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SYKES Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.5 298 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes

Chuck Sykes

(160 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    absolutely hell

    Customer Service (Current Employee) Sydney, NS

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sykes sucks at being a progressive company

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a joke

    Call Center Agent (Current Employee) Sherbrooke, QC

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

    ConsStressful, 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad memories

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) London, ON

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

    ConsVery stressful and demanding job.

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

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Sydney, NS

    ProsSome co-workers made the day bearable.

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementHave 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Call centre contracted to Westpac Bank. Laughable place to work

    Inbound Customer Service Agent (Current Employee) Gold Coast (Australia)

    ProsYoung, fun, group of people to meet/ work with.
    Learning about financial products/banking
    Its easy to get away with not doing any work as the managers are total airheads.

    ConsManagement are absolutely useless and it will ruin your time at work. Staff have been underpaid for a month and it won't be corrected for months as team managers are very unhelpful. You will be thrown in the deep end with little training and no support. Team Managers will not answer questions, you are told to look it up whilst customers are getting angry on the phone awaiting a simple answer to be confirmed when you are unsure. You will deal with abusive customers everyday and when they ask to speak to a manager the managers will make excuses to speak and have you deal with them in other ways. You may not be comfortable with the work you are undertaking and you will still be trained into extra departments (e.g complaints line) without a choice and with no pay rise. You will be Never will be appreciated for doing good work only spoken to when you are being coached on how to reach unrealistic targets. Thing I have learnt most over the year is Westpac is actually a terrible bank so be prepared to deal with complaints and abusive customers. After 6 months if you are always well behaved and have good statistics you can apply for a team manager position where you will earn a massive increase of 50 cents per hour. There is no where to progress from team manager. This is essentially a call centre who has no real connection with Westpac bank.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeam managers are first point of contact for all employees. Hire competent people with management experience, not people with neck and face tattoos who are looking for the 50c pay rise per hour. I've never seen such a massive staff turn over at a workplace, it's clearly because the staff are just treated as numbers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OMG STEER CLEAR!

    Customer Service Agent (Current Employee) Allentown, PA (US)

    ProsNothing, absolutely nothing, nada, zilch, zero, oh wait...I do enjoy my fellow trainees, the trainers...and that's it!

    ConsOn your initial interview, you will be told different things that are later wrong. There are no new hire packets distributed so everyone gets different info depending on whom you speak to.

    They basically hire anyone with a pulse. Start you at slave wages and no raises. You can't hey straight answers on benefits, dress code, etc.

    No using your computer to even look at your paycheck stub to print out; you must use the one and only "kiosk" in the break room.

    No entrance to see anyone in HR or the site secretary. Oh and if you have questions about HR related issues, good luck. Pour site was told HR comes to the office on a non scheduled basis.

    I was told benefits world begin after 30 days, they don't for 60 days. The health insurance offered had no out of pocket maximum so you just keep paying till you die. The plan is SO bad that it doesn't even qualify under the Affordable Care Act!

    Unless you enjoy being lied to and making $9.50 an hour, don't even apply.

    Hours at this site vary from 11am to 11pm est, and right now are M-F however, because we do Medicare, during October through February, you will be working weekends too!

    It's just a Mickey Mouse operation, oh wait, Disney isn't lame!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a freaking clue!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ghetto

    Member Service Representative (Current Employee) Fayetteville, NC (US)

    Prosno pros what so ever for working at this company ,this is the worst job I've worked,the pay is bad ,the management is worst

    ConsNo proper training,no structure,put it like this my very 1st day of training the person from HR came to talk to the class and while she was talking she was painting her fingernails,she also told us that she was in a fight during her time in training and still got promoted ..wow

    Advice to Senior Managementinterview people who have management experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience with sykes has been wonderful, I learned so much from this place.

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Fayetteville, NC (US)

    ProsThe good thing about sykes is the fact that they are always training of they ensure that we have extensive training in every thing that our job entails. I also like the fact when allow us to voice our opinion about things that we like or do not like

    ConsThe most important con working at Sykes would have to be the pay.they do not pay us enough

    Advice to Senior Managementno thank you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Downward Spiral

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance is ok. Most colleagues from my department are ok.

    ConsVery very limited training, zero financial growth, nepotism.
    The global/corporate leadership, as well as the local leadership in the Philippines lack vision and foresight. Since 2010, it seemed that the company mantra is to remove very talented individuals for the sake if either nepotism or meeting the gross profit margins.
    The management, almost everyone with power, can't handle change. The arrogance is overwhelming. I'm starting to think that everyone was issued nostalgia glasses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate: stop bickering. Do something about nepotism in your ranks.
    Sykes Asia: target growth in every direction. Be more aggressive in expanding the business AND ensuring employee satisfaction. Also, do something about nepotism. It has become an epidemic. It can be found both in and out of your call center operations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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