SYKES

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SYKES Reviews

Updated 15 November 2014
Updated 15 November 2014
369 Reviews
2.2
369 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 12 reviews)

  • Company events that focus more on drinking by and with upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A company managed by inferior people who will only employ even for inferior people..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sydney
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sydney

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

    Pros

    My particular assignment was in was easy breezy, I had lots of free time to do other things (which shall go undescribed), but this pro is specific to me.

    Cons

    My experience was that they didn't promote according to merit. My businesses don't, unfortunately, but this company takes the cake. The out-going supervisor employed his old school friend --- who was SO illiterate he couldn't spell simple words correctly. Neither could he type more than 10 words a minute. The old school friend brought the whole show into collapse when the client (whose offices we worked in) fired Sykes and got a fresh team. The "old school friend", hired unmeritoriously, has been unemployed ever since.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a culture of sensing talent and giving recognition and reward for it. Realize that hiring on the basis of friendship can cause loss to the company and, as I witnessed, loss to your own job.

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

    Call centre contracted to Westpac Bank. Laughable place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inbound Customer Service Agent in Gold Coast
    Current Employee - Inbound Customer Service Agent in Gold Coast

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Young, 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Team 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.

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

    no opportunities, waste of time, low payment only if its a really really must!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent, Technical Support in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent, Technical Support in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are nice, couple of years ago they actually had events on multiple occasions ...not anymore tho

    Cons

    -zero chance to advance
    -the offices is way to small for the amount of people they have on square meter
    -management doesn't care about the Clients or Employees, you can die in the corner just hit the target so THEY get their bonus
    -management is unprofessional, people advance with friendship not with actual skill
    -there are people there who work at higher ranks and don't actually know how to work in the system
    -no events
    - it's like a sinking ship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a new office, get rid of the buddy system and kick half of the managers and supervises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you need a first job. Only.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent, Technical Support in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent, Technical Support in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Unlimited travel in the Netherlands.
    Very good training.
    If you have a decent middle manager that cares about what is going on, and can shield you from unnecessary pressure, it is not a bad place to work for a while.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement: middle managers are often not chosen for performance but nepotism and sycophancy.
    If a middle manager is toxic (personnel and drug abuse) action from high level management is unlikely to happen: your only recourse is to leave or change departments.
    Promises of improvement in workload from higher management are just that.
    High pressure on teams to provide extra results for the customer at any costs... that the customer does not want or is aware of. The focus on quantity not quality. Leads to lost accounts.
    Pay peanuts, hire monkeys. They will try to rob you of salary increases with dirty tricks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the toadies to positions of authority. Check what all employees are telling you.
    Start living to our own purported standards of conduct..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amherst, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amherst, NY (US)

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None- terrible employee culture and environment= hostile

    Cons

    EVERYTHING!! lack of professional management, completely disrespected employees, never more than a number of calls - and never valued for work provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees and Treat them like actual human beings..

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

    Straight Ghetto, Unprofessional. If you like feeling unsafe at work then this may be the place for you!!!!!

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

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I wish there were some Pros to list for this employer. If you are only looking for a paycheck and do not have standards than by all means please work here.

    Cons

    Loud, rude representatives, they curse on the floor and customers are able to hear what is being said. There were almost two fights. No professionalism from reps or management. Poor attendance policy, will not accept doctors notes from being out of work unless on there"letter head". The do not care about their employers, only about the money they make from AT&T. Poor benefits, personal growth and compensation. Was not able to see my pay stub for 3 months after hire date. They are not organized and do not care. If you want to work for AT&T my recommendation is to apply there and not this ghetto reject. So ghetto you do not feel safe in the workplace. The only reason you received one star is because I could not submit my review without giving you that one. You do not deserve that one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor the reps and management staff you hire. Customers are able to hear very well when on a call. You lack professionalism, work ethics, courtesy, and respect. That show you care starts with you reps who pass it on to the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only work here for a paycheck

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

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It provides a paycheck every two weeks

    Cons

    Stressful and very very unprofessional. Constantly someone is standing over you with criticism. Many threats of being written up if metrics are not met.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on people skills and improve training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Luck!

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

    I worked at SYKES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I actually thought it would be a better experience working the US site rather than one of the outsourced locations. That was a huge mistake.

    Cons

    Company events that focus more on drinking by and with upper management. Very bad pay for position working in. To many double standards or no standards at all. Management contradicts each other in front of employees and then wonders why the performance is so bad. Duh!! No one knows what to expect. Favoritism runs rampant. Fraud is okay but being absent is not. As long as agents sell, the rest of their performance apparently doesn't matter. There is so much more than can be said, but does anyone really listen anyway? I doubt it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as the current management is in place at the Lakeland II site, I don't think they have a prayer of getting any better. You have AMs that suggest to take away agent sales commission if the WTR is not met, you have others in management that don't know what's really happening in their own site. Rather than fixing a problem, they just move it around to look like it was fixed. Site management is stuck on doing a dog-and-pony show for clients and other senior Sykes management to attempt to paint a rosy picture when the fact is the site is a disaster in management. Promotions are almost non-existent for people that can make it better, they would rather put their friends in the position and then protect them. To be honest I'm surprised the client (AT&T) has not pulled their business, unless they've had such a smoke screen blown in their face too. I have no opinion of the CEO but if I was him, I'd be embarrassed with the Lakeland II site management and performance. The site can be so much better but not with current management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    its a joke

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

    I worked at SYKES full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    THERE ARE NO PROS TO THIS JOB

    Cons

    terrible, awful, a joke, underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    young and unprofessional

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

    Terrible

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    There are no pros to this job.

    Cons

    This is a thankless job. Dealing with people and there horrible attitudes is no fun especially if you are not a people person.

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