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  1.  

    Unsatisfactory

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in Powai, Maharashtra (India)
    Former Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in Powai, Maharashtra (India)

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Pick & drop facilities at every one hour after 10 pm.

    Cons

    High pressure, hostile culture, arrogant and unhelpful team leader & manager, lack of sitting space, worst food, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend something for employees so that they feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    As a fresher, I couldn't get the needed exposure to work for project.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    1) Onsite Opportunities
    2) Recreation activities

    Cons

    1) No work-life balance
    2) You can't avail the cab at night if you don't pay 1000Rs minimum as bus pass
    3) Full of incompetent people
    4) Telugu politics
    5) Poor Projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should stop give respect to employees. Try to keep employees happy because forcefully you can make the person do extra work, but if the work is not done wholeheartedly, it defeats the purpose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Do not join this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in Louisville, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    1) Due to excessive attrition, suddenly you might get recognition and promotion if you remain the only guy not to leave the company.
    2) Say what you want about the management, the crop of developers in Syntel are one of the best. Really awesome bunch.
    3) $100 per month for parking. Beat that!!

    Cons

    1) This is related to #1 in pros. If you are critical to the project for some reason, and there is no one else to replace you, you will get a promotion a year, and a lot of pressure throughout to create your replacement. Otherwise, forget about it. I have seen people stagnate at the same position for years and years.
    2) Excessive attrition - When I quit this company, the entire team in US had quit within a 2 month span. That would have been a horrible setback to the people who came in to the team after me. Everyone who joins Syntel does so with the complete knowledge of the associated risks, and understands they do so just as a stepping stone to something bigger. That is why there is a huge attrition rate in this company.
    3) Small company mentality - gets easily bullied by certain clients to accept cost cuts and resource reduction in critical teams, which heaps excessive pressure on the remaining team.
    4) Technology - Syntel's primary focus is mainframe, followed by .NET. If you are a fresher joining in India, and are from a computer science background , you generally get trained in .NET, if you are from a non-computer science background, you generally get trained in mainframe. They are content to keep trying for more projects in the 4-5 major clients they have and all of them have major focus on these technologies. So as someone who is joining this company new, you could be stuck in a technology, where people have been working for around 40 years.
    5) No value for innovation - Much of Syntel's work is repetitive, with utter disregard for the innovative ideas that employees bring to the table. Granted, they have a lot of awards to recognize various values and innovations from the team, but even these are used as bargaining tools by managers. I knew a person who got denied a promotion, and was told that he got an award that quarter and he should be content.
    6) Salary - This is the clincher - Syntel is one of the lowest paying companies, beaten only by Patni(now IGate). If you have travelled from offshore to onshore, you get paid an abysmally low figure, which is quite depressing considering the amount of work you are asked to put in. Also, I have seen cases where the US recruited employees are also paid really low amount. With the amount of workload that they heap on you, join only if the pay is good.
    7) Favoritism & Nepotism - Both run high in Syntel. Never dare to disrespect some manager to a fellow team member, might turn out to be brother/sister/wife/sister-in-law/brother-in-law/cousin etc. Also, there is a lot of favoritism if you are from the same part of India as the manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons section, way too many things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    ok ok but not for lonng term

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Good inhand salary,no transaparency in policies and appraisal,

    Cons

    hectic projects,mean managers,undeserving people as leads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have organisational behaviour classes for seniors and dump onsite peoples

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Environment is good in chennai and pune gdc.

    Cons

    Compension is very less compare to other companies.
    Doesnt have much career growth.
    Maintenance must be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mangement team is not that much good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    good exposure
    Helped me once when it was much needed
    Two ratings i gave because of few good people in Project

    Cons

    Rubbish management
    People are slogging
    Appraisal are done without discussion
    Company has own policies
    HR are idiots
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Useless to advise them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Management is poor and biased, hike is less

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Good company to start your career only if you are lucky to fall in good project
    Good projects in Java, J2EE
    Good onsite opportunities

    Cons

    Doesn't utilize the talents
    Very poor management
    Uses H1 visa to make employees stay, they don't give eventually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide what someone deserves and utilize talents

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great for fresher's as lots of learning opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Work till you drop, so immense learning scope. Guaranteed onsite but you have to wait couple of years depending on your project

    Cons

    No incentives, life can be mundane if work pressure is not there.
    Salary lowest among contemporaries.
    Regional bias in some locations.
    Talent is not appreciated, u just wait for your turn to get rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spot and recognise hardworking people.
    Give more emphasis to talent than experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to learn if you are lucky.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Good location
    2. Good place to learn if you are under proper managers.
    3. Onsite opportunity is nice.

    Cons

    1. Bad management in senior level
    2. Long bench period
    3. Poor talent management
    4. Poor internal hike
    5. Work life balance is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a change in senior management. Increase in revenue is good for the organization but organization need to think regarding employees also.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good for high pressure intense learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning
    Role flexibility
    Good growth in niche technology practices
    Good place for ambitious, aspirational people

    Cons

    Low performers play dirty politics to sabotage efforts of high performing individuals
    Rampant regionalism, favoritism
    Retention policy only exists for extremely motivated and high performing people
    Little synergy, lots of squabbling between teams and practices
    Low benefits, incentives, quantum of variable pay always on lower side
    People driven and not process driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Processes exist but only to pay lip service
    Scope of retention policy needs to be extended beyond the currently (very few) high performing individuals, keep company profile in mind - service oriented companies need to retain moderate performers as well (in a non-recessive market)
    HR needs to be a lot more receptive
    Provide better benefits, incentives; increase quantum of variable pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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