SunGard Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
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Pros
  • If you are put in right project they work life balance would be excellent (in 46 reviews)

  • Work culture is comfortable and flexible (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non existent (in 9 reviews)

  • Constant upper management reorgs (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large company with good exposure to major bank's IT divisions

    Cons

    Unstable, overly concerned with quarterly results

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to focus less on egos


  2. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Brand recognition, track record, location

    Cons

    Cutting costs every year and not investing in business. No longer acquire companies either.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Company review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good company to work, Friendly and Flexible work environment. Latest Technology. Competitive Salary, Management takes care employees very well.

    Cons

    working for the company more than 10 years, Other than minor issues that I think every company has to deal with, I do not that I can mention here.


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  5. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SunGard (More than a year)

    Pros

    The structure is very flat, and it allowed me to get face-to-face interaction with not only managing directors, but also executives at clients.

    Cons

    The risk consulting group was very small and not well-integrated with the rest of the firm. Also, senior management of the firm, while approachable, was headquartered on a different continent.

    Advice to Management

    Have senior management in the US, integrate acquired groups, cross-leverage sales forces, and provide a structured training program for new hires.


  6. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at SunGard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Able to work remotely with unmatched schedule flexibility, Adequate benefits.

    Cons

    Negligible annual salary increases. They frequently change lines on org charts thinking that in and of itself will improve results. Surprisingly poor internal systems.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Working from home; work-life balance; friendly working environment and colleagues;

    Cons

    low pay; off shore most engineer jobs to the India; the management team changed frequently; no promotion; the benefit is basic; layoffs if not working on the profit product.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Cheats Unethical Criminals and Fraudsters

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at SunGard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    SunGard is considered a Retirement company. a place where you goto if you don't want to do any work, take hefty bonuses as a mid manager and above and retire.

    Cons

    Its not google. Its a company dominated by Unqualified Top Execs who run a bureacracy. They unleash personal vice and vendetta agenda through the bell curve. each of their products is a defunct legacy. 90% of the employees including the executives are incompetent and arrogant. There is no engineering discipline or practices in the company, so if you are expecting to learn anything, contribute or be rewarded for your work, you are in the wrong place. don't expect any work day to be intellectually rewarding or stimulating in any way. also understand this is "not" a software engineering or technology company. except for the head quarters everyother office is either a sales location or a bodyshop. the company has no future, no growth prospects, and when the company doesn't grow neither do you. the firm has reached end of life. nobody wants to buy its products or services and all those who have in the past are desperate to get out. for the last 5 years the company is in a hard cost cutting mode and they even lockup the coffee machine half of the time to reduce coffee consumption, just so that they can maintain the bottomline and make an exit. in the last decade the top line has gone from $9 billion to $2billion. that says everything. the company struggles to release software in 1.5 year release cycles. and it prides itself in agile. they use WinForms ASP and Struts and pride themselves as Technologists. the sales team puts 15000 dollars worth of one time server setup fees to clients and calls their managed server offering "cloud" there are no global opportunities to travel the world for example europe and asia or the other way around. the most incompetent people have skyrocketed to VP positions. in a company with 10000 odd employees 1000 are directors and vp's the company was formed from 100 odd acquisitions and hence has 100 odd religions and religious wars all around you. there is no culture or ethics, its a free for all

    Advice to Management

    "You" "are" "the" "problem"


  9. Helpful (2)

    OK Company with limited career growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at SunGard

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible hours and work from home opportunities (for some), good work-life balance, some very talented, driven and friendly people, a drive to move to lean and agile project management and engineering practices, nice bright and modern offices (before move out of Midtown).

    Cons

    Benefits squeezed down year after year, little to no bonus payments, flat structure leading to limited career growth opportunities, some staff were not up to par but somehow managed to avoid staff cuts while talented people were lost, questionable standard of work from offshore office, little real synergy between product groups or business units. SunGard is not as well known in the industry as it should be, and where it is known it is because of one specific product and not for the company as a whole. Working for SunGard doesn't come with as high a reputation that it deserves. SunGard is a sales focused company. If you are not working directly in sales you will be second-class in the company. This is a very large company and senior management can appear to be out of touch with individual contributors.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to promote the SunGard brand as a whole. Keep a high bar when hiring and don't be afraid to get rid of dead wood (but make sure it is the right people). Think long term when moving work offshore; is it really the right thing to move work offshore when it takes two to do the job of one onshore person and quality is compromised? Don't scrimp on benefits and bonuses; you will lose talent to competitors. Have a consistent and fair work from home policy. Don't focus so much on sales as a primary goal; focus on quality first and sales will come.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to stay long

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Large company with many small business units with many opportunities

    Cons

    Have to be allocated different places if want to stay long as every unit has very different business developement status


  11. Helpful (4)

    Only sales people get taken care of

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SunGard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SunGard does have a good work life balance

    Cons

    PE ownership. Revenue is no where near the expectations of senior management. Numbers have missed that last few years and every fall they have large layoffs of the support staff. Sales people are let go or leave at the end of the year. The products are very mature and updates and enhancements take much longer to deliver. SunGard takes industry leading products and runs them into the ground.



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