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Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Systems Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Syntel as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Syntel placed me with a large US corporation. It was a faced-paced environment with opportunity to work with Windows and Solaris servers and web apps. I learned some great database skills.
    * I worked full-time for Syntel. They offered two weeks paid vacation, paid holidays and high-deductible medical insurance.
    * I didn't have to worry about the 6 and 12 month contract nuisance since I was full-time with Syntel.

    Cons

    I speak only English and had trouble communicating with my East Indian co-workers. The clients' managers spoke English as a first language and helped me during the initial training. I was isolated, not because people were rude, but because they couldn't talk to me.

    Advice to Management

    Indian managers should let American workers know to really "sell themselves" to management so that their hard work is recognized. Save emails with praise and note any compliments and send them all to your Syntel manager and other Syntel supervisors.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "With syntel you will have a job but no career.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunities are good.
    People with lesser skills can succeed/attain higher positions, this is mainly due to high attrition rate.
    Leave policy at offshore is good.
    10 calendar leaves at onsite (but you may not have to apply for them, so you'll save leaves and get paid for them in the end)
    Med insurance at offshore is good.
    Relaxed atmosphere at offshore for most. Overtime allowance at offshore is fair enough.
    Unlimited sick leaves (not sure if they still have this policy because employees were abusing this big time)
    In hand salary at offshore is good.
    Job security.
    Some big name projects in US and UK and that will help you later in future job search.

    Cons

    Syntel lacks direction/vision.
    No salary increase at onsite/below par salary at offshore (average salary is lower at both onsite and offshore).
    High attrition rate.
    If you're a good resource project won't ever change.
    No investment on employees to get trainings etc.
    Benefits at offshore are pathetic(a friend was having hallucinations and fainted, but health insurance company was not ready to approve a $1000 ultrasound and MRI)
    No infrastructure (only one global development center in more than 30 years!!!).
    Mumbai office is pathetic (dog bit my coworker after he left the office around 8PM :-))
    Most managers/directors only have a BA/B.COM/BSc degree.
    Managers will treat you like you're lucky to have a job.
    I was in Allstate(Northbrook, IL) project and the culture is pathetic, you will be asked to work all night on weekends/weekdays and no recognition for your efforts if you are not a sycophant.
    Do not expect experience letter if you resign at onsite(it is considered a sin).
    Management is not transparent at all.
    You can be asked to leave onsite and relocate with a mere notice of 5-10 days.
    Do not expect your gratuity money, do not expect your PF.
    If you join as a fresher, it will be difficult to leave after 3-4 years because you will have no skills left. Syntel will not invest anything in you.
    I heard many freshers do not get offer letters.
    Internal structure is pathetic - development/QA/Pro support/management/business analyst all are in the same stream.
    Reimbursement of allowances is a headache.
    Do not expect syntel to file Green card.
    Do not expect project changes at onsite (that's for the bigger companies).
    Syntel cannot afford to keep a resource on bench at onsite for even a single day.
    If your position is cut at onsite, syntel will send you back to india even if you are an onsite recruit. They will NOT hunt a project for you.
    No 401K plan for onsite.
    No benefits related to life insurance, disability at onsite
    Average salary in chicago area: programmer analyst/Project lead
    B1 - 2700/3000 (plus salary in india)
    L1 - 2800/3200 after taxes for an unmarried employee (in addition you will also get your salary in India (so total is indian salary + 2800/3200))
    H1 - 62,000/69000(no salary in india)

    This is clearly below par, I have worked for 2 other Indian outsourcing companies after syntel and salary was way more (atleast 20% more)

    Advice to Management

    Have a direction for your company. Invest in your employees, pay them better. Dear founder you the richest indian american in the USA.

  3. "Worrest Experience in Carrer"

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

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

    Pros

    good in salary and role

    Cons

    1. Benefits are not good
    2. Don't expect any bonus or Salary increment
    3. Account managers are one of the dumb guy and when ever client says anything they are not able to defend and wont cover employee if he faces any problem from client side.
    4. No teams coordination in USA Syntel
    5. Account manager don't likes you he will make u to resign
    6. They wont bother about ur skill sets, they need only billing.
    7. Heal care Benefits is not at all good.

    Advice to Management

    Please take employees comments as well. Don't think they are slaves working for you.
    If ur facing any problem with employee please tell him go to other accounts and dont make him scare to work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A 10 year experience with too many lows and very very few highs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing is only the peers and team members who embody the the spirit and help you stay sane and believe things just might improve

    Cons

    Team management and addressing the concerns is the abysmal. The sheer way the Management makes you commit to Client's requirements and later ignores them is astounding to say the least.
    Syntel probably has the worst support staff (HR, Finance, Admin, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Need to show up not just at the beginning of the Project and again at the end. Must be more involved throughout the time.


  5. "Good Potential, poor mid level management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good Talent in Maintenance and support

    Cons

    Mid level management need to improve


  6. "Poor Pay..More pressure"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Smyrna, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offer is much better for lateral hire...Quicker to grow with

    Cons

    Poor pay for Employees deputed from India....
    More pressure because of the competition...

    Advice to Management

    Do not take employees deputed from India as granted..do pay them in par with the market...


  7. "Good for people who wish to start theri career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Syntel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing much . People who cant do technology work like coding can survive easily by bootlicking the managers and can go to cleint site and then try to show off .

    Cons

    No pay increase and high level of internal politics The managers and all higher management are more interested in taking money to their own pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Change all your policies, first identify resources who can really bring change to the company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, There no good thing about this company

    Cons

    Everything is bad, bad management practices, care less about the people.

    Advice to Management

    improve management, care about people.


  9. "Ok Good for freshers bad for experienced personnel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good growth in intial years. Due to company structure easy to get into good projects if u r smart and lucky. Low financial gain though .

    Cons

    Not a good paymaster. Will screw you for money any chance it gets. Long working hours no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Change the way you look at experienced personnel. You are running a sweatshop after a person has paid his dues in the first two to three years


  10. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Union, NJ

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

    Pros

    no pros about syntel. need lots improvment

    Cons

    not good in US, has to improve in all areas

    Advice to Management

    Do better


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