SYKES Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 17 Sep 2020

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SYKES President & CEO Chuck Sykes
Chuck Sykes
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  • "no support from the managers or team leads(in 61 reviews)

  • "Most of the mid upper management couldn't care less about employees(in 60 reviews)

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  1. "GREAT WORK PLACE"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Budapest

    I have been working at SYKES full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work from home position/ flexible Very interesting upto date technology driven work environment

    Cons

    Most of the team leads were cool except for this one lady who always had mood swings, especially when it was Most of the mid upper management couldn't care less about employees

  2. Helpful (1)

    "The worst"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Manila, Manila
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Its the worst company to work at.

    Cons

    Upper management cheated the stats. Alot of people lost their jobs.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "RUN!! They were, as an employer, about as bad as it is possible to be"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the lower mid level managers were ok and were willing to help.

    Cons

    Most of the mid upper management couldn't care less about employees. They were too busy trying to cover up their own mistakes to help employees. As an example. I was put on a final warning for too many absences while on approved FMLA. That was by my previous boss, when I pointed it out to my current boss, all she could say is that was before I was here.

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    "Do not work here"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great agents and coaches who really do care.

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees as disposable and no real care

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  5. "Excellent place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, North America OMD/WFM in Lakeland, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People Driving, Growth options, and caring

    Cons

    More dedication for upper management areas

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    "Do not make this a life choice"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative 

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great ppl to work with

    Cons

    Overworked No raises Upper Management is horrible

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    "Overall, The Worst and Most Degrading Experience Ever for a 9-Year Employee!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Assistance Representative in London, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    •1• New hires are well-trained for the job. •2• Good regular pay and excellent benefits packages.

