SYKES Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
358 Reviews
2.2
358 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
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.  

    Liked my job very much......Customer Service is No.1 to me!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Westpac Banker in Maitland, New South Wales
    Former Employee - Westpac Banker in Maitland, New South Wales

    I worked at SYKES part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great for somebody who is young & related or a friend, looking for a job.
    Great for a job until you find the right job!

    Cons

    Management/Team Leaders & SME (Subject Matter Experts, that is) are 95% under 25yrs. Lacking people skills within adaptability, maturity within leadership skills especially. Poor training. NOT flexible at all. Blame Westpac for restrictions & never take it front on.
    NOT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read all feedback & take it on board.
    Employees depend on trusting the BRAND they work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Call centre contracted to Westpac Bank. Laughable place to work

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    • 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
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  5.  

    It was just good experience, you will learn something in Sykes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Makati City (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Makati City (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of benifits.

    Cons

    First is schedule. But it is pretty good in working at sykes, you will learn a lot and improve your career growth and skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great compensation, poor operations management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Makati City (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Makati City (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    One of the few BPO's to give a health card even on the first day of training. High signing bonus. Hazard pay is very high depending on your proximity from the office. Very quick promotion.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Promotion may be very quick, but the higher ops would stall as much as they can. You may be a trainer for a few months, but your base pay and contract would remain as an agent for quite some time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not good

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

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

    Pros

    Pay
    Hours
    Some people
    Reward programs for top agents
    N-a

    Cons

    Poor training
    Bad team leaders
    Revolving door
    No allowance to change shift
    Not concerned about personal factors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Client Services support for multiple lines of business across multiple states/regions/countries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Operations
    Current Employee - Director of Operations

    I have been working at SYKES full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement is excellent

    Cons

    Heavy workloads due to reduction in Sr. Support staff without replacements in a timely manner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider Travel Compensation package for employees that travel internationally

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Call Center for multiple contracts.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent - CLS in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent - CLS in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    Fairly easy interview questions. "When have you failed? When have you gone out of your way for a customer or client? Name a time where you performed your job duties under stress or pressure and how you overcame that pressure, etc.

    Paid training full-time Monday through Friday from October to December with holidays off.

    Benefits were above average for employees at the facility in Milton Freewater, OR where I worked.

    Many opportunities across many contracts such as retail, loan servicing, phone-based banking, internal management, support or training positions.

    Schedule flexibility and accommodations. Once I was working on the call center floor I requested a weekly schedule of 4 10 hour days as I had a long commute from home to work. They were quick to accommodate.

    Cons

    Median to minimum wages compared to the employees of the businesses who contracted us, given the same job duties. Training seemed more intended to build a fraternal atmosphere among new employees than to actually prepare these employees for their job duties--at least for the first month. When employees completed classroom training and reached the call center floor for shadowing and on-the-job training it became apparent that many were not prepared for the actual roles they were hired to perform.

    Team Supervisors are usually uninterested in providing additional training or support for their employees on the phones. They prefer that once a mistake has been made that you hear about it during a weekly one-on-one with the Team Supervisor. This way they can give a limited number of coachings and quickly terminate and replace the squeakier wheels for newly trained employees.

    All non-phone representative positions seem to be available on an internal basis. Multiple degrees in IT and some practical experience still required for one to spend time making a name for themselves in phone support. Many people will not want to stay in phone support long enough to be selected for internal promotions or transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talents or experiences an application brings to the table and determine if their talents are to be wasted in unchallenging entry level positions or if they may be more valuable elsewhere in the organization as is.

    Don't change a thing about the benefits offered--they are very competitive and some of the best available in surrounding communities.

    Consider more competitive training at the beginning to weed out the less motivated and less competitive employees as they likely always drop out and quit their jobs after paid training ends and real work begins.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not much room for growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Milton-Freewater, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    - Full time
    - Paid Training
    - I learned a lot about originating auto and personal loans.
    - Enjoyed building rapport with the members (callers)

    There really isn't a whole lot of Pros at this job and it really depends on what account you work for as well.

    Cons

    They don't like to give raises. I originated auto and personal loans for their client company and after two years of working there you'd expect to receive some sort of raise. It doesn't matter, you can be one of the better team members on the floor and know a lot about the Line of Business, but alas, that doesn't matter. What they care about is your attendance and call metrics. But really... what can you expect from a call center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give raises based on the knowledge of the line of business and less on call metrics. Call metrics are there to make sure people are doing their job... but it shouldn't be the driving factor, especially if that person is doing much better than what is asked. Otherwise, your employees start to feel like they give and give and sooner or later they will start to not care anymore, because all their efforts are really in vain the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    They will work with you if you are good at what they want you to do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Fayetteville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Fayetteville, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Being one of the top employees in site has lead to a good experience but for those who arent doing well it can be a hard place to work.

    Cons

    They are unprofessional. No accountability. Very inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen future employees at a higher standard and improve upon training regime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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