Unisys Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Unisys President & CEO Peter Altabef
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is well above-average (in 63 reviews)

  • Work from home is the best part of the job (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't waste your time with trying to get into L2 or upper management positions (in 27 reviews)

  • communication from senior management on strategy (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Unisys is a Dead End

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Unisys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is an opportunity for flexible scheduling. Some of the managers are very hands off. There are quite a few competent employees who bring a lot of experience to their position.

    Cons

    The balance sheet is negative, so the Board is obsessed with the bottom line. The biggest expense is labor, so when cuts need to be made layoffs are a certainty. Unisys will outsource any task they can to save money, so there is no job security if you are in North America. The overseas personnel don't know what they are doing, and there is no accountability when they screw up. On the other hand, if an American screws up there are consequences. Unisys is on its fourth CEO in nine years, and with a new CEO comes new priorities. There is no continuity.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing jobs overseas and laying off experienced employees is not the way to success. The sales staff needs to be upgraded. Unless you can bring in more sales you aren't going to stop the red ink on your balance sheet.


  2. Unisys was a meat grinder

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    Former Employee - Director in Blue Bell, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Blue Bell, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Unisys (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were excellent and were the best at their jobs. I worked there for over 13 years and came up through the ranks starting as a consultant to become a Director level.

    Cons

    Unisys Board of Director's manages by their economic whims and if laying hundreds of people off can make them $.02 per share, then so be it. They disregard the fact many people have multiple years invested. What is worse is that they don't even give people a chance to look internally for another opportunity. Further, it seems that the HR system is negatively rigged so that it flags anyone who tries to come back to Unisys after a RIF for the delete file.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people. If they are experienced and willing to come back for more abuse - please take them back.


  3. Software Engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unisys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers and line-management are highly skilled and great to work with. Work environment is casual and the hours are flexible. Engineers work autonomously, are trusted to meet their project dates, and they deliver as expected. To a large extent, the work environment compensates for the low pay scale.

    Cons

    Poor pay and no raises unless you happen to work on an upper management pet project. Benefits are barely average and job security is unpredictable at best. The company no longer provides the level of training they once were known for. Management is short-sighted, unwilling to spend x to fix an operational problem but willing to spend 10x over time on work-arounds. Attempts to be frugal result in costly inefficiencies and unnecessary work effort.

    Advice to Management

    Unisys sees itself primarily as a service provider and looks on the technology business as an inconvenience. They forget that it's the technology, especially the high-margin platforms and software, that drive the services business.


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  5. Unisys Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Unisys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, benefits are decent. Other that this I really cannot say to much more about the positive side other than working with many of our customers has been a good experience.

    Cons

    There is very little work life balance, the company will work you until you drop and I mean drop, they constantly are watching there numbers to the point were they overlook the customer satisfaction and the technical expertise that many of us techs offer. The SLA's are not fair and are not practical most of the time. There is way to much to know and way to many certifications to get all the time. The on-call is brutal and takes almost a week to overcome it seriously. No raises at all in 3 years talked to some of the senior techs and some have not seen a raise in 15+ years! Unisys has there hands in so many different specialties that you really cannot keep up the management just expects you to know the new technology on only CBT!

    Advice to Management

    Take the time like the company used to from what I have heard when they had Unisys University to train the employees right. The senior techs should train them on how to use the call system and train the new employees before they hit the road. Maybe even convert a legacy tech to a full time trainer and maybe have multiple trainers to make things run really smooth. Don't have the meetings once a week and complain about sla being broken when the Manpower is not there to handle them, hire more people. Quit trying to cut cost's at the expense of quality service for the customer and braking the SLA because of the unwillingness to put forth the effort to train and hire new people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not Bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blue Bell, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blue Bell, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Unisys full-time

    Pros

    Great staff of people to work with. Many have been with the company a long time.

    Cons

    No salary increases in several years. Limited advancement opportunities. Ongoing layoffs. Not the place to be if you wish to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your current staff. Have more open, ongoing communication.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent (competitive) pay and benefits, Coworkers friendly, helpful. Get to interact with a lot of technically astute people.

    Cons

    The company is having difficulty finding new sources of revenue outside of its declining ClearPath mainframe business and outside of its traditional (mostly federal and state) customer set. Unisys brought in a new CEO in 2015 and he acted predictably by initiating a large layoff. Continued turmoil appears to be in the cards. There is no easy fix here.

    Advice to Management

    Dust off your resumes, the new CEO will continue to bring in his old cronies. I think he means to make drastic changes, part of that will entail blasting apart the existing culture.


  8. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Spec I in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Spec I in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Unisys (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Middle management was great support to staff. Worked to on team building and advancement

    Cons

    Upper management was more interested in their favorite people than the team.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The employees and my manager were great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Unisys full-time

    Pros

    Manager allowed freedom to work, encouraged training

    Cons

    Company direction, vision, upper mgmt


  10. Not a company with strong outlook

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unisys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had a good team to work with. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Company was focusing on off-shoring their workforce (India specifically). Execs were taking credit for cutting costs while the jobs were being shipped overseas. The quality greatly diminished at that point. Clients were frustrated and pulling their business. Watched two buildings in my area be shut down. The company doesn't have a promising outlook. It's a business with no clear direction. Look at their stock price. Lower pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your employees. Give continuous feedback.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Join Only if you have low aspirations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unisys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed Work life. Good Culture. No dress code.

    Cons

    Compensation below market standards. Management is completely oblivious to your concerns. Support projects are utter dead ends. No visibility for good resources.

    Advice to Management

    Dont take your resources for granted. have an analysis of the attrition rates in the last couple of years. Hiring freshers at lower salaries does not solve your problems while you are losing valuable experience. Start recognizing talent and reward them.



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