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Syntel Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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  1. "Perfect for Freshers, not so much for the experienced"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helpful Team, New technologies, Quality work, quick onsite opportunities.

    Cons

    Rigid management policies, Redundant middle management, not so employee friendly.


  2. "Project Manager/Business Analyst/Scrum Master"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Quick opportunity to work at client location
    - Opportunity to improve as there is not much competition

    Cons

    - Low Salary
    - Not many clients
    - No growth
    - Job risk
    - No wrok life balance

    Advice to Management

    Improve sales and focus on internal stakeholders i.e. Employees
    Spend money on employee learning and welfare

  3. "Project Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No pressure for increasing sales

    Cons

    The pro acts as con too. Keeps loosing contracts cause management is disinterested.

    Advice to Management

    The race is already lost.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Only favoritism and no value for quality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Back in the days.. good learning opportunities

    Cons

    Only favoritism is valued for promotion and next level opportunities
    Seniority and quality work is of no value
    Loosing client confidence.. not a preferred vendor for lots of portfolios
    Leadership thinks they still have control on client side but actually they don't
    Lack of growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    High time to wake up and start taking care of your senior resources who really wish well for the company and brings real business instead of manipulative EMs.


  5. "Typical IT staffing firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Get to travel a lot.

    Cons

    Poor management with no direction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Illegally claim money from employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good Onsite opportunity
    * Good infrastructure
    * Good onsite healthcare insurance plan (esp. for maternity)

    Cons

    * Your growth depends on how well you polish your managers
    * You need to sign a Rs. 5 lakh bond if you want to travel onsite. This was 2.5 lakh initially but now increased after the new H1B fee revision came in. They verbally say we are spending a lot on you and your visa. But they are making 10 times of that amount after sending you onsite by paying you the bare minimum wage in US(However last year they increased a bit and now the min wage given is 61k per annum).
    * If you resign from the company, they won't give you the relieving letters without paying 5 lakhs(Around $8000) back to them which will spoil all your dreams.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your biggest asset. Don't force them to stick with you by creating regulations. Make them stick to you by treating them well.
    If you were nice enough, people woudn't have left in large numbers and you woudn't have had to tie them in with bonds.


  7. "Stuck in a rut"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, plenty of MTO

    Cons

    Takes forever to get an assignment, training is lackluster

  8. "Either too much or none at all. Need to be able to move around country."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    - Easy to get hired
    - Potential to learn various technologies and domains

    Cons

    - Under average pay
    - Almost too easy to get hired
    - ~80% of the time is crunch time
    - Expect to spend an hour or two each night and morning on the phone with either Offshore team members or clients
    - Frequent weekend work
    - Absolutely terrible internal websites
    - Poor communication from management
    - Feel more like a tool in box to management rather than a coworker
    - If you're not able to move around you will likely run out of work
    - Projects feel messy and haphazardly handled
    - No 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Please spend more time on improving the internal websites. Reduce meetings.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "not too good to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work culture, good clients.

    Cons

    bad management, not supportive, no faith built up


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager "Test Manager""

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Decent health care compared to previous jobs
    -Good way to get into IT (and by good I mean easy to get an offer from Syntel)

    Cons

    -No work life balance (60-70 hours weeks)
    -On top of the work you do for whichever client you're with, Syntel will have more "Syntel" related work which is a complete waste of time
    -No leadership diversity, everyone who is a leader is of the same ethnic descent and nearly all men
    -Poor compensation in comparison to other leaders in industry

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the unrelated work to the client, it's a waste of time. And if you won't then properly compensate your employees for the extra work.


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