's about it!!!

    Cons1. Not a employee-centric company
    2. No growth
    3. Poor salaries
    4. No company Vision
    5. Poor training
    6. Worst Management ever.
    7. Managers = Ego
    8. Poor employee treatment by HR
    9. High iteration
    10. Has consistently missed company goals in the past 8 years

    I am not taking any kind of vendetta here, I have worked for this company for 8 years!! And I know everybody from top to bottom.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease treat your employees as asset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    if syntel announce its attrition. it would be industry top

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Pune (India)

    Prosfresher could be lucky to get good oppurtunities

    ConsNo access to higher management,

    Poor pay scale.

    Bad shift allowances.

    No fun.

    Manager centric

    Advice to Senior Managementinitiate reverse feedback process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDid not find any pros as such.

    ConsNo work life balance
    Poor management
    Bad projects

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be aware H1B holders

    Project Lead (Former Employee)
    Hartford, CT

    ProsThey will on board you as soon as possible.

    ConsI was having h1b work visa and was working for another MNC in USA. I have submitted my profile in monster.com, and got a call from Syntel recruitment rep.
    Within 2 weeks, I have got offer and finalized everything. Interview was worst & the interviewer is not good technically.

    However I have accepted offer and relocated to new location at my own expenses, they said they will do reimbursement late. I have spend around 6000$(which is 3 laks rupee) my own cost and went to their new location.
    I never get it back, they have multiple round of approver & each layer’s ETA is 60days. everybody is delaying,,

    After 8 months, it went to payroll deportment for final approval, but it rejected , because I am eligible for upto 5500$ relocation. I told them that, it is ok & just pay 5500$ back.
    But they refused and asked me to go for another request and chain of approval. I got frustrated and resubmit again. Meanwhile my manager was changed and he refused to approve my request.
    I lost all my saving for this stupid relocation & never able to my money back.

    Then at 11th month of work, they released me from project and asked me to find another project with help of HR. I am a family man, and I still have 2 more month lease in my apartment, that lease breakage come around 2 month rent($2400). That is also on me again. I have paid that also & not interested to work Syntel any more, then resign Syntel and went back to India on my own cost(another 1800$).

    I have lost more than 10000$ from my pocket within a year , because of this stupid relocation and company.

    And work –life balance also very bad, they talk in Hindi at meeting and many non Hindi speaking employee never understood it mostly.
    They call you midnight from offshore and ask status , you might be in middle of sleep. They upper management team is worst and never understood employee concern and also they treat you as slave.

    So if you’re in H1b visa, please don’t ever think to join Syntel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon’t treat employee as slave & be kind with employee. also pay back their relocation amount

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a very bad politics is played in the company.

    Finance (Former Employee)

    Prosthere are no pros of the company.

    Consbad management, too long stretch, no overtime, no night allowances, less hike, no future, bad pantry, bad cafeteria, internal politics played in the company.

    Advice to Senior Managementneeds to give more attention on the above mentioned fields.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Confused between Actual Results and Appraisals, Promotions

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Pune (India)

    Pros* Overall good systems put in place in terms of Support Functions, Trainings
    * STEP and SCALE initiates are good systems, however the actual use is very minimal

    Cons* No Direct Connect with Leadership Team, despite insights, Letters, But no hearing or fair play
    * STEP and SCALE are in Theory, Practically Have seen it fail in several in Engagements, Instead of Performance, Preference rules :(
    * HR Leaders - As expected evaluate performance based on 1 feedback of 365 days with dotted line manager
    * Be careful about actual JD and the one put into Hard Copy, 99% chances are that it will vary.
    * Babu culture ( Keep your Manager Happy and you will get the best , Always please Manager instead of working Actual Facts Figure Finance details, Risk Ignorance, etc. )

    Advice to Senior Management* Please make STEP more meaningful, provide feedback in Quarters instead of all of sudden Appraisals without discussions and release of ratings.
    * Please use 360 degrees rating system and publish to Syntelligence ( Intranet ) including Managers, Leaders.
    * Give Mid-Senior Management the confidence of Trust, Integrity and Reward N Recognition culture for the ones who highlights RISKS, Bring New Customers
    * Please Hire with exact Roles Responsibilities Designation Band Grade, Don't deviate once resource (s ) join and put them under Practice instead of Delivery ( specialized domain area )
    * BU Heads Client Partners and Delivery Directors should all treat employees equally irrespective of Cast Creed Religion or Color. There is strong feeling amongst many Senior Level Managers on this.
    * Please don't foster culture of favorism, Reward and Appraise on Performance, Feedback, Values instead of Personal Conflicts coming between BU Head and Sr Managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Surprise!!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSyntel gives opputunity after someone is at bench for a long time or several times.

    ConsRacism,have to work like donkey ,don't expect good from managment moneywise.
    It's a myth that this company sends employees on-site provided your proximity to Manager,HR only supports Managment not employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEqual oppurtunity to given to everyone and Account Managers, Mangers to STOP making false promises to your employees.
    Due to some ACCOUNT MANAGER I will leave this company,policies are good but these people don't want to implement it as their margin will be low.
    They want for themselves not for others,which in turn has already affecting syntel profitwise .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very unprofessional company

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chennai (India)

    Pros** Early onsite opportunity
    ** Good start for freshers
    ** Nice campus
    ** CEO Connect

    Cons** Horrible appraisal process
    ** Salary & perks are so pathetic that they cant say they are paid by MNC
    ** bad food courts & toooo costly
    ** If u r manager likes, no matter what u'll survive

    Advice to Senior Management** Check for the Attrition in AP level, upper management have different vision & views, but middle management is pathetic, only politics & they behave like it is their dad's company... high time to rewrite the polices

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Another body shopping company

    Project Lead (Former Employee)
    Louisville, KY

    ProsSome of Syntel`s client are large Multinationals so employees get good exposure to the market.

    ConsSyntel is just another body shopping company so there is not much to learn and grow technically. Management is poor and treat developers as construction workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive respect to techies. Don`t expect developers to do sales job. Hire business students sales.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst management

    Project Lead (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsNothing, None, Zero, Nil, Null

    Cons1. Horrible offshore team, 4 fresher’s & 1 experienced guy.
    2. They don’t keep up the promise on GC processing, Syntel never ever going to do GC processing for their employees
    3. Director’s & Account managers are dumb, they don’t have any clue on client’s business.
    4. If you work hard and deliver the project then management doesn’t have time to appreciate your work, but when if there are any little delay’s on project then they will escalate it to higher level & keep lot of pressure on employees
    5. No professionalism while dealing with clients, still got struck in Indian vegetable bargaining business.
    6. Less pay with minimal benefits, a janitor can earn more than a project lead. Less than 2% hike, even if you work your ass off nights & weekends around the year

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive some respect to employees & their families

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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