SYKES Reviews

Updated 18 September, 2014
Updated 18 September, 2014
341 Reviews
2.2
341 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sykes work from home cares for it's Employee's a great deal in many ways (in 27 reviews)

  • This company creates a work environment where you want to do your best and then some for the team and the company (in 13 reviews)


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

  • Upper management making high end dollars with little or no raises for those who are generating the business (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Started well, going down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Peterborough, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Peterborough, ON

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

    Pros

    The health Benefits with Blue Cross, most of your co-workers are awesome but thats all that can really be said.

    Cons

    When I started you made more then minimum wage and got raises, now the wages have frozen and your making the minimum which isn't enough to live off. If you can get customers to purchase new services you can get a bonus... but don't expect it to be paid out to you for over 6 months. Good luck getting the extra dollar for your schedule adherence because there will always be something that throws it off.

    Your scheduled hours will fluctuate even if your shift claims to be fixed hours and they are unwilling to work with your needs if you have no vehicle causing some employees to walk home at midnight on an hour + walk no matter if you have health concerns, are male or female (even if pregnant). Do NOT expect to have any help.

    They don't care that it's a non-scent environment, if you are allergic you better be prepared to loose hours that they will not reimburse you for and will count against you and not do anything against those that violate the scent policy even if it forces co-workers to go to the hospital.

    They require you to do over 20 things on one call which most customers have absolutely no interest in allowing you to do and you can be penalized even if you do everything right because the customer didn't like how you did it.

    Endless company jargon with no importance that they require you to spout back t them at every meeting.

    Oh and the blue cross benefits are not helpful in most cases as most places require you to pay for the services first as the health care professionals (glasses, etc) do not take the benefits upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back the raises, be more flexible with employees schedules and pay more then minimum wage if your going to stress your reps out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much stress for too little money.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - At Home Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - At Home Customer Service Representative

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

    Pros

    Schedule is a set one which is nice.

    Cons

    The wages are a joke for what we have to put up with. Too stressful for minimum wage. Too much abuse from customers and the expectation that every customer will be happy after talking to us is unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the wages so people will want to stay. The schedule is not bad. Stop being unrealistic in expectations of how we can resolve 100% of customer concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON

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

    Pros

    The job in question was initially a very low stress job, dealing with basic inquiries from customers.

    Cons

    No permanant long term schedules as every week you could be working different hours and have different days off rather than have the same shift for a few weeks at a time. Busy hours were under staffed, off hours were over staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the schedules that a person has the same shift for a month at a time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad if you can meet metrics and deal with Stress, but outsourcing cost me my job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TSR  in  Pikeville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - TSR in Pikeville, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent Team Environment if you work FOR Sykes in their centers for the most part. Work at Home, I am not sure but based on what I have heard its completely different. You get to handle and fix issues for customers that can be satisfying in itself depending on the attitude of the customer.

    Cons

    Bad Calls or Customer contact can deter workers from wanting to do a good job. Meeting Metrics is more important than the Quality / Solution to the problem. Techs who meet Metrics regardless of whether or not the Customer is satisfied or problem resolved get rewarded, whereas the REAL Techs that fix the problems, that do not meet Metrics get penalized. This is NOT a good system to use. Whoever came up with this system needs to be tar and feathered. Pay is not that good in regards to the stress levels and overall work experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Company: Reward your Techs for 'fixing" the problems and providing a good customer service to the community. Metrics do not mean as much as you think and Customers care more about solutions than getting rushed off the phone. Last but not least, stop the outsourcing. You are sacrificing quality for quantity (US Citizens do not like to talk to non-English (coherent) speaking people for the most part. Your contributing to the decline of the economy in the USA. Stop being greedy and start helping your country / fellow Americans rather than hurting them.

    My advice to Management: Treat your Team Members with respect in ALL situations. Work with them not against them and you will have better results. Difficult problems take time and consideration to fix. Stop penalizing your techs for trying to fix problems. Customers stay longer and spend more money with companies they feel are "trying" to help them. Pay your people more and they will do a better job and feel better about their self and the company they work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Forget about Sykes. There are plenty of better companies to work for in Budapest.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    -Regular working schedule on normal hours.

    Cons

    - Very few possibilities to actually do your job in helping the customers due to the very restrictive company policy, which at the same time lacks transparency, leading to employees being able to provide nothing more than lip-service to the clients.
    - Lack of true leadership who dare to defend those workers who are in a vulnerable position, in case of an uneven conflict, harassment or bullying.
    - No chances for advancement.
    - Wages are a laugh in relation to the stress level one has to put up with (two people doing the job of five).
    - No recognition of and use for ones talents, nor any appreciation for the efforts one puts in, unless one belongs to the manager's board's favourites.
    - Favouritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Built a service structure in which we actually can do our job helping the customers.
    -See the qualities and appreciate the efforts of EVERY employee EQUALLY, and not just of those you "like" for superficial reasons of status, appearance or "sociability".
    -Pay the employees at the lowest stratum of the hierarchy more wage, when they need to do almost double work due to teams being understaffed.
    -Take action when employees get bullied or harrassed by their direct superiors.

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

    If you have no life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    The benifits are a great price

    Cons

    They do not ask and do not care about your schedule. Ex. Childcare or continuing your education

    You are only allowed 4 days off every six months and if you want more days it is up to multiple people and if you meet their goals to get days off.

    They want you to provide great customer care, but wheb your issues need resolved they tell you to call a number no one answers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask people their availability before hiring.

  8.  

    Underpaid for amount of work and training does not prepare for over half live calls

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent  in  Lakeland, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Lakeland, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Hiring process was long but welcoming pre-employment team is great! Team leads are awesome and very helpful as well.

    Cons

    Training was not satisfactory, spent majority of the time reading articles ver-batim and not enough hands on training, listening to calls and watching use of tools. Not enough pay for the demanding calls and all of the resources necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the pre-employment and leadership is great! The training however was long yet not helpful at all when applied to live calls. Instead of practicing live calls and using our tools we spent most of our time reading articles. Time would have been better spent listening to live calls and watching pro agents use their tools and resources properly during calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    msr

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    8 wks course so it gives you time to learn the software used and they test once a week to make sure you are learning the material.

    Cons

    The benefits are not as affordable as expected especially when the pay is pretty low already.

  10.  

    At Sykes I was a Customer Care Agent for AT&T

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative  in  Eugene, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Eugene, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    I loved assisting the customers and I loved my co-workers

    Cons

    I didn't like it that the customer care agent were trained for 7 weeks, but the corporate store and retail clerks were trained only 2 weeks. 75% of our calls were dealing with how the corporate/stores had messed up customer accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train care agents and clerks the same way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Spokane, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with had great dedication to the QA department

    Cons

    No backing from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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