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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary higher than average (but bonus only on paper)

    Cons

    No balance between HCL performance demand and company tools, instructions, training provided in order to achieve it. Weak sales sign low margin contacts then pressure reflected onto delivery team. Balance between work and life has big room for improvement. Not an ideal place for working.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on your people


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It is not what you know but who you know"

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    Former Employee - General and Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General and Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time

    Pros

    If your face fits along with your cost to HCL you can make a career working there

    Cons

    You have to spend a great deal of time watching your back as there are always people lining up to undermine you irrespective of how senior you are. Policies and processes internally are some of the worst I have experienced. You have too chase every cent when it comes to bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Expand your talent pool and don't just promote your friends from Indian B school

  3. "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good work environment and good pay

    Cons

    Stressful work they are not growing


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company for short-term career advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. It provides opportunities to learn a wide range of technical and project management skills especially at the initial stage of the project.
    2. It also provides an opportunity to learn the required business domain skills. This becomes quite handy when dealing with offshore development personnel later on.
    3. There is a general level of stability in terms of employment.
    3. There are career advancement opportunities for those who can play political games. However, such opportunity is still limited to employees outside India (i.e. onshore personnel or personnel hired onshore).

    Cons

    1. Most of the technical and project management decisions are made in India where the majority of the firm's staff is based (i.e. it's a major outsourcing firm). As such, employees outside India are somewhat disadvantaged.
    2. The firm's high-wired political nature is more on the destructive side.
    3. The performance appraisals and resultant promotion(s) are more politically-motivated than objective.
    4. The key performance indices are always a moving target due to politic play stated previously.
    5. There is usually a huge difference between the formal job description and the actual day-to-day responsibilities of technical roles (e.g. there is a tendency for management to expect core technical onsite employees to engage in project management irrespective of the practicalities as defined by the workload, available resources and formal onsite reporting structure).
    6. The ensuing politics means Project Managers and Sales personnel over-promise (e.g. overly-optimistic bid prices and delivery schedules) for the purpose of creating a good image with the end-client and firm's bosses).
    7. The project's technical delivery is usually underwhelming and riddled with problems due to the point (6) above. This often comes to light when the delivered solution is deployed to the production environment. Unfortunately, it becomes the technical personnel's problem as Project Managers are quick to move on to new projects and 'earn' promotions.
    I would strongly advice onshore candidates/staff ( especially the technical hands-on personnel) who are focused on career advancement in the medium to long term against joining the firm outside India.
    8. Middle and upper management have a tendency to superimpose Indian employment cultures over onshore staff even when it is counter-productive.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to prioritise proper solution delivery within realistic budget and schedule constraints over quick and headline-grabbing delivery stories. This will reduce the frequency of problematic solution deliveries.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "OVERALL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HCL Technologies (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work place and flexible timing and Plenty of opportunity to learn, freedom to work with multiple teams

    Cons

    Heavy operational excellency and if you are on bench fo r6 weeks then you will removed


  6. "Stay away from them if you can"

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

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good presence in Infrastructure world
    Global clients across
    Some of the business units is good

    Cons

    No career progression
    No salary hike
    Minimum bonus

    Advice to Management

    There is no Management to talk to.. they just want to do what they want to.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid if possible"

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

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're lucky you may be able to command a reasonable salary; especially if you've been transferred from another company as part of an outsourcing deal.

    The additional benefits are reasonable for a company of this size (pension, health insurance).

    Cons

    If you are not one of the team working in/from India, you will be at a serious disadvantage. Your job will be taken away from you, bit by bit, and transferred to India. This should surprise no one; it is exactly how HCL operates.

    If you have questions about training, about company policies, or anything even slightly out of the ordinary, you can keep on asking until you're blue in the face, and you will get no answer or just a brush-off. HCL has no interest in developing employees' skills and experience. This completely gives the lie to the "Employees first" catchphrase.

    Getting your travel expenses paid is a long-drawn-out nightmare. Getting travel approved is perhaps the most frustrating process ever invented - even when the customer requests your presence somewhere else in the world, HCL makes it incredibly difficult for you to be there.

    Don't work for this company. It's that simple.

    Advice to Management

    I'm quite certain that anything I write here will be thoroughly ignored by HCL, but really guys, your methods seem completely cynical as regards people who are not Indian and not working in India; the sad thing is that it is absolutely no surprise. So my advice is this: if you're serious about putting the "employee first," then do something about developing ALL your employees, and please make it easier to deal with the company in general, rather than making it feel like hitting your head against a wall repeatedly.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking Ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Not much pros I could see in this company. It hasn't got a single SAP project in last 8 months. All senior employees left the company

    Cons

    Poor management,Haven't got a single Project in last 8 months.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Running SAP projects"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, rigorous methodology, European travel

    Cons

    Chaotic, very narrow scope and opportunity to contribute, look to shift most of the work offshore, poor working environment (clients), a couple of megalomaniacs work there, there is no real career, it's like a lower paid form of contracting

    Advice to Management

    Define your value proposition to employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to learn and work"

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    Former Employee - Manager Procurement in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager Procurement in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at HCL Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Good learning ground
    Friendly enviorment

    Cons

    Missing international touch ( very indian driven by culture)
    Relationship Oriented
    Finance driven
    Treats employees as private property

    Advice to Management

    Please give due respect to your employees and partners - it will not be long that market will treat HCL as a tier 2 org and will stop caring.


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