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.  

    Not much room for growth.

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    • 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
  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great compensation, poor operations management

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    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Not good

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    • 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    If you need a first job. Only.

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    • 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Bank Teller in Lakeland, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Online Bank Teller in Lakeland, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Learning banking regulations and the ability to learn about the products they sell..

    Cons

    Having to work night shift 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None other than needs more floor support.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!

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    • 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

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