Syntel Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Test Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Don't think of much. Only thing is lateral recruit salary at offshore is good.

    Cons

    HR Policies and Management is in the bad shape. Managers think they are the bosses and they can drive the show like they are running their own business. I joined as PM and I reported to PL at offshore. What a pity? Now if they are transferring you to other location then manager will say I don't have budget do not claim too much expenses. Over all HR and Expense claim dept is pathetic. They take months to approve smaller expenses as well. After moving onsite again they took months to approve expenses. And if you are relocating at onshore it is a big curse. you have pay out of pocket expenses as well. For claiming all these you have to fight and literally beg to the finance dept or HR. And at onsite you have to be ready for any role available otherwise go back to offshore. PDAC will give you threats to call back. :-). bcoz of all this I quit Syntel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the HR policies and top level management if you want good growth. I heard one of the speech from CEO when he was in Gurgaon office. And I raised couple of questions. He was unable to answer and he told directly if someone is not liking you can quit and find opportunities outside. From top to middle management needs refinement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Business Analyst holding H1B visa

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    A good company to gain initial experience in variety of areas.
    Very less end to end development project but lot of staff augmentation projects which give immense opportunity for a business analyst profile.
    Lot of onsite opportunities

    Cons

    After few years of experience you outgrow and become over mature to organization policies and culture. Seems that the organization and people do not evolve with time.
    Growth is very difficult for a business analyst unless career is oriented towards moving to delivery/project management.
    Taking advantage of people who travel on H1B visa by giving them less salary, less benefits as compared to their US peers. That is why they have a high attrition rate. They had a bond of Rs. 250000 for any employee who travels to the US but now it has been increased to Rs. 500000. People holding H1B and joining Syntel beware.
    Anyone can become anything in Syntel. Even a person who does not have enough business knowledge, business sense and cannot speak proper english can get promoted and get in to management level role
    Policies are not employee friendly and still very less people raise their voice
    Lack of professional culture
    Appraisal system is a joke as ratings get normalized if you are not in the good books of the manager. Even if there is a good rating there is no salary increase for onsite people
    Benefits are a joke for people travelling onsite from India. Even though employees pay for the premium coverage is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing bond amount without improving policies will only cause weak people to travel. If a strong candidate travels to the US, he will move out despite of the bond amount
    Improve the appraisal system by implementing 360 degree appraisal for anyone who is involved in a managerial role
    If you focus too much on the operating margins then forget about the topline growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. good for freshers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Huge learning opportunities for freshers.

    Cons

    same salary hikes for all ,not on performance base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the appraisal should be based on performance in project related work of employee and the value given by employee to deliverables.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Nothing great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    work life balance is good.Some of the managers are good at empowering employees

    Cons

    Promotions are based on how well you know the manager, absolutely no growth opportunities, politics, people getting into PM position with fake work experience. No proper recognition system in place,it totally depends on the manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for growth, don't make worthless people managers just because they have contacts. Job rotation is key to pickup new skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good Work culture, but health benefits are bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture & career growth

    Cons

    health benefits are bad for H1B

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should provide time to employees before pushing bad policy decisions

  7. Gud for fresher

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Get to work from day 1

    Cons

    Not a gud salary structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary can be a bit more

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Current Employee - Team Lead

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

    Pros

    They have lot of onsite openings and the performance are recognized. Growth wise it competitive, salaries are based on your position.

    Cons

    The onsite offshore coordination is not great, any you can get the support from leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization process is not followed in all the levels, the working hours and billing in onsite is completely different from others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. No dynamism with mid level managers since they are mostly non technical

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Onsite opportunity and good place for starters

    Cons

    Training's stink they do not spend, no job/knowledge enrichment
    If you know to soap your manager you can get promotions every year even if you are an average performer
    Finance and HR are not employee friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate your manager/EM's to other accounts let them perform, they just hold on for years in same account and create vacuum with no value addition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Not a great place for long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Lead
    Current Employee - Test Lead

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn as a fresher...Not a company for a long term...Onsite opportunity is possible if you work really hard...

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive...No process or process has been created just to serve top management...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They will hear in one ear and they will leave that in another ear so no advice to management...

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Horrible company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior PM in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior PM in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Enough onsite opportunities.
    For US-recruited folks not-bad health-benefits.

    Cons

    1. Poor work culture.
    2. Corrupt senior leadership
    3. No honest feedback.
    4. Unfulfilled promises.
    5. GC processing is almost impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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