    Cons

    ••1•• Inefficient operating procedures for the Roadside Assistance department. This results in agents having to spend much more time—more than what is generally needed—to assist customers in getting back on the road or off the road from a dangerous location to a safe location. Furthermore, this type of inefficiency blatantly goes against the department motto: "Helping people safely and comfortably on their way, with minimal delay."! ••2•• Complaints from employees are not properly resolved and/or not considered at all. Starting in the last 7 months of my tenure with the company, I was forced to file a complaint with the Human Resources department. It was both constructive, professional, meant to educate and not threatening in any way. The complaint was to address 2 of 3 major atrocities that the company had committed against me—all of which occurred in the last 14 months of my 9-year tenure. After a TWO-MONTH agonizing wait for a fair and decent resolution, their response turned out to be anything but! Instead of being offered such a resolution, all I ended up being given was even more grief when HR "hinted" that I needed to learn to accept what had previously happened or simply "take a hike". They even suggested that I make use of the Employee Assistance Program. But a program like that is something designed specifically for employees (especially younger and newer ones) with personal problems of their own who bring these problems to work with them every day and allow these problems to negatively impact their peers, the department and/or the entire company. Therefore (and because what previously happened to me was absolutely no fault of my own) HR's response only added insult to injury, making me feel depressed, demoralized and so personally degraded—both mentally and emotionally—that it only resulted in job performance issues AFTER THE FACT. ••3•• More than 50% of all upper management seems highly-incompetent and is rather inconsiderate. Without mentioning any names nor a single identifiable role, that group also includes some of the team leaders on the production floor. This has resulted in many good employees, especially those who are hard-working and mature (including top performers), being made to feel highly demoralized and degraded—both mentally and emotionally. That often leads to various anxiety and stress-related issues such as panic attacks and, in some cases, physical health problems where these employees would need to call in sick more often than before. All that eventually gets to the point where they end up being forced to resign. In other cases, these same employees—many of them tenured (having worked the same job for 5 consecutive years or more)—end up getting terminated due to performance-related issues brought on as a result of management egregiousness and NOT their own personal issues. In my case, starting within the last 5 months of my tenure—and not long after having endured the first 2 atrocities—a 3rd egregious act was committed against me. Just when I thought things could not get any worse, my already-stressful situation was made unbearable when a set of hard-earned privileges was abruptly taken away from me—all without any justifiable reason. That ordeal eventually reached the point where I began to feel both highly belittled and humiliated. This was due to the fact that some of my own peers began to notice that I was not performing other tasks for the department (as I had been doing for the last 3 years) and began asking questions as to why that was. In fact, these privileges were taken away over nothing more than a minor issue that I had in not accurately following a part of some newly-implemented protocol. As a result, a verbal warning was issued, which happened to be my FIRST-EVER warning of any kind in SEVEN YEARS! However, the warning itself was not the problem. The real problem was that, despite me having corrected the issue very quickly and demonstrating that improvement, that same issue was treated as if it were a major performance issue, resulting in the "hammer being dropped" on me. In that regard, I was made to focus harder on my current job without these hard-earned set of privileges. That ordeal lasted 1 month at first as no one believed that I would be able to improve right away. But worse yet, after 1 straight month of answering phone calls and WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT, none of these privileges were ever given back to me—not one! Instead, the hammer was dropped on me again—this time, with a demand to see that I maintain consistency in closely following this new protocol—even though I had already demonstrated and maintained such consistency during the past month! And in relation to all this, there was even an important administrative project that I was asked to take part in about 2 months before the ordeal began. It was a project that I was pre-selected for because of my current skill set plus years of prior experience in an administrative role. But even that project was quickly taken away from me as quickly as it began and immediately given to someone else, thereby depriving me a chance to further develop my skills, leadership and overall experience! That I consider being the 3rd atrocity committed against me as it only drove my performance levels down to an all-time low, resulting in all the Progressive Discipline-related warnings that ultimately ended in termination of my employment. Overall, this case is clearly an example of management who most-definitely does not believe in 2nd chances—treating even a minor protocol issue as a major performance issue despite my long tenure with the company! ••4•• Company shows little-to-no goodwill to its own employees. In response to the complaint I filed to address the issues I just described, absolutely nobody—not even Human Resources—did anything positive to resolve the egregiousness committed against me in the previous months. All I received was a simple apology and that was all. However that was not good enough as I was already offered an apology after the 1st atrocity—one which I already accepted (barely). Therefore a simple apology is technically NOT a resolution in cases like that. Instead, everything was essentially "brushed under the rug" as if nothing ever happened! The end result was that I ended up feeling as though I was simply "thrown under the bus" as no one ever bothered to simply make up for the mistakes committed against me. ••5•• Internal job opportunities are too hard to secure and the selection process is too strict. The first 2 of 3 atrocities committed against me were both the result of not being able to secure an internal job opportunity that I had previously applied to numerous times over a 5-year period. What I had been applying to was a certain job role that I felt I was most-qualified for due to my current skill set along with my newly-acquired skills plus 3 years of prior experience in a similar role. Furthermore, it was a role that I have been interviewed for about 9 or 10 times during that same period—all without success. Although I normally do not take offence to not being chosen for such a role, these 2 cases were different in such a way that they involved grave managerial mishaps and also favouritism (both which are too lengthy to describe in detail). But in short, the company seems to have started to focus on giving the "better" jobs to younger people who are less-tenured and less experienced. At the same time, the more-tenured, older people are being kept in the same spot that many would be trying to get away from in order to move on to a better role. That gives a strong negative impression that there is much less of an opportunity to grow within the company. ••In Conclusion•• With all that said, my suggestion at this time to all who seek employment with this company is to ONLY apply if (a) you are looking only for short-term employment, (b) you are looking only for part-time employment and (c) you do not expect to grow with this company.

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    "Sykes doesn't care"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, Campaigns, easy to apply,

    Cons

    the company does not care about their people, low pay, upper management don't care about your growth and will do anything to cover or save their jobs even if that means not having their peoples back

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    "You are Nothing but a number!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a job with a paycheck

    Cons

    Low pay, expensive healthcare, very little PTO, they treat you like you are just a number that they can replace very easily, no holiday pay, no maternity leave. If you can get a job anywhere else I would recommend it. They bought our contract from another company and they cut our commission drastically, raised our prices on healthcare and said we no longer get yearly raises. All upper management continues to get their raises though. Crappy for the employee but wonderful for the bottom line business.

  10. "Customer Service Representative"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SYKES full-time

    Pros

    Everyone was like a family, and they never let you not know what to do. There was always somebody to help.

    Cons

    The upper management was sometimes snobby

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