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Watch your head and cover your back

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer/Architect  in  Lombard, IL
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer/Architect in Lombard, IL

I worked at SunGard

Pros

Dynamic environment that is professionally challenging. Great people that are very helpful and interactive. Very personable environment most of the time.

Cons

Extremely political. Immediate managers will hang you out to dry on decisions that you made together and situations out of your control. Middle managers carefully word things so as to cover their butts without letting you know full impact of things.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give your experts some real support. Lessen the amazing amount of politics and shield your technologists while they are focussed on what they should be doing, getting the job done. Take responsibility for your decisions.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negotiate everything beforehand. Once you are in there are no negotiations, unless you threaten and are ready to move on

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Big name in financial services, decent benefits, you get to work with people who have been in the industry, lots to learn

    Cons

    Moderate perks, lower than average salary (unless they called you in there).... thats why i said...negotiate before you join.
    HR is horrible ... particularly if you are an immigrant, they know they got you for your golden period and they play it dumb asif no one knows whats happening, but they all do. They will just blame the procedures about it.
    Management is mixed, some people are easy and some more politically oriented.
    if you are just a straight shooter, but dont know your politics, this place is not for you.

    Annual reviews are a joke. They wont even hand it to you after its due for 6 months, still all the "deserving" ones have received their bonuses and pay-increases.

    Oh... and the funny thing.... there might be directors and VPs working without any reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont hold talent because you own them as per immigration.

    judge people by how much they put into the project, not politics.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unfair to employees that work hard for the company

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Flexible hours and some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    HR was bad. She was unapproachable and not receptive to employees concerns and issues. Raises were unfair. Employees that knew how to get around the work were rewarded while the employees that did their work on time in addition to helping other were never given any type of recognition. The hours were flexible, but were always abused by a few and those few were never approached. Management knew about this, but choose to ignore it. When you you bring your concerns to management, they would tell you to just worry about yourself. Thus rewarding the employees that don't do work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to all your employees and not just the ones that do the work all the time. Pay attention to the ones that come in late and leave early. Pay attention to the ones that water plants all day and look out the window. Make sure they are pulling thier weight in the scope of the company and stop rewarding them for things that do not accomplish. There is a problem when management keeps and employee whose work comes back and someone else has to restest the work again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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