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Syntel Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Illegally claim money from employees"

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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.


  2. "not too good to work"

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    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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager "Test Manager""

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    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Actual employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI

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

    Pros

    Average/good salary and benefits
    Offer relocation bonus - average -

    Cons

    - Complex and very bureaucratic HR and Operations management
    - Total lack of communication and transparency from lower levels of management to the employees
    - Normally good opportunities and positions will be assigned in a biased way to the closer circle of the managers, despite the skills and competencies of the candidates

    Advice to Management

    Corporate philosophy and values must chance considering the main asset of a consultant company is the people; consultants are humans not only resources to produce money. Company values should be focused to foster an equally inclusive and fair environment and mindset


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Project Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the verticals are good like Insurance, BNFS and Retail. Good for freshers. Good Onsite opportunities. But nowadays so many H1 holders are in India due to less projects.

    Cons

    Very bad management. Not at all employee friendly. Good leaders have left the company. Poor HR policies and HR staff doesnt know how to talk.

    Advice to Management

    They should retain good talent and right resources. People are leaving because your pay scale is very less compare to other companies at onsite as well as at offshore.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "if you have any other options, AVOID."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They hire anyone with a degree and a pulse. Low expectations for actual work quality. You will not be scrutinized. Bench pay, with an HR dept based in India that doesn't pay attention. You can sit on bench, paid in full while Syntel forgets you exist. That will go for approx. 6 months, then they will fire you since Syntel is unable to close new clients due to poor reputation and the fact the engagement managers sell only on price, literally the only benefit Syntel touts to the prospective client is that they are CHEAP, and even that isn't attractive since companies see Syntel as junk.

    You won't develop many, if any relationships with upper managers, you save $$$ at Christmas time.

    Cons

    TL;DR-AVOID THIS PLACE IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CAREER OPTIONS! YOU WILL NOT DEVELOP YOURSELF HERE NEARLY AS WELL AS YOU WOULD WITH A REAL, LEGITIMATE IT SERVICING COMPANY.

    Synel is basically an overseas body shop operation, designed to flood corporations with cheap, overrated, underskilled labor thru H1B's. You are nothing but something to be controlled, an asset.

    They literally have zero respect for any personal life you may have- If you get hired, they will assume you willing to move across the country, literally with less than 7 days notice. Same with reassignments you are offered.

    The "training" they offer is just enough to make it seem you have been exposed to the technologies in question; like all body shops they hope the employer will teach you as you go,

    Poorly conducted mandatory training done by teleconference, an India convenient hours (Sunday, 11PM for instance) are common. They have zero respect for your off time, that's how it works there. Since the staff is over 1/2 H1B, that means they treat the employees like Indian employees, which is what you lumped in with, so don't expect anyone to listen to you, or care about your needs.

    No 401K match
    Expensive benefits
    Expect to be fought with for anything you need, including harassed for PTO.
    No one has the experience they claim.

    Unstructured, unclear plans for future growth. The management will not discuss any plans with you for anything, they just expect you to be ready the SECOND they say something, nevermind if you have a family, a house, or things to move, literally.

    "Project Managers" with no experience successfully leading projects, the only thing they know is to try to appease the company manager they are being bullied by- never stick up for the employee when the company tries to demand more work out of scope. Because they have zero experience, and zero fortitude to tell the client when they are out of scope, you wind up overworked, with shorter deadline, and in an environment where there is no planning, no defined goal and nothing but infighting due to no one being able to devise a plan- remember few have done this before. Fear the client, never say no, bully the subordinate into unreasonable requests to appease said client.

    I know of people who work who have been separated from their children since the only jobs Syntel was able to find them were on an opposite coast- move there, or be pressured to leave, or get fired. To hell with your family, they don't care. They do this since they are incapable of finding new business local to your employees- even the "low price" thing companies are hip to, and they aren't biting anymore. I

     have seen Syntel move employees across the country on the promise of a long term gig (H1B). - Employee moves on short notice, disrupting their life and their family, incurring massive expenses, then the gig dies within 30 days- the employee had to go back to India since they couldn't find another gig. Totally inhuman move.

    When syntel goes to trade shows, they walk up to potential companies, ask them what they are paying for H1B's and go "we can cut it in 1/2"- that's the entire sales pitch to accept Syntel, nothing else. It's about cheap labor, that may or may not work as advertised.

    Future employers will either not know Syntel, or if they do, they will suspect your skillset, which you will have to develop entirely on your own since you were hyped up to get jobs before. They will allow you to fraud your resume to get potential clients to sign you up.

    My time there was like I lost 2 years, what I know was easily obtainable in a few days in an organized environment; I feel like my professional growth was actually stunted compared to others starting with other firms.

    Syntel is the stingiest company I have ever worked for, and their work is just a sham. If you go there, be prepared to be harassed, learn nothing, and not to be taken seriously in eyes of future employers.

    If you do go there, do it for the $$$ but take any other offer in the IT sphere when you are offered. This is just a H1B sweatshop.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your engagement managers, quit selling on price only, if you can.


  8. "Senior Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Syntel (More than a year)

    Pros

    I on boarded former clients with huge gaps for emerging healthcare IT opportunities. Opportunistic timing.

    Cons

    Lack of resources and huge language barrier, making it difficult for calls for my SMEs with clients because the English was so broken.

    Advice to Management

    Do not over-promise. Delivery either failed or took terribly too long to even find/hire a resource that management committed to clients that warhead, which we did not.


  9. "Benefits and Compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Syntel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have good clients. They offer lots of self paced training.

    Cons

    They are self-insured (not real medical insurance). They hire you and then after you are hired you must interview with the client. They never tell you that… Very few people speak English. Employees that do speak English speak with one of 100 different dialects from India. They are always trying to move you to another city, like NY, New York. Finally they do not pay well.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the prospective employee up-front how the job and company works. Offer your employees real insurance, so they don't have to buy private insurance. Employees are your greatest resource, treat them that way.


  10. "Think about it before you do it."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfield, OH

    I worked at Syntel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry level position
    It's a foot in the door

    Cons

    Unorganized
    No communication
    Leads always talk down to you

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized. Don't make people move their families and vote the year, try to move an entire family again.


  11. "You are just money making machines, no growth, no respect to employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Lead in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Syntel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not much pros, nothing to share

    Cons

    No benefits, ill treatment to employees, you are just money making machines


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