Sungard Availability Services

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Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
278 Reviews
2.8
278 Reviews
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Sungard Availability Services CEO Andrew A. Stern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is decent, but only b/c there is no urgency or direction in the organization (in 14 reviews)

  • great place to learn new skills (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of the upper management has only been with the company 3 years or less (in 20 reviews)

  • Senior management out of touch with the actual impediments to performing the work (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    A brave new SAS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay / benefits / almost all folks

    Cons

    Little shaky post separation from parent SunGard DS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the re-orgs done and remove the MS/RS silos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I have been very happy at Sungard.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Thornton, CO

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best. Benefits are good and you get 2 weeks vacation, sick time and holidays.

    Cons

    The annual raises suck so make sure you get paid what you want when you accept your job offer. Also, in my position there is no room for advancement, but the company says they support you to grow and learn and advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the rates of the employees share for benefits. You cannot give a general 2% raise every year and have benefits go up by double that. Keep focusing on the product and stay on top of the market - don't play catch up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to redefine itself.

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work as directly or as hands on as you want with a very broad range of technologies and services.

    Cons

    Near constant reorganizations have been bleeding the company's intellectual captial (people!) at every periodic RIF. Too much focus on building overcomplicated process rather than bulding stronger, better, more capable employees at all levels. Outsourcing/offshoring trend is acellerating at an alarming rate apparently based solely on a cost basis without regards for what it's impact on service quality, customer-facing outcomes, and customer perception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people instead of trading them away for third parties, cost is a consideration, but quailty of service needs to be a higher priority. Put real thought into not repeating past mistakes, and learn to listen and consider what all of your staff has to say rather than just a select few

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Recent Re-Org was a case of Fire, Ready, Aim.

    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management finally realized they needed to align their lines of business. Theoretically, this will improve hybrid solution ideas and development. Work-life balance can be found as long as you are flexible. The company has a decent customer base and is working on building competencies, especially for complex IT solutions. Compensation is fair, as are benefits.

    Cons

    Too much change going on at once makes it difficult to know how to get things done. Politics have come into play. Product development isn't held accountable for their results. Certain teams are critical to success and yet remain starved from resource and investment. Management doesn't seem to know how where bottlenecks exist to address constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the re-org will eventually align efforts more efficiently, it also took on too much change at once. Global alignment, ITIL organization structure changes on top of consolidated products is causing too much distraction at a time when there's a need for focus. Senior management changes brought in new leadership who did not have enough understanding of how much change they were about to inflict. Senior management should have planned these changes and listened to a managers across lines of business before pulling the trigger.

    Recognize the teams which are bottlenecks in our solution pipeline and give them help. This would accelerate our go to market strategy.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to build an IT sales resume

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Money is pretty good. Great training.

    Cons

    Bad tools. Management in constant state of flux. High turnover.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is what you make of it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you demonstrate that you can handle responsibility, you'll get it, assuming you have a good manager.

    Cons

    If you're ambitious, management role vacancies are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication from the top down are few and far between. We hear from the CEO once a quarter, but in between him and the individual contributors, the business objectives of the managers are a mystery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time

    Pros

    The majority of employees are great people.

    Cons

    Salary freezes have impacted moral.

  9.  

    Its great to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Tons of mobility and growth

    Cons

    Nothing I could have thought of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work until new management showed up.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Developer

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was a decent work environment, great team.

    Cons

    Management changes caused major disruption. Large part of the team ended up quitting (The manager that caused the disruption ended up leaving the company shortly after the team was disbanded)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good natured people doing good work

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Everybody is eager to help and see you succeed

    Cons

    tough to get them to move forward on a posting for a new opening

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If its open fill it there are plenty of out of work people to pick up the slack where entry level people have moved up from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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