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Frustrating - consulting services dis-function

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Consulting Director
Former Employee - Consulting Director

I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Excellent name recognition in core business continuity & technology space
Some very good SME and practice capabilities
Worked with many top notch people both on a personal and professional level

Cons

SunGard has no idea of how to align its various service offerings with core business strategy
Private equity ownership pressures to provide returns drives a "strategy of the moment" approach
WAY too much change in the management ranks and direction - 3 managing partners in less than a year.
Bleeding a lot of very good talent

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on the basics! You have a great franchise that can fuel growth IF invest the time and money properly

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    The 800 LB Gorilla Facing Extinction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Known, respected name in the DR, BC business
    Large customer legacy base
    Privately held (so can weather bad earnings longer w/o threat of

    Cons

    Poor compensation, weak internal processes, horrific sales support, infrastructure to grow in key market in managed services is archaic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Should be the last resort for IT Talent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive
    Decent benefits
    Great coworkers
    Liberal remote work policies

    Cons

    Constant reorgs and layoffs
    Requires employees to pay for travel out of pocket and get reimbursed
    Depressing work areas with vast empty poorly lit cubicle farms and dirty and worn out office furniture
    No training
    Management lacks focus, direction, and integrity
    Outdated and disjointed internal systems

    Sungard claims they want to be the IT employer of choice. They really should be the IT employer of last resort. New hires are dumped in depressing work areas and given little or no training or orientation. While the people for the most part are helpful and friendly, there is an overall morale problem brought on and fostered by frequent layoffs. Upper management's solution to every problem is to "reorganize", which is a euphemism for layoffs, and then rehire the positions of the staffers who are the victims of management's ineptness and lack of vision and customer focus. My best advice if you must accept a position at Sungard is to keep looking for something else while you're working there so that you can lay them off before they do it to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that when an executive constantly feels the need to reorganize his organization the executive is the problem, not the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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