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Tata Consultancy Services Canada Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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Tata Consultancy Services CEO & Managing Director Natarajan Chandrasekaran
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  • Work-life balance depends on project where you are working (in 738 reviews)

  • lot of politics more than mamta banerjee or feku kejriwal (in 215 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not recommended for New Grads"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly easy to get hired by TCS without requiring much technical work experience.
    Salary is average and you have some job security. As a new grad, you will go through an initial technical and cultural (indian) training which is fully paid. If you are not assigned to a client for a month, you still get full pay. I've heard of people who have not been assigned to a client for more than 6 months yet they still get full pay.

    Cons

    The initial technical training is good but often feels rushed. The cultural and mandatory training is very Indian based and seems out of place. It's almost as if you will be working in India. They show you a history of India and how people in India think and behave. That's because ALL the TCS management is Indian.

    TCS has clients all over GTA. In the job description it says "great flexibility in work location", but this is a complete lie. They absolutely don't care where you live and will put you on the other side of the city. Once you are assigned to a client, you are pretty much there forever (unless the client ends contract with TCS) and you have no say what so ever. They will refuse your change of client request. There's no work from home option and no flexibility in working hours.

    Once you are at client site, for about a month you will do absolutely nothing productive. You just have to show your face everyday and do some outdated online training.
    The quality of your work life will depend entirely on what manager you are assigned to. You will often be put on projects that are behind schedule and the manager is very frustrated. There is very little training or mentor-ship on the specific tools needed which makes it unpleasant experience for you. A lot of times even the people who are in lead position have very little idea about the project it self.
    The management is all about quantity. As long as you show consistent high numbers of tasks everyday, that's all that matters. Respect for employees goes out the door when things aren't looking good. You will be blamed for working slow even though it had nothing to do with you, and you are demanded to work longer hours and work on weekends week after week, without compensation.
    Once the project is coming to end and there's less work, you will be thrown into completely different project without any notice like disposable worker.

    Lot of politics, micro managing and tracking of hours. Constantly getting told to submit detailed "minutes" worked on what, every single day. On top of that, also need to submit weekly tracking of activities to justify your hours.

    High turnover. Out of the initial group of people that were hired, nearly half the people quit before 1 year.

    Terrible if you are trying to get some real developer experience since you will be doing monitoring or manual testing mostly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, treat them with respect, provide better training, provide work location preference.


  2. "Not a good place overall"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most coworkers are nice, helpful and supportive

    Cons

    Put developers on manual testing
    Horrible management

    Advice to Management

    Need to work more on people management and how to make employees stay

  3. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Competitive Pay and Benefits.

    Cons

    - You are good to work here if you have an Indian mentality and want to be treated like a slave
    - Management lies to the clients as well as their employees
    - You are just a pretty Onsite face for TCS, they give most of the stuff to the offshore team.
    - Not a good place for the freshers.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good place to work for ....really bad"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security , Salary is ok for QA.

    Cons

    Everything else, job satisfaction, management, job location, so much politics

    1) So much politics, everything is for a show. Even though there is not much work sometimes, you have report your work on hourly basis.
    2) They keep stitching you from project to project without any training without ant notice
    3) No control of job location. You can be told to go to a total different location with 2 days of notice
    4) I have heard stories of they making people cry, cause they harass so much. I have experienced this situation myself
    5) You will be forced to work long hours and weekend support without any compensation. And blame you for being slow.
    6) They treat their employees like slaves. So much of Indian mentality. It is not going to work with us Canadians.

    Advice to Management

    They should not treat their employees like slaves. They might be doing this to get more international/offshore labor instead of hiring the locals, but this is not a good way.


  5. "HR may lie about your position and job title in Toronto"

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    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Low risk of losing your job

    Flexible hours

    You don't necessarily need a Computer Science degree to get a job in software. (They accept math or other engineering degrees as well)

    Cons

    Your career goals may be disregarded

    Most employees are incompetent (and so can you!)

    Uncompensated overtime. There is a prevailing culture of working through lunch and working late hours frequently.

    Your job may be to sit in a chair and be billable to a client.

    Little diversity in the workplace. (90% of employees are Indian born)

    Advice to Management

    Management appears to be trying to fix the diversity problem by hiring local, however the practice of spreading out all of the local hires leaves everyone miserable.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Work with TCS only as a last option !!"

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    Former Employee - SBA in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SBA in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tata Consultancy Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not a single one, if you getting job as security guard take that job ...

    Cons

    Feel like back home work environment, too much politics, long hours, lack of professionalism, chaos and confusion across the board, favoritism, unethical business practices, no support from managers , the list goes on..

    Advice to Management

    Time to open eyes


  7. "Global IT Company which needs to think more globally"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    TCS is a quickly expanding global IT consultancy company so there are plenty of exciting career opportunities and opportunities to transfer internationally.

    Cons

    All major decisions are made out of TCS's global head office in India so there is very limited opportunity to have any influence or say in how the company is run from outside of the country. It is also extremely difficult to be recruited or promoted into a senior role, such as head of department, as the vast majority of these roles are taken by expats employed in India.

    Advice to Management

    Create PLCs across the globe representing each of the countries TCS operates in, or at least each geographical area such as EMEA or North America, to better serve your clients and your associates.

  8. "analyst"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    a starter to your career for non-expert, average / below average people with limited skill set.

    Cons

    low pay, high expectation, no / minimal learning (mostly support is required), servicing like a servant to client (whatever non-sense clients say you should say "OK" with no complaint!), There is not a north american culture within the company (mainly Indian people (brown people) work with this company in NA, barely a white person has been hired since I worked there!!), working with many immigrants/temporary workers on work permit from India/pakistan who do not know the life style in NA, annoying manager who does micromanaging, non-accommodating human resource associates (dont expect any raise or promotion), horrible vacation benefits, no work/life balance (you work in the weekends), and etc.


  9. "I do not recommend this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big well known company but nothing else to say as pro

    Cons

    Very little work life balance, benefits below market, and little diversity in the company


  10. "Cheap"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Developer in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Developer in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great for people who have no life in Canada ( which is still better than life in India)
    - Good place for immigrants to get started..

    Cons

    - Extremely bureaucratic
    - Agonizing wait of 30 days hold for reimbursement of services !!
    - Very low contract rates

    Advice to Management

    Please speak in English when other people around you do not speak you native language. I have seen senior managers speaking in Telugu, Tamil or Hindi in meetings - very arrogant and unprofessional attitude.


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