Syntel

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Syntel Reviews

Updated 30 January, 2015
Updated 30 January, 2015
682 Reviews
2.9
682 Reviews
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term (in 90 reviews)

  • Work life balance is excellent as they rarely require you to stay over time (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship (in 22 reviews)

  • no work life balance,stretch hours are hectic at times (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place for new learnings and employers growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Best place to start the career as software engineer

    Cons

    much cons are not available .As of now its doing exceptionally well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its doing best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    salary hike

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

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    good to work with syntel as fresher

    Cons

    less hikes compared to other mnc's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working with Syntel KPO was very really nice.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Lots of things to learn and acquire professional skills. Very nice company culture and nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Promotion rate is very low as well as salary hike is also dissatisfactory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people like castles. Pick wisely and give them full credibility.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work at Syntel and commit career suicide ...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead I in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Project Lead I in Pune (India)

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Anybody can get a job here ...
    2. There is complete job security, the useless can stick around for a lifetime and build careers by just sucking up to your managers ..

    Cons

    1. Poor leadership .. no involvement with the developers . Every manager spends 90% of his time pleasing his boss. a Manager does not know the names of his developers
    2. Extremely poor support systems, Finance, HR, Admin, Transport, VISA are different countries with no connectivity
    3. Each of the above departments have their own systems - Imagine having to raise an onsite travel request ..
    4. The HR are the most callous and rude people, or wait is that the Finance department ? Every unit of this company competes to make the employees life living hell.
    5. You can escalate your problems to your management - but then you become the "black sheep" and anyway no one bothers about the real issue.
    6. The transport is managed by goons and its a genuine safety issue.
    7. The appraisal system is a joke, there is no data captured in the system and everything is perception based. This is good if your manager loves you though.
    8. The company is money minded and employees are NOT the most important Asset. Expense reports require 7 levels of approvals and the finance department acts as if they are paying money from their own pockets even for genuine expenses
    9. From a business standpoint, Clients see Syntel as a staffing company and there are very few large clients and value added work being done here
    10. This is a classic case of how a stick gets the work done
    11. They have a 5S value system which stands for Simple, Smart, Stretch, Synergy and Speed .. but once you get inside you realize it stands for Stupidity, Sycophancy, Slowness, Selfishness, Stingy ..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice to the management falls on deaf years so its a moot point.

    1. They could do with a little bit of Humility, listening to the employees, reduce arrogance, improve internal systems and processes, make the support departments accountable to the employees, reduce red-tape ..
    2. Succession planning, 1-on-1 interviews, fair and transparent performance assessments.
    3. Encourage different ideas, allow the people to speak and appear to listen
    One could write a book here ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Date of Joining Changed

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Not Yet Joined in the company

    Cons

    They have released the offer and requested to join before dd-Jan2015, based on this I got relieved earlier from my previous company and sent mail to HR saying I would be able to join 5 days earlier the given date, however now they extend the date by 10 Days because of this am loosing almost 20 days salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value the Employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Test Manager

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

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Don't think of much. Only thing is lateral recruit salary at offshore is good.

    Cons

    HR Policies and Management is in the bad shape. Managers think they are the bosses and they can drive the show like they are running their own business. I joined as PM and I reported to PL at offshore. What a pity? Now if they are transferring you to other location then manager will say I don't have budget do not claim too much expenses. Over all HR and Expense claim dept is pathetic. They take months to approve smaller expenses as well. After moving onsite again they took months to approve expenses. And if you are relocating at onshore it is a big curse. you have pay out of pocket expenses as well. For claiming all these you have to fight and literally beg to the finance dept or HR. And at onsite you have to be ready for any role available otherwise go back to offshore. PDAC will give you threats to call back. :-). bcoz of all this I quit Syntel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the HR policies and top level management if you want good growth. I heard one of the speech from CEO when he was in Gurgaon office. And I raised couple of questions. He was unable to answer and he told directly if someone is not liking you can quit and find opportunities outside. From top to middle management needs refinement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    If you are very complacent

    Cons

    lack of systems and processes, archaic systems, bad HR policies, bad facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pl improve HR policies and benefits and employ people according to need and not just to fill up positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst holding H1B visa

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    A good company to gain initial experience in variety of areas.
    Very less end to end development project but lot of staff augmentation projects which give immense opportunity for a business analyst profile.
    Lot of onsite opportunities

    Cons

    After few years of experience you outgrow and become over mature to organization policies and culture. Seems that the organization and people do not evolve with time.
    Growth is very difficult for a business analyst unless career is oriented towards moving to delivery/project management.
    Taking advantage of people who travel on H1B visa by giving them less salary, less benefits as compared to their US peers. That is why they have a high attrition rate. They had a bond of Rs. 250000 for any employee who travels to the US but now it has been increased to Rs. 500000. People holding H1B and joining Syntel beware.
    Anyone can become anything in Syntel. Even a person who does not have enough business knowledge, business sense and cannot speak proper english can get promoted and get in to management level role
    Policies are not employee friendly and still very less people raise their voice
    Lack of professional culture
    Appraisal system is a joke as ratings get normalized if you are not in the good books of the manager. Even if there is a good rating there is no salary increase for onsite people
    Benefits are a joke for people travelling onsite from India. Even though employees pay for the premium coverage is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing bond amount without improving policies will only cause weak people to travel. If a strong candidate travels to the US, he will move out despite of the bond amount
    Improve the appraisal system by implementing 360 degree appraisal for anyone who is involved in a managerial role
    If you focus too much on the operating margins then forget about the topline growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Only onsite

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

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

    Pros

    Good onsite opportunity/ no work pressue

    Cons

    No good project no good technology

  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Cutting edge technologies
    Global team
    Good senior team

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance
    Employee benefits are not upto market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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