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Syntel Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "Not a good company for staying long"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Lead in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Test Lead in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary for US hires

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good

    Advice to Management

    Improve process


  2. "Peoplesoft Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer Level III/Tech Lead in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer Level III/Tech Lead in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for fresher's but not for People for who are Lateral hires.. Manager not even see your face where you work.. And will get email saying we have to increase business..

    Cons

    Typical consulting company , Very less projects on Peoplesoft


  3. "Project lead"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Syntel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice company to work. New projects, Nice technology

    Cons

    Managerial politicis is too much...

    Advice to Management

    Improve it


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  5. "Only if it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software QA in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Fair starting pay for those just out of college who may not have went to HUGE universities.
    *Decent training program on-shore. Full pay while in school.
    *Nice managers.

    Cons

    *The travel team is terrible you have to jump through hoops to get a hotel or rental car renewed. Relocating is horrible.
    *Extremely disorganized company.
    *Even if you are hired for a position you may find you are pressured into a relocation before you every start working.
    *Relocation compensation is not very good compared to other companies.
    *Poor communication. You might have 6 different managers and none of them seem to be the right one to report to.

    Advice to Management

    *Answer questions openly and honestly, don't beat around the bush.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    More onsite for the freshers

    Cons

    More layoff in the current year


  7. "Syntel - Join only if you have no other options"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Us recruits basic pay comparatively good

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Poor benefits.
    No clear career path.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Average Company OK to join and come to onshore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Good for freshers as you will get H1B easily if you are a good performer.
    2) There are few good people here and there who are good.
    3) People less then 5 years of exp can learn good things

    Cons

    Being a small company they get pressurized by client to work with fewer resources on big projects with strict timelines. Resources generally work for 12 hours at offshore.
    Potfolio manager only wants to promote himself and his friend. You will see him receiving all the awards which others deserve.
    No clarity on growth if you have joined onshore.
    H1B people who want to join for growth should not come here.
    Think only as a stop Gap arrangement

    Advice to Management

    Separate the reporting process of onshore and offshore employees.
    Have a 360 degree feedback on managers.
    More clarity of roles


  9. "Do not join this company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Due to excessive attrition, suddenly you might get recognition and promotion if you remain the only guy not to leave the company.
    2) Say what you want about the management, the crop of developers in Syntel are one of the best. Really awesome bunch.
    3) $100 per month for parking. Beat that!!

    Cons

    1) This is related to #1 in pros. If you are critical to the project for some reason, and there is no one else to replace you, you will get a promotion a year, and a lot of pressure throughout to create your replacement. Otherwise, forget about it. I have seen people stagnate at the same position for years and years.
    2) Excessive attrition - When I quit this company, the entire team in US had quit within a 2 month span. That would have been a horrible setback to the people who came in to the team after me. Everyone who joins Syntel does so with the complete knowledge of the associated risks, and understands they do so just as a stepping stone to something bigger. That is why there is a huge attrition rate in this company.
    3) Small company mentality - gets easily bullied by certain clients to accept cost cuts and resource reduction in critical teams, which heaps excessive pressure on the remaining team.
    4) Technology - Syntel's primary focus is mainframe, followed by .NET. If you are a fresher joining in India, and are from a computer science background , you generally get trained in .NET, if you are from a non-computer science background, you generally get trained in mainframe. They are content to keep trying for more projects in the 4-5 major clients they have and all of them have major focus on these technologies. So as someone who is joining this company new, you could be stuck in a technology, where people have been working for around 40 years.
    5) No value for innovation - Much of Syntel's work is repetitive, with utter disregard for the innovative ideas that employees bring to the table. Granted, they have a lot of awards to recognize various values and innovations from the team, but even these are used as bargaining tools by managers. I knew a person who got denied a promotion, and was told that he got an award that quarter and he should be content.
    6) Salary - This is the clincher - Syntel is one of the lowest paying companies, beaten only by Patni(now IGate). If you have travelled from offshore to onshore, you get paid an abysmally low figure, which is quite depressing considering the amount of work you are asked to put in. Also, I have seen cases where the US recruited employees are also paid really low amount. With the amount of workload that they heap on you, join only if the pay is good.
    7) Favoritism & Nepotism - Both run high in Syntel. Never dare to disrespect some manager to a fellow team member, might turn out to be brother/sister/wife/sister-in-law/brother-in-law/cousin etc. Also, there is a lot of favoritism if you are from the same part of India as the manager.

    Advice to Management

    Read the cons section, way too many things.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Business Analyst holding H1B visa"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good company to gain initial experience in variety of areas.
    Very less end to end development project but lot of staff augmentation projects which give immense opportunity for a business analyst profile.
    Lot of onsite opportunities

    Cons

    After few years of experience you outgrow and become over mature to organization policies and culture. Seems that the organization and people do not evolve with time.
    Growth is very difficult for a business analyst unless career is oriented towards moving to delivery/project management.
    Taking advantage of people who travel on H1B visa by giving them less salary, less benefits as compared to their US peers. That is why they have a high attrition rate. They had a bond of Rs. 250000 for any employee who travels to the US but now it has been increased to Rs. 500000. People holding H1B and joining Syntel beware.
    Anyone can become anything in Syntel. Even a person who does not have enough business knowledge, business sense and cannot speak proper english can get promoted and get in to management level role
    Policies are not employee friendly and still very less people raise their voice
    Lack of professional culture
    Appraisal system is a joke as ratings get normalized if you are not in the good books of the manager. Even if there is a good rating there is no salary increase for onsite people
    Benefits are a joke for people travelling onsite from India. Even though employees pay for the premium coverage is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing bond amount without improving policies will only cause weak people to travel. If a strong candidate travels to the US, he will move out despite of the bond amount
    Improve the appraisal system by implementing 360 degree appraisal for anyone who is involved in a managerial role
    If you focus too much on the operating margins then forget about the topline growth


  11. "syntel review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have processes defined for everything but they bend the processes for themselves or the closed ones.

    Cons

    Not employee friendly
    They bend the processes for few indiciduals as per the convenience.
    Leadership team lacks skills big time.

    Advice to Management

    Kindly improve your skills to have a better work force and work environment.


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