Syntel

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Syntel Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
679 Reviews
2.9
679 Reviews
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Syntel President, CEO, and Director Prashant Ranade
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of Onsite opportunities for long term and as well as short term (in 90 reviews)

  • Work life balance is excellent as they rarely require you to stay over time (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is negative if you manage client relationship (in 22 reviews)

  • no work life balance,stretch hours are hectic at times (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Only onsite

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Good onsite opportunity/ no work pressue

    Cons

    No good project no good technology

  2.  

    Date of Joining Changed

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    Not Yet Joined in the company

    Cons

    They have released the offer and requested to join before dd-Jan2015, based on this I got relieved earlier from my previous company and sent mail to HR saying I would be able to join 5 days earlier the given date, however now they extend the date by 10 Days because of this am loosing almost 20 days salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value the Employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Test Manager

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

    I worked at Syntel

    Pros

    Don't think of much. Only thing is lateral recruit salary at offshore is good.

    Cons

    HR Policies and Management is in the bad shape. Managers think they are the bosses and they can drive the show like they are running their own business. I joined as PM and I reported to PL at offshore. What a pity? Now if they are transferring you to other location then manager will say I don't have budget do not claim too much expenses. Over all HR and Expense claim dept is pathetic. They take months to approve smaller expenses as well. After moving onsite again they took months to approve expenses. And if you are relocating at onshore it is a big curse. you have pay out of pocket expenses as well. For claiming all these you have to fight and literally beg to the finance dept or HR. And at onsite you have to be ready for any role available otherwise go back to offshore. PDAC will give you threats to call back. :-). bcoz of all this I quit Syntel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the HR policies and top level management if you want good growth. I heard one of the speech from CEO when he was in Gurgaon office. And I raised couple of questions. He was unable to answer and he told directly if someone is not liking you can quit and find opportunities outside. From top to middle management needs refinement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Nothing great

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

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    work life balance is good.Some of the managers are good at empowering employees

    Cons

    Promotions are based on how well you know the manager, absolutely no growth opportunities, politics, people getting into PM position with fake work experience. No proper recognition system in place,it totally depends on the manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for growth, don't make worthless people managers just because they have contacts. Job rotation is key to pickup new skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Syntel

    Pros

    If you are very complacent

    Cons

    lack of systems and processes, archaic systems, bad HR policies, bad facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pl improve HR policies and benefits and employ people according to need and not just to fill up positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Business Analyst holding H1B visa

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good company to gain initial experience in variety of areas.
    Very less end to end development project but lot of staff augmentation projects which give immense opportunity for a business analyst profile.
    Lot of onsite opportunities

    Cons

    After few years of experience you outgrow and become over mature to organization policies and culture. Seems that the organization and people do not evolve with time.
    Growth is very difficult for a business analyst unless career is oriented towards moving to delivery/project management.
    Taking advantage of people who travel on H1B visa by giving them less salary, less benefits as compared to their US peers. That is why they have a high attrition rate. They had a bond of Rs. 250000 for any employee who travels to the US but now it has been increased to Rs. 500000. People holding H1B and joining Syntel beware.
    Anyone can become anything in Syntel. Even a person who does not have enough business knowledge, business sense and cannot speak proper english can get promoted and get in to management level role
    Policies are not employee friendly and still very less people raise their voice
    Lack of professional culture
    Appraisal system is a joke as ratings get normalized if you are not in the good books of the manager. Even if there is a good rating there is no salary increase for onsite people
    Benefits are a joke for people travelling onsite from India. Even though employees pay for the premium coverage is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing bond amount without improving policies will only cause weak people to travel. If a strong candidate travels to the US, he will move out despite of the bond amount
    Improve the appraisal system by implementing 360 degree appraisal for anyone who is involved in a managerial role
    If you focus too much on the operating margins then forget about the topline growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Syntel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. good onsite opportunities
    2. MNC tag
    3. good for freshers if they get into a good project
    4. friendly work environment

    Cons

    1. pathetic joining procedure for freshers, syntel may take more than 1-2 years to give you joining
    2. project allocation for freshers is also very bad
    3. pay scales are not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allocate project to a resource according to his skill set

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to learn new technologies and learn politics.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Onsite opportunity. Learn new technology. Transport facility. Good technical growth. You will get a lot to learn. Office culture is neutral.

    Cons

    Worst HR department. No proper hikes for deserving candidates. Promotions only if you can create dependencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to give hikes as per their capabilities , Not as per the manager biased reviews. Make it more transparent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Syntel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies
    Global team
    Good senior team

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance
    Employee benefits are not upto market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

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

    good for freshers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Syntel full-time

    Pros

    Huge learning opportunities for freshers.

    Cons

    same salary hikes for all ,not on performance base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the appraisal should be based on performance in project related work of employee and the value given by employee to deliverables.

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