SYKES

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SYKES Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
376 Reviews
2.2
376 Reviews
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SYKES President, CEO, and Director Chuck Sykes
Chuck Sykes
205 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sykes work from home cares for it's Employee's a great deal in many ways (in 28 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
  • I've never worked in a more horrible call center (in 13 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    • 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
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  5.  

    Rewarding

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

    I have been working at SYKES

    Pros

    Sykes values your contribution to the team and gives you an opportunity to grow. A true team environment.

    Cons

    Scheduling can be restrictive and pay increases have been on a freeze for two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more money and give raises to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Benefits & Fair Compensation

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

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

    Pros

    Great holidays off & good management

    Cons

    Typical large corporation problems, management changes often but overall- solid good company to stay a long time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful, but fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Commission plus base is nice, pay isn't great... but better than min wage.

    Cons

    Hours, a "you do this and like it, or we'll find someone else who will" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break your clients up, have a dedicated sales department, dedicated service department. Pushing both together is highly counterproductive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Alright company

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

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

    Pros

    Good company good training

    Cons

    Getting to know the system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better trainers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Center Representative in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Call Center Representative in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, clear instructions, fair amount of pay for the work

    Cons

    No room for personal growth, tedious work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Leading a team of 19 member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sykes Team Manager in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Sykes Team Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    Awesome, great, team , best, ever

    Cons

    Bad Management, no food, no allowance, no vacations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor employee satisfaction

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

    I worked at SYKES

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of

    Cons

    Unfair advancement, its all about prefences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparente in the process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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