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SYKES Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
325 Reviews

2.2
325 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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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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  1. 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

    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
  2.  

    Underpaid and not worthy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bilingual Technical Support Engineer  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Bilingual Technical Support Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Pros

    - Experience and improve in negotiation skills
    - only conversation skill improve

    Cons

    - there is less opportunity to be promoted if your mother tongue is Chinese or English.
    - not much no reward for good performance, does not worth with it
    - underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management and promotion to employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No support when externally placed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Maarssen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maarssen (Netherlands)

    Pros

    You are hired easy, you have to work very hard and no support, deal with the organisation you are working at

    Cons

    They have no other clients than Fujitsu, so when you are ended there, the contract will be ended too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more clients and help your employees for a better work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Allentown, PA (US)

    Pros

    Fairly easy work. Nice working conditions. Building is in good shape as is the call floor. Other employees and managers are very nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Pay rate is low for the work we do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay rate is way below other companies in the area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    educational

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

    Pros

    The company take their time and train their employees

    Cons

    remaining your tone when dealing with a difficult customer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Do not care about their employees

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

    Pros

    Friends made. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Take, take, take and continue to ask for more work for less money. Upper management making high end dollars with little or no raises for those who are generating the business. Little chance for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the call center environment more inviting and appealing to work in. Bathrooms were gross and disgusting and the building was not very attractive. And old mall / warehouse feel. Would you personally work in these settings? I bet the answer is no. So why do you expect your employees to be okay with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Management Sucks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sykes provides flexible hours .

    Cons

    If your looking to grow with the company find another job. Management is always changing. Management never wants to be bothered and are always in "special meetings." There are no pay raises no matter how great your work is. Misinformation is given to employees from Management.

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Budapest (Hungary)

    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
  10.  

    If you have no life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  11.  

    Started well, going down hill

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

    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

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