SYKES Reviews

Updated 18 September, 2014
Updated 18 September, 2014
336 Reviews
2.2
336 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
Chuck Sykes
179 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home opportunity that allows some flexibility (in 19 reviews)

  • great benefits, gives consideration to undergraduates,good BPO company for starters, good working environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • It's a fairly typical call center: a lot of people have bad attitudes and the supervisors are masochistic (in 11 reviews)

  • Team managers are selected due to their stats, very poor management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    absolutely hell

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Sydney, NS
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Sydney, NS

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the other people , who are your co-workers, are going through the same things

    Cons

    always on your back about something, extremely micromanaged, they tell you anything good.. about what you are doing.. just yelling up and down the halls like a madwoman

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some that are qualified, more than 40 % of the agents out on stress leave.. what does that tell you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sykes sucks at being a progressive company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Only pro is benefits plan but that doesn't help with day to day living

    Cons

    No wage increases. No monetary bonuses just stupid contests. In a year there I have won a pen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management. They all have their heads stuck down in the sand. Ask them anything you don't get an answer and they don't even have courtesy to even try to get one

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a joke

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center Agent  in  Sherbrooke, QC
    Current Employee - Call Center Agent in Sherbrooke, QC

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay is not THAT bad and coworkers are really nice. Thats all. Really.

    Cons

    Stressful, customers are abusive, change of queue non-stop with a day of calls back to back then the day after nearly nothing, the blind leading the blind *Really, the supervisors are terrible*

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the supervisors are people who have worked in the departement for more than one week... I don't care if they can small talk and calm the employe, if they cannot help with the system and know nothing about what is the job on the floor, they are worth nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad memories

    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  London, ON
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in London, ON

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good for unexperienced or unemployed, easy to get a job.

    Cons

    Very stressful and demanding job.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly run - management constantly over your back - unattainable metrics - In one word: NIGHTMARE.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Sydney, NS
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sydney, NS

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some co-workers made the day bearable.

    Cons

    Where to begin? GROSSLY mismanaged, favoritism, favoritism, favoritism.
    Weekly metrics structured so it was impossible to meet goal in all areas.
    Benefits too expensive based on wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a corporate headhunter sit in on operations for 30 days so in fairness to the employees and the good of the center in general you will have the opportunity to either be (a) retrained and have the opportunity to upgrade your credentials or (b) walked out the door entirely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sykes retention agent for At&t

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lakeland, FL (US)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great for networking for other jobs in the future. Since most people that work there are always looking for new employment opportunities they share other job openings for other companies

    Cons

    Totally filled with drama and no one ever knows what they are doing as far as management and Human Resources goes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Negative reviews understate mismanagement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at SYKES part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work at home with flexible hours

    Cons

    Tons of unpaid work time is fertile ground for lawsuits.
    Metrics are a disservice to Sykes' clients because they do not measure performance.
    Frequent technical problems are always blamed on CSRs,
    Training is inadequate and sometimes wrong. CSRs who cannot learn independently get fired.
    CSRs cannot access necessary tools and databases due to Sykes mismanagement.
    Team leads do not support CSRs because they are abused even worse.
    Promises are worthless. They tell CSRs what they want to hear, then do what management wants..
    CSRs are not allowed to talk to each other, management, nor HR.
    Destruction of evidence -- they delete chat logs and emails showing company misconduct. Copy-and-paste is disabled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen. The only ways to get through are lawsuits, Dept of Labor regulation, and maybe competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sucks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Lakeland, FL (US)

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    there are none this is like the worst company ever

    Cons

    they steal money out of your pay checks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Aweful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    I work in malvern. Nothing good. This company is the worst. For the love of god don't do it.

    Cons

    No respect. No one follows through with what the say. Really bad upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get you stuff together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Run AWAY!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Can't think of any...Oh, the Bathrooms were clean.

    Cons

    Terrible hours/pay with no negotiation. Terrible treatment by supervisors in a pass-the-buck environment. A Place filled with empty promises to advance, but what they fail to mention is that advancement only comes to those on the good ole' boys system...oh, and also without a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tear it down and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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