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Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
270 Reviews

3.1
270 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
85 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are put in right project they work life balance would be excellent (in 39 reviews)

  • flexible work times, easy work environment, good salary, good work life balance (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Though upper management is overly dependent on micro management (in 12 reviews)

  • Very fragmented structure with multiple business units , complicated communications (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    The worst VFP Programming Code I have ever worked with (Public Sector)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer III
    Former Employee - Software Developer III

    Pros

    The people were great to work with. However, there was very little communication with your immediate supervisor or managers. An 8-5 job so they didn't expect long hours. That is a good thing because any more time spent in front of the some of the sloppiest program code on the planet was enough to drive you insane.

    Cons

    On your first day they sit you in front of a computer expecting you to unravel spaghetti code. It was a nightmare. I dreaded going to work every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with your people. Have new developers team up with developers that have been there for a while (the ones that could handle the piece of crap programming code) and at least show them what they are getting into. Actually, maybe they should sit down with potential developer candidates but then they may not be able to hire any VFP developers.

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

    No career growth , only escape is to leave !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist/Consultant  in  Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist/Consultant in Melville, NY

    Pros

    - The culture is pretty lax, no micro-management
    - Work/ Life Balance, decent vacation
    -Easy for commute for folks living on Island
    -Most people are friendly except few in IT and admin

    Cons

    -This place is dead end place where your professional career dies. You will be doing the same job even after 10 years of service
    - The business unit management is pretty shortsighted and does NOT invest in their employees
    - They promote people who belong to the long island "group"
    - Also, the top management leading this business changes every six months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide career path
    -Have clear strategy for organization and employee growth
    -Pay employee at par with the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great if you are part of inner circle!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA

    Pros

    People are for the most part highly qualified and motivated.

    Cons

    Senior management follows old boys network. You are clearly either in or you are out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at turnover rate and employee comments more seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, awful work experience and management

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. That's it.

    Cons

    Poor leadership; poor planning; poor compensation; no loyalty to customers or employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hmmm, I really can't say bring in new management as that is what is done 2-3 times per years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management with no way to stop declining sales.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Wayne, PA

    Pros

    Not many. Management is too reactive to classify anything in the Pro category. Free Coffee.

    Cons

    Disorganized SR Management. Sales Ops team is a joke. IT ignores them. Declining Sales with no way to stop the bleeding. Data issues and irregularities. Constant fire drills. No plan. Tons of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with the spin off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not forward looking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in North Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good salary. Good work from home policy since they closed the local office.

    Cons

    Not forward looking, very little chance for advancement. No sense of job security - people are let go all too often, and there does not seem to be a relationship between the people who are let go and the effectiveness of that person in their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the people who work their tails off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great, now slowly sinking.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    wages can be competitive and there's a good chance you'll run into some excellent people all throughout the organization that are great at their job and excellent to work with. They do attract some good talent.

    Cons

    Annual reorgs for no apparent reason. unless you're upper management or sales you won't be raking in big bonuses and perks but they are there. Massive drive to move everything possible to Florida, but again unless you're high enough up relocation help isn't available. Layoffs/downsizing/rightsizing seem to be happening more and more frequently with a big push to get and stay very lean. Work Life balance has become non-existant for many, depending on your role/department. Benefits get worse and worse each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company is TOO lean, with many co-workers working 6 days a week just to keep up, with no compensation for doing so. Forcing older workers out in favor of hiring someone with no experience for less in FL is seriously draining the knowledge base of Sungard's products and it is being reflected in the increasingly unhappy customer base.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Unfocused in the market, uncommunicative to employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Excellent and competent peer co-workers
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Unfocused product strategy; the company can't seem to decide between building or buying, which confuses the market as well.
    Very little communication between management and employees leaves you guessing as to how to benchmark your own performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to your employees what is expected of them and provide professional training and development if they lack specific skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Company Is Falling Apart

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in New York, NY

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, global presence, name recognition

    Cons

    On-going cost and benefits reduction program (going on for 5 years), lack of investment into product development, no collaboration between product groups, impossible to fulfill quotas, new commission plan has lower payouts, high turn-over, just announced up-coming head count reduction because they have not met thier financial projections, management is only focused on thier budget and spreadsheets,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your products and people. You neglect both

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has potential, but typically

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Monitoring Technician  in  Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Monitoring Technician in Thornton, CO

    Pros

    Plenty of different technology to learn. Schedule gives plenty of days off.

    Cons

    No leadership qualities in management. No accountability. Projects are rarely fully thought through. A lot of micromanagement, does not promote a culture of creative thinking unless in a clique.

    Very few written processes or impossible to find if they have been written. Feedback on how the process is working is not asked from the people that are required to follow it.

     Lower Management promotes Favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote cross-pollination of information between different departments. Change the mindset of pushing back tickets to the original assigning group to moving the ticket forward. It's all of our jobs to help the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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