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Updated October 31, 2016
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  • Work life balance is a challange (in 203 reviews)

  • Salary hike is not as per market standards (in 249 reviews)

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  1. "lack of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    smart engineers
    strong Infra capability and aggressive pricing model

    Cons

    poor reward
    lack of senior leadership at all levels


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Female British passport holders not welcome to HCL"

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    Current Employee - PMO in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PMO in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely end client easy to form strong professional relationships with portfolio managers and directors, especially if you're visible to them.

    Excellent client site location and offices. Modernised as secure colour printing.
    Client uses current versions of MS packages. Good onsite IT Helpdesk also serviced by HCL

    Client site facilities: subsidised coffee bar, clean and fully equipped kitchen areas, easy to book meeting rooms, friendly receptionists, security staff. The loos get cleaned every 2 hours.

    Fantastic hard working technical team of HCL Wintel, Citrix, security engineers and technical architects.

    Relaxed schedule.

    Cons

    Misogynistic project managers. HR accept the evidence, however are too slow to take any action.

    Other project manager gets away with verbally abusive behaviour even in front of the client.

    Unprofessional, back stabbing environment.

    Nepotism- an unskilled tech resource has been promoted to project manager as he's related to the on site lead boss's boss.

    A culture of email despite being co-located on the same floor of the client.

    Programme and project managers lack skill, leadership and stakeholder management.

    Offshore PMO resources work when they feel like it. Their manager doesn't do anything if one of the resources are missing for 5 days.

    Client portfolio managers reporting requirements aren't met due to HCL project managers unable to prioritise tasks. It's a shame as they are a great client.

    Treated like scum if you're not speaking Hindi, despite being on client site, based in central London

    Despite having better stakeholder management skills and more knowledge of the client portfolio activities, the DMU (account leader) ignores me as I'm female and undermines my professional capability.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a decent leadership team

    Respect female leaders or don't hire them in the first place

    Hire smart resources with maturity and stakeholder management if you expect them to be PMO analysts


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Awful Company for Permanent Employees"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to work from home to an extent

    Cons

    Lack of vision
    Poor Management
    Horrendous bureaucratic process impede all aspects of the business
    No clear structure or development path
    No pay review process
    Inadequate management

    DO NOT JOIN IF YOU ARE WITHIN THE FIRST 5 YEARS OF YOUR CAREER!!!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage or the company will continue to fall apart


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Working at HCL, UK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a highly Flexible environment.
    The work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Lack of vision.
    No strategy in place.
    Highly Bureaucratic environment.
    Not attuned to multi-cultural environment.
    Employees treated as 'Resources / Just Human Bodies'
    Human Resource department does not know how to talk to employees.
    Nepotism and Favouritism is the mantra to succeed in this organisation

    Advice to Management

    NONE


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If you value your life don't join"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HCL Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of work if your given the work to do
    Lots of experience if your valued enough

    Cons

    Expectation is that you work literally until your so tired you have to take a day off
    No communication from management
    Did not have any equipment to start
    management have no idea what they are doing half the time
    had a new manager every few weeks
    Unrealistic deadlines
    Not even trying to be innovative
    Managers shout at you
    Management don't communicate therefore 2 people end up doing the same piece of work
    Was treated like I don't exist most of the time
    Was absolute HELL

    Advice to Management

    I do not even know if my advice to management would even be taken seriously. Have a HR department handle new employees, make sure your employees have the correct equipment on their first day. Give the people your hire a chance to prove themselves to you. They fire too many people, each person fired took important project knowledge with them, the people fired could have been utilised or put onto another piece of work. Extremely bad at planning, go on a training course? Just get better at planning your projects. Split up the work accordingly, the project was too large to begin with.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Too Big"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Are there any?
    They are obviously doing something right to get to the size they are today.

    Cons

    Need to do concise due dilignece when going into a company
    Don't listen to reasons for not to do something
    Too many systems and processes for admin tasks
    Expenses take 6 months to get approval

    Advice to Management

    Not every company works to the "model" when outsourcing. Sometimes it is necessary to do more due diligence before submitting a proposal or RFI.


  8. "The worst place to work in the UK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    None really, perhaps freedom to do own thinking. Based in Egham so near to London. No clock watching and casual office attire.

    Cons

    No Management direction, no strategy, poor policy, a policing back office function that disables the business (Finance, HR and particularly IT). Backward in thinking - every internal process that changes, makes life harder for he consultant. A truly demoralising environment


  9. "Offshore body shop"

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    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Egham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Egham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good for permies hired directly in the UK

    Cons

    No culture. No benefits. No team spirit. No development. No motivation. Subpar resources sent from the offshore and no control over them once they are onsite.
    No career if you don't know the offshore bosses in India who make all decisions or sit in Egham.
    You're just a resource to be used to death and then thrown away.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "System test engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Stoke-on-Trent, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Stoke-on-Trent, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HCL Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    I didn't find any pros to work for HCL.

    Cons

    Never they tried to develop their business in Ottawa. So at the end of the contract with ALU we have been laid off


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Oracle DBA"

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    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Database Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Database Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at HCL Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is possible to get some good experience.

    Cons

    Indian owned company. They do not value the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care ... only concerned with profits ...



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