Syntel Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term (in 82 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 21 reviews)

  • no work life balance,stretch hours are hectic at times (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    EM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities within company, good growth

    Cons

    policies needs to be reviewed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    ChEATERs for the fullest

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Troy, MI

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

    Pros

    none... it doesnt have any to say

    Cons

    worst humans of its kind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using Desi tactics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Average company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You will get Good onsite oppurtunities in Syntel.

    Cons

    Compensation for onsite and allowances are not good. work culture is also not much employee friendly.

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    Syntel has let a lot of people down because of its poor HR policies

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    Current Employee - Delivery Manager
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager

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

    Pros

    Few good clients which drive the revenue for Syntel. Make sure you ask that before you join Syntel other wise you are doomed.

    Cons

    Only a few good clients which drive the revenue for Syntel. Less diversified cleint base. Looks like Syntel has put all eggs in 1 basket and are struggling to gain the trust of new customers. There are 2 main reasons for this:
    1. New clients do not want to talk to Syntel sales team unless they have something niche to offer. Syntel obviuosly doenot have much experience in Niche areas like mobility, pega, IT transformation, Recon etc. So they do the easiest thing which is lie to their customers. They prepare nice PPTs to fool their customers which works only seldom. Most customers find out in the 1st week that they have been lied to and donot want to work with Syntel again. Syntel is a very good PPT factory.
    2. In a few cases where they are able to find good resources for these niche areas, Syntel's poor HR policies (insurance, leave, expenses, variable component, relocation etc etc.) frustate these resources to such an extent that they leave the organization in their 1st 6 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit/ Change the HR policies if you want to gain the trust of employee. The resources you hire for Niche areas are worth their value in gold. Preserve them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    With syntel you will have a job but no career..

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    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
  7.  

    3.6 Years as PeopleSoft Technical consultant

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    ERP Domain Exposure in start of the career

    Cons

    Exposure on New cloud based technologies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Optimizing existing application, received 3 awards from upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I've been working for 3 months as a contractor

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Programmer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Syntel as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Team members very friendly and cooperative

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons for now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Over exploitation of employees, less benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Only Job guarantee and no other benefits.

    Cons

    no benefits other than salary, no advancement in career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of vision, should work towards improving company prospective and concentrate on employees future.

  10.  

    Good place to start and grow your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    opportunities, technology, people, locations, growth

    Cons

    work life balance, salary, perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there's no advice to management

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    So Far .. Good

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

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

    Pros

    They don't overload you with work

    Cons

    Not a very organised company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better to utilise the resources

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